Making Choices

Saw some cool stuff this week. I’m excited now that we are getting their new solo Joker movie. For some reason, I never thought it would work, but now that I’ve seen a great trailer, I think it’s going to be a smash. I’m not a fan of giving the Joker a history, and a definite name. I think he’s less of a genius madman when he has an identity. I think that mystery is part of the story. This one though… it might be an Oscar grab, but I think it might be a good one. 

This week I’ve thought a lot about doing some choose your own adventures and creating other interactive fiction. I messed with the Kindle Create app to find out if it could deal with the links. I just thought of something… the whole Internet is one big to choose your own adventure with a billion different endings.


Finally got the SSL set up on the site. It took a while, but that’s what I get for transferring my domain over the Labor Day weekend. In the end, I’m much happier with the layout like this, and I’m looking forward to years with this new site. I’m thinking about making sure it get about a blog out each week, if for no other reason to make sure that I’m talking, and getting out there. 


This week among therapy sessions and getting baths, that kind of thing, I went to get the process started to get a new set of braces. I’m getting a new resting brace for my curled up left hand, and a new regular brace to hold my stylus. My fingers are still going to be the last things back as I recover, but in the meantime, I’ve got to do something about it, and since I believe there might be an enlightened civilization living in a couple of the smellier patches. I’ve done well with this one, and now it’s simply some for another. 


I am bananas. I just want everybody to know. I grew up playing computer games. I had an Atari 2600, and I’ll probably get all nostalgic about that later, but what I remember better than almost anything else are the Interactive Fiction games from Infocom. You’d sit there, and type N, S, E or W to get around from area to area, a lot of ‘get all,’ to pick everything up, inventory lists where you’ll eventually run out of space in. There’s a lot of using this object on that, and it’s all in text. The thing is, with rules in place to govern the behavior of certain monsters or characters, these stories can take on a life of their own in your reading mind’s eye. One of the best of these games to ever come out was based on characters created by Douglas Adams for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was a playful nod to the original stories, but to me, they felt like when you were playing it, that the book was reading back at you. 

Thirtieth Anniversary of the Hitchhiker’s Guide Game can be played here:

Remember these things?

The original games came on ancient five-inch floppy disks, that my kids will never relate to, ever, and each game came with props, slide rules, themed hint books, an example instruction book about how to play, and maybe a button or a pair of sunglasses. These things were amazing. What they couldn’t deliver in high-end graphics (which didn’t exist anyway) the could make up for in stimulating your imagination directly. I loved these things in addition to other interactive fiction like choose your own adventure books. I wondered and wonder still, can I make the same kind of magic happen? I don’t know, but I want to try. I’ve played around with Inform and with TADS. I think I can do it, but it’s so clunky! I’ve really got to practice, but first I need to wrap my brain around the puzzles I want to do. You’d think I would have thought about this before, but there you go. 


I’m splitting my concentration lately between about four projects that I want to say I’m adding words to. I’ve got a seat-of-the-pants story, a story with a clearer outline, that still has some hokes in it that I don’t know how to fill, the desire to do a classic style choose your own adventure, and a text adventure. I realize this last one is something of a thirty-five-year-old goal, and I’ve always wanted to write one of these things, but there you go. I know, I should just pick one and do it, but that doesn’t make it easy, besides the fact that November is coming up, and I’ll be starting up my NaNoWriMo novel anyway, and generally concentrating on that, so I suppose that’s a fifth project that’s got me thinking in multiple directions. I want to do that, to put lots of effort into that because I get such a great catapult into the next part of the year when I do that. I’m going to go do that outline.  

I keep thinking this year I want to do some kind of Alice in wonderland meets the matrix combination where I allow every crazy surrealistic thing that wants in to get in. That and I am still toying with getting my first draft done while on camera. 

So far this week I’ve got several thousand words written into a story, with a pretty good outline, so I’m happy with that. 


I’m still reading Catcher in the Rye again. I’m taking my time. I try each day around therapy sessions to write fresh copy, do at least one editing pass on a chapter of something else, and then read, but that’s usually quiet time… so… naps…


This thing looks awesome. Now I just gotta figure out what to choose next, right?

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