Richard Milner is creating Orations of Original Fiction
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Write. Read out loud. Listen and watch.

Imagine writing a story and taking it to its fullest, final form. Editing it, obsessing over it (most likely), and vetting it through several kind friends who are readers. And then, why not take those silent words on the page and give them voice through video, in this newfangled internet age? Record, recite, read, present, narrate. This is the Orator.

That's what I'll be doing in this Patreon. Cutting up the fiction I've written (and will write) and orating it to you fine. fine members of a digital audience. Short fiction, long fiction, slightly middle-length fiction, speculative fiction, literary fiction, genre-combo fiction, whatever fiction. Different styes, voices, notions, arcs, times, places. Whatever is looking to emerge, be it of the better angels or our nature or not.

If you support this Patreon, you'll be supporting the continued writing of works of fiction and the creation of corresponding oration videos. You'll receive an e-book and audiobook of everything I write, in addition to being able to enjoy the orations themselves (which will be released publicly). The e-books will be released in a variety of formats for any kind of device or preference, so no worries there.

This is essentially an experiment of the arts, and a desire to use the written word to express and communicate in an actually very, very old way: through reading out loud. If you're curious at all about how storytelling may evolve at this point in time, or about changes in reading habits and literary trends, or have thought about how sustained use of the internet effects learning and cognition, or if you just enjoy watching a variously-shirted bearded person on camera say words, then you've come to the right place.

Let's make real all the real things we want to see.

Background
I'm a writer, editor, narrative designer, and professorial-type educator currently living in the crush of unbreathable Tokyo trains. No wait, I escaped. Ok, now I'm on the streets. Don't think that's an improvement? Hah.

Yes, I've published stuff, and I could add to my bona fides by telling you what, but I like the idea of people using Google for the purpose of copying and pasting my name and doing a very-Googular search.... sifting through all the other myriad Richard Milners on the planet and whatnot to pinpoint this one, and this one only.

Details
I've become interested in the role that print and artifacts of the medium (e.g., linear, sequential novels) play in the digital age. The death of the novel and the publishing industry has been prophesied forever, but still hasn't happened. No doubt we've got the convenience of e-readers to in part thanks for this (and massive crossover blockbusters like Harry Potter), and in between that and the rise of independent and traditional publishing we've seen a sort of restabilization of reading habits. Now we've got core readers, much like core gamers.

But how has the act of storytelling changed, if at all? Creator-consumer feedback loops are constant. People read more, but it's largely non-linear. Neurological research shows deep changes are underway in human consciousness (dramatic, I know). We have entered a new oral phase of human communication - past tense - and instead of grousing about it, this Patreon is an attempt to at least ask some questions about it.

So why not take advantage of this wonderfully complex and intermittently cruel internet thing? Peer-to-peer, person-to-person, targeted but scattershot. I've settled on the term "oration" because it hearkens back to the roots of logocentric Western philosophy as it stems from the pre-alphabetical Greek history, and the eventual debate between Plato and Aristotle about whether or not the written word would ruin people's abilities to remember information, speak fluidly, and stay mindful. I wonder what those guys would think about Reddit.

See you somewhere in here or out there.
Tiers
Tierlessness
$2 or more per month

There are no tiers on the Orator. People have lives, commitments, jobs (sometimes two, three jobs), so I feel as though everyone who has an interest in the arts needs to feel like an equal contributor. 


Think of this as a monthly subscription service to my writing. As a supporter, no matter what I write and record, you'll receive an ebook and an audiobook, of it.


The minimum amount you can give is $2. This will help keep the proverbial lights on over here.  If you want to support and give more, then every bit given frees up more of a chance on my end to deliver cool and interesting narratives to you.



Goals
$0 of $500 per month
"Git Bedder" Analyses: I will create and record regular videos analyzing literary techniques of specific works from the perspective of a writer looking to improve her work, or a literary lover looking to learn lessons.

(e.g., the use of punctuation to convey silence in the "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy)
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Write. Read out loud. Listen and watch.

Imagine writing a story and taking it to its fullest, final form. Editing it, obsessing over it (most likely), and vetting it through several kind friends who are readers. And then, why not take those silent words on the page and give them voice through video, in this newfangled internet age? Record, recite, read, present, narrate. This is the Orator.

That's what I'll be doing in this Patreon. Cutting up the fiction I've written (and will write) and orating it to you fine. fine members of a digital audience. Short fiction, long fiction, slightly middle-length fiction, speculative fiction, literary fiction, genre-combo fiction, whatever fiction. Different styes, voices, notions, arcs, times, places. Whatever is looking to emerge, be it of the better angels or our nature or not.

If you support this Patreon, you'll be supporting the continued writing of works of fiction and the creation of corresponding oration videos. You'll receive an e-book and audiobook of everything I write, in addition to being able to enjoy the orations themselves (which will be released publicly). The e-books will be released in a variety of formats for any kind of device or preference, so no worries there.

This is essentially an experiment of the arts, and a desire to use the written word to express and communicate in an actually very, very old way: through reading out loud. If you're curious at all about how storytelling may evolve at this point in time, or about changes in reading habits and literary trends, or have thought about how sustained use of the internet effects learning and cognition, or if you just enjoy watching a variously-shirted bearded person on camera say words, then you've come to the right place.

Let's make real all the real things we want to see.

Background
I'm a writer, editor, narrative designer, and professorial-type educator currently living in the crush of unbreathable Tokyo trains. No wait, I escaped. Ok, now I'm on the streets. Don't think that's an improvement? Hah.

Yes, I've published stuff, and I could add to my bona fides by telling you what, but I like the idea of people using Google for the purpose of copying and pasting my name and doing a very-Googular search.... sifting through all the other myriad Richard Milners on the planet and whatnot to pinpoint this one, and this one only.

Details
I've become interested in the role that print and artifacts of the medium (e.g., linear, sequential novels) play in the digital age. The death of the novel and the publishing industry has been prophesied forever, but still hasn't happened. No doubt we've got the convenience of e-readers to in part thanks for this (and massive crossover blockbusters like Harry Potter), and in between that and the rise of independent and traditional publishing we've seen a sort of restabilization of reading habits. Now we've got core readers, much like core gamers.

But how has the act of storytelling changed, if at all? Creator-consumer feedback loops are constant. People read more, but it's largely non-linear. Neurological research shows deep changes are underway in human consciousness (dramatic, I know). We have entered a new oral phase of human communication - past tense - and instead of grousing about it, this Patreon is an attempt to at least ask some questions about it.

So why not take advantage of this wonderfully complex and intermittently cruel internet thing? Peer-to-peer, person-to-person, targeted but scattershot. I've settled on the term "oration" because it hearkens back to the roots of logocentric Western philosophy as it stems from the pre-alphabetical Greek history, and the eventual debate between Plato and Aristotle about whether or not the written word would ruin people's abilities to remember information, speak fluidly, and stay mindful. I wonder what those guys would think about Reddit.

See you somewhere in here or out there.

Recent posts by Richard Milner

Tiers
Tierlessness
$2 or more per month

There are no tiers on the Orator. People have lives, commitments, jobs (sometimes two, three jobs), so I feel as though everyone who has an interest in the arts needs to feel like an equal contributor. 


Think of this as a monthly subscription service to my writing. As a supporter, no matter what I write and record, you'll receive an ebook and an audiobook, of it.


The minimum amount you can give is $2. This will help keep the proverbial lights on over here.  If you want to support and give more, then every bit given frees up more of a chance on my end to deliver cool and interesting narratives to you.