When I was little, my parents read to me every night at bedtime. Through these evening readings, I fell in love with characters, worlds and the power of story. Eloise, Dr. Suess, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle … there’s just too many to name.
It was the beginning of a habit that has stayed with me my whole live. As I got older, this is how I learned to read, carefully sounding out each syllable with them each night. And then I started reading to my brother and sister, just like my parents did. As a teen I spent hours up late at night when I couldn’t sleep pouring over whatever book I was in the middle of. There always was at least one.
My parents have told me that as a kid, I made up a lot stories too. Elaborate, crazy stories about my toy animals, dolls, Lego men, fictitious characters my friends and I made up together.
And I guess it makes sense. As I’ve gotten older I’ve paid more attention when I listen to my family, and I’ve noticed something. We communicate in stories. Our little family culture is all about them. Ask how the drive home was, you don’t just get told there was traffic. You hear about how the car in front of us had a funny little dog in it, the guy who wouldn’t stop honking, how the car was stuck as a crawl for a full mile, and all because of a stupid fender bender.
So I guess you could say I was raised on stories.
Stories fuel us, they connect us. And as technology grows, we are gaining more and more ways to share them. It’s changing how we follow our favorite shows, watch movies and read books. As I’ve observed all this, I’ve come up with a big dream for stories in a digital world … particularly short stories.
I believe this digital world is primed for more short stories, and for a mainstream audience. So often it seems short stories are published in publications that reach only other short story writers. There’s just no reason for that in the 21st century. We have too many ways to connect.
This is the idea behind my new publication wordhaus: short stories for everyone. And by making the most of the latest technology, readers can take their stories anywhere, from their bed to their commute.
We’ve been collecting stories for about six months, and I’m excited to announce that wordhaus is launching its first issue the first Wednesday in January 2013.
To celebrate the buildup to our launch throughout December, I invite you to share your own story–the story of how you fell in love with stories. Post it on your blog, here in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter (#storylove). Post anywhere! Share your links here in the comments!
Here is a blurb and logo you can use when posting your story:
wordhaus, a new short story zine, is celebrating its coming January launch by inviting people to share their stories of how they fell in love with story. Here’s mine!