My Elit Piece- “Settlement”

I just wanted to start by apologizing to everyone for my absence from class today; I woke up in the middle of the night extremely sick and was not able to get to class. However, I did not want my piece of electronic literature to go without any explanation so I have decided to blog about what I was going to say. I hope you all enjoy it!

Originally what I wanted to do was start off with dice and the reader had to click it in order to “roll it” and one of six different choices would come up. We are all born into a specific life, we cannot choose our families that we get, so just like that, the reader was not able to choose their family. My six options would have been things like a person from a high-income family, someone from a different race, someone who was born from a low-income family, etc. Once receiving your “life” then you proceed to different scenarios that most people face in their lives from childhood all the way to adulthood. Some options you are able to choose and others you must roll the dice again to see your outcome because sometimes in life we do not have a choice and things just happen. I was going to have a pathway on a road to make the choices and a continuing theme of the dice to roll and see what happens. No gender is ever revealed. By the end, the reader would have came to a conclusion depending on what they have rolled and what they chose to do with their options. Those endings were things like death, higher education, homelessness, starting a family, etc. I had to make a lot of changes because I was not able to create such a challenging piece. Instead I made a hypertext linking piece by piece to click and move on, but I did keep the concept of some being choices and some just happening. In the end of the piece you can choose your ending, but if not satisfied you may go back and choose again. The reason I did this was because in real life you cannot choose what happens to you, but in the world of Elit I wanted to allow choices. I also changed the concept of the dice into doors because of my lack of knowledge on how to make dice. The original name was “Roll away, Scroll away,” but it was changed to “Settlement” because that is what I had to do with my piece and what ultimately happens to people in life. They must settle with their choices and with things that just occur and are out of their control.

I was able to create this entire piece using power point and the part that took me the longest to do was linking all of the hypertext to flow smoothly, it is very interactive because you must click to move on, but you must click slowly and wait for each and every part to appear. There are some sounds, for example when you click the door, but I did not add music because I did not want to distract the reader from what was really important, the main idea. The entire piece ended up becoming a huge contradiction at the end because you are able to make a choice and reverse that choice after the entire idea was suppose to be realistic and that is where the “Settlement” derived from. I used images from different sites and even a clip in which if you allow it to play through is a quick video to get a point across and allow my piece to be multimodal and give it a little more excitement.

I am not text savvy at all and was not able to make my piece the way I wanted at all, but I messed around with it for a while and tried to created it to the best of my abilities. I made it nice and short because I know how I felt when exploring one of the longer pieces and after a while my attention would be lost so I wanted to get the point across and straight to the ending which was most important.

Once again I apologize for my absence, I had a great time in class with all of you exploring this entirely new idea to me of electronic literature, thank you for taking the time to read through this blog!

 

 


Blog 11: The last blog: With Those We Love Alive and The Cape

Blog 11: The last blog: With Those We Love and The Cape
By Andaiye Hall

I found The Cape to be completely uninteresting. The black and white stood out to me but in the way that it was completely not engaging for me. It didn't captivate me as well as other pieces have managed to do for me. I think I'm really stuck in my way of how e-lit is supposed to be. Nevertheless, the author did do a variety of unique things to capture the general reader's interest. She had pictures that would appear out of thin air and audio files that would randomly play where she saw fit to place them.

I did like the other piece With Those We Love Alive predominantly a lot more than the rest of The Cape. I had explored this piece before and was confused at where it ended. During this revisit, I was still confused and stop at the same place I stopped before. It was a little personal when you were given some choices. I wondered if you chose a different b-day if your experience would change. I thought that if everyone would see something different, that would have been a lot for the author to have written. Even though this piece was simple it still had the key elements of music and color. These are what are very important to in terms of what I think e-lit can be. I want to turn to e-lit for the authors help in how to view the story and possibly hear the authors voice or what the author wants me to hear when I read his or her piece.

It's been a fantastic semester learning about this new branch of literature which isn't that new but I'll save the rest of my thoughts for my self evaluation.

