This week I straddled 2 assignment topics: Social Fiction and AI Conversation. I constructed an installment based story (inspired by the Wattpad story) based on blog posts made on a WordPress.org site (satisfying my last Web requirement). I really liked using the blog posts as the delivery method for the story “chunks”. I have the WordPress app on my phone so I was able to compose and publish new segments as I was out and about. The other neat thing about WordPress is the ability for the reader to add comments. I think this would be a great way to deliver installment fiction and get reader commentary and feedback.
Click on the link above to access the collection of blog posts.
I focused the story on Amelia Earhart. I’ve always been intrigued by her, especially since there was never a conclusive end to her story. This gave me the opportunity to create my own possible explanation/conclusion of her ultimate destiny. And I added the dramatic device of soliloquy to the narrative to mix it up. I really had no idea where I was going with the story and just kind of went with the flow.
This had elements of both social fiction and an AI conversation. It was a multi-day installment ultimately shared on Twitter. And it could have been AI Conversation more successfully had others added comments and helped guide the story. I did put the suggestion out there once, but no takers.
I was searching for a way to satisfy my last Web requirement. I tried the Hack the News Assignment and finally got fed up with the tech. It crashed 3 times on me. I also played around with another tool that lets you change the text in a story. It just didn’t feel very creative. I thought creating a site, albeit a simple one, would suffice. And it proved to be a unique delivery method for the story. I was really pleased with the way this turned out.