"No one can be the person they were born to be if you cut out the most wonderful sections of the narrative"
Under the glare of last weekend's Full Moon the Core Creative Team behind Strange Factories once again embarked on a 48hour Tweetathon in the run up to the final week of our IndieGoGo fundraising campaign.
We heard stories both profound and provocative, secrets at once dark and delightful, dreams with the potential to rouse nightmares in our readers.
Thankyou to everybody who participated by sending in their fragments. At the final moment we announced the lucky winner of the Strange Factories Secrets, Dreams and Storytelling Competition. Huge congratulations to Adrian Giddings, who will now be joining us at Stronheim's Mansion in the beautiful Czech countryside!
So here are some highlights from the finale of our epic Tweetathon. As our funding campaign draws to a close we heard some amusing tales of the effects of sleep deprivation and workaholism on FP's Core Team, as well as some of the bizarre events that have occured in the pre-production phase of Strange Factories:
In a crazed moment of exhaustion, I lost all perception of common sense and stuck my hand in a live socket!
We intuitively feel and know in our bones when sacrifices have been made for a story to be built and told...
The burglar had dragged my violin case out of a cupboard and left it open on the floor, the instrument untouched and perfectly in tune..
We also heard many beguiling truths and fictions of magick and mystery:
Her hinged jaw opened impossibly wide, and her misshapen mouth somehow managed to form the words again: "Am I beautiful?"
The yanari were illustrated as tiny daemons…They looked like distorted humans with wide demented grins on toothy mouths.
I know woman who was turned in to a white rabbit.
A woman drugged her husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis, threw it in the waste disposal unit and switched it on, police say
And we pulled a few skeletons out of the FP closet too:
As with all magickal rites, sometimes the thing you don't want to happen is the thing that needs to happen. You have no control over it...
I think even Carrie was a little worried that we had all carried on with our manifestations when we thought she was dead!
FoolishPeople are akin to those Pioneer Village actors, and would be horrified to see the audience catch a glimpse 'behind the curtains'...Where dedicated actors never break their character, even when faced with a horrific hostage-situation!
This is one of many reasons why we will survive the zombie apocalypse and become a touring troupe of zombie fighting minstrels.
I had the pleasure of dunking her in the river, cleansing her 'soul' and then taking her home for a bath......
Desecration dealt with human demons. How they're created & constructed from the bleakest and saddest stories of our lives.
I miss Deluge still!
Finally, it was noted that:
Having strangers pledge and support Strange Factories who have never seen our work has been the highlight for me, personally.
I think this is a thought that all of the FoolishPeople team hold in our minds. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to our campaign so far. There are only a few days to go, so please, if you can, do not hesitate to join us on this wonderous journey:
FP production photos by Cecile Melie and Yiannis Katsaris