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Telling the stories, pointing out the paths that make human steps historic.
Telling the stories, pointing out the paths that make human steps historic.
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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.

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    My thanks. You will get an email from me thanking you for your support and you'll be notified when each podcast is about to go live.

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    Backers at this level will get a "special thanks" mention at the end of one of the podcasts, and a thank you email from me.

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    For $25 U.S. backers will get a signed copy of the book "Spill Your Guts' Guts," a retelling of the 2011 podcasts. You will also get the "special thanks" mention on a show and the emailed appreciation.

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    Contributors at this level get your name, or something of you work out with Steve, included in the story of one of the shows. Consider it people or product placement. I promise it won't be cheesy, unless "cheesy" is called for. You will also get the on-air "thank you" and a copy of "Spill Your Guts' Guts," Only three per podcast.

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    At this price you can be the sole sponsor of an episode of "The Field of Steve" podcast. You'll get a 15-30-second promotion at the beginning and end of the show you sponsor. You'll also get a copy of the book.

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    Podcast coaching. I will come to your house and spend a full workday coaching you in creating your own podcast with the tools you have. You must have a computer with Internet and something to record your voice digitally, or a smart phone. Once your podcast is available I will promote it on my show. My travel and lodging expenses are yours, too.

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