Monday, 5 November 2018

TOP TIPS for Starting your own Youtube TV Channel




This week, I created a new Youtube Channel for The Sleeping Storyteller & lots of peeps have been asking me how I did it, so here's my TOP TIPS for getting started!

Before you even start, you need to ...

MAKE SOME FILMS TO SHARE ... 

You can't get much further than opening your channel unless you upload at least one film. Here's one of my films as an example ...




The Sleeping Storyteller Channel is specifically for my work as The Sleeping Storyteller, so I am making films to share my stories, posting soft advertising for my teeny, tiny storybooks, telling people about events etc with regard to The Sleeping Storyteller, so it is very important to make sure that my work is COPYRIGHT PROTECTED ... which is it is PHEW!.


... but yours might be for your personal use, so you might not necessarily have to worry about it. Having said that, it is a good plan to have a profile picture, so people know who you are.



DESIGN A PROFILE PICTURE



You can off course, use a picture of yourself, but you might want to use a logo. I used a part of my logo and did a colour background to make it stand out. Although I designed it as a square, it still came up as a circle for the profile picture and was pretty straight forward to do.

Remember the picture comes up very tiny, so to be sure it is clear, your profile picture (also known as the “channel icon”) needs to be 800 x 800 pixels.

The benefits of having this little icon is that it comes up in the left hand side of your video when you share it to other social media platforms. Like this ... 



DESIGN A BANNER

I found this a bit more tricky and had to have a few goes to make sure that the writing and logo were in the middle of the header, not just on the computer, but also on mobile phones and laptops. 

Youtube will show you what it looks like in a preview. For me, trial and error was my friend. You can see mine as an example by Clicking HERE

The optimal size for YouTube channel art in your banner is 2560 x 1440 pixels. This can change from year to year so if you do it an then later it seems to be odd, check out on google what sizes are current.

Now you have a personalised youtube channel but you don't have a personalised Youtube URL Adress. You can't change it until you have been on for 3 months and have over 100 subscribers. So, if you've read this and you'd like to do me a favour back, then please go over to subscribe at my channel so that I can personalise my url address once I get over 100 subscribers. Thanks a million.

Oh, and for full details of my work, come on over to my website ... it's such great fun being The Sleeping Storyteller.



Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Dancing Boy & his Shadow.



The Dancing Boy & His Shadow

When I watched Sean from Hijnx Theatre Company and Angharad from Artscare Gofal Celf dancing a shadow improvisation, I was moved to tears. We live in a society that does not empower people with learning disabilities to be leaders, so I found something deeply poignant in the role reversal, not knowing who is the 'teacher', not needing to, just experiencing the human connection of the dancers. And Sean moves so beautifully, his love of dance reaches out from the screen. As soon as I saw them, I put down everything I was doing and responded in story, to encapsulate the emotion of the moment.


The following day, I performed the piece as  reading on facebook live to 200 viewers, including Sean & his Mum who wrote to me saying ...

'I felt every word of your story , it was as though you had knowledge of Sean's life and struggles, his love of music and dancing. He was smiling all the way through . I will treasure this lovely story. It was absolutely wonderful and had me in tears. It's given me a little lift and really encourages me and Sean to embrace his passion and makes things very worthwhile. Thank you so much for making Sean feel very special tonight, from a very emotional Mum.

   

This is the facebook live and at the top of the blog, is the film footage edited with the story. I hope that you enjoy it, feel it.

The photo used in the e-flier and the title page of the film is a painting by Virgina Flemming found at www.disabilitypicturebooks.com

If you would like more information about my stories, why not pop over to my website, The Sleeping Storyteller ...



Saturday, 3 November 2018

A Dress for Angharad, now that she is a TV Star




After the busy week that Angharad has had, I reckon she deserves a new frock, but before I tell you about it, let's have a look at what we've been up to.


First off, Angharad & I have been having a very jolly time. We went to film our brand new Telly Series at SHOWBOAT.TV over in Pembrokehsire, invited by the lovely John & Max Rolls to their HUGE telly station. What lovely peeps they are. We had such fun and everyone was so kind. Importantly, they were really understanding of my hearing disabilities and I didn't feel awkward at all. Thank you so much for such a wonderful opportunity.



We filmed 6 episodes!!! I can't believe it, all in one day. The Sleeping Storyteller will run every Monday from November 19th through to Christmas Eve. They will be on the station for a whole week. www.showboat.tv



It is completely FREE to watch them during that week. What a treat! So be sure to tune in.


After the filming day, Angharad and I went to visit Sonia the Boat at Morfa Isaf Farm in Ceredigion, to see if it would be a good location to film a story. Sonia is owned by our dear friend, Amanda Painting, who kindly said we could have a look around.


Mandy made us very welcome, she had made Sonia the Boat all spick and span and even put on the lovely log burner for us. 


We all had a cuppa together before Angharad and I started filming and taking photographs.


When we went into the bedroom of Sonia the Boat, guess who we found!! Mandy's teddies!! How lovely. She had brought them down to keep Angharad company. I guess we all have special toys that love us on our journey.

So, as you can see, Angharad certainly did deserve a lovely new frock after filming 6 television episodes, drafting a story idea with Sonia the Boat and having a photo shoot, so I put out a call on facebook and our lovely friend Glenys is going to very kindly have a go.


