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Graveyard Book Video

For anyone who doesn't know and would enjoy this, all but the final chapter of The Graveyard Book is up in video, here, read by Neil Gaiman. The final chapter goes up tomorrow.

I don't know how long it will stay up. I don't know if it will be taken down, offered for sale, made available for downloading, or what.

I heard Gaiman read the first chapter at Columbia. He suggested that one listen to at least the first 20 seconds of the latest clip, chapter 7, part 2 (at least, if one has read the book or does not mind spoilers), and I did.

First reaction: Neil, you bastard!

Second reaction: Okay, I have got to watch all of this. Neil is a master storyteller. I don't just mean he writes well. He tells stories well, with words, with voice -- all of it. I want to see the master at work and learn to improve the parts of the craft I practice: telling stories in story and filk circles, telling anecdotes.

osewalrus told me once of a storytelling class where one assignment was to take a specific story -- all the students were given its outline, the bones of what happened -- and tell it at the next class.

Jim Macdonald has a lot of advice for writers. I don't know most of it because I'm still playing with the very early pieces. One piece I haven't taken yet: Find a piece of writing you like. Write it -- well, I suppose, type it, really -- exactly as it is written. This will teach you a lot about what the author is doing.

Because I heard the author read the first chapter of The Graveyard Book, it took me a lot longer than it normally would to read the book. I moved my lips the whole time, and sound came out, the exact volume of which depending on where I was. Part of this is for the pleasure of it, but part is also that I'm trying to learn some of what he does.

I finished the book tonight, and when my eyes were dry enough, I went to Neil Gaiman's website and sent a question about something fairly minor, after making sure that it wasn't answered on the site. I'm pretty sure I'm right, and, well, it doesn't actually matter, except that I want to know, and, well, okay, it matters.
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