Digital storytelling is a craft that uses the tools of digital technology to tell stories about our lives - in this case our life on Marrowstone Island. This site will be a nexus of those stories either directly in these web pages or links to other web spaces.
Step 1: Decide on the Story You Want to Tell
probably already have a person or subject in mind. Think small. Focus.
Don't get caught up trying to convey all the aspects of someone's life —
you're not writing the great American novel, you're creating what will
optimally be a three- to five-minute work that recounts a personal tale
and reveals a small truth.
What form should your story take? In
their decade of leading workshops, Lambert and Mullen list these main
varieties of digital stories:
- The story about someone important.
Character stories center on a person who's touched you in a deep way.
Often, these stories reveal as much about the narrator as about the
subject of the piece. Memorial stories pay tribute to someone who passed
on but left a lasting impression.
- The story about an event in your life.
Travel stories — stories about a personal journey or passage — can be
effective if they result in the narrator being transformed by the
experience in some way. Accomplishment stories about achieving a goal,
graduating from school, or winning an honor can easily fit into the
framework of the desire-struggle-realization structure of a classic
- The story about a place in your life. Our sense of place serves as the focal point of a great many profound stories.
- The story about what I do.
People find value in their work, hobbies, or social commitments and can
weave wonderful stories from their experiences in each.
- Recovery stories.
Sharing the experience of overcoming a tragedy, challenge, or personal
obstacle is an archetype that always has the potential to move
- Love stories. We all want to know how someone
proposed, met a spouse, experienced the birth of a first child, or came
to terms with a parent. Exploring these kinds of relationships helps
affirm our own.
- Discovery stories. These stories probe how we uncovered a truth or learned how to do something.
Where do we find Marrowstone stories?
A story about something to do with one of the Marrowstone Island links in the left sidebar is ...
The "Marrowstone" book Karen Russell and Jeanne Bean
It has been 34 years since Karen Russell and Jeanne Bean published "Marrowstone"
in 1978. It covered "... the period from1885 to1952 (1952 per Karen.
Book sleeve says "... to 1945"), following the lives of two generations of
Island residents and setting important events in chronological order."
lot has happened since 1945/1978.
Maybe, someday, someone will want to write a follow up to the book.
Over the years I have occasionally asked and have often heard others ask questions about people, places, events, etc. on Marrowstone and either no one knew the answer or they have had to do some significant research to find the answer. And those who have these answers and stories are moving away or passing on.
Since it is so easy for an Internet junkie like me to create a space/place like this to collect and organize these answers and stories, it seems like this is the right time to start that process.
All I need to do is to try to make it easy for you to send me those answers and stories.
Please click on the links In the left sidebar to review web page stubs that I have created for this collection.
When you are ready, click on The Process here or in the left sidebar to post your comments, answers, questions and/or stories.