Glenys asked us for Angharad's measurements, not my strong point, but Jeff, my lovely new husband, whipped out his tape measure and did the deed. He has never measured a doll for a new dress before, which just goes to prove there is a first time for everything.

If you would like to keep up to date with me and Angharad as we embark on this beautifully light, fun and gloriously creative adventure, come on over to our FACEBOOK PAGE or have a look at our new website, which is a work in process but will give you an idea.


Thanks for reading my lovelies. If you visit my blog regularly, thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. I think you'll be able to sense that The Sleeping Storyteller is giving me immense joy in my heart, a lightness and sense of fun that is a very welcome thing to have back into my life.





Friday, 26 October 2018

The Sleeping Storyteller Special Collection


For me, writing stories & making books is a process of love ... 


After writing the stories,



I type them all up, 


edit them, 



do the design of all the covers, 



 format the books for printing 


and design the overall artistic concept.


Then I road test the stories in primary schools,


and at the bedside of those in hospice care.



As you can imagine, by the time they are finished they have become a part of me. They are no longer just a story or a book ... they are a little piece of magic from my heart to yours.




I am absolutely thrilled with them and I hope you will be, too, when you hold them in your hand or slip them into your pocket.


And now the next job begins, to lovingly wrap up and send out The Sleeping Storyteller Special Collection to all the lovely peeps that order them.

Order your Collection Here
plus £2.00 p&p for UK purchases






The Sleeping Storyteller on Facebook Live




Tonight on FACEBOOK LIVE I shared 3 little stories, one about a very moving thing that happened to me today in the park, then the story of why Angharad is so much more than a rag doll and lastly, GWLANA: Gathering Welsh Wool from my new Collection of 7 little stories with BIG messages in teeny tiny books #thesleepingstoryteller 

Please excuse the revving of the rally car engines  from the garage across the road. They obviously have a race tomorrow.

If you would like, you can find out about all my teeny tiny books here: www.thesleepingstoryteller.com/book-descriptions.html



COMING SOON ... 


Monday, 22 October 2018

Your Favourite Children's TV Shows



In getting ready for my own TV Series, The Sleeping Storyteller, I decided to do a bit of research as to what you think makes a good Children's Telly Program. I put a shout out asking my friends on facebook what was their favourite telly show when they were little ... and why? 

This proved to be very helpful. Mostly people were attracted to the characters, the voice of the storyteller and the songs/music which is interesting, because no-one said that they were drawn by the stories themselves, although one person said they liked the 'magic of not knowing what was going to happen next' and another felt politically drawn to the main character for  being 'creative, person centred and overcoming  bureaucratic  control' (in referring to Ivor the Engine)

I thought it might be a rather nice idea to bring as many of your favourites together here, for us to have a look at them side by side. It's a useful resource for me in developing my show, but it's also lovely to watch them. They give a sort of warm glow inside.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part. There are some here that have literally made me weep, just hearing the theme music. One sure thing I have found from this snapshot research, is that children's telly is an important part of how we remember our childhood and form our views of the world.


RAINBOW



SOOTY & SWEEP



ROSIE & JIM



TRUMPTON



BIZZY LIZZIE @ WATCH WITH MOTHER



THE FLOWERPOT MEN



CAMBERWICK GREEN



POGLES WOOD



THE HERB GARDEN



THE WOODEN TOPS



RUPERT BEAR



TALES OF THE RIVERBANK



TWIZZLE



IVOR THE ENGINE



ANDY PANDY



THE DAILY FABLE



THE CLANGERS



BAGPUSS



TORCHY THE BATTERY BOY



PIPKINS



MR BENN



And not forgetting my own favourite ... 
JACKANORY





If you would like to follow my behind the scenes shenanigans as I prepare for my very first TV Series The Sleeping Storyteller, come and LIKE my new facebook page ... it will be lovely to see you.





Thursday, 11 October 2018

Storytelling as Bereavement Support for Children



In tonight's Facebook Live Storytelling Session, I talk about my book 'The Amazing Adventures of Superboo' and how it helps grown ups to broach the taboo subject of grief, bereavement, death and dying, with children, in a way that is filled with love, light and humour. It takes the reader on a gentle journey through the cycle of life. Edited with a class of 7 and 8 year olds in Primary School, Superboo is sensitive to the emotional intelligence of little ones and was recommended by the child editors, for those aged 7 plus.


The central character, Superboo, is a little cavalier king charles spaniel, who leads a double life as an unlikely Superhero. The first chapters are designed for you to get to know the characters and as the story develops, Superboo is visited by her guardian angel. Without giving away the story, although she dies in the middle of the book, Boo is still with us until the penultimate chapter.

If you think Superboo might help you and you would like to buy a copy, they are just £4.50 to cover the publishing costs and £1.00 postage and packaging. You can pop over to my facebook page and drop me a message to say you would like one and we can arrange for you to paypal me. I only have a few left. I doubt that I will do a re-run but I may record it as a talking book. That might make it even easier for parents as a resource.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on my new website for 6 brand new short stories in teeny tiny books, just right for little hands, that are currently at the publishers, all dealing with those subjects we sometimes find it hard to explain.