project definitions

or: what am I trying to do in Major Project?

It changes everytime I tell people.

When I tell too many people in a short space of time, I forget and think I’ve already told them everything.

I am working with digital storytelling in an e-book/app or interactive format, using typography, photography and other typo/graphic devices to express a short story/excerpt/poem that emphasises the power of ‘the story’ or ‘the book’, irrespective of genre. The aim is to explore the potential of the digital story, as compared to that which already exists in experimental books/printed stories; showcase my skills and extend them; express the power of ‘the book’ to remind, inspire and intrigue existing or new readerships (digital natives, literature readers).

Potential texts I’m thinking of using as a basis or excerpt for my interactive story are:

  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Book thief – Markus Zusak
  • Leaving Home – Garrison Keillor (or other excerpts)
  • The Library of Babel – Jorge Luis Borges
  • Prufrock – TS Eliot
  • Another short story I have not yet found – currently reading ‘Stories’ edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Background reading of books and short stories has/will include The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet (Reif Larson), People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks), The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde), The Best Australian Short Stories 2003 (ed. Peter Craven).

Activities this week have included:

I’m promising: a better visual representation for next week; a decided upon text with background research, and visual ideas; some visually represented thoughts about technical/interactive possibilities; 2 more interesting blog posts about the books I’ve read; an interesting and relevant link to a TED talk; things that are more visually poetic, including a custom header image for the blog.


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