Thousand Story Studio

Happy New Year

Jan
03

This is the time of year when people launch new habits and attempt new goals.

My goal for this year has been a long time coming. I’ve talked and Tweeted about my writing efforts for years. But no one I know has ever read my work.

Over those years I’ve attempted and “won” NaNoWriMo three consecutive times. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers spend the 30 days of November to create a 50,000 word novel (or at least a very rough first draft of one). Anyone who accomplishes this is deemed a winner. No one ever read any of these three stories – a verified word count was all that mattered.

Last year I entered several short story contests. None of these efforts “won” anything, but it got the writing out of my laptop and in front of actual readers. There was little feedback with these competitions however, and none of the readers actually knew me. All of my writing remained safely anonymous.

This year I will begin sharing some of my writing – right here on this blog. By year’s end I plan to have a collection of short stories available in ebook form.

Most of my stories feature architects, doing things that architects do and saying things that architects say. Some simply present architecture (places and spaces we’re all familiar with) as a character in the story.

I believe there is a lot of untapped story matter to develop here. I also believe that there is a vast potential audience. For years my blog tagline was “Architecture Holds a Thousand Stories” – in 2018 I will begin to tell some of the thousand stories.

I look forward to sharing more soon in this happy new year.

 

 

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A New Look

May
26

This blog has seen several iterations over the past eight or so years.

I appreciate those who’ve followed along – and those who’re just now finding Thousand Story Studio.

Here’s a short recap:

Building Content was launched almost a decade ago as blog to help Architects promote their work. I found myself unemployed in the great recession. Things were bleak for me and many of my fellow Architects. I was looking for answers, for a way out for the profession as a whole.

At that time I began to see blogging and social media as inexpensive and simple marketing tools. “Architecture Holds a Thousand Stories” was my tagline and mini-manifesto. It became a rallying cry. It had long bothered me that our profession was a closed book to society at large – it seemed that no one knew what we really did. The initial purpose of Building Content was for me to learn – and then to teach others – how to tell our architectural stories through blogging. I picked up a few awards along the way and made some life-long connections among my peers.

On New Years Day of 2011 I started Tweeting these ideas as @BuildingContent.

 

In spring of 2013 (after moving out of state for a job with a firm that eventually went out of business) I launched a company of my own. Following a good deal of market research and SWOT analyses I adapted my blog tagline into my firm name: Thousand Story Studio.

I secured the ThousandStory.com domain name and relaunched the Building Content blog as my design firm website. I primarily posted about my projects, but behind the scene I continued to explore the relationship of Architecture in the media. I became fascinated with the idea of stories of Architects and Architecture finding their way into the culture. Online and off , I began networking with filmmakers, media professionals, and writers of all fields.

 

Due to a terrific career offer from an establish engineering firm, I relocated back to Charlotte. I had no need for my company website, but I continued to use Thousand Story Studio for occasional blog posts (primarily for the Architalks blog series).

Now Thousand Story Studio has a new purpose – as my new author platform. I have been developing my fiction writing over most of the years I’ve spent blogging. I intend to be one of those who tell the thousand untold stories of Architecture in the form of short stories and novels.

 

I will post more here soon. In addition to featuring some of my own writing, I will be reviewing books about architecture and interviewing authors.