Have you felt it?
We're living in this incredible, unparalleled age of storytelling. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will relive these heady days in 2085 or 2110, assuredly with some immersive virtual reality experience.
After laughing at our ridiculous hair, clothing, vehicles, and politicians and after making disparaging remarks via some form of universal telepathy, I have no doubt they'll appreciate our mountains and mountains of content. 409 scripted television shows were made in 2015, according to FX Network's research team and the New York Times. FOUR HUNDRED AND NINE. These combined with the 9,704 feature films released in 2015 provide a mind-boggling array of viewing options. Let the binge-watching begin!
That's just the visual side of the content coin. On the aural side, there an estimated 180,000 active podcasts available through iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and others. ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND. And as of August 2015, there was 180,001! Yes, I threw my voice into the podcast megaphone with Story Geometry, an insightful podcast on the craft and community of writing and storytelling featuring interviews from published and aspiring authors.
I've partnered with non-profit literary workshop series Writing by Writers and have had the great fortune to interview award-winning novelists, creative nonfiction writers, and poets. Most of whom also teach in various low-residency or full-time MFA programs.
It's been an incredible journey these past months, including many lessons learned on both the creative writing and audio storytelling fronts.
Season One's guests are a literary who's who, give us a listen, and subscribe won't you? Season Two's just around the corner and features award winning writer and teacher Fenton Johnson (The Man Who Loved Birds, Scissors, Paper, Rock), debut novelist Elizabeth Marro, National Book Award Winner Mark Doty (Dog Years), Lidia Yukanavitch (The Small Backs of Children), Craig Childs (Apocalyptic Planet), National Book Award Finalist Luis Alberto Urrea (The Devil's Highway), and many, many more.
In the spirit of fantastic storytelling, we're also thrilled to have sponsor Talking Book - the independent audio book publisher along for the Season Two ride. More about them can be found in Season Two's launch (Episode 9).
Thanks for listening and subscribing!