This is one of those posts to remind you that Wadadli Pen has a YouTube channel and, if you’re a tech and/or social media savvy Antiguan-Barbudan that we’re hoping one of the interns we’re in process of recruiting will take to develop content for the channel. So as usual, I’ll be sharing some of what’s there (that title isn’t just clickbait, it has all of that), with a List! The top 10 trending vids on the vlog so far for 2023 are 10 – 1:
10 – the dramatized reading of “A Scary Night”, a story that earned honourable mention in the 2005 Wadadli Pen challenge.
I look at that cover photo and wonder how many of them are still writing – I know the one third from left, in black, is; that’s popular romance writer Rilzy Adams. But this bunch wrote some really creative stories; I hope they’re still story-ing.
9 – a 2021 appearance on ABS TV to promote the Wadadli Pen challenge season – not my favourite interview of mine.
No knock on the interviewer. I just clearly wasn’t ready but it did the job; 2021 was a good season and at this point our last season, until we return this year which is still the plan.
8 – the dramatized reading of “Nuclear Family Explosion”, a story that earned honourable mention in 2004, the inaugural year of Wadadli Pen.
Shout out to the Optimist Youth Drama Club and HAMA for these recordings of dramatized readings, by the way. We did them for distribution to local radio stations. I remember driving around to deliver the CDs myself, but the idea never caught on. What was the idea? Stories the length of your average song for easy slotting into radio playlists, and dramatized for entertainment value. The stations didn’t embrace the idea though, which is too bad as I imagined this plan helping to popularize stories, not just Wadadli Pen.It’s no secret that I still dream of bringing stories to other formats, e.g short films. & the recordings gave me content when I decided to start a Wadadli Pen YouTube channel – I’d previously uploaded them to my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel.
7 – A short video with pull quotes and music of some of the reviews of Antiguan and Barbudan literature from Antigua and Barbuda Literary Works Reviewed IX.
This works reviewed series is part of the blog’s mission to document and share the Antigua and Barbuda literary canon, and maybe more could be done with it on the vlog, but so far it’s one and done.
6 – the vlog’s most recent upload is a clip from a longer interview I did promoting, I believe, one of my Jhohadli Writing Project workshops, and writing in general in 2022.
5 – this is a video, I believe from 2022, of Best of Books manager, author, and Wadadli Pen team member Barbara Arrindell doing a book segment on ABS for International Literacy Day.
Love the backdrop.
4 – This is a World Book and Copyright Day event with Barbadian writer Cherie Jones sent to us by the US Embassy.
That sound you just heard was my TBR screaming under the strain of too many books, too little time.
3 – another author post, this one Kimolisa Mings, and this time a teaser for my CREATIVE SPACE art and culture column interview with her.
I try to practice restraint in terms of scheduling authors because CREATIVE SPACE is not Book Chat but I always enjoy a good author link-up.
2 – a clip of “Country Club Kids”, a short story of mine published in The Caribbean Writer, which I made part of my story a day, one minute reads Black History Month 2023 project.
Love these characters.
1 – Kimolisa again.
It’s been really interesting having followed her open mic days to having her in my workshops and editing her to seeing her fully embrace being a writer of popular Caribbean fiction, emphasis on Caribbean, emphasis on popular; it’s been quite the evolution.
As for the evolution of the channel, it’s still underperforming; so help us up those views with your engagement.
As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and To be a Cheetah – the latter scheduled for July 2023 release and available for pre-order wherever you buy books at this writing). All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.