Storytelling is the art that will remain when the solar flares cause all the power to go out and we find ourselves warming canned pork and beans over a fire kindled by old Picassos. So let's get used to enjoying stories now.
In 2011 I had a blast creating 24 different podcasts celebrating the art of the story. They included one about my act of defiance in first grade, my first ordeal with politics, another guy's experience being subject to six scathing chapters in his ex wife's biography and the time I might have had a date with Jodie Foster.
I did 24 podcasts during that year, all of which you can hear by going to TheNarrativeArts.com.
The Field of Steve podcast, as fun as it turned out to be for me and for those who listened, was exhausting to do on top of a full-time job as a reporter and as a father of three children. So I put the podcast on hiatus, considering how I might return in a way that was sustainable.
This time around, instead of doing short stories once a week, I plan to do 45-60 minutes once a month.
The focus will be more or less the same, 45-60 minutes each month celebrating the art of the story.
The small amount requested here helps pay for web hosting and incidental expenses. Of course, I'd be thrilled to raise more than the minimum. Each sponsorship guarantees another month's episode. If I raise $750 I might consider buying an hour's time on a Seattle radio station to test how that works.
But first, let's get to $300 and start telling stories again.
Risks and challenges
As for the podcast itself, this is work that I've done before. Raising the $300 here only guarantees two episodes, unless I get more than one $150 sponsorship.
On the rewards with the books there could be delays.
The other possible obstacles are dramatic ones, things I don't want to name here.
Technical difficulties could cause delays, but nothing permanent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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