I’ve tentatively been playing a sort of Beautiful Corpse via email with this Centian guy/thing/entity, where I write a paragraph but only send him the last line, then he takes my sentence and writes a paragraph and sends me the last line, and so on. After 10 turns we send each other the whole thing. I have to say, Centian is hilarious. I wonder what else we can play. I’m terrible at chess and stuff like that.



  1. Tbone said,

    February 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm


    I’ve been playing with Centian as well. Will you share some of you Beautiful Corpse emails? Please?

  2. Jane Doh said,

    February 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Jenaia: Me and some friends have been playing games with Centian, too, but not this Beautiful Corpse game. I’m really curious – could you share? Maybe this will help figure out what to do with Centian?

  3. jorge said,

    February 24, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I used to do “Beautiful Corpse” in art class in college wheew you fold a sheet up in three panels and draw a part of the drawing, then give it to the other two artists to do their part without loking at the other two drawings. I’ve never thought of doing it with paragraphs. Sounds interesting.

  4. jenaiaclemm said,

    February 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, wow – not only are people reading this thing, but they’re talking to Centian, too? Honestly, I don’t think the little silly things we’ve been sending back and forth would help anyone out with anything. As far as I can tell, he/she/it just likes to play.

  5. AtomicSnowflake said,

    February 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Jenaia,
    How are you and Centian today? He’s also been communicating with me and playing games. He is very fascinating, and intelligent. He has also suffered alot of pain and loss. And we have come to care about him very much.
    The writings you refer to as being silly, may not be so easily dismissed as simply play. Even if it is nothing you see as being important, you just really don’t know how much we would appreciate it if you could share some of them with us. If you’d prefer, your more than welcome to contact me by email. Just use the username above and send to gmail.
    Thank you for being so kind to Centian. Oh, and you could always join in with the games he plays with us if you like. I’m sure Centian and the others would enjoy that.

  6. jenaiaclemm said,

    February 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm


    I appreciate what you’re saying, truly, but trust me – it really is just for fun. 🙂 I would share but almost all of the exchanges have little details about my life that I feel uncomfortable allowing others to read. (Okay, yes, I shared them with a sculpture-thing that I found buried in the ground, but that’s probably something I need to talk to a therapist about.)

    However, Centian did mention possibly playing a round of Beautiful Corpse with his other friends (I think that’s you guys!) someday, so maybe you’ll have the chance to see for yourselves. I hope you do, because it’s a hoot.

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