April 30th, 2012

If you’re revising one of your blog-posted works (except for a World of Machine of Death story, which you can upload as a new post yourself on the WoMoD blog), this is the place for them!

Feel free to put links, explanations, or re-written works (like the 420 Characters) in the comments below. Happy revising!

Final Portfolio!

April 27th, 2012

Tuesday, May 1st will be our last class day. That day, we’ll be working in class to compose a reflection on our work, and you’ll e-mail that to me along with links and materials for the following items:

  1. One revised project from your midterm portfolio (plus the original project, or a link to it)
  2. Your augmented reality project
  3. Your 2-mode narrative
  4. One World of Machine of Death narrative (could be any of the four you’ve written this semester)
  5. Three 420 Characters narratives (could be any of the twelve you’ve written this semester)
  6. Links to four comments you’ve posted from April 24th through May 1st on your classmates’ blogs
  7. Your five favorite and/or best (your call) blog posts

Items 2-7 are new (possibly), and one of them will need to be revised for the final portfolio. That means that for that item you’ll include the revised item and the original item.

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Everything in the portfolio should be turned in (or linked to) on May 1st in class except your blog posts. I’m giving you an extension to May 10th to get your blog in shape and complete. You’ll need to e-mail me links to your five favorite and/or best blog posts no later than 10am on Thursday May 10th. No exceptions.

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If you’re revising your blog posts, here’s what you’ll do.

  • Your revisions will count toward your total number of required posts (26).
  • Post your revisions as new posts, and at the top put a link to the original post.
  • If your revised posts will mess up your blog narrative, wait until you’re ready to post all of them (i.e., no later than Thursday 10th) to post them so you don’t “break” the blog. Save it on the blog as a draft, and then publish them all at once.

420 Characters: The End!!! (#10, 11, & 12)

April 26th, 2012

You know what to do. In the comments below astound, amaze, and awesome-ify us all with your wit, wisdom, and w…ackiness? (Alliteration is hard!)

Augmented Reality Write-Ups!

April 19th, 2012

By now you should have your augmented reality narratives set and (mostly) functional. So let’s get outside and experience them!

What we’re going to do is this. In the comments below, your AR group will post a discussion review of one other group’s AR narrative.

  • James & Eric will review Ray, Robbie & Kyle
  • Ray, Robbie & Kyle will review Danny T. & Kristen
  • Danny T. & Kristen will review Daniel H.
  • Daniel H. will review Jahala, Katelyn & Matt
  • Jahala, Katelyn & Matt will review Laura & Takeshi
  • Laura & Takeshi will review Brendan
  • Brendan will review Amy, Madeleine & Haley
  • Amy, Madeleine & Haley will review Mitch & Sean
  • Mitch & Sean will review Peter & Kristyn
  • Peter & Kristyn will review James & Eric

In your discussion/review, you’ll discuss & review the following:

  • Summarize the narrative (as briefly as you can without sacrificing important aspects of the story)
  • What did you like best about the narrative? Why?
  • What did you find most surprising (in either a positive or not-so-positive way)? Why
  • What did you think about the integration of narrative with place in this piece? Why?
  • What is the most important piece of advice that you can take from this narrative when thinking about your own AR project?

Since these were (for the most part) group projects, I expect you to walk, talk, and discuss/review your colleague’s work as a group. These discussion/reviews will go in your final portfolio, so you’ll need to complete and post them before the last day of class.

Happy augmented-reality-ing!

420 Characters #8 & #9 – the home stretch!

April 17th, 2012

Post your 8th and 9th 420 Characters narratives in the comments below.

And, as always, remember to post your character count.

2-Mode Narratives!

April 12th, 2012

Post a link to your 2-mode narrative (or a description of it, if it’s entirely non-digital) in the comments below.

Can’t wait to read/play/listen to them!

420 Characters!

April 3rd, 2012

Put them here!

Augmenting Reality!

March 28th, 2012

Well, it seems we’ve managed to break Wikitude pretty well. :-)

If the app hasn’t killed your phone, and Wikitude has allowed you to log in, and FaceBook hasn’t eaten your posts, and if your narrative fragments haven’t been cut off mid-word by what appears, at times, to be an arbitrary character limit… post the info we need to experience your augmented reality narrative in the comments below. If you’ve created a fake FB account, feel free to let us know who that is. If you’ve used your real account, let us know that you’ve used your real account (without giving us your full name) and we’ll deal with friending in class. We should also know the name of your “world,” and the starting location for your narrative.

And if you’ve been defeated by the tech hurdles here, please make a list of the obstacles still in your way. We’ll crowd-solve whatever problems you’re having.

420 Characters – Reading as a Writer

March 27th, 2012

With 1 or 2 classmates, select 1 story from the second half of Beach’s 420 Characters that you think is especially skillful.

In the comments below, post the page number of that story, and list at least 2 things you think you could and should learn from it as a writer. That is, what does Beach do that you think you should do more in your micro-narratives?

Explain your reasoning behind your items.


March 20th, 2012

Reminder: there is no class on Thursday, March 22nd. Use this time to tag your locations for your AR stories.

Also reminder: when we return on Tuesday, March 27th, we’ll be discussing 420 Characters pp. 81-169 & Machine of Death pp. 227-328. Your third World of Machine of Death story is due.

For WoMoD story #3, let’s crank up the shared-world-ness. For this story, your main character or setting or event must be from another story (minus the off-limits stories from the book, of course).

For Thursday, March 29th, we’ll be discussing Skeleton Creek, and you’ll need to post to the course blog (this one, here) your Wikitude World name and the starting location for your narrative.