“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.”
I recently participated in Horas Perditam, “an experiment in narrative play” presented by Annette Mees and John Gottschalk of Coney and Ken Eklund of Writerguy, and wrote an interactive fiction piece out of the material that resulted. Continue reading →
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.