Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Small town noir or Gothic?

Alan Levine offers this microtale of American Gothic, “A Model City“, using the Cowbird digital storytelling service. Look at how neat the mayor’s house is, with the shiny brick facade and the rows of roses down the path. Out in … Continue reading

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Celebrating cliffhangers

Emily Nussbaum sings the praises of cliffhanger narratives, from early film serials to tv soaps.  It’s a celebration of the segmented form (which I touch on in chapters 3+5). Nice observation on cliffhangers in digital media: In the digital age, … Continue reading

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Choose your own adventure deaths

One of the key components to a Choose Your Own Adventure book is the series of death pages.  (If you haven’t played/read one, these are pages to which you turn when selecting a seemingly nonlethal choice.) One helpful blogger has … Continue reading

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Mad Twitter story of the year

Weirdest Twitter story: a madman wrote a fanfiction epic based on Harry and the Hendersons (1987).  It is very odd. “Hi, I continue the saga of Harry and the Herndersons. Also have head injure.” [A]fter Harlod leaves the Hendersons—or what’s … Continue reading

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Twittering Jane Austen

Can we Twitter a novel?  The Jane Austen fan production A Ball at Pemberley (2011) proves it’s doable.  “T]ogether, tens of people from six continents would go on to write a 100,000-word novel!”, they explain. It reads like so: It is … Continue reading

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Digital storytelling on the go

Ruben Puentedura shares his presentation materials for a mobile digital storytelling workshop (direct pdf link).  It’s useful and thoughtful stuff, reaching from Five-Card Nancy to film theory.

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Storytelling rules from Pixar

One Pixar artist offers an interesting set of 20 storytelling rules.  They are aimed at fiction, but most can be thoughtfully considered for nonfiction as well. For example, #6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar … Continue reading

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