“it began as most origin stories begin, with a miscommunication…”
voicemail. yet another means to convey important information and communication. didn’t you listen to my message?
what is your voice mail style? do you leave a message at all? are your messages curt with precise instructions to “call me back as soon as you get this” with no further details? do you prefer to make full use of the “tape” and leave a detailed experience for the listening pleasure of the recipient? let’s go with the last example.
this week is all about missing calls and leaving messages…not only messages, but elaborate, verbose, communicative, and loquacious narratives that tell a story!
this assignment requires a partner and a phone with a working voicemail. decide who will go first.
step 1: partner A calls partner B and leaves a voicemail with the beginning of a story!
partner B can listen to the message one time. partner B then writes down a transcription of the message.
step 2: partner B calls partner A and leaves a voicemail with the continuation of the story!
partner A can listen to the message one time. partner A then writes down a transcription of the message.
repeat each day.
if your partner thwarts your voicemail leaving attempt – if your partner chooses to pick up the phone, enjoy the conversation and see where it takes you! make no mention of your message attempt. simply try again later. be a voicemail ninja.
at the end of the week, come together with your partner and compile your transcriptions into the complete story!
share your adventures with us at firstname.lastname@example.org !