As we’ve said, the defining feature of an interactive narrative is active user participation: you must have a story, but your reader must participate in its progress or outcome. As we’ve seen from our reading, there are a variety of ways to engage your readers in your narrative, and a spectrum of how deeply you … More If, Then: Writing Interactive Narratives
You’ve all just finished watching Catfish: The Movie, which can be read as a kind of origin story for the TV show, as young Nev himself is “catfished” but ends up developing a friendship with and empathy for his “catfisher.” The article I asked you to read last week, “Consider the Catfish” discusses the TV … More Consider the Catfish
I know it might seem strange, to have conferences with your professor during only the second week of class, but I find them helpful in allowing us to get to know each other better, and to help ground you all in what can be a daunting class early on. To help achieve those purposes, I’d … More Getting to Know You
The other day, as a class, we watched and live-tweeted the pilot episode of the show Mr. Robot. From those tweets posted using our shared hashtag (#upjdw), I harvested the text for the following poem. How does it feel, to be contributory participants to a collaborative narrative outside your control? The Invisible Hand: A Collaborative … More The Invisible Hand
Wow. I’m so honored that WordPress selected my Writer’s Manifesto post as a Freshly Pressed post last week, and so happy it seems to have resonated with a lot of creative people. I wanted to say hi, and welcome, to the blog’s new followers. As you may have noticed, this is actually the blog for … More Welcome, New Friends!
I Love Typography is a great resource for exploring the art of the letter. Here’s a useful post with the basic principles of web typography we discussed in class. Typography Games I Shot the Serif: Test your ability to recognize serif vs. sans serif fonts I Love Typography’s The Font Game asks you to identify … More Fun with Typography