I’ve been on a few podcasts recently, so I wanted to gather them into one place:
Listen To This – I was interviewed by Asher Isbrucker about my “Find Satoshi” project, an attempt to locate a man given only his photograph and first name, part of the Perplex City Alternate Reality Game (ARG) and an experiment in six degrees of separation
Talking To Ghosts – I chat with Wesley Mueller and Michael Kurt about journaling, abandoned spaces in Second Life, the beauty and danger of VR, plot without conflict, and games in physical spaces
Script Lock – a conversation with Max and Nick Folkman and Ian Thomas about moment-driven story design, escape rooms and narrative live action experiences, Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre, environmental storytelling, breaking games, how to write for experiences where you can’t control what the player will do, puzzle design, VR shorthand, and more
“People build these communities without really recognizing what they are, then they suddenly realize, we’re out of money, we’ve changed priorities, we’ve been acquired—they decide to jettison their material,” Scott said. “That’s when we step in. We grab a copy of it for posterity, just because the conversation stops when the data is gone. We take a backup so that somebody can make use of it down the line.”
One of the archives promises that, just because a page isn’t displayed, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever: “It may simply mean that we haven’t gotten around to restoring it.”
“Your page isn’t gone,” Scott said, when I mentioned my search. “It’s just in a quantum state.”
Well, it’s November, which means in addition to traveling, feasting and the mad scramble to get all Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, I’m also tackling NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again.
For those who aren’t away, NaNoWriMo is a project to write a novel (50,000 words) in a single month. That’s about 1,667 words (or 7 pages) a day, every day, for 30 days.
I did it last year, and I can tell you, it is not easy. But more importantly, it’s also not impossible.
I learned some lessons from last year’s experience.
I created this series of ephemera art boxes created for Insert Change Here (insertchangehere.com), a fundraiser put on by W+K 12.8 to benefit arts education in Portland public schools. Each box contained the possessions of one Portland resident on a significant day in the city’s history, and on the day when each encountered an unusual creature in the water. They were placed in vending machines and sold on the event’s opening night.