Writing Interactive Fiction on Twine

As part of my PhD, I’m taking a computing science master’s course on contextual media that involves game design, narrative, and critical studies. One of the assignments was to write an interactive fiction story and being a writer, I couldn’t help but reflect on this experience. I have to admit that my first thought was one of dread when I learned we would need to write an interactive fiction narrative on…

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Turning over a new leaf before 2015

A colleague of mine said to me last week: “When you commit to something you don’t do it in moderation do you?” I laughed and then I starting thinking about what she said. She’s right. When I’m on track, I’m on track! I’ve blogged a lot less frequently because most of my free time is now dedicated to completing my MA degree. I’ve successfully completed 8 courses, I’m currently taking my…

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Where is all the Hypertext Fiction in this Digital Age?

*** The following hypertext essay was written in partial completion of the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology degree at the University of Alberta, Canada. © 2013 Nicole Basaraba The navigation menu for this essay can be found at the bottom of each section. In hypertext fashion, it can be followed in any order desired, however, there is a suggested order included as labelled by numbers. *** Where is…

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Words in 3D: A conference on writing, editing & publishing

This weekend, May 24-26 talented writers, editors and publishers all convened in Edmonton for the Words in 3D Conference and so far it is the conference to beat for me. I was impressed to say the least. Saturday’s keynote address by Rosemary Shipton, editor of trade and scholarly books, got to the heart of the three dimensions and how they all work together to create the books and e-books everyone…

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How to write a graduate school letter of intent

When I approached writing my graduate school statement of purpose/letter of intent/admissions essay (whichever terminology applies), I knew it was one of the most important pieces of writing I would ever attempt. Particularly because my letters were all “open letters” with no specific questions or prompt. So I was all: “How do I write this? What do I write? How do I get started?” Oh and “This is so hard….

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