@fribbledom Stories let you string together photos and short videos, spatter them with text and stickers, and have them pop up at the top of the feed in tiny circles that most users over 40 ignore.

Microblog, Mastodon, and Write.as ... Which one is to be preferred over the others, and for what uses?

Okay. (Gulp.) Here's my take on a "Mastodon 101" introductory video! Fifteen minutes is a bit long, but you can skip the first half if you just want the 'toot-torial' for the software. Would love your thoughts, and pass it on if you think it's actually useful! Thanks to @Gargron and @ashfurrow, with shoutouts to @socrates @matt @woozle @Curator and @tootapp! bit.ly/joinmastodon #mastodon #fediverse #video

@lrhodes Have you read _The Golem and the Jenni”? I’m not sure about “jubilant,” but this curious mix of historical fiction and odd magic gave me real joy. In fact, I read it in one sitting on a transatlantic flight.

as comfort food,
with the wrappers off;

You taste it in night,
poetry as lovemaking,
tender words
off the tip of the tongue.

I dunk this story
into my cup of coffee,
the morning wondering


of the space between possibility
and regret


“Think of your work process as a form of travel. Look for things you don’t know, the things that are revealed or inadvertently uncovered. It is easier to find a world than to make one.”

-- from 101 Things To Learn in Art School, by Kit White, Number 29


@lauraritchie @dogtrax I don’t know of a platform that does that. I think the issue — particularly with music — will be latency. Encoding (turning the video and audio into digital data), connection speed (how fast your Internet speeds on both the broadcaster’s and receiver’s end), and network speeds (as viewers increase, streams tend to lose speed or quality) would make it hard for band members to synchronize with each other or for audiences to receive a synchronized result.

I’ve been so busy creating rich media stories for others, I’ve overlooked opportunities to tell my own stories using that approach. Hmmmm.

@Jacobevans My take: this piece works, and approaches the lyrical in places. One parting question: do you need the final paragraph? Maybe ... maybe not, depending on the moment you want to leave us in. Good work, J.

@orionkidder @steven_ovadia Count me in. We could use a write.as blog for posting content to read (and to reply to, I think). I could also open up something on a server of my own, if you prefer.

Isn't it weird how we make round pizzas, delivered in square boxes, just to cut them into little triangles before eating.

The King, The Queen, and The First Pizza Buffet
In Naples, the Pizzeria Brandi displays an 1889 letter from the royal “Inspection Office of the Mouth” (seriously!), confirming the Queen of Italy praised the excellence of the restaurant’s pizzas. Tour guides cite the letter when pinpointing Naples as the birthplace of the modern pizza. Their stories vary, but have three things in co

Here's my 10 seconds of courage. I wrote this a while ago, and I'm entering it into a nonfiction memoir contest. It's pretty personal. What do you guys think?


@Jacobevans Thank you for sharing this piece with us. Keep writing, and keep sharing it.

@Jacobevans 3/3 Finally: the piece ends with a vulnerable moment that we get to see directly: an emotional outburst in the airport that evokes tenderness from a stranger. That's in contrast to Jacob in paragraph 1, with his facade of pleasantries. Currently, you tell us about that Jacob -- you describe him. I wondered whether this transformation would be more powerful if, instead of telling us, you showed him to us: one scene that captures his reluctance to make an honest connection.

@Jacobevans 2/3 So, I've two gentle insights to offer -- things for you to consider and weigh. Don't do anything because I suggest it; address these issues only if doing so feels right to you.

First: beware preciousness. If Michael the Mormon is named for obvious reasons (and he is), consider whether you want to call out that obviousness by saying it's obvious. If, in talking to me, you'd say a phrase like "the bird's dawn chorus," then keep it. If you wouldn't, then reconsider it.

@Jacobevans 1/3 First of all: thanks for being one of just a few who are using writing.exchange to, well, exchange writing.

This piece is brave, and your voice is pure. The writing works on the most important level in that the concept succeeds. You're pulling back the curtain on very private moments. Because your writing feels sincere and vulnerable, we connect with you in a way we otherwise wouldn't.

When I used to teach non-fiction writing, I saw very few pieces this successful.

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