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Twelve Blue

The article “Navigating Electronic Literature” discusses the navigation of electronic literature and how it is the signification of the work itself. I had a general sense about what they were talking about, but once I started “Twelve Blue” I understood better.

I chose “6” to begin and immediately fell in love with the author’s writing style, I thought it was romantic & experimental. Now, thinking back to those thoughts, I’m wondering if their writing style is experimental or is it the format (E-lit) in which it’s presented that makes it appear that way?

As we were told, this was a non-linear plot which did disorient me at times. There were also times when things began to click and I feel like it excited me more than it would in a print text. The disorientation of the plot made every thing so unexpected.

At first, I was frustrated. I wanted to love this piece so bad because I genuinely loved the writing, but the disorientation threw me off and annoyed me quite frankly. As I started connecting characters to each other and it felt more like a story, it subdued and I started to get sucked in.

Something from the essay came to mind as I was feeling my frustrations.
The idea of “relearning & reconstructing” the act of reading sounded all fun & great, until it reminded of all of the frustrations that come with that. The urge I had to just start from the beginning and “pick a new story” was definitely present. Thinking back, I can see how that’s also a positive aspect of e-lit. You don’t have to give up entirely on a piece of work because you have options.

As for the narrative itself, I think the hypertext form suits it well because it seems to intentionally create a dream-like state or something liminal. The chunks of text seemed to mimic a stream of consciousness. The narrative I followed had to do with a deaf boy who drowned in a creek and the writer seems to focus on that in-between life & death state by describing beautifully in depth what sounds & slight visions surrounded him. They also visit a woman’s life that had also been taken by the sea & how her mother also passed by drowning. There is a strong sense of nostalgia for something unknown. The woman waiting for her mother to return, even though she didn’t know her. The girlfriend of the drowning boy nostalgic for that blossoming romance cut short. What I couldn’t connect too easily were the doctors. I can see how they are both longing for new love after loss, but not much else. Although, I’m sure if I went farther into the narrative I would pick up more.

All in all, I would rate this first time experience a 7/10. I enjoy discovering and exploring anything new, but this was something entirely unknown. Either way, I did find myself wanting more and that’s always a good sign!

About Me

Pic 1: Lilly & I waiting in line for front row; Pic 2: In El Salvador, my village below me; Pic 3: My cousins, sister and I; Pic 4: Mindlessly crocheting on NY subway; Pic 5: Photo walk in NY; Pic 6: Treehugger in Maine

Since I could remember, I’ve stood in shadows watching the world go on and on and on around me. People watching is what they call it, but I’ve only recently realized it had a name. I was the shy kid in class with all the answers sitting in the back of my throat choking me up when I spoke, but I’m working on it.

That’s not to say I’ve always been on my own. Platonic relationships are what keep my world turning. My best friend of 10+ years was attached to my hip once we simultaneously found our love for music &, later, the live shows that came with it. We’ve been to over 150 (+counting, it’s a problem) concerts together. With that, we’ve also gradually become apart of each other’s families.

Coming from a Salvadorian household, I’ve placed family at the forefront of my world. Both my parents were immigrants in the 1980s and came to the US seeking refuge from the war in ES. My mom was pregnant with my oldest brother, making my siblings & I first-gens, making me the first to graduate college.

I graduated with my BA in English from Montclair State University in Winter 2021, started my MA in Fall 2021, and quickly realized I was no longer benefitting from the same chunk of classics being read over & over again. I also began working for a non-profit that aimed to highlight Women of Color literary voices and I knew I wanted a more diverse learning experience. So, I took a leap of faith and transferred into Kean’s Writing Studies Program with nerves & an itch to start new.

Im excited to venture into a new side of literature. I’ve always gravitated towards poetry because of the endless avenues it can take you on and from the looks of it, electronic lit is just that. I can’t wait to see what I, and others, create. ☮

#9 Elit Reading&Spark: Cruising & My New Ideas

As a reader, I enjoy the piece Cruising. It doesn’t like a game that could negative and surprise me well. But It provides a disparate integration between readers and the author: DRIVE YOU TEXTS.


When I opened it, I heard a soft voice telling a story – a teenage girl speaking her “favorite pastime in small-town Wisconsin, racing up and down the main drag of Main Street looking to make connections, wanting love”.


