Remember playing Chinese Whispers (also called Telephone) when you were a kid? You’d line up with your friends and the person at the front would whisper a longish sentence into the next person’s ear. That person would then attempt to whisper the exact same sentence into the next person’s ear and so on, until the words would reach the last person, who would then repeat the sentence, loudly enough for all to hear. Of course the spoken sentence was usually wildly different from the original, a cause of much confusion and hilarity!
Well, some very clever and creative people, namely Paul Anderson and Jodi Cleghorn, had the brilliant idea to use Chinese Whispers as the theme for an anthology. Their first experiment was the acclaimed Red Book. Not ones to simply repeat their success, the co-owners of eMergent Publishing decided to mix things up a little and publish two related anthologies this year – a Yin volume, comprising a prologue, a series of related stories written by ten women and a prologue; and a Yang volume, containing the same prologue, 10 related stories written by men and the same prologue.
I have been lucky enough to join the project as the last of the Yin writers, due to start writing my short story this weekend. I’ve had a read of the draft Yin stories and the creative juices are speeding around my vascular system. I can feel the adrenalin tingling in my fingertips and story threads are starting to wind and twist their way through my gut. This is an exciting adventure, one that I’m thrilled to be part of.