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Some Days in the Life

Some Days in the Life

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Published by VirginiaMoffatt
A story told in tweets
A story told in tweets

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Published by: VirginiaMoffatt on Jan 05, 2013
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SOME DAYS IN THE LIFE- an experiment in twitter fictionbyCaroline, Hardman, Rosie Collyer, Beverley Sharpe, Julia Williams, MiriamMorrell Perez, Virginia Moffatt, Anne Booth, Daine SalmonStory Coordinator & Editor - Virginia Moffatt
 
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CONTENTSINTRODUCTION 2PROLOGUE - Thursday November 29th 2012 6PART 1 - Friday November 30th 2012CHAPTER 1 - 8am onwards 6CHAPTER 2 - 6.30pm onwards 10CHAPTER 3 - 9pm onwards 12PART 2 - Saturday December 1st 2012CHAPTER 4 - 8am onwards 17CHAPTER 5 - 2.30pm onwards 18CHAPTER 6 - 4pm onwards 22CHAPTER 7 - 8.30pm onwards 25PART 3 - Sunday December 2nd 2012CHAPTER 8 - 8am onwards 31CHAPTER 9 - 12pm onwards 34CHAPTER 10 - 4pm onwards 42EPILOGUE - 8.30pm 46
 
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INTRODUCTION
The following story was told on twitter in real time over the weekend 30th November to 2nd December 2012, through the collaboration of fictional and real lifeparticipants.The characters can all be found on twitter as:@The_Derby_Diva (Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt)@FitnessDee (Caroline Hardman @73caroline)@Rosiecoll (Rosie Collyer - herself)@BigBgnome (Beverley Sharpe - herself)@JackDee18 (Julia Williams @JCCWilliams)@AllstarCrowley (Daine Salmon @sayer)@gabriellebrenam (Miriam Morell Perez @miriammorell)@Bridgeanne (Anne Booth - herself)@granny_may65 (Julia Williams)The difficulty in representing a story told on twitter is that twitter records the mostrecent tweet. This means you have to read the story backwards or go right to thebottom and read up. When there are multiple participants as in this case, it can be abit confusing to follow. To help with this during the weekend, Caroline Hardmankindly set up a twitter list #twiction12 https://twitter.com/73caroline/twiction12 . Thelist is still live so you can have a look if you're interested to see the story as ithappened. But please note it is still capturing tweets from the real life participants soyou have to scroll a long way back!Caroline did try storify, but by that time there were so many tweets on so manytimelines we couldn't capture them all. So the solution I have come up with is toorganise the tweets more or less in the order they were posted and create a moretraditional story. On occasion I have slightly re-ordered the flow of tweets to makemore narrative sense, but this is pretty much the story as it happened. I have madeother editorial decisions such as correcting glariing grammar errors or typos.However, I have deliberately left many in because that some seem in the nature of the character and it reflects a feature of rapid tweeting that grammar rulessometimes go out of the window!The story was planned around specific times and so I have organised the tweetsinto chapters that follow that. Some conversations did last a bit longer than thesespecific times, but it is impossible after twenty four hours to find out exactly the timethey were posted. For simplicity's sake I have therefore grouped them in the chapter where it makes most sense. Some of the chapters are very long, so I haveperiodically inserted the time that these tweets were happening. I hope this isn't toodistracting, but it is intended to give the sense of the pace of the conversation.On occasion, I have edited out some tweets. This was particularly needed during theSunday party. All the main characters were there and tweeting furiously, sometimesmissing each others responses. Whilst this is a real limitation on twitter, it started to

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