There is only a scene on the piece: the girl is looking outside the window and making her lip color. A flash line flies below, the same word and the images repeat.

The author gave a few materials but there are more to explore. When I move my mouse to the flash line, it became slower or faster sometimes. When I move to the right, the images and texts became larger. But what interesting is I cannot really stop it and read the poem. But the pace of the flash, the music, and audio, the black and white picture, give me a sensation of the girl’s memory and…

My memory.

Something important can dominate, while something less important can be forgotten. But all big and small pieces make up my memory. One day I may recall them. I may find the less important things become important. I may miss great things. I may retaste what I went through. That’s what the poem gives me: a physical sensation and spiritual imagination.

The piece let me think of the form of poetry. It is unique because it should be stanzas and no paragraphs. However, when I enlarge those texts, I find they are complete sentences. They are not “poetic poem” but we still can read them as a poem. The flash line fluids to us word by word, line by line. The texts are broken and my perception becomes different. It is our readers who can decide how to read those lines.

You can say it tricky or creative. But the power of literature is to change the ways to read and give different understandings based on the same texts. That is what an elit is doing. It is exciting that we would have 10 different feelings after 10 times of similar reading. In other words, elit is disgusting the potential of traditional literature.

It inspires me! I am collecting my elit components. When I listen to Rachmaninoff again and again, I create different feelings. I hope my readers do not be restricted to the same framework although the music has a certain theme. Now my texts include Shakespeares’ poems and dramas, Wilde’s poems, and some space that readers can write their owns. The biggest progress is I discover a charm of opera and I want to use some in my piece. Opera is choir literature and many of them are quite fun.

Here is a list of what I want to use:

La ci darem la mano -Wolfgang A. Mozart

Soave il vento – Mozart

Pace e gioja- Gioachino Rossini

Duetto buffo di due gatti- Rossini

Quando m’en vo – Rossini





#8 Eilt-Reading: Icarus Needs

Firstly, Lexia to Preplexia couldn’t be opened on my Mac because the screen doesn’t fit. But I found a video discussing the piece:

Mark Sample( the speaker in the video) said the work is a specific time of technology and technology has changed so it’s problematic to the piece. That may explain why I couldn’t open it. What I interest in Lexia to Perplexia is “Terms such as “metastrophe’ and ‘intertimacy’ work as sparks within the piece and are meant to inspire further thought and exploration.” SO I cannot wait to go through it in the class.

The piece Icarus Needs is presented as an ” a hypercomic adventure game staring everyone’s favourite mentally unhinged cartoonist, Icarus Creeps”. What needs to be discussed is ” It is literature?”. Beyond a plot in the game, I wonder it is readable or gives any literary experience to a reader. I would like to go through the piece under this question.

It is interesting to play, I have to admit. Icarus would meet different people and have different instructions to find Kit. When he finds new tools, a new trail would open to him. I passed the green, blue, yellow, and pink trials, and them eventually come to the same end.


The protagonist and antagonists would have conversations, a player would know what going on next through conversations and they could go anywhere to get materials.

The plot is simple: “Icarus has fallen asleep playing video games and become trapped inside a surreal dream world that’s part video game and part comic strip. What’s worse, somehow his girlfriend Kit has got trapped inside the same dream. Now Icarus needs to locate Kit, escape the clutches of the King of Squirrels and find some way back to the waking world. Can you get Icarus everything he needs before it’s too late?”


Personally, I don’t think it is presented as either literature or a reconstructing piece. Most importantly, it isn’t effective as a cyber reader and I would rather regard it as a recreation.


#7 Spark: Reauthoring Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance

While I was reading pieces like ” Hi Muck A Muck”, “Pieces of Herself”, and “Reconstructing Mayakovsky”, I had fun playing and constructing my own “classic”. If I am going to be an elit writer, I wish my readers to engage in my work. They are more like co-authors rather than receivers. We should all enjoy the collaboration of interpreting and constructing a brand new piece. So I am considering reconstructing existed literature and artwork to fulfill my elit project.

I was studying hermeneutics, which is a study of interpretation. I respect all different understandings based on different grounds, lives, or experiences, whereas, a person’s understanding of both literature and art is distinguished and reaches out different stages. That means a person could not get to a higher level individually unless he or she accesses to others’ perspectives, a high-level thought or instructional techniques,  which are able to force he or her to understand in depth. Therefