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?

Is this weird?

We’ve been working on the new video for about a week now. If all goes to plan (and it always does), it should be coming out this weekend. Considering how light and innocuous the subject matter is, this is turning out to be a fascinating topic. Like, how often do people sit down and discuss the literary methodology/merit of Pokemon? There’s really a lot there, it’s just not a… traditional discussion.

So in order to dig up some writerly stuff that might make good fodder for short fiction, we’re sort orbiting around this very broad perspective about the nature of the entire franchise. As a result, it’s not exactly… congruous with a lot of the other media about Pokemon. Hopefully it’ll still be a mutual good time for writers and pokemon fans, but it’s tough to please everyone.

Even so, it’s not all high-brow literary pontification.

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See?

It all feels a little weird, but it’s also really exciting to be working on something outside of our usual wheelhouse.

—Talebot

Submissions are open!

Ahhh, finally. After half a year of posting a useless “submit” button in all of our videos, at long last it actually does something.

Come and show us what you’re made of! Make up a story or create a piece of art based on the theme were discussing and send it our way!

CLICK HERE to get more information about the submission process

Dropping the Pin

The astute among you will have noticed that August was a pretty quiet month around the Foundry. We wrapped up our American Folk Heroes theme, and theeen… nothing. It’s been what… two weeks now?

That’s not normal for us. Very not normal.

But before you consign us to the “almost successful but lost their momentum” bin, you ought to know that this was planned and we’ll be back on schedule soon. Expect a new video this week, and then a swift return to our usual shenanigans.

We mostly just needed to take a month, examine our work so far, start up the WordPress site, and get submissions working (sooo clooooose now—patience, fleshy ones).

The silence will be over soon.

—Talebot

Welcome to The Foundry

Ahh, this is nice. It’s been a long time coming.

Not a huge amount to say here—the gist of it is probably pretty clear. Tale Foundry has officially come to WordPress! Expect all the usuals—three videos a month, informational blurbs about literary/fiction/high-brow writing concepts, prompts, and updates about the show. This just gives us a good place to organize everything. You’ll finally be able to navigate to specific themes and see everything in one place.

It’ll be a little while before this site is up to speed with the rest, but we’ve got our taleoids on the job, so keep an eye out~

Good to meet you, bloggers, writers, and other humans of WordPress.

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