Exit Manhattan. Enter Adirondacks. Renovate a home. Grow a garden. Live happily ever after. Or not…
Rosslyn Redux: Reawakening a home, a dream and ourselves
Rosslyn Redux is a vicarious plunge into the idiosyncrasies (and absurdities) of renovation, marriage and North Country life. In August 2006 my bride and I purchased Rosslyn, a circa 1822 historic home and boathouse on Lake Champlain. We assembled over a hundred carpenters, tradesmen and artisans; appointed ourselves general contractor; and set out to fuse historic rehab with green design. Four years later we finally finished. We’d blown our original timeline and budget by 400%.
Rosslyn Redux as Transmedia Memoir
Rosslyn Redux is an experiment in oral storytelling, digital storytelling and print. This unconventional memoir leverages multiple platforms (live performance, video, audio, scrapbooking, blogging, social media and print/digital books) to explore the strengths and limits of modern storytelling while embracing author-audience collaboration.
Most memoirs untangle a single, tidy story and wrap it up with pretty paper and a ribbon. A gift. To enjoy. And then go on to the next gift.
Rosslyn Redux is less tidy. More tangled. Less gift. More adventure.
Help Create the Rosslyn Redux Story
The Rosslyn Redux blog is a good place to begin. If you’re active on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter (@rosslynredux) you can jump into the story on your social media platform of choice. If you like pictures, perhaps you’ll enjoy Pinterest (or if you prefer only moving pictures, YouTube may be your best bet.) If you prefer live storytelling (or audio/video recordings from live events) check out Redacting Rosslyn. Every day there are powerful new storytelling innovations, and your suggestions are welcome. Thank you.