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Sci-fi and the Transreal: The Beginnings of…. Something? I hope?

The creation process so far has been a little bumpy. My biggest fear is spending the windows of time I actually have to work on this going in a direction that doesn’t work out and then having no time to start over. Commitment to an idea is scary. Thankfully, I have learned by now that waiting for the “right” thing to come along usually means never doing anything, so I am running with what I’ve got.

Of all the pieces we went through this semester, I would say that the sci-fi ones that spoke to deeper issues were my favorite. I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi story, and I am fascinated with the way that the genre can take the absurd or inconceivable and use it to say something thought provoking. Granted, this isn’t always the case, but for those pieces that do capture something, it is a thrill to unlock the possible messages behind them.

That said, I have a story going on right now that falls into the sci-fi realm, but I am not 100% sure how it will come off. Originally, I was going to go for a very personal and serious angle on this project, but I decided to take a step back. I still don’t know how serious or campy it will come off, but I know for the personal side of things I will go with what Micha Cardenas’ calls a “transreal” approach. Transreal meaning melding reality with fiction to make a piece that averts the terrifying gaze of the viewer who wants to know – is this you or is it something you made up? The answer will most assuredly be both.

Because I have limited understanding around coding and technology, I am playing it safe with the user-friendly platform Twine. Since using it for the first time with Hunt for the Gay Planet, and then seeing how it can be used on an even deeper level with Those We Love Alive, I knew this would be the platform for me. As I mentioned several times before, I enjoy the stripped down format of Twine. I like how it speaks directly to me and involves me; I’m not simply a passive observer watching a story unfold or reading about another person’s life. When the reader enters my piece, I want them to feel they have suddenly been transported into the action. I want to create the kind of atmosphere for my reader that allows them to use their imagination to see what is occurring in the text; they will be a co-creator with me both in what they imagine in their mind, and with how they choose to navigate this hypertext story.

Last night I had a vision for how the story will play out, so I am being as vague as possible in this reflection about plot because I don’t want to give anything away. I don’t know if what I saw last night will actually be the end product, but I am going to try my best to follow the inspiration wherever it takes me.   

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