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Email based interactive fiction - what was it?

Trying to remember a piece of interactive fiction where you signed up using your email address and over several days you'd get emails from characters who worked at an imaginary company. I think you could reply to them using a certain format and that would change the way the story played out. I would have seen it around 2006 or 2007, and I don't think it was new then. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Dec 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Nonfiction Podcast Series for Road Tripping

ISO: Nonfiction podcasts, spread over multiple episodes, not Serial but in that vein of long-form audio storytelling. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Long shot, but can you help me find this story from a few years ago?

I think this is from a podcast, but it's possible I read it somewhere. A woman relates a story about traveling abroad with her friends. They were guided to a local bath house and had to confront the foreign norms and customs. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Nov 12, 2014 - 3 answers

If Podcasts Were Hot Dogs, I'd Be Kobayashi

I spend 10+ hours per week commuting, 40+ hours wearing headphones at work (open-plan office: boo!), and ANOTHER 5+ hours wearing headphones at the gym. As such, I plow through an absolutely obscene volume of podcasts. I'd like some recommendations for more (lest I be forced to spend even a single second alone with my thoughts). To help you get an idea of my preferences, here are a few lists: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 12, 2014 - 63 answers

Internet community where I can get feedback on my prose and storytelling

I am about 15,000 words into my first novel, and I'm finding it difficult to get feedback from my old English major friends. I'd like to know how the pace, grammar, syntax, etc. of my story strike various experienced readers, but I certainly don't want to put my manuscript online in an unsecured environment. Any thoughts? BTW, I live in the Maine woods; no, there are no local meet-ups. I really wish there were.
posted by jwhite1979 on Apr 28, 2014 - 15 answers

I have an encyclopedia, not a story: what to do?

Authors Of AskMe, has this happened to you? During my self-imposed creative hiatus over the last year or so I conducted a lot of research into what would be my dream project. A project I could be passionate about, the kind of book I'd really want to exist. So I made a list of every thing, character, concept, idea, sudden kind of twist I'd like. I have three notebooks of this stuff. I cross-indexed it and included all my references. I have an astounding about of detail on what I want to put in and touch on but no actual story. I keep staring at it, like it's a list of SCP entries, and I can't think of a damn thing for anyone to do with these collected items, places, motifs, themes, and people. It's frustrating cause I can come up with quick pulp narratives on the fly for stuff I'm not working as hard on but every attempt to break and outline a rising action for these people results in rapid breathing and complete brain fume-lock. I keep asking "What does the main character want?" and coming up with nothing. Is this common? Is there a resource for this? Can I pay someone to go through these ideas and find something that other people might want to read? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2014 - 39 answers

Ideas for short anecdotes

Lately I've been looking into pursuing my love for comics by writing one-page stories. Catch is, I'm experimenting with layering the stories and de-linearizing them, but I need simple story ideas for the most basic layer of the piece. My best bet would be working with something similar to a parable or anecdote which I can later complicate, but where can I find helpful ideas / inspiration? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Writing for computer games?

I'm a fiction writing and I've always wanted to be involved in the storytelling aspect of a computer game. Can I make this happen without a career change or having to take on technical or design stuff? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Mar 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Short stories that end in suicide of main character

Do you know of any good short stories that end in the suicide of the main character? I'm interested in knowing how the writer of such a story designed the character arc.
posted by storybored on Feb 24, 2014 - 23 answers

What happens outside of the courtroom?

Does anyone know if there are any people who work in the area outside of a courtroom? Maybe like security guards or someone like that? I'd like to show someone waiting for the doors of a courtroom to open and am trying to think of who might be there (besides someone who's especially interested in what's happening in there) Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 20, 2014 - 27 answers

meta stories are meta

I really love works of fiction that use the style, setup, or form of another media product as a means of storytelling and sometimes subversion. For example: TEDxSummerisle (complete with tweets and botched livestream) and The Theory of Narrative Causality, written primarily in the form of Livejournal posts by the Sherlock Homes fandom (inc comments and bits of fanfic) as well as GChats, TVTropes, and related media. What other similar works are out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2014 - 22 answers

Looking for program for video montage / randomly creating video on PC

I have a 2yr old and lots of video I take almost daily: I love how the iOS apps Qwiki and FrameBlast automatically/randomly cut and assemble videos on my iPhone to make a video montage - sometimes it lands on a really nice selection and I feel wonderful sense of serendipity. With little or no effort, I have a great video to share with friends and family. What are some PC desktop equivalent software programs that will make a very busy guy's family video montage creation easier?
posted by cha4 on Oct 5, 2013 - 0 answers

What are your favorite "True Music Facts"?

As a creative outlet, I have started writing up "True Music Facts" to write to a friend once a week. (I turned one of them about the Steve Miller Band into a post on the blue last week.) My supply is running out much more quickly than I imagined, because I want the fact to be a fun story. So, a TMF isn't something like "the Beatles had the most number 1 hits" or "Boston's debut album sold X million copies." It's more like the story of the Beatles' "Butcher Cover" or Jethro Tull's odd Grammy win for best hard rock/heavy metal performance, or the etymology of a strange band name like Three Dog Night or a song like Cracklin' Rosie. So I ask of you: what are your favorite "True Music Facts?"
posted by AgentRocket on Sep 19, 2013 - 29 answers

Best short folktale?

Looking for a short, entertaining folktale that I can tell, that is under ten minutes long. What's your favorite?
posted by storybored on Aug 16, 2013 - 13 answers

movies where everyone behaves themselves?

After a couple summer blockbusters left a bad taste in my mouth, the new(-ish) Much Ado About Nothing was refreshing. What are your favorite movies where no one is killed, threatened, beat up, kidnapped or stolen from?
posted by morganw on Aug 13, 2013 - 56 answers

Separating people from other people

Hey AskMetafilter - calling on all writers for help. I write screenplays, and I think my greatest weakness is that I have trouble developing clear, consistent characters in my work. I seem to constantly make characters do things that don't fit their personalities - which creates a lot of confusion for my readers. I need help figuring out how to create well-defined characters who are consistent throughout the text. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Jun 7, 2013 - 26 answers

A grad program that deals with creative writing AND photography?

I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 10, 2013 - 9 answers

OMG, storytelling in journalism is changing. What to read abot this?

Here's an European writing a book/thesis about storytelling in journalism. What texts (linguistics, literary theory etc – preferably *not* mass communication theory) might help in analysing contemporary changes in that field? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jan 24, 2013 - 2 answers

I Want My 80's TV

Are there any good drama series from the eighties available streaming online? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 4, 2013 - 26 answers

HAHAHA remember that time when...?

How do I look out for and tell funny personal stories? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Why are third acts so difficult?

Why are third acts so difficult to execute well? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Nov 16, 2012 - 14 answers

I laughed, I cried, etc

Storytelling as an art form/performance- I can't get enough! Point me towards podcasts, events in NYC, etc. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

How can we get people to tell us stories about my mother-in-law?

My (beloved) mother-in-law died after a year with lung cancer and we will be having a big memorial for her this weekend. What can we do to capture stories and memories from her family and friends? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Ghost stories to tell children aloud?

Ghost stories to tell a five-year-old? [more inside]
posted by palliser on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Examples of blogs and websites who are great at visual storytelling?

I'm looking for blogs/websites that are great at visual storytelling, regardless of topic or content. (Similar to The Bold Italic) [more inside]
posted by petah on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Hey, cmoj, tell that joke.

What jokes do you know that absolutely depend on telling a good story? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 11, 2012 - 45 answers

How can I better identify and understand "theme" and "subtext" (and "motif"?) in stories and not just take them (as I tend to) as a plot or a bunch of things that happen.

How can I better identify and understand "theme" and "subtext" (and "motif"?) in stories and not just take them (as I tend to) as a plot or a bunch of things that happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2012 - 22 answers

What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?

Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2011 - 51 answers

Studying whether I'm doing it wrong

I'm interested in learning about the experience of watching a movie from other people's perspectives. Do most people become fully absorbed into the movie's story, or remain slightly aloof and analyze the construction of the movie, or varying levels of both, but at what levels? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Nov 11, 2011 - 11 answers

I already know how it ends

I'm really good at predicting the end of most movies and books. I easily see foreshadowing, symbolism, and archetypes. How can I parlay this skill into a creative job? [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Oct 2, 2011 - 27 answers

I think I've identified 'my passion'. Now help me get out of my own momentum-killing way!

So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
posted by softlord on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 answers

It is 5am. And you are listening. To a story backed by music.

I love songs where a story is spoken (not sung) over backing music that adds to the story, but doesn't overtake it. Almost a spoken-word narrative over music. Help me find some amazing examples. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Sep 1, 2011 - 73 answers

Teach me how to teach mythology!

I've been given a mythology class to teach, mostly to juniors and seniors (at a public high school in California). Yay! However, the previous teacher won't let me borrow her material, and my mythological education was taking one class in college and a lot self-teaching (thus, there are gaping holes in my knowledge). And so, mefites, hope me figure out the best way to teach this class! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 28, 2011 - 36 answers

TV Show That You Can't Put Down

Since its inception, television has often been criticized for a lack of writing and/or artistic quality when compared to books. What television show made you realize for the first time that television has the potential not only for entertainment but also for quality storytelling? [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Jul 21, 2011 - 72 answers

They gasped in all the right places... until I appeared.

I'm an awful story teller. When I tell an anecdote I want people to "Ooh", "Aah" and laugh in the right places instead of me having to tell them "That's it, that's how it ends". How do you do it, interesting people of AskMeFi? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Jun 22, 2011 - 37 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Who is the Moriarty to your Holmes?

What sort of questions would you ask someone about on the theme of enemies and nemeses? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Apr 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

A series of series and serialized sub-serials. Seriously, basically help me make some mini-series - there will be spoilers.

*Spoiler Alert*Never Read This Thread (but none within the question itself): I am hoping to create a set of custom original miniature series "arcs", highlighting various things; characters/topics/ story-arcs/plot-arcs... any sort of "shortening of a longer series" that you love, or like or know. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Feb 12, 2011 - 4 answers

What's your favorite inspirational story?

What's your favorite inspirational story? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

I want something that has me engrossed straight from "In the beginning"

Recommend me a translation of the Bible (New Testament would be nice but optional) that's an engrossing read — if such a thing exists. I want a translation/interpretation that places emphasis on the story being told. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Jan 4, 2011 - 18 answers

WriterFilter/JournoFilter: Tim Cahill Swallows. But How?

How do working writers digest and dramatize their experiences into working literature (or some close proximity thereof) in such quick order? [more inside]
posted by seansbrain on Dec 18, 2010 - 8 answers

New World of Darkness messageboard/community?

Message boards for people running/playing new World of Darkness? [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Oct 3, 2010 - 3 answers

So, I was at my son's bar mitzvah, and...

Which stand-up comedians tell personal stories as opposed to gags, one-liners and impressions? (I already know about Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 20, 2010 - 57 answers

How do I learn to make short movies?

I'm an engineer wanting to explore my creative side a bit via making short films aimed at online viewing via YouTube or whatever. I've got the high-end Macintosh but I need (1) a camera (hopefully better than my old MiniDV camcorder), (2) software (Final Cut Express or similar, I suppose), and (3) skill in the mechanics of filming and editing and in the technique of story telling. In other words, I need to learn how to operate the camera and editing software but I also need to learn what I want to do with it. I'd appreciate suggestions for any of this stuff but pointers on good books or whatever for learning the skills would be really nice.
posted by LastOfHisKind on Aug 15, 2010 - 9 answers

How to properly tell a story with pictures

Tips for creating a comic book? [more inside]
posted by Kirk Grim on Aug 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Damn the Torpedoes!

I need your favorite badasses of history and science! [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on May 13, 2010 - 143 answers

Stories!

Teach me how to tell stories. [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

I Am Standing In Sunshine On A Tall Peak, Below Me I Can See Only Clouds

After listening to The Moth for a while I would like to work on becoming a better storyteller. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 29, 2010 - 15 answers

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