Saturday, November 6, 2010

group therapy

It's no secret that a certain cowtown puppet show saved my life. I went somewhat in depth on the subject a few weeks ago on this very blog. What surprised me most was the overwhelming response I got from fellow MSTies and, even, some of the minds behind 'Mystery Science Theater' themselves. Not only was everyone receptive, it seemed that there were more than a few individuals who had experienced the same thing. One of the many who were good enough to read it commented that it was like the It Gets Better for geeks. With that in mind, I think I'd like to take it a step further.

I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to create or be a part of something hat would touch and inspire others...and I think this may be the opportunity I was hoping for. I want to create a book – a memoir/collection of stories and essays about how a TV show and the community that formed around it can save someone. So many of us have used this little show as a kind of therapy and I want to know about everyone's experiences, or, at least, the experiences of those who are willing to share. I want to compile and create a collection of essays, poems, tweets, blogs, postcards...anything that allows anyone to express how a collective of geeks and a little show that many people have never heard of saved them. My ultimate goal is to make a collection out of them to be published...but that will be down the road. Who knows, this idea might be terrible and crash and burn as soon as I try to act upon it...but I'm willing to give it a shot.

Take a moment and consider it, and if you'd like to be involved drop me a line at jvreeland87 AT gmail DOT com. Or you can connect to me through Twitter if you haven't already (@SpookyJanelle). Also, help me get the word out in any way you can, whether it's through Twitter, Facebook or the many MST3K-related forums and boards. There are thousands of us just waiting to find each other and share our experiences, so let's use the internets and social networks for some good, won't us?