What’s your story about?

So in participating in Podcamp Pittsburgh, I was frequently asked what my story is about.

The answer is: …that’s a really good question.

Most of my on-the-spot replies were rushed and kind of jumbled, which unfortunately gives the impression to whoever I’m speaking to that I don’t know what I’m talking about. To the contrary, I think it’s a good story and although it might be a little abstract, it’s actually still very clear and concise. Unfortunately, my inability to describe it in relatable terms makes me sound pretty stupid. That stinks.

So I’m working on a good reply to this question, as it seems to be popping up more and more. With the release date of the website coming Jan 1st I should probably get a little sumation straight, especially if I am going to try and get out there and find readers. I don’t know that I’m going to put that much effort into it, but it would be good to have a stock answer regardless… so I’m adding that to my list of (many) things still left to do.

An interesting side note: after podcamp and meeting so many people face-to-face that were actually interested in what I was doing, I went googling for other writers while I was riding high on positive feelings. Unfortunately, the sites I found weren’t especially encouraging. The web gives people a level of anonyminity that seems to zap the politeness — or downright civility — out of any conversation or critique. Granted, I only checked a few sites during my workday and did a lot of source-jumping… but there’s a lot of people out there that are just mean.

I just write for fun, and I enjoy it at that level. While I’m not opposed to criticism and I do want to get better, I’m not really up for putting myself up on the chopping block for somebody that got a Masters in Literary Bashing.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find some more constructive resources out there later. In the meantime, any suggestions?