Drums Around the Fire

The Drawing Board

When this project was a mere twinkle in my eye, it was just too expansive. My goal was to sort of play Indiana Jones, to delve deep into the ruins of ancient storytelling and see what valuables I could emerge with. I had wanted to spend a great deal of time looking at how the craft progressed from sacred roots to a secular profession. But, as it turns out, my eyes are bigger than my stomach, and I fell leaps and bounds short of my mark.

What resulted was more along the lines of a place to celebrate the power of storytelling. While I had hoped to spend the most time and energy on tracing the history and evolution, I ended up paying disproportionate attention to the modern fiction writer. I'm afraid this means I should have thought through my project more carefully in its early stages.

I knew from the word go that a blog wouldn't be the best choice for this project, but I was a little shy of the wiki. I understood it to be a highly collaborative tool, but I didn't think my project would be particularly fit for community editing. But what I did find was that the wiki can be used as a maleable essay--it's fluid, flexible, and changable. I also tried to keep in mind that the best writing when it comes to blogs and wikis is "off the cuff." I played around with this idea, and came up with a sense that in composing the content for the project, the tone could be described as a "stream of consciousness essay." I wrote what came to me, created hypertext as needed, and followed tangents along the way. The ability to relink it all together kept it fairly neat, and I became quite fond of the wiki format.

Without the bells and whistles of a blog, wikis often appear to be the ugly stepsister, but I made it a point to include things to look at. I also discovered that you can include photos as links within the wiki--an element I added liberally to the StorytellersOnStorytelling section.

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