Writers sometimes take strange freelance assignments to supplement fiction earnings. Today I did a presentation on "storytelling" to a major corporation that wishes to use this information to design software to help people better take, organize, and arrange photos. Since I work in words and they work in images, I'm not sure that my presentation was of much use to anybody. But it was interesting to do , and the very intelligent audience asked some very intelligent questions.
Two weeks ago I was in China with Michael Swanwick, Neil Gaiman, and David Brin -- today I'm in a skirt-and-jacket passing for corporate. Variety and spice and all that.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Hi Nancy ---
Since you're publicly wondering - your talk was very valuable and esteemed - not to mention highly stimulating. It engendered a number of insights we're finding useful. Both your theory and taxonomy are kind of brilliant and I recommend you share it more widely. We're anxiously looking forward to continuing the dialogue. Thanks! >PS...If Dr. Schank is right (and I think his hypothesis is increasingly supported by current research) good storytellers are equivalent to good thinkers -- which means your insights are broadly applicable to perception and communication in general - not just the written word. This suggests that storytellers are also innately shamans, and good shamans are hard find! Thanks again.
Thank you, Ed. I've always wanted to be a shaman. Now if I just had a better supply of toad skin....
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