Tell Me a Story

I think one of the greatest art forms there is, is the art of story telling. A story can be told in so many ways. They can be written, spoken, acted or drawn. I love watching my son make up stories from the pictures in his books (I think he tells us more stories than we tell him). I found some wonderful myths and fairytale collection books from Usborne for Santa to put in his stocking. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I can’t wait for him to see them.

The items I sought out today are meant to hold onto the idea of telling a story.

If you know me at all you know I’m a story addict. For about the last year or so though I haven’t had much time for reading, so audio has been a life saver.

I rent a lot of audiobooks from, which works a lot like NetFlix but with audiobooks. I really like for renting audiobooks, especially since they have a request option and have got me books they didn’t have in stock previously on a number of occasions.

I’ve bought some from Audible, but as fast as I go through audiobooks it’s not really affordable enough for me so I tend to only buy favorites that I’ll listen to over and over.

We got into a finacial bind last year when my boyfriend started having big gaps in work at his job as a painter I had to give up my subscription to for a while as part of our household budget cuts. That’s when I discovered that there are people podcasting their books. Free audio fiction! There’s even a site that collects all these great books call I’ve found tons of new favorite authors through them.

That isn’t where my podio fiction addiction began however. The first fiction podcast I found was EscapePod, which is a sci-fi anthology podcast. From the same people there is also a fantasy podcast and a horror podcast called PodCastle and PseudoPod. All three are made by Escape Artists and it was a promo on EscapePod that led me to Podiobooks, The Metamor City Podcast, Scott Sigler, Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, and P.G. Holyfield‘s writings. From those I found J.D. Sawyer and Mur Lafferty‘s stuff as well as a really funny book called Nina Kimberly the Merciless and many others. As you can see each one kind of causes a chain reaction of finding another one, and there’s new authors releasing they’re books on podcasts all the time. A lot of these authors have their books published too. I actually knocked off about half my gift list with their books because I know a lot of people who don’t really like audio books, but would love the stories.

Rock Out Edgar Allen Poe iPod Case - $9.99.

I think another great gift would be loading a couple CDs with some episodes from these (many are under Creative Commons copyright that allow you to copy them to share with others) and a case for their player of choice.

The Etsy artists featured in this gift guide are:

allthosethrees, TillyBloom, claraclips, HappyHaven, faerieworks, immortallongings, kylallon, redpumpkinstudio, Talula, CountingBunnies, UnderTheStairStudios, AlteredArtifacts, and sweetheartsinner

Tomorrow’s guide: Take Flight


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Dec 10, 2009 @ 22:44:21

    Thanks so much for including my book! Cool blog, and I’m looking forward to looking through the rest of your posts.
    Jen (redpumpkinstudio)


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