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Belonging

How do we belong? Where do we belong? To what do we belong? And in what way? What is the longing behind that belonging? How do we recognise it for what it is? Or, equally, how do we not belong? From where do we get the sense that we don’t fit, that it may be […]

March 5th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Stories of loss

“Alas! – a great tragedy! Oh woe is me! My favourite breakfast cereal is no longer being made – and that’s the very end of the very last box… what on earth will I do now? How dare they do this to me?” Few people enjoy having any form of change thrust upon them from […]

February 23rd, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Tags, comments and links

Continuing the theme of linking between posts in Zahmoo, two other ways to create inter-story links: with tags, and with comments. A really simple way to create implicit links between stories is to use the same tags. You can then include the tags in a search, as selected on the form on the search-page; or, […]

February 16th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Linking between stories in Zahmoo

One of the best ways to add value to your story-bank is to create links between stories. Links are a type of metadata: “this goes with that”, rather than a story in its own right. Sometimes, though, another kind of story arises from patterns and trends that we can see from the connections – and […]

February 13th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Things and stories

That old clock at my mother’s house sits up there on the kitchen wall, between the cupboard and the stair-rise. Its quiet yet insistent twice-a-second tick – one-a-two-a-three-a-four-a – is oddly calming even on a busy day. It’s been in the family for many generations now, ever since it was made. I’d always thought it […]

February 2nd, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Capture the essence

Whether you’re gathering stories about your family, community or business, what matters most is capturing the essence of the story, capturing the core of it with as much clarity that you can. Anything more than that is just a bonus, really. Zahmoo provides a safe place to capture, keep and comment on your stories and […]

January 25th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Zahmoo for writers

If you’re a writer, a journalist, a scriptwriter or novelist, no doubt you’ll find yourself collecting many of what Gerry Weinberg describes as ‘fieldstones‘. These are small fragments of story or dialogue that seemingly arrive at random – from our imagination, perhaps, or from snippets of real-life conversation overheard in passing. Often at first they […]

January 14th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Reflection and story

It’s January, the month named for Janus, a Roman god with two faces: one facing towards the future, one still facing the past. Reflecting on stories, in many different senses… What do you hope for in the future that is this coming year? What can you learn in reflecting on the year that’s just passed?¬†This […]

January 4th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Stories of celebration

They come out each Christmas, those very domestic angels, hanging above the fireplace with their gingerbread-tray and cake-mixing bowl, and the rotund Santa Claus between them. In front of the bookshelves, my mother counts the Christmas cards, clicking on the small grey clicker-counter in her hand, a relic of the long-closed library. “One hundred and […]

December 25th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Listening for the story

How do we collect stories? How do we know which stories to collect, and why? For that matter, what is a story, in the sense that we use it in Zahmoo? For practical answers to those questions above, one of our best resources is the¬†Anecdote website. If we need ideas about how to use story […]

December 19th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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