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Halloween Twitter Serial – Reflections

It’s both weird and a relief that I’m not trying to do #thenightshift anymore. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed the experience handily, and even though the finished project was a bit Roland Emmerich-y of me, I honestly came away with a little growth as a writer. So maybe it was worth it.

I never had much use for Twitter beforehand; most of my acquaintances weren’t on it, and any creative impulses I felt were either channeled into attempts at professional-level writing efforts, or through postings here on WordPress. However, I was drawn to what I perceived Twitter to fundamentally be: a collection of stories, pieced together through flickering glimpses into minds and events. I liked that a lot, and wanted somehow to indulge myself in this perception.

With October, and thus Halloween, approaching, I wanted to do something that would properly honor my favorite holiday, while also stimulating me creatively. And even though I had no idea what it would be about, one week before the month actually began, I announced I would start telling a story through a series of rushed, half-assed tweets. The announcement was small: to the few who followed me on WordPress, and to the acquaintances I keep in contact with on Facebook.

Luckily I was starting to gain an understanding of the importance of tags and hashtags on here and Twitter, respectively, and some fortunate combination of terms drew the attention of Emma Audsley from the Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. Emma was kind enough to reblog my little update, and though I’ve hardly swept the online world, the increased exposure certainly encouraged me to keep up with the effort, even though for a good week I had no idea where the fuck I was going with it.

Ultimately, I’m glad I did it. There may be many things I’m disappointed with about it, such as

– the lack of thorough characterization

– an over-emphasis on action when I should have realized the format lent itself more to mood and atmosphere

– the transparently off-the-cuff style

…but there were also several things I took away that I think will help me as a writer, like

– recognizing that every line needs to count

– realizing every sentence can tell its own story

– understanding that a truly massive amount of information can be shared with surprisingly few words.

I value #thenightshift for what it is: as both a simple-minded little story about giant bugs, and as an experiment from which other, richer efforts can grow. I’m already considering another serial, tentatively called #novembernightmares, which will be a much shorter but hopefully much richer effort. Whether it’s wanted, or even if it’s rejected, is irrelevant. I liked what #thenightshift gave me, and if there’s more to learn from the effort, I want to know it. We’ll see how things go.

– The Awful Writer

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A Few Things I Wanted to Mention

The Halloween Twitter Serial continues, though now I’m pulling it off by the seat of my pants. It suits my slacker disposition.

Also, I guess I’ll do Write-On-Demand Day, since my actual lack of renown is probably advantageous for what I’m planning. I’ll set up a post for the event this Saturday, a little before midnight, Central Time, and any suggestions I receive in the comments will get a horror story come Halloween. Feel free to suggest tone, theme, characters, subject…anything your lusty heart desires.

Speaking of Halloween, I ran something last year I called an orgy of horrorgasms last Halloween, if anyone’s interested. I liked it, even if the rushed nature of the experiment shows pretty strongly.

While I’m on the subject of self-promotion, I used to do something called The Midnight Special. The idea was that I could only post material written in one go late at night. Again, the fact that it’s basically a bunch of rushed rough drafts is pretty apparent, but whatever. Should I start up on this again?

Anyway, I gotta do some Halloween planning. Nashville likes to do Halloween big, and I haven’t even decorated yet. Ugh, I’m so lame.

Remember to follow @SeanGanus or #thenightshift to figure out what’s plaguing that damnable hotel!

– The Awful Writer

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Halloween Twitter Serial – Quota

This “five tweets per day” business is trickier than it really should be. I had five tweets prepared and ready to go…and then I used up my battery power watching Salad Fingers and left myself with a dead phone for the rest of the work day. GOD I’M BRILLIANT.

So I think “Eh, I’ll just play catch up when I get home.” This goes smoothly until I get a call from a female friend of mine to hit a couple bars. I managed one more tweet before the alcohol kicked in. Wait, no, that’s not true. I managed one more tweet before we started pawing each other. There we go. And in the ensuing struggle between sex and artistic integrity, um, sex won by a mile.

If it sounds like I’m gloating, I am, sorry ’bout that. (I HAD SEX, BWAHAHAHA!) I’m two months out of what was a pretty serious relationship, so I can’t bring myself to apologize for any unattached sexy times had on my part. Hopefully Liz thinks my lack of sexual prowess is a result of my then-somewhat-inebriated state.

Anyhoo, unless the gods smile on me again today, expect five tweets as promised. Things are gonna get a little splattery now that the bodies are piling up, plus the language may get mildly foul. So if either scenario is taboo for you, be warned: I’m gonna write what comes to me. If it feels natural, it’s going in. Self-censorship is a post-modern plague.

Follow @SeanGanus or #thenightshift to follow the plight of a hellish hotel’s overnight staff!

– The Awful Writer

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Halloween Twitter Serial – A Few Things

First off, I’m back on track, meeting my five tweet quota, mortal sickness be damned. Though to be honest, being temporarily bedridden is actually probably why I’m making my quota today, but whatever.

If there’s any concern over the story’s pace, the narrative’s official body count begins soon, I promise. Gore to follow soon. (See what I did there? Hoho, chortle chortle!)

Follow @SeanGanus or #thenightshift to track my eventual implosion of creative failure!

– The Awful Writer

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Halloween Twitter Serial – Status Report

Day Three, and already I’ve failed to meet my quota. I submit that it’s not entirely my fault, but only because I’m a millenial and we don’t take criticism well.

So because I suck at dependability, Day Two had only three tweets (I think), so the best way I can figure to restore balance is to give Day Three seven, and hope nobody beats me for my failure (in a non-sexy-time way, I mean).

Onward!

– The Awful Writer

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Halloween Twitter Serial – Launch

Sean Ganus (@SeanGanus) tweeted at 9:02 AM on Mon, Oct 01, 2012:

Standing silent in the cold, crystalline night, the hotel seemed coiled, and ready to spring. #thenightshift

Launched #thenightshift this morning. We’ll see how far this goes before I abandon the effort in favor of watching Mad Men in my underpants.

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Halloween Twitter Serial – Zero Hour

Welp, my self-proclaimed project launches tomorrow, for better or (likely) worse. I’m excited, but intimidated. Or maybe I’m excited because I’m intimated. I haven’t figured out which yet.

An exceedingly nice women named Emma Audsley was kind enough to reblog me here, so the pressure’s on to actually deliver, and not just sit around drinking and watching old episodes of Dragon Ball Z. Really, it’s more than any one man can be expected to bear. It’s a hard life, I tell ya.

Starting tomorrow, look up #thenightshift on Twitter, and follow as I try to spin something coherent through what may or may not be an alcoholic daze!

Signed,

Sean, The Awful Writer

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