Of the numerous weird yet useful yet interesting things I’ve been exploring on Twitter is the potential for collaborative projects/thinking. Especially in the realm of libraries/books, there seems to be ample innovation for imaginative brainstorming. Here are two projects that I’ve come across.
Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer), extraordinary author of le nouveau weird, has come up with an interesting project based on the World Cup. His World Cup of Fiction is a chance to display your hysteria for the tournament by reviewing works from those countries that are participating. So far I’ve chosen Brasil’s Rubem Fonseca and his work The Taker and Other Stories, which certainly made an impression. Hopefully I’ll make another submission soon enough. At any rate, it’s a good way to generate more interest in what we consider ‘the foreign’ and reading in general.
Another interesting project is Lee Barnett’s Fast Fiction Challenge. Budgie (@budgie) asks his troupe of followers for a title, consisting of a maximum of four words, and if he’s keen on your idea he’ll compose a 200 word virtual scribble of literary frenzy. Anything to keep the creative juices flowing. See, it’s not just a virtual vuvuzela, though there are sites for that.