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24 Hour Novel Project

Dream of writing a novel but can’t find time to write? You may need to rethink that. A team of wordsmiths from across the country wrote an entire novel collaboratively in one day: 23 authors, 1 illustrator, 24 hours. The 24 Hour Novel Project led by New Hampshire artist and writer John Herman was a featured work at the inaugural NewMediator Art Show at Nighthawk Books in Highland Park, New Jersey, and viewers around the world watched via the web as every word was composed in real-time.  The collaboration culminated in a free Creative Commons licensed e-book available for download below.

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Please explore our author’s biographies and links below. Also feel free to congratulate them using the hashtag #24HrNovel on Twitter.

M.F. Bloxam – M.F. lives in Portsmouth, NH.  She is the author of THE NIGHT BATTLES (The Permanent Press, 2008).  Learn more about her work at TheNightBattles.com.

Kathy Boss – The author of two children’s books, Kathy, was born in Australia, raised in Canada and now lives in New England. She is currently working on a novel about a “love child” born in the 1970s who, as soon as she is old enough, flees her parents liberal, nomadic lifestyle. She turns mainstream and ends up so buried in the safety of suburbia that she yearns for the freedom of her youth, but cannot forget its price.

Dan Brian – Dan is a former music journalist and current fiction writer. He regularly fortifies his apocalyptic-scenario escape routes and consumes more Taco Bell than healthy. He reviews whiskey on the Dandy Scotch Brawlers podcast and exorcises writing demons on his blog.

Kathleen Cavalaro – Although screenplay writing is her area of comfort, Kathleen has also dabbled in lyrics, short stories and poetry. Her first play, “At My Window,” is set to open the 20th season at the Players’ Ring theater in Portsmouth, NH, in September 2011 (starring the person below me).

E. Christopher Clark – Chris is an author, educator, and all-around geek who is passionate about storytelling in all its forms. The founder of the pop culture blog Geek Force Five, his work has also been published in Commonthought, Device, The Bradford ReView, and in Literary Matters, the newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Deanna L. Cooley – Deanna, 24, graduated from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications – English. She is currently working on completing her first novel.

Benjamin Kane Ethridge – Ben is author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE, recently nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His official website presence is BKEthridge.com. Purchase BLACK & ORANGE, trade paperback or on Kindle via Amazon.

Chuck Galle – Chuck authored STORIES I NEVER TOLD MY DAUGHTER, a memoir of a raucous life before, during, as well after the so-called Sixties. He is currently working on a “cozy” mystery story with an itinerant actor sticking his nose into murders among his cast members. Chuck also acts on stage and screen and has been seen in fifteen TV commercials over the past three years. His website is ChuckGalle.com.

Jasmine Giacomo – Jasmine writes in the fantasy and mystery genres from Washington State, where she lives with her husband and two small children. She also enjoys geocaching, history, science and puzzles, holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, and particularly enjoys reading and writing fight scenes. Check out her blog at Worlds of Jasmine for free short fiction or purchase books (ebook and print) from Amazon.

Matthew Gold – Matt is a writer of speculative fiction and lover of robots the world over.  His last book THE WONDERS AT YOUR FEET deals with themes of murder, fame, and infamy alike and can be purchased through Amazon and other online retailers.  Check out his blog, where he writes about technology, politics, and mental illness.

R.W.W. Greene – Rob is a former journalist turned high-school writing teacher now pursuing his MFA in fiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University. He writes fiction and records podcasts (See: DandyScotchBrawlers.com). Peek inside his pulsing brain at his blog.

John Herman – 24 Hour Novel Project creator John is an artist, writer, and web adventurer. His projects often explore the crossroads of society and technology. He is also working on his first (solo) novel. His website is JohnHerman.org. Follow him on Twitter: @johnherman

Jasmin Hunter – Jasmin is a freelance writer and photographer with a weekly article in the Seacoast Scene.  She has also contributed stories and photos to Experience Magazine, The Portsmouth Herald, Fosters, The Wire and Portland Phoenix.  Other credits include the monologue Sundance recently performed at The Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH. Website www.jasminhunter.com, Twitter @jasminhunter.

Steve Johnson – Steve is a writer, actor, radio DJ for WSCA 106.1 FM and producer of charity storytelling event A Winter’s Tale. He is currently pursuing a side career as an amateur perfumer and fragrance writer.

