Category: Transmedia Storytelling

Being creative is like feeling . . . well, stupid

Being creative is like feeling . . . well, stupid

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein I write science fiction. Time travel, to be specific. It’s about making stuff up for a world that doesn’t (yet) exist. In the case of … Continued

The Heart of the Earth Is Our Beating Heart – National Poetry Month 2020

The Heart of the Earth Is Our Beating Heart – National Poetry Month 2020

  There’s a storm outside Earthquake, volcano, tornado Hurricane, cyclone, tsunami We’ve choked off our lungs– Forest, ocean, air The lungs of the Earth The heart of the Earth Is our beating heart There’s a storm inside Virus, coughing, choking, Wheezing, breathlessness It’s choked off our lungs— Sacs, bronchioles, cell Particles littered like shattered glass … Continued

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

On a recent Thursday afternoon in February, I was invited to do a Twitter Takeover for Young Entertainment Magazine (@YoungEntMag), doing a #YAauthorTakeover. I was a little nervous in the lead-up, but the two hours flew by. I’ve used screen shots to capture here–because ye olde Storify is no longer an option (boo!). So the … Continued

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Teens Exercise Writing Chops in Workshop with Maryland Writers Association Gaithersburg, Md. — On May 20, a group of seriously talented teen writers showed up for the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival’s Teen Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association, and led by poet Lucinda Marshall, and authors Robin Stevens Payes and Neal Gillen. Amid … Continued

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Edge of Yesterday (www.edgeofyesterday.com), a time travel adventure created by writer and author Robin Stevens Payes, is a digital learning platform for young teens with the aims to inspire future scientists and artists, historians and investigators by learning through story. Edge of Yesterday, under parent organization EOY Media, was inspired when Payes was writing a … Continued

What Do We Really Know After All?

What Do We Really Know After All?

Charley has just begun to plot her next adventure, a journey forward from Leonardo’s time to a period where the world was unevenly wakening to what it means to be fully alive, fully human. In the early to mid-1700s, most of humanity (at least in the Western world) was still firmly in the grips of … Continued

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

As the creator of Out of Time, I work across media. My novel is in its second draft now, drawn from the original screenplay. I started tweeting the story–line-by-line as is the most conventional practice in #TwitterFiction–until our heroine, Charley, took over the narrative. Her solution to tweet storytelling was to ask questions of the … Continued

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Excited that my intrepid new story editor Mari Lou is an expert on Middle Grades (MG) fiction. That, for the uninitiated (and me, among them!) is how publishers categorize novels geared towards 8-12 year olds, in particular. Notable classics in this genre: A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, and The Giver, which was recently released as … Continued

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

I am in rustic Rochester, Vermont, a contestant in Pitch Week II. I am deep in the throes of this midsummer nights competition–in the running for the publishing trifecta of a book deal, agent and publicist. As part of the contest, I am presenting my vision for a rebirth of learning based on the resonance … Continued

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

This is cross-posted from the EdTechWomen Blog — http://edtechwomen.com/blog/2014/6/12/outoftime Out of Time – The Story, The Competition, And Bringing It All To Life June 13, 2014 by Margaret Roth       By Margaret Roth There are many roads that can be taken on the the journey to inspiration and creation. For Robin Stevens Payes, … Continued