Fiction on the Map

The 21 Steps is told by following the story as it unfolds across a map of the world. Follow the trail by clicking on the link at the bottom of each bubble.

Fiction a la Google Maps… Hope everyone is having a faaabulous spring break.//Now back to writing about goats. Hrmph.

(From We Tell Stories: Digital Fiction from Penguin. “Six Authors. Six Stories. Six Weeks.”)

Fiction Exercise #1: 200-Word Sudden Fiction

Write a sudden fiction in exactly 200 words following these rules:

1.  A one-scene story that takes place on a dock.

2.  Characters:  a pilot and a runner, strangers to one another

3.  A second-person narrator

4.  Circumstance:  They’ve both lost something

Creating a link to a Blogpost entry

As you write your hyptertext reflections, you’ll want to create links right to specific entries as you discuss them.  To do that:

1.  Highlight the word in your text (in your reflection) you want to serve as the link to the entry. Say, you have written the following sentence, ” I am thrilled to be leaving nonfiction and going on to fiction; already I have explored the links on For Fiction Writers.”  You want to create a link of the words “For Fiction Writers” that will send your reader to that post.   You’d highlight those three words in your text.

2.  Open a new Firefox tab or window.  Find the appropriate blog, and click on the title of the post to which you want to link, i.e. “For Fiction Writers”  in the post below this one.  Once you’ve clicked on the title, up in the URL address line, you find the URL for that entry.

2.  Copy the URL, return to the other window, click on the icon of the chain link in the Editor line above the text box, and paste the URL in the window it opens there. (Make sure you have the relevamt words still highlighted in your text.)  Save.

Voila!

For Fiction Writers

I have created a new menu item on the lefthand sidebar: “For Fiction Writers” with links to some helpful sites. Please add via comments! What are your favorite online fiction sites?

Also, I have listed all of your presentation dates up on the presentation tab.

100 word exercise (clothing)

Sorry this took so long to put up…i had some technical difficulties. But I can now edit the motherblog and all is well. Ok, so here goes.

Pick one article of clothing–your favorite shirt, shoe, earring, sock, tie…whatever. Write a 100 word short about your relationship with this piece of clothing.

 A pair of green-and-red-striped socks. Warning: to be worn on Christmas Eve ONLY. These socks shall not be slid onto smelly feet on any other day during the year. Do not wash in washing machine, as their integrity, both physically and metaphysically, may be at risk. Hand wash cold in mild detergent, hang dry. Should holes begin to form, try to limit your mobility, as they should not be sewn or mended with foreign thread. If you find that your feet no longer fit in the socks, assume it is because they always fit that way, you merely forgot since last year.

Updates–Fiction Syllabus Online

You can now find UNIT THREE  in the menu above, including examples from your tutors terrific. Please make sure you read through the page and let me know if you have any questions.

Also, I have steadily been adding to our Places Readers Go list on the upper left sidebar. Please add more sites in comments to this post. How about trying out six-word memoirs?

A fun exercise about place

>We are supposed to _want_ to see the great places of the world. But what if, in fact, we would much, much rather get home and for once get on top and _stay_ on top of the dandelion situation in the lawn?… Describe some place where great or infamous history was made that means very, very little to you
–Carol Bly, “Beyond the Writer’s Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction”, p284