Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky

This Elit piece is beautiful. The interface is very simple, but it is interactive. The audio recording in the elit was effective and it served as a great introduction. Lsiacls1

Shall I tell you about my love? She is near me always.

This piece is such a light-hearted story compare the other stories. It talks about a love story between two people and how they interact with each other. The style and positioning elevate the story.

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Shall I tell you about my water, which is getting thirsty?

This piece is different from the previous piece. While the first one was very clear about the story, I was not too sure about what this was about. However, the language used was very beautiful.

**This piece is similar to what I want to accomplish in my own personal elit piece. I was not sure about how I wanted to present my story, so this gave me an idea of how it is going to be done. 🙂

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Separation/Uncle Roger

The ending of Separation surprised me because while reading the poetry, I had an image of a couple going through some difficulties. The statement did say the elit was about the physical and psychic disorders from the result of the intensive use of computers. I did not read the statement and it is one of the first times I’m glad I did not read the statement because it created an element of surprise as the reader.

The funny thing is while I thought this was about a couple, I had no questions about why there were stretching exercises in the elit piece. While going through the piece, I guess I clicked too quickly which made the poetry “pause.”I had to go back and take in the poetry more slowly and understand the content.

Elit piece Update

I decided to change the tool I’m using from Wix to Prezi because Prezi does not have the linear navigation which the Wix had. The concept of the story will remain the same, the navigation will just be different.Capture1

Cruising/Elit piece update

Cruising

Cruising was so little, but so much in a sense. The whole piece was in a loop. And in that loop, we have a girl talking, there is a background sound, and pictures and words moving across the screen. I felt a little constrained because I had to do so much in such a little time, even though there was no time limit. I wanted to get a slower speed of the film so that I would be able to read, but I was just struggling to find the right speed. I wanted to reach that point where I would be “cruising”, listen to this young adult speak,  read and see what was going on, but it was all jumbled.

It was very simple, yet complex at the same time which was very different from the other elit pieces I had read. The previous elit pieces were very interactive with hyperlinks and game-like features, but with this one, I felt alone in a way.  I had the piece in front of me, but I could not have what I wanted which was being able to read, listen and look at the images at the speed I wanted. It did not turn me away from the piece, but it was just very different. I guess the author had an intention doing it that particular way. Patience was probably one of the reasons it was done that way. Sitting and finding the time and patience to navigate life is not an easy task. There is always so much going on in our lives that we sometimes forget to sit down and take it all in.  This piece accomplished that aspect of taking the time for yourself and finding the right pace for your life. This is mostly what I got from the piece.

 

Elit piece

Plot 

My piece will be about a 10-year-old girl living in Ghana, Africa. The story will be about her experience with sexual harassment around that age.

Characters

The little girl. (She does not have a name)

Execution

Wix will be the main tool I will be using in this piece. I will be using this particular template to achieve my goal. The pictures will be replaced by my own hand-drawn pictures. The pictures will consist of body parts of the main character. elitpiec1

When you click on the picture, it will take you to another page which will contain a piece of the main character’s story. The story will mostly come in written words and also music that relates to the theme of the story.elitp2

Storyboard

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Like previously mentioned, this will be my version of the main page which will serve as a map for the reader. When the reader clicks on one of the pictures, for example, arm, it will take them to a new page which would look similar to the picture below. IMG_2479

Update:

I am in the process of drawing the body parts and putting my story together.

Icarus Needs

First, I would like to announce that I managed to complete Icarus Needs on my first try! I am very proud of myself because I’ve had some difficulties navigating some of the elit pieces. For instance, With Those We Alive, I did not realize I had to “sleep” to move onto the next phase which made me little upset when we did the walkthrough in class. I thought I had made some progress on navigating elit, so it definitely felt like a setback…:(

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However, I saw Icarus Needs, I read the author’s statement and realized that I needed to complete some kind of mission. So, if the mission was not completed, I needed to figure my way around it and not completely give up. I had to figure out a few things, but I CONQUERED ICARUS NEEDS!

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I would like to do a walkthrough on how I navigated the piece which was pretty straightforward.

