January-Tale

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You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to / been meaning to share this photograph.

If you remember, ages and ages ago, I was super excited about the Neil Gaiman Calendar of Tales project. We ended up missing the competition because I can’t tell time, but I don’t even care because this turned out so fantastic. If you somehow missed the project as it was happening, you should definitely check it out. (Here’s the post I wrote when I finished the dress.)

This photo is of the scene in January, when 1914 greets 2012 in the place where years go when they’re over. In the background, you can see several of the other years hanging out, enjoying life beyond time.

The photography was done by Sonja of Soulfire Studios (facebook, tumblr). Isn’t it fantastic? Everything feels magical and sort of timeless. (My favorite part is how she got the color of the water to actually match my dress, haha).

2012 is modeled by Matthew Sumner, of Beat Down Boogie.

I think my favorite part of this project is that I didn’t even know half the people I was working with when it all started. I just decided “Hey, I want to do this. I won’t be able to pull it off alone, so I should find some other people who want to do this.” And I sent out a bat signal, and friend of friends of friends responded. And this happened. And it was fantastic. Love of art and love of neil gaiman collide, and cool things happen. 

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This is my entry into the “Calendar of Tales” Project by Neil Gaiman and Blackberry.

This project is amazing as Neil has written twelve stories inspired by his community via Twitter.  He wrote one story for each month and put them up for artists to contribute artwork for the project.  It will then be collated together in a digital hub for the Calendar of Tales Project.  

I’m still just a beginner as a writer, with only a few years of consistant writing practice under my belt.  But even though I am not an artist, I really wanted to contribute in my own way to this project.  So, I took one of his stories I loved the most and wrote my own in that universe.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I love that this project exists for anyone who is creative.  It’s given me my own push to keep writing and just have fun with it. 

If Mr. Gaiman or any of the Keep Moving Project at Blackberry is reading this.  Thank you for this.  It’s an inspiration for creative people everywhere.

Although it was cold, grey and very damp, with a touch of frost on the grass, it was also unusually calm, so Algy carried his friend the little black teddy to a comfy perch on a low, spreading branch of the big fir tree, and read him the story of The Tree with a Golden Heart - the latest in the series of Tales from the Adventures of Algy.

Have you read Algy’s new book yet? If not, you can download the Kindle version for free tomorrow, Sunday 10th January - don’t miss it! There won’t be another chance to download it free until Algy’s birthday on 13th March! Kindle books can be read on almost any computer or mobile device using a free app from Amazon.

AND THIS WEEKEND YOU CAN BUY A SIGNED COPY of Algy’s new book, with a personal dedication of your choice, from Algy’s own bookshop at 25% OFF RETAIL PRICE. This offer closes at midnight GMT on Monday 11th January.

The 25% discount also applies to Algy’s first book, A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, for the duration of the offer.

Visit Algy’s own bookshop now :)

If you would like a print copy of the book but don’t want it signed, it will be cheaper for you to buy from your local Amazon or from The Book Depository, who offer free international postage!