Not exactly stuck in Spartanburg; Sort of loving it.

April 20, 2015

So I’m in Spartanburg, South Carolina to give a talk about digital writing assignments in a variety of Humanities classrooms. I’m not exactly stuck, though. Wofford is a picturesque little campus just greening itself from nine straight days of at least some rain. I’m not really used to this sort of weather. It can be pouring rain, and five minutes later intense sunshine finds itself a small envelope. Then the…


My Quest for My Perfect Set of Writing Tools

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March 21, 2015

I like systems. I like consistency. I like workflows and patterns. Most of the time I tell myself that these distractions are in the service of efficiency. But that’s some seriously flawed logic. I’m quite sure that I waste more time than I save taking a break from being productive in order to search for way to be more efficient. Yes, I’ve heard the Abraham Lincoln story. “If I had…


The Beginnings of a Tech Review Process Workflow and Checklist
April 1, 2014

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting to experiment a bit with tech reviews of hardware and software appealing to novice and more experienced digital scholars and digital storytellers. I’ll be writing most of the reviews for the Center for Digital Storytelling blog, and those will later be posted here with a month lag-time. I’ll also write a few just for this site, if they aren’t all that relevant for…


The Legacy of Hypertext Fiction and how Steven Johnson Gets it Wrong

This week, Steven Johnson published a short article on Wired’s site called “Why No One Clicked on the Great Hypertext Story.” He opens by referencing and effectively contextualizing Michael Joyce’s foundational hypertext fiction, Afternoon, a Story, from the early ’90s. Back then there was a literary electricity about the possibilities for telling stories by linking together smaller chunks of text into a larger whole. The future was finally on its…

May 2, 2013

Video Exercise: Burning Paper on Blue Plate

This is just a short experiment. I’m trying to get into the habit of thinking with my camera. Sort of in the same way that I think through words (essays, reflections, grades, etc.) and sketching (furniture plans, text layout, web design, etc.) In this video, I was thinking through: depth of field, composing within the frame, unpredictability, subtle action, semiotic soundtrack impact, and indirect light.   burning paper on blue…

November 15, 2012

Some Transmedia Experimentation

This is just a simple post to illustrate my own usage of two great digital media resources: and Here’s a link to a short digital text I posted on Cowbird: “…that kind of vision that diffuses itself.” And here’s an embedded audio recording of the same story via SoundCloud:

November 8, 2012

Cave… Movies?: Nothing New about New Media

Maxim: Some new media is old. And all media, at some point, has been new. Even the old stuff. Film was once new media; radio, too. Just how old can new media get? Ancient. We’re talking cave-painting old. I just ran across a post (“Stoneage Artists Created Prehistoric Movies”) at Discover News blog which points to an article in the June issue of Antiquity. The article suggests that certain techniques…

September 18, 2012

Stunning digital text from Alex Iten, “Couch”

January 21, 2012

  I can think of no better evidence for the argument that you don’t have to make something “pretty” or “polished” for it to be incredible. Insight. Something to say. Patience. Courage. Thanks for posting this, Alex. I wish everyone I know could see this. Check out more of his work here.