In the beginning, Icarus woke up or thought he woke up and realized that he was still in dreamland. On the screen, we already had our first mission on the left sidebar which told us, “Icarus Needs: To wake up.” I was not aware that it was part of the game until I noticed it added missions like finding the keys, etc. As I navigated, I noticed the right sidebar also had “In his Pocket”, which were the essentials Icarus needed for his mission to rescue Kit and to wake up from his dream.

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After completing the missions at the Corridor, I moved on to the next Location which was the Outdoors. The change of the Location also changed the color of the layout which was interesting.

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The colors were not random at all. It matched the location and the themes. For example, the author used orange and yellow undertones for the outdoors to signify the bright summer. The squirrels,  the apple tree, and the hot air balloon gave that those particular strips the summery theme to complement the “outdoor” location.  The color and the music choice for the Castle also worked well. It was not out of place. When I think of a castle, I death, blood, and all these horrible things. But the king was a squirrel which just melted my cold-blooded heart. I felt like the author was telling me that nothing horrible would happen in this castle, so just enjoy the journey and the squirrel 🙂

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Does this piece serve its purpose as an Electronic literature? I believe it does. It composes all the elements that would characterize it as such. The plot, the interactiveness, the music, the layout, etc. The way I navigated might have been different from how someone else might have done it, but we do reach the same end goal which is Icarus realizing it was just a pretty adventurous and good dream.

Overall, the is piece was very entertaining and I am very proud to have completed it!

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With Those We Love Alive

With Those We Alive. How do you come up with a title so beautiful yet so daunting? Before reading the piece and getting to know what it is about, the title got me thinking about what we perceive about those who are dead and those that are living. I can not speak for others, but whenever I do a project or write about someone based on a specific topic, I would usually choose a family member that has passed on. I would dedicate this piece of work to them and they would never receive them.

I would never think to dedicate a piece to those that are alive and I love very much. I am taking their companionship for granted. When they leave me, I will dedicate poems, stories, and handmade jewelry to them and they will never receive it. I am making something in honor of my two passed relatives and the title actually made me stop and think about the reason why I am making these things for them or in honor of them. It got me thinking really deeply and taking me to uncomfortable places I’ve been neglecting these past few years.

The title got really got me…..

The first few “pages” where the reader had the choice of selecting the birth month, eye color and element reminded me of those Tumblr posts where your birth month and birthday indicated that you were a character based on the premise of the chart.

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In this elit, you have the choice of choosing your birth month,  element and eye color which will generate a name for your journey. The first time I did this I was an artificer, but I wanted to know if picking a different birth month, element or eye color would change what my ‘talents’ were or if it would my change my journey in the palace.

Just like the title, the elit is very catching and colorful but very dark. We are presented with vibrant colors like blue and pink, but the content of the piece has death themes like the “Skull Empress.”

I read and I was very confused about the author’s intention. I read it again after reading the statement and I still struggled to find the connections between her intentions and the elit. So I am curious about what others think about the piece.

Facade:Reader/ Player

Facade was created by Micheal Mateas and Andrew Stern and published in 2005.

“Facade is an attempt to create a real-time 3D animated experience akin to being on stage
with two live actors who are motivated to make a dramatic situation happen. Instead of
providing the player with 40 to 60 hours of episodic action and exploration in a huge world, we want to design an experience that provides the player with 20 minutes of emotionally-intense, unified, dramatic action. ” This is taken from the dissertation, Facade: An Experiment in Building a Fully-Realized Interactive Drama, written by both the authors of the electronic literature. The intention behind the piece was  ” an attempt to find a capable middle ground between structured narrative and
simulation. ” I felt like I was a playing a version of the sims where the characters spoke a real language which in this case is English. But I was a co-author of the piece even though it is already programmed that way. I was reminded of our class discussions and I remember one of my classmates saying that “Readers are co-authors of electronic literature.” I believe that sentiment relates to this piece of works because we as the readers/players are trying to help this couple have a positive outcome.

Navigation

When you open Facade, the red curtains welcomes you like there is going to be a big show and right away you’re greeted with a phone call from one half of the couple, Trip, inviting you to come over for dinner. Right from the get-go, we know that this will be very different because Trip’s voice sounds like he is in big trouble and he is asking for your help. That is the introduction that is offered to the reader/player

The call is over and then we move to the next screen which is where the reader/player gets to choose their name and gender. There are options for the names and they are gender-based. For example, when you click the letter A, click the right arrow and you will get multiple options beginning with that specific letter. Some letters like Q did not have any names that began with it. So you might try your luck with another letter.

