A project that takes the personal and intimate craft of memoir and turns it over to the cut-and-paste transformation of remix culture, combined with a hint of old-fashioned parlour games.
We asked five writers to create a short piece of memoir, a vignette. Each work was passed onto another author within the group who was tasked with transforming the piece into something else.
In the background, if:book tracked the changes between each version of the story.
Each newly minted remix was then passed along to another author in the group and again and again until each of the pieces was been remixed by all five authors in series.
Featuring the talents of Cate Kennedy, Ryan O’Neill, Krissy Kneen, Robert Hoge, and Fiona Capp, the results were always going to be spectacular and Lost in Track Changes does not disappoint as the authors relish the opportunity to create a literary rollercoaster.
In just one series of stories a heartfelt recollection of growing up becomes dystopian sci-fi which becomes a dictionary entry which becomes a poem in requiem.
Initially published as a weekly series of stories for the if:book web site, Lost in Track Changes is now available in print and ebook editions.
The print edition of Lost in Track Changes reproduces each series of remixes with snapshots of the track changes between. Printed with wide margins in spiral binding, it’s a book that directly challenges you to participate, so mark the pages and create your own remixes.
The print edition also features flash fiction pieces from Emily Craven and Omar J. Sakr drawn from the companion project, Open Changes
The ebook edition of Lost in Track Changes by Netherlands-based ebook designer Megan Hoogenboom contains a series of navigation buttons that allows the reader to skip between remixes and effectively turn track changes on and off.
Fiona Capp is the internationally published author of seven books: three works of non-fiction including That Oceanic Feeling, which won the 2004 Kibble Award and My Blood’s Country, a journey through the landscape that inspired the poetry of Judith Wright, and four novels – Night Surfing, Last of the Sane Days, Musk & Byrne and Gotland.
Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about bad haircuts and reading and awful teen love poems and underarm bowling as a metaphor for… well, you’ll just have to read the book.
Cate Kennedy writes short stories, poetry, non-fiction and is currently working on her second novel. Her work has been published internationally and she is the recipient of the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Prize People’s Choice award for her novel The World Beneath, the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for her short story collection Like a House on Fire and the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Award for her poetry collection The Taste of River Water. Her non-fiction work includes Sing and Don’t Cry; a Mexican journal about her time living and working in a credit cooperative in Mexico. She edited the 2010 and 2011 Best Australian Stories anthologies and more recently New Australian Love Stories.
Krissy Kneen is the author of the memoir Affection, the erotic fiction Triptych and the novel Steeplechase. Her latest erotic novel is The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Her collection of poetry Eating my Grandmother won the 2014 Thomas Shapcott Award and will be released in 2015.
Ryan O’Neill’s fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards. His book, The Weight of a Human Heart has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize – Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.
Emily Craven is a YA author, with her latest novel, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain, written as though you’re reading Facebook. She has appeared in essay collections with Benjamin Law and Carmel Bird, completed a twelve-month mentorship with Isobelle Carmody, and her flash fiction story, ‘Always’, will be published by Daily Science Fiction this year.
Omar J. Sakr is an Australian poet and writer whose poetry has featured in Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, and Carve Magazine, among others. His fiction has also been shortlisted for the Story Wine Prize, and selected for the annual Twitter Fiction Festival.
Megan Hoogenboom is a freelance graphic designer, specializing in ePub design based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has a degree in graphic design from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and a master’s in Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute. Her work frequently explores abandoned and abnormal spaces in both the digital and analog worlds. www.meganhoogenboom.nl