Blog 11: The last blog: With Those We Love Alive and The Cape

Blog 11: The last blog: With Those We Love and The Cape
By Andaiye Hall

I found The Cape to be completely uninteresting. The black and white stood out to me but in the way that it was completely not engaging for me. It didn't captivate me as well as other pieces have managed to do for me. I think I'm really stuck in my way of how e-lit is supposed to be. Nevertheless, the author did do a variety of unique things to capture the general reader's interest. She had pictures that would appear out of thin air and audio files that would randomly play where she saw fit to place them.

I did like the other piece With Those We Love Alive predominantly a lot more than the rest of The Cape. I had explored this piece before and was confused at where it ended. During this revisit, I was still confused and stop at the same place I stopped before. It was a little personal when you were given some choices. I wondered if you chose a different b-day if your experience would change. I thought that if everyone would see something different, that would have been a lot for the author to have written. Even though this piece was simple it still had the key elements of music and color. These are what are very important to in terms of what I think e-lit can be. I want to turn to e-lit for the authors help in how to view the story and possibly hear the authors voice or what the author wants me to hear when I read his or her piece.

It's been a fantastic semester learning about this new branch of literature which isn't that new but I'll save the rest of my thoughts for my self evaluation.

With Those We Love Alive

Well. I do not know what to make of this piece. First, I must say I think it is outstanding that the author created a version for colorblind people. I have never seen that been done before and I think that was so cool of her to do. It started off with a nice sentence from the author talking to the reader. "Please remember: nothing you can do is wrong" across the screen. Soft music starts to play. Now after this slide, it asks you what month you were born in. I thought maybe I was going to take a journey as a Leo or some kind of adventure as my horoscope. I was prepared for something cool like that. But it turned out to be very different. Actually, I have no clue why I was asked when my birthday was because the rest of the piece was just a story filled with different possible outcomes but somehow... we all end up in the same place I think. I looked through the color blind piece just to see what would be different and it was all black and white. Very interesting. It made me appreciate color because the pinks and purples and blues were very nice.

With Those We Love Alive

Well. I do not know what to make of this piece. First, I must say I think it is outstanding that the author created a version for colorblind people. I have never seen that been done before and I think that was so cool of her to do. It started off with a nice sentence from the author talking to the reader. "Please remember: nothing you can do is wrong" across the screen. Soft music starts to play. Now after this slide, it asks you what month you were born in. I thought maybe I was going to take a journey as a Leo or some kind of adventure as my horoscope. I was prepared for something cool like that. But it turned out to be very different. Actually, I have no clue why I was asked when my birthday was because the rest of the piece was just a story filled with different possible outcomes but somehow... we all end up in the same place I think. I looked through the color blind piece just to see what would be different and it was all black and white. Very interesting. It made me appreciate color because the pinks and purples and blues were very nice.

"the cape" + "with those we love alive"

For this week, while both pieces are more simple than others we have seen, I think they are just as valid and prove that electronic literature does not need to be technologically "flashy" and "advanced" for it to impress its digital reader. I like that with "With Those We Love Alive," it had gamelike elements to it, such as giving the reader an experience of customization and control in their adventure with the piece. I liked the hypertextual navigation and different options, and it felt, while there were no impressive or changing graphics, that I was moving along the city and palace and exploring the world of the story. I think it really is something special if an elit piece, like literature, can make you feel like you are inside the realm of the narrative without any visuals to guide you. The story itself was very fantastical and interesting, but I think I liked the title on the bar of the website the most, and that relationship to "writing on yourself" throughout the story and eczema.

Meanwhile, in "The Cape," it was very straightforward in its navigation. I liked that the black and white images, because it was "as old as the story"; however, even though it used simpler methods, it had a few elements I was not expecting. I just thought I would click through, and it be over. However, they added that news audio excerpt about whistling, which I thought was clever and set that "old" mood to the piece. Additionally, I liked the option to click to see more details about the glacier, as if it took us behind the rock itself where the author and her uncle were trying to whistle. It was a short story, as the author points out at the end, but the topographical images and monochromatic scheme added life to this supposedly "pointless" anecdote. It gave more personality and empathy to the story, as we dipped into a brief moment in this person's life; however, we experienced more than just a story, and I love that about the multimodal elements of electronic literature.

