Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs. I am an independent researcher, web developer, and foremost, a storyteller. I believe that stories can be used to teach, heal, and transform lives. This blog is dedicated to that discussion: from narrative identity research, to story-driven web applications, to tips on educational storytelling. All my fiction is written under Chris Michaels. I am also the founder of Phoenix Labs, a non-profit web development studio creating tools for creative content and collaboration.
|Stories. I am an author of (mostly) speculative fiction. Steampunk, Fairy tales, epic sci-fi, and dreamworlds. My storytelling often goes beyond words alone (though I really love words). Mixed-media, interactive stories are tales that alternate back and forth between different kinds of media. Interactive stories are stories that allow the reader to (duh) interact.|
|Research. I believe that stories can be used to teach, heal, and transform lives. With several graduate degrees in Anthropology and Educational Psychology, I have conducted varied research centered around narrative identity, to story-driven web applications, to educational storytelling. You’l also find human-story interaction, general anthropology, and tips on teaching.|
|Innovation. Stories are changing. The web is changing. Research is changing. This is my discussion on how to push content, stories, and curriculum forward. From virtual reality to crowdfunding; 3D printing to an mmirevolution.|
|Code. Yeah, I’m a programming nerd. All these new forms of storytelling and curriculum design require new tools. This part of my blog is my journal as I work with others to develop these cutting-edge apps. Topics include php, python, architecture, data processing, and rambling.|