Storytime podcast?

I'm thinking that it would be cool, what with iTunes 4.9 supporting podcasts now, to start a short-story podcast. If you're a writer, and you've got a short story you'd like promoted, I think it could be fun to record it to MP3 and send it out into the inkernet.

So, who's interested? Wanna get heard? It's a way to get published right now, and possibly heard by thousands of listeners. If we can get an iTunes slot (which shouldn't be hard at all) you'll probably get a hell of a lot of listeners for story.

I'm thinking the show would work like this;

  • Intro jingle
  • Introduction to the podcast
  • Short Author's Bio,
  • website address and or email of the author
  • The story itself
  • reprise; how to contact the author
  • outro jingle

Now, I've never podcasted before, but I've got the skillz to record it and publish it, if I can get the material. Who wants to be part of "Mindfire Storytime -- stories with a spark of genius" ;)

Plots Within Plots

And  another feature just gone into Ariade; nested events.

Previously, Ariadne used a single canvas for your story; everything happened on the same page. But to manage complexity, I've added the ability to create a new canvas inside every event; so you can do things like this;


Romeo and Juliet - overall structure (Click to zoom)

And then 'drill down' into the different blocks; this is act 1;


Romeo and Juliet - Act 1 (Click to zoom)

You can continue this to an infinite depth, going as far down as you want. That means you can have stories of arbitrary complexity, and simple pictures of each part of the story, all broken down into manageable chunks.

I'm rather happy with how it's going ;-)

Funky New Viewpoints Feature

After a great conversation with my friends Derek and Clare, I've finally hit Ariadne hard again. In just a few days, I've come up with some great updates, including one featrue I'm calling 'Viewpoints'

A viewpoint is a view of a whole story from a particular character's point of view, or for a particular plotline, or similar. Here's an example.

Pulp fiction's a highly mixed-up film. It doesn't play out like a normal film. The characters enter and leave the story at different points, but underneath there's a sensible story. Here's a fraction of it in Ariadne;


Part of the complex Pulp Fiction story (click to zoom)

Now - we can now examine a particular character's place in the story. For this post, I've chosen Harvey Keitel's charcter, Mr Wolf. By choosing Mr Wolf's viewpoint, Ariadne shows you this;


Isolating Mr Wolf's part. (click to zoom)

Now, I think this is going to be really useful to writers. Just playing round with it tonight, I figure it lets you see where your story is sensible; you get to make sure that, although your story may be complex and convoluted, each character has a sensible and simple path through the story. It also lets you design a view for each plotline you want, so that you don't have to design with the whole story on the page, but rather just the plotline you're interested in. For example;


a particular plotline isolated (click to zoom)