17.15: Storytelling in the Footnotes
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peng Shepherd, and Howard Tayler
You probably already know what footnotes are¹, but have you ever seen a story told through the footnotes²? It’s similar to the story-within-a-story structure, but there’s more to it than that. In this episode our guest host Peng Shepherd explores footnote storytelling³ with us.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson
¹ This is an example of a footnote.
² This is not an example of footnote storytelling.
³ With the addition of a third footnote, maaaybe there’s a beginning, middle, and end, and therefore a story?
Homework: Read the short story “STET” by Sarah Gailey, then take a short story you like (or one which you wrote yourself) and try to add footnotes to it in a similar way; either to expand upon the story, or to deliver a twist or contradiction to the story told in the body of the text.
Thing of the week: Molly on the Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal, illustrated by Diana Maya.
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