James Patrick Kelly – Jim has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows.  His short novel BURN won the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award in 2007 and he has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.” His website is JimKelly.net.

Christopher Klemmer – Christopher Klemmer is a sketch comedy writer for Portsketch and lives in Portsmouth, NH. Whether it be alarming fellow middle school peers with disturbing stories in creative writing classes or writing press releases as a sports information director in college, writing has been a constant thread in his life. His favorite book is THE STAND by Stephen King but he feels his life is more like “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Margaret McAleese – Margaret’s full-length play, There’s a Girl in Boston, was commissioned by Yellow Taxi Productions in Nashua, NH (considered for the American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award). Her ten-minute play, Captured, was selected for New Hampshire Theatre Project’s New Works Festival, and her short play, Seven Sisters, appeared in An Evening of Steampunk and Robot Theatre at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH. Margaret’s essay, From Haystacks to Handbrakes, was the first-place winner of the “My Brooklyn” annual writing festival at the Brooklyn Public Library in 2007.

Joe Stanganelli – Joe is a Boston-based writer, communications consultant, and attorney.  In addition to writing scripts, songs, and stories, Joe writes about business and technology topics for United Business Media and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @JoeStanganelli.

Laura Thomas – Laura lives in beautiful Portsmouth, NH with her boyfriend and their two spoiled dogs. This is her first time working on a novel; usually when she tries to sit down to write she is distracted by the sudden need to do laundry, drinking more coffee, and wondering if she could survive alone in Jurassic Park. Laura is passionate about improv and sketch comedy; find out more about her group Portsketch.

Jillian Thiele – English teacher, writer, and improvisor, Jillian proudly hails from NH, where she enjoys performing with improv comedy troupe Stranger Than Fiction, directing student productions, and spending time with family at home and in NY.  A traveler, indie music lover, and cine-phile, Jillian appreciates the nooks and crannies of life, finding time to write when she’s not correcting papers. Follow her on Twitter: @jillianthiele

R.T. Tompkins – R.T. is a robot prototype who favors tacos and music above all else. Check out his experimental instrumental band Winterstar and fabulously offensive podcast The Waysiders. Follow him on Twitter: @onewordheadline

Dan Tuohy – Dan is a journalist, son of a publican, son of a sailor, and son of a gun. During the 7th Inning Stretch, he stretches. And sings. His Info-IV is Twitter @tuohy His website is DanielTuohy.com

Erika J. Wilson – Erika studied at the University of New Hampshire, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in honors English.  She is heavily involved with the production and writing departments of DARWiN’S WAiTiNG ROOM comedy troupe and Shoe Slung Films.  She enjoys script and creative writing, poetry and editing with hopes of someday becoming a published author.

And our cover art illustrator:

Stephen Bobbett – Stephen is a freelance illustrator, writer and visual designer living in southern New Hampshire. His work has appeared locally in The Wire, Foster’s Daily Democrat, and the Trees & Hills Comic Group. He is currently publishing a series of comics called Daydream, based on the nightly subconscious lives of real people, which you can find at
DaydreamComic.com. Twitter: @stephenbobbett

24 Hour Novel Project

Internship with Media Power Youth (and me!)

WANTED: Media/literacy and tech interns to work with training staff

June – August (fall internship also available)

Internship description:

Media Power Youth, empowering youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart use of media, seeks a few creative interns to assist staff in working with teens and new media technologies including creating video for the web and radio production.

You will assist Media Power Youth staff in engaging youth around New Hampshire in highly interactive, fast-paced, intense workshops where they explore how media and marketing creates and sells powerful messages and influences their choices.

You will help youth in production of positive media messages including story boarding, digital editing, directing, producing.

You will assist staff with administrative duties and maintenance of website.

Skills Include:

  • Ability to interact with teens, media literacy skills
  • You need to use for production: story development, script writing, story boarding, production roles, filming, editing, sound design
  • Hardware competencies:  Must feel comfortable on a Mac or a PC-based editing system,
    must be comfortable with many different consumer camcorders, and Flip-cams
  • Software competencies:  Mac editing software used in workshops: iMovie 6 HD, iMovie 9,  Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office
  • PC editing software: Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office

Not required, but helpful, driver’s license and car for transportation

Compensation: Small stipend and college credits possible

For more information and to submit a cover letter with resume, contact Lydia Henry at l.henry@mediapoweryouth.org.  Visit us at www.mediapoweryouth.org

Techno-culture Game Changers in 2010

Augmented Reality

Remember 2009? That was the year that brought us balloon boy jokes. What will the next year bring? Here are five projections for techno-culture game changers in 2010. What do you think? Make your own projections in the comments.

1. Augmented Reality

You want to eat a hot dog. You type “hot dog” into your smart phone, hold it up, and the screen reveals a real world camera image enhanced with superimposed geo-tagging that not only tells you where to get a hot dog but allows you to rate the hot dog in terms of quality and price. The marriage of the real world and computer data is making people froth at the mouth. And this week Japanese startup Tonchidot announced $4 million in investment for its mobile/social geo-tagging application that boasted 100,000 users in its first four days. Augmented reality is becoming a reality.

2. Project Natal

Controller-free gaming. Let me say that again. Controller-free gaming. What’s possibly next? Remember when Marty McFly showed future kids how to play the shoot ’em up game? “You mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!” Rumors point to a November launch, so it’ll be a late year game changer. Nevertheless: Don’t worry future kids, we’re catching up.

3. Rupert Murdoch

The media mogul (with a net worth of $4 billion) wants to take something that is free and charge for it. Specifically he wants to take his news (see: Wall Street Journal) out of the hands of search engines (see: Google) and make others (see: Bing) pay for it. It will be interesting to see him try. Bye bye, Wall Street Journal?

4. Cloud Computing

You are in Best Buy. You ask an employee: “Hey, how much hard drive space does this have?” She answers: “There’s no hard drive space. Everything is saved on the web.” Well, there you have it. Call me crazy? I refer you to the Google Chrome OS. If you’ve been using Google Documents for the past few years, then a transition to complete cloud computing could be refreshing. And the potential for cloud computing in the education field is immense. Just think: students never lose their homework!

5. Apple’s iPad/Tablet/Thingy

It doesn’t matter what it turns out to be. It will be a game changer if it provides the best of the iPhone with everything a Kindle and Nook can do. Bye bye, books? Not yet, but the brand recognition alone will drive this kind of device into the mainstream.

(Hot dog photo by Richard Holden  – Remixed – CC BY 2.0)

NH Media Makers featured at NewEnglandFilm.com

Julia Cox wrote a great feature on NH Media Makers for NewEnglandFilm.com Here is a taste:

“They are New Hampshire Media Makers: bloggers, film enthusiasts, web designers, writers, directors, producers, cartoonists, businesspeople, YouTubers — artists who represent every face of new media. And, hosted by fellow artist-of-all-trades John Herman, they meet at Crackskulls, a Newmarket coffee shop, to share, learn and collaborate.”

Julia really captured the essence of the meeting and what we are trying to accomplish. Our next gathering is September 14th! Check out photos, videos, and more in the meeting reports at http://nhmediamakers.wordpress.com

First look at ‘Thomas in Wonkyland’ the web series

First look at the Thomas in Wonkyland web series! (by mrjohnherman)

Think you’re trapped in a fantasy world? Thomas doesn’t think. He knows.

In 1979, Thomas in Wonkyland was the most popular children’s television show in America. Young Thomas and a cast of colorful puppets solved life issues by sharing, caring, and being true to themselves. After years of wholesome fun, the television screens went dim, the viewers grew older, and the world moved on.

Now the cast is back, and a lot of things have changed.

Decades later, Thomas is still trapped in Wonkyland, the same puppet world he enjoyed as a boy. Yearning to see the world beyond imagination, Thomas is a dysfunctional man-boy forced to grow up in a child’s dreamland. Discover what has changed now that Thomas and his magical friends must face the trials and tribulations of adult life.

Coming soon to the web!

Gossip: What’s new with John Herman today?

John Herman at Podcamp Boston
Photo: Steve Garfield CC BY-NC-SA

Today there is an update in The Spotlight about Gravityland! The column is aptly named “Gossip: What’s new with John Herman today?” I must say it was a little surreal happening upon it. Yes, this IS what is new with me today. I like that I sound a little bit like the Robin Hood of New Media. 🙂

John Herman and his band of merry men and womenfolk are at it again. This time he and collaborators are working on “Gravityland,” “it is a Web-serial episodic story. …; I’m using every single artist and actor I know,” says Herman. “I call it the ‘super interactive media project-soap opera.'”