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You can go in as a man or a woman using the names that are already programmed into the system. After getting your preferred name and gender, you press enter and then you are brought to the front door of the couple’s home.

The keyboard is the main tool we can use to navigate the story. The pointer also guides us as we navigate different parts of the electronic literature. The arrows aid the reader and the player to navigate the apartment and the pointer helps us open things like the door and picking up a wine bottle or a glass.

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The first time I read the story, I was very confused about how to navigate the story. I closed out the window since that is the only way to restart.

I tried again a week later and it worked out perfectly. Happy face.

 The “happy” couple welcomed “Jane” with an argument. I answered any questions they asked like “How are you doing.”I was able to answer whatever they asked “Jane.” However, I did not say anything for a while which prompted in me being kicked out of the apartment since did not offer any insights into their marriage. Capture

The tried multiple times to get a different outcome but to no avail. Sad face. 

So I went to youtube and searched for Facade. The first thing that actually pops up is “How to actually win Facade.”How delightful.

Virtual reality games

When I was searching for more information about the Facade, I saw a lot of people referring it to it as a game rather than electronic literature. It is conceived as a virtual reality game more than electronic literature. I am not sure if it is because Elit is not as known or if people are more comfortable with it being in the same category as virtual reality games like the SIMS. The authors described it as an “interactive drama or fiction.” which goes hand to hand with the type of the Elit this falls into. Is it a game or an electronic literature? Are you the player or the reader?

Conclusion

As I looked over the piece, the question, “What is Electronic Literature?” came to mind. Is this considered as one? I believe it is, but wished it was “advertised” as an Elit rather than a game. Electronic Literature is awesome!

 

 

Give me some more Hobo Lobo!

Okay, I think Hobo Lobo of Hamelin is my favorite elit that I’ve read so far. I loved the story including the ending of page six (Don’t judge me….). I loved so many things about it that I don’t even know where to begin so I might as well list them.

  1. Navigation

After reading a few elit,  I have learned to click anything that is clickable on the screen. Never know where it might take you. Although this was very straightforward with the page numbers and the end and beginning tabs on top of the page, I was still curious about the question mark in the corner and the psst at the top. After satisfying my curiosity, I saw that they were the author’s notes which were even interesting to look at. It was not your typical author’s note, but I will not get into that.

After clicking everything, I realized that I was on the first page of the story(facepalm). After reading #1 of page 1, I clicked the sign(>) that indicated going on the next page. There was a quick movement, and then the next scene. I was baffled like, why did this move so fast. So I went back and forth a few times on the 1st and 2nd page to catch what was going on in scenes. I grasped everything and moved to #3 but instead of clicking on the screen I subconsciously used the arrows on my keyboard and noticed a difference in how the scenes changed. Navigating the story with the keyboard arrows helped capture the essence of the animation.

There were a few pages that a had slideshow to give more insight into what Hobo Lobo did as a “professional.” The pictures in the slideshow moved very fast, but there was a pause tab on the bottom which made it convenient and very easy to navigate.

 

2. The story

I felt like I was reading a fable filled with satire. It reminded me of Animal Farm by George Orwell and I guess that was part of the reason I liked it even more. The animation also played a huge role because it was well crafted and sometimes it had a lot going on and I believe the author wanted the audience to take it all in. I felt like a kid again reading this twisted story. The characters felt very familiar and believe that also played role in me liking this elit.  I felt like I was flipping through a book at some point, but then  I would get to some parts and then I’m like, no this is electronic literature and that is what makes it special. The traditional literature would not have you sitting a minute or two waiting to see what happens to about 20 children going inside a cave. This particular author had an image he wanted to convey and he did that beautifully through the animation.

I do consider this as literature just like the previous elit we read in the class. I see them as literature because I’m reading and interacting with it at the same time. If we based “literature” on textual contexts, we are never going to be able to move forward. I would recommend this type of literature to anyone who “hates” reading because I believe it offers more to the reader. There were not a lot of interactive elements like Reconstructing Mayakovsky or Twelve Blue, but I was able to read this and I was one with this elit.

P.S When are the other chapters/pages coming out? Asking for a friend……