Neil Gaiman connects with fans with BlackBerry Keep Moving Projects

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If you follow Neil Gaiman, you may have noticed a new series of tweets with hashtags of various months of the year, and interesting concepts for future stories.  It’s all part of the BlackBerry Keep Moving Project that Mr. Gaiman is participating in that allows him to further connect with his audience.

To be honest, this is the first I’ve heard of the BlackBerry Keep Moving Projects.  According to the company the projects are designed to “help innovative and imaginative artists create something incredible by working with their communities and the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.”

For Mr. Gaiman, the project is called “A Calendar of Tales, that features a series of stories, one for each month of the year.

  • Starting today, Neil will appeal to his fans to help him with inspiration for each of the stories, inviting them to share ideas with him via the BlackBerry Keep Moving Hub, his Twitter feed, and other community spaces.
  • Using the fans’ inspirations, Neil will write twelve short stories over the period of a few weeks’ time, posting his progress and drafts on the BlackBerry Keep Moving Hub for community interaction and feedback.
  • Fans will also be invited to contribute to the stories with their own multi-media ideas – from illustrations to costume designs to short videos inspired by Neil’s stories.
  • When the project is complete, Neil will create a version of “Calendar of Tales” that will be sold for charity, as well as an online, multi-media experience that will weave the twelve stories of the year together.

An interesting project, and one that fans have really taken to, as the day of launch was filled with tweets to and from the author.  During this process, a documentary crew will film the project as it progresses, and if we’re lucky, we might even get a “behind the scenes” look at the entire process before it is done.