I want to start this post off by giving credit where credit is due. Many years ago, Joe Nassise e-mailed me and invited me to be part of a new “experiment” he wanted to try. He called it, no surprise, “Storytellers Unplugged.” Originally, it was to be a group of thirty genre-related authors, mostly horror writers, who would post in a sort of round-robin form on a “blog”. Keep in mind that – at the time – blog wasn’t a common term in the outside world. Social Media was only beginning to make it’s mark in advertising and marketing, and HTML tables were still the standard for web page design. I was less than totally enthusiastic, but I told Joe I’d do it. I just didn’t “get” it. Joe did.
In fact, Joe has been at the forefront of a lot of things I’ve seen slowly become standards, and I salute him for his forward thinking. I believe we are likely to hear about a few of them in future posts. I also thank him for both conceiving Storytellers Unplugged and for allowing me to share admin responsibilities. As time went along, we both learned a lot about blogging, managing websites, and WordPress – our chosen blogging platform.
Now Storytellers is moving into a new era. Joe is going to drop back to the ranks of regular posters, so he’s not going anywhere, and I’m going to try my hand at pushing the envelope with a new format. The new Storytellers Unplugged is built on the WordPress MU platform. (Multi-User). What we have here is a miniature community modeled on WordPress.com – a site where you can not only sign up new users, but you can have as many different blogs as you like.
I’ve separated our authors into their own blogs – you’ll find the links to them on the right of the main page. This allows readers to find more posts by an author they are particularly taken with, and allows us to more easily back up our content and search it when we want to find something. It also gives the authors more freedom to customize their content, track the stats on their individual posts, and promote their work. There’s a lot more coming.
Some things I’m hoping to add include a separate blog with information on different publishers, a podcast channel, a video channel where we can show book trailers and other short video content, a bookstore where our author’s work will be available – hopefully signed – and a section for interviews. I’ve interviewed many of the folks here on my main website, Glimpses Into an Overactive Mind, and I hope to update those and move them here. We might also have a blog for excerpts to upcoming work – and could even hold some contests and promotions. The Net’s the limit, and it’s still fairly boundless – just stick with me. I want to get all the wheels spinning smoothly and on the right tracks before I start building on the framework.
Comments can be left on the main site now, or on the original post at the particular author’s site. If you have questions, suggestions for content of for topics you’d like to see covered, please, feel free to include these in your comments. All of our authors are very interested in your feedback – the comments are what make the “connection” – and the connection between authors, readers, and other creative minds is the entire point of our site.
We’d like to welcome back to the fold author Elizabeth Bear, who was on a Storytellers hiatus for a while, and in a month or so, author Brian Hodge, both of whom have agreed to sign on and re-enter the madness. This month we will bid fond farewell to Steve and Melanie Tem, though I’m sure we’ll see them around these parts now and again – they have contributed some of the most thoughtful and memorable posts in recent months, and they will be missed.
Welcome new Storyteller Mur Lafferty – who is a master of geek-fu, queen of the Murverse, and whose novels Heaven and Hell were the first two “podioooks” I’ve ever read. Very lucky and happy to have her on board – she adds another clear helpful voice, a lot of energy and talent, and words. It’s all about the words.
Anyway, I’ve droned on long enough. My next post will be on the 31st – I’ve traditionally taken that date as an extra, and my fellow Storytellers always allow it. I’ll be posting a short story…and then the next day diving into the world of Nanowrimo and National Novel Writing Month. I’d like to thank the love of my life, and my collaborator in creativity, Patricia Lee Macomber for the cool flying books banner on the main site. She’s available for graphics work, if you need it, and reasonable (both in price and demeanor … ) She and I have collaborated on stories and a Stargate Atlantis novel due out in February – and on our masterwork, a little girl named Katie who started kindergarten this year.
It’s an interesting time to be a writer, and I’m hoping that Storytellers Unplugged will become an important part of the written world as we move into a new generation of publishing, technology, and stories.
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Listen to them…the storytellers of the night…what music they make.