We are One Year Old!

17270358_10212187992871950_2079505387_n.pngAs of today, Tale Foundry is one year old!
 
On behalf of everyone at the Foundry, we thank you for a year worth of wonderful creative thinking and writing. We are privileged to have such supportive fans and enjoyed seeing the many minds we inspired this year.
We invite you to share your stories with us by posting them on Tumblr with the “keep making stuff up” tag, or by submitting them here: https://goo.gl/ynaE9V. The same goes for any alternative art for stories you may have been inspired to create or any general fan art. We want to see what we have inspired you to do!
Thank you.

We’re One Year Old Tomorrow!

Tomorrow marks one full year since we posted our first episode! We believe that this is a major cause for celebration and we want you to join in.

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We invite you to share your stories with us by posting them on Tumblr with the “keep making stuff up” tag, or by submitting them here: https://goo.gl/ynaE9V. The same goes for any alternative art for stories you may have been inspired to create or any general fan art. We want to see what we have inspired you to do!

At the bottom are the links to all of our series. We’ve had a great time letting our creative juices flow with you this past year and we can’t wait to see how well the upcoming year goes!

Thank you, everyone.

Chloe, Happy Human Helper

Celtic Folklore

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YplUq8htcQh9-RZJn4CJ4X

Game of Thrones

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YagUCJ6fIFQUOZT_46vqLC

Weird Fiction

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-aBqWzHwiUiKvaczsW6riLt

American Mythology

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-Y4LDaObCud7smW86aKy1lX

Pokémon

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YHtheCuzlwNinJ4_G-jiod

Creepy Pasta

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YjkHXRlo5HhZSEuJytO2vC

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-apySLXczOQxjuqM3nwfe92

Westworld

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-ao21hH5cn63Jy8FgK-dayr

“Is Ford Actually Westworld’s Protagonist?”

A park full of intelligent, feeling creatures, reduced by their human masters to mere instruments of pleasure. Sounds like it should be pretty easy to point out who the “bad guy” is, but this show will give you a run for your money.

Let’s see what we can learn from it…

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3 Messages Hidden in Harry Potter (and Fantastic Beasts)

Watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave us an appreciation for an aspect of Harry Potter we’ve never really paid much attention to.

Let’s talk about allegory, and Rowling’s ingenius approach to it.

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Looking for a starting place for this month’s story — any ideas?

harrypottermonth_anyideas_startingplaceThis month we’re talking about Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and how Rowling approaches allegory in both.

So, the plan is to write a short fantasy story that hides an allegory in the most important part of the fiction. Right now it’s just an idea, but we’d love any opinions on how we should begin our approach. What do you think? Everything is welcome. We’ll build on this as the month progresses.

Time for an Upgrade

Nothing big, mind you, but an upgrade all the same.

Lately we’ve been struggling with our Something Interesting posts. They’re a joy to do research for and to share, but focus is somewhat… divided at the foundry right now. We’re caught somewhere between information dispenser and writing prompt generator.

We want to fix that.

Unfortunately, fixing that also means doing away with our Something Interesting blurbs. Which is a shame. We really enjoyed them, and we know you really enjoyed them as well. Fortunately this also means we’ll have more time to spend with our community. Rather than just spoon-feeding you interesting factoids, we’re planning to do more in the way of getting you lot involved.

First and foremost, we want to involve you in the creation of our stories, so starting with our next video series (yet to be announced) we’ll be sharing “think-tank” posts, if you will, where we explain some of themes we’re looking for and some of the info we’re working with, and then look to the community for ideas.

Secondly, we want to put more emphasis on your personal work. This means more short fiction prompts, more fan stories, more calls for submissions, etc., etc..

Finally, we want to spend more time talking to you, mostly in the form of more frequent Q&A calls and discussion posts.

So not a tremendous change, but hopefully an important one nonetheless.

How does this sound to you? Are you looking forward to the new posts, or do think you’ll feel a little bereft without the Something Interesting blurbs in your feed?