Again, both pieces used elements of sound, which has been a significant and reoccurring theme throughout a lot of the pieces we have experienced in class. I think it's important to note the depth, again, that these different mediums can add to the story. Sound bytes, graphics, music, videos, and a spectrum of other media help flesh out the narrative we find in literature. It creates a more empathetic experience for the reader, which is something regular text can be limited to.

Additionally, my contribution for the TiL curation title is something along the lines of "Finding Our Quad (and Ourselves): An Analysis of the Netprov Experience for Thermophiles in Love"

"the cape" + "with those we love alive"

For this week, while both pieces are more simple than others we have seen, I think they are just as valid and prove that electronic literature does not need to be technologically "flashy" and "advanced" for it to impress its digital reader. I like that with "With Those We Love Alive," it had gamelike elements to it, such as giving the reader an experience of customization and control in their adventure with the piece. I liked the hypertextual navigation and different options, and it felt, while there were no impressive or changing graphics, that I was moving along the city and palace and exploring the world of the story. I think it really is something special if an elit piece, like literature, can make you feel like you are inside the realm of the narrative without any visuals to guide you. The story itself was very fantastical and interesting, but I think I liked the title on the bar of the website the most, and that relationship to "writing on yourself" throughout the story and eczema.

Meanwhile, in "The Cape," it was very straightforward in its navigation. I liked that the black and white images, because it was "as old as the story"; however, even though it used simpler methods, it had a few elements I was not expecting. I just thought I would click through, and it be over. However, they added that news audio excerpt about whistling, which I thought was clever and set that "old" mood to the piece. Additionally, I liked the option to click to see more details about the glacier, as if it took us behind the rock itself where the author and her uncle were trying to whistle. It was a short story, as the author points out at the end, but the topographical images and monochromatic scheme added life to this supposedly "pointless" anecdote. It gave more personality and empathy to the story, as we dipped into a brief moment in this person's life; however, we experienced more than just a story, and I love that about the multimodal elements of electronic literature.

Again, both pieces used elements of sound, which has been a significant and reoccurring theme throughout a lot of the pieces we have experienced in class. I think it's important to note the depth, again, that these different mediums can add to the story. Sound bytes, graphics, music, videos, and a spectrum of other media help flesh out the narrative we find in literature. It creates a more empathetic experience for the reader, which is something regular text can be limited to.

Additionally, my contribution for the TiL curation title is something along the lines of "Finding Our Quad (and Ourselves): An Analysis of the Netprov Experience for Thermophiles in Love"

THE CAPE

Well this is a different piece compared to the rest. I can't really think of any it reminds me of or any I can relate it to. This is more of a story telling elit piece from a girl's perspective about her grandmother. I like the scrollover text on each picture in the beginning. Even though I noticed the mouse turn into a little hand allowing me to click on the image, I kept scrolling over each image because the rollover text was all connected. No matter what picture you choose, you still have the option to see what the other pictures contained. At the bottom you can see the images and you're able to click on any that you want. Some parts of the story have sound, some don't. I thought it was cool how the ending allowed you to enter your email if you want any more information about Cape Cod or want to leave comments on the elit piece as a whole. Very interesting piece and also filled with information about Cape Cod that I was not aware of. I did find it a little dull due to the lack of color. That is just my opinion. I like when things are fun and entertaining but this one was very black and white with no cool sounds. That would be my only negative point. Other than that, cool piece.

THE CAPE

Well this is a different piece compared to the rest. I can't really think of any it reminds me of or any I can relate it to. This is more of a story telling elit piece from a girl's perspective about her grandmother. I like the scrollover text on each picture in the beginning. Even though I noticed the mouse turn into a little hand allowing me to click on the image, I kept scrolling over each image because the rollover text was all connected. No matter what picture you choose, you still have the option to see what the other pictures contained. At the bottom you can see the images and you're able to click on any that you want. Some parts of the story have sound, some don't. I thought it was cool how the ending allowed you to enter your email if you want any more information about Cape Cod or want to leave comments on the elit piece as a whole. Very interesting piece and also filled with information about Cape Cod that I was not aware of. I did find it a little dull due to the lack of color. That is just my opinion. I like when things are fun and entertaining but this one was very black and white with no cool sounds. That would be my only negative point. Other than that, cool piece.