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welcome to the spooky

First, I would like to say that listening to Night Vale felt quite nostalgic. When I was in high school, I had a friend who listened to Welcome to Night Vale. I barely knew her, but we were in Book Club together. Biweekly we would gather, a group of possibly three or four of us, in a sunny chemistry classroom to discuss the book we’d chosen. The other weeks, we would use the fifty minutes to read. And one afternoon, this friend suggested we all listen to an episode of Welcome to Night Vale. I don’t remember which one we listened to, it’s been several years, but I found the voice soothing and the story wild. Fast forward to today where I actually fully listened to episode 13, A Story About You, I closed my eyes and imagined I was back in that classroom, listening as if we were in the 1900s and enjoying the evening radio program. 

As for the podcast itself, I find that I have a similar problem with audiobooks. While I would love to listen to novels while driving, running, cleaning, baking, or doing any other physical activity, I find that my brain sometimes zones out and I miss key details. I believe this might be because I have trained my brain to work with music on and I don’t particularly notice the music playing through my headphones whenever I’m writing. I am now, simply because I am thinking about the fact that I don’t think about the music I play (somehow my Spotify has started playing Hamilton? Now I’m distracted in rapping to the Election of 1800, hold please). 

Okay, and we’re back and now I’m listening to Post Malone so I can focus. 

On to Night Vale. I found the writing to be clever and engaging. I could see vividly everything, the titan planet in the sunless void is a personal favorite image of mine. I think what makes Night Vale unique, besides the fact that it’s one of the older podcasts (I see it has been going since 2012!) and its format seems to be free-flowing enough that it can accommodate for multiple storylines and moments of strangeness. A Story About You, in particular, had the feeling of a spoken Twine. There could’ve been other paths to chose and maybe you would’ve gotten a different ending. Maybe you could’ve followed the trader man in the dinner. Maybe you could’ve opened the crate you stole. What would happen if you would’ve tipped the waitress who bopped her head to a melody only she could hear. What if you did order an invisible slice of pie? 

I think I agree with what the reading said about bringing the criticisms and framework from radio broadcasting. There is not really a place for it. I would say with a podcast like Night Vale that I could have to analyze it not from a journalistic view (which I struggle with anyway because I am not trained as a journalist) but from a creative writing point of view. In the end, episode 13 has hit all the marks of a well thought out and woven short story. But what makes it pop is the music, is the meta-ness of the story. It is the story of you, and the listener becomes the you listening to a podcast meant to be like a radio broadcast and the you in the podcast is listening to the story of you on the radio. It’s a layered story that reaches beyond the confines of a typical read story and yanks the listener into the story. You are the story, even if you are not in the story. You are listening to a story while listening to a story. It’s meta as fuck. And it is not something that could be easily (if at all) by a physical book.

So I applaud this podcast and I think I’ll try to listen to more as I do laundry or cook food or take a walk. And I think one day I might like to move to Night Vale and try the invisible pie. Sounds tasty. 

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The Wrath King

update on project

So, in July of 2018 I actually started my Tumblr writing blog, so I have some of the posts up already, but I have updated the face of my actual “blog home” for the first time since then.

here is the link – – https://writerofscribbles.tumblr.com/thewrathking

I also have a few of the staples for a writing blog on tumblr such as a crappy comic sans powerpoint of my current WIP, have answered questions from ask games, have a WIP introduction, and one of my worldbuilding introduction posts up.

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Proposal

Vision & Mission

By making a Writblr on Tumblr, the mission would be to gain an audience and a following for my writing and series. As someone who likes to share her work anonymously and draws inspiration from other hardworking individuals, making a Wrtiblr would be a place to interact with the community, while also building my own branding.

Platform

The reason for using Tumblr is the ability to interface with other writers and creators. Tumblr is exactly the type place that it would perfect for having snippets, excerpts, pieces of trivia, interaction with people interested in the project, aesthetics, moodboards, character introductions, participate in ask games and memes, etc. On the negative side, Tumblr is a less popular form of social media. It can be difficult to be fished out in the sea of thousands of users and make your content noticed. However, I have been diligently following several Writblrs and their WIPs for about a year and I find the community is very welcoming, inviting, and fun. Tumblr is also a very easy platform to use and to format the posts in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Execution

My first course of action would be to make a Tumblr account dedicated to writing. Then I would work on making the writer’s introduction post, the WIP introduction post, perhaps even a few staples of the community (shitty comic sans Powerpoints introducing the wip and its world, doing an ask game about writing, playlist making, etc). Then I would probably add character profiles and aesthetics with little snippets of dialog or description from the scenes I have written with them. Then I would follow several writing blogs, reblog some of their creative work, their writing tips, strategies, writing prompts, and the like. Essentially, I would begin to build the basis of a resource blog that I can come back to and a place to build my brand as a fantasy writer.

Presentation

My preferred method of presenting this would be to make a PowerPoint with screen captures from the Writblr, along with closeups of the aesthetic moodboards I’ve made (just to show them off because I love doing that sort of thing). I would probably, if this is what the project called for, talk about other authors who have been successful by gaining a following on the internet, whether for good or bad. And also how support from other authors is really important because writing is oftentimes such a solitary job.

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social media ideas

  1. Instagram – using the platform I would like to make modern Instagram profiles for characters of my fictional series or of characters in one of my favorite series. Or even make social media pages for famous authors with pictures, ideas, posts, rants and such that in keeping with their philosophy, idealogy, or literature. I think this would be interesting because it could engage with the fan base of these characters.
  2. Tumblr – using this platform, I had an idea to make a Writblr, which is essentially a Tumblr blog about the different works in progress of currently unpublished authors in order to get followers and people who will care and follow their work. This is a good way to build a platform before you get published and might help build your revenue when you do get published.
  3. Twitter – this social media platform would be cool to make a story that is influenced by the people who follow. So you set up a scenario at the beginning of the twitter story with options for where it goes in a twitter poll. Then, whichever option wins the poll determines the next part of the story. In this way, people could interact and have a say in the story and what happens to the characters. And, anyone can jump in and vote in a different segment whenever they want.