In St. Louis I’m told the tradition for trick-or-treaters is to tell a joke before receiving their candy. That sounds fun. Although a while back when I demanded a joke around here things didn’t end well.
I was surprised one year when my kids decided the perfect bag for stashing their loot was a king size pillow case. Heavy, but holds up to rain, sleet and snow. Cardboard Creativity in action.
Halloween seems to refresh the creative spirit, whether its a cool costume, uncool prank or simply a discussion of how electronic chip implants may replace candy someday soon.
Fear is a small part of it. Freedom to experiment is a big part.
“Let them wet their pants.”
I’ve mentioned that creativity can be messy.
I may have forgotten to mention that sometimes creatives can be cranky.
Are you scared by cranky creatives? It’s not something to really complain about or correct. Cranky protects the soft spot on a creative spirit’s soul. Let em be.
Rather than take up your Halloween with scary stories about innovation, a short story recommendation.
“mr. penumbra’s twenty-four-hour book store”
It’s mildly sci-fi, inspired by a tweet, includes a touch of scary and a hint of Google:
IT’S 2:02 A.M. ON A COLD SUMMER NIGHT.
I’m sitting in a book store next to a strip club.
Not that kind of book store. The inventory here is incredibly old and impossibly rare. And it has a secret—a secret that I might have just discovered.
I am alone in the store. And then, tap-tap, suddenly I’m not.
And now I’m pretty sure I’m about to snap my laptop shut, run screaming out the front door, and never return.
As many things in this brave new world of digital media the story is Free. (A terrifying word if ever I heard one.) Escape Pod is at the forefront of discovering ways to preserve the short story format as magazines decline. This is the first story they’ve bought that was first published on a blog. Their business model is changing even while it changes the publishing industry.
So grab the story and a fist full of candy (yes the stuff you plan to give away, you know that’s why you bought it early) and let your thoughts wander.
Who knows what spooktacular new ideas you may dig up.
So, as Steve Eley would say, “It’s Story Time.”