I suppose this is Alpha.

Over the course of the last 4 years I have been writing stories and creating characters on the Internet; they lived on twitter, facebook, friendfeed, googlemaps, last.fm, slideshare, youtube, vimeo and a whole bunch of other places. I even managed to do a couple of live shows too. I can honestly say that I loved making them and got an enormous kick out of the interactions between my characters and other people. I’ve always considered the Internet more of a canvas than a “channel” and for me, at least, it has been a wonderful experience mixing up the colours of mischief, stories and cultural criticism and applying them all to something that a whole bunch of people think of as insanely important but that for me is nothing more than a substrate. 

But I’ve been doing these things pretty much on my own. Sure, there have been a group of people encouraging me, urging me and policing me (you know who you are and you know how much it means to me so don’t sulk), but, on the whole, I create and write and film these characters on my own. It used to be easy to do this but now it’s really hard. I’m getting bored of myself and I think the ideas are suffering too. 

Doing stuff on your own just isn’t very interesting. 

I can’t believe that I’m the only one out there making up characters and stories and putting them on the Internet. I can’t believe that I’m the only one that does this kind of stuff because it makes me laugh and I get a real kick out of it. There must be other people out there that do it too and maybe there are other people that would like to do it, would like to just “have a go” but don’t know how to start. 

So I’d like to try and set up a little network of storytellers, film makers, comedians, artists, musicians, writers, actors or anyone (like me) that does this kind of thing for fun. The network is called “The Black Operatives Department” and I’d like us to make things, together. 

These are very early days, and as the title of the post says, I suppose this is The Black Operatives Department in Alpha, but if you would like to get involved please get in touch. You can either leave a comment, ping me with a tweet or get in touch on facebook.

It would be splendid if you could help spread the word a little about this. 

Thank you.