Autodidact: self-taught


A Calendar of Tales

by V. L. Craven

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A Calendar of Tales began as twelve short fiction pieces based on the Twitter responses to prompts, which Gaiman posted one per hour on February 4, 2013.

The Prompts

January: Why is January so dangerous?
February: What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you in February?
March: What historical figure does March remind you of?
April: What is your happiest memory of April?
May: What is the weirdest gift that you’ve ever been given in May?
June: Where would you spend a perfect June?
July: What is the most unusual thing you have ever seen in July?
August: If August could speak, what would it say?
September: Tell me something you lost in September that meant a lot to you.
October: What mythical creature would you like to meet in October and why?
November: What would you burn in November if you could?
December: Who would you like to see again in December?

December Prompt by Melody Sale

December prompt illustration by Melody Sale

Gaiman chose his favourites and then wrote short stories using those over a 3 day period. (The man is a writing machine. And possibly insane.)

Then they posted a pdf of the stories online for free and encouraged people to submit illustrations; the best of which were added to a digital book ( Calendar of Tales Ebook .) Don’t worry, you’re not breaking laws by downloading it–they’re being given away.

Gaiman recorded audio versions of the stories and, once those were posted, people were invited to make videos (films or animations), as well. The best of the best of all of these can be seen in the online digital ‘book’, A Calendar of Tales . The Blackberry site (they sponsored COT) has even more images and videos .

March Prompt by Igor Derevenec

March prompt illustration by Igor Derevenec

All of the stories are well-written and inventive–they are  by Gaiman. I was going to give a break down of which ones I liked best and least, but you know what? The entire book takes less than an hour to read and there are no bad stories. Get a cup of your favourite hot beverage, put your feet up and read the entire thing.

(Don’t go to the website until you have a couple hours to spare to look at all of the illustrations and videos, though, because people are mad talented. Seriously.)

One Response to “A Calendar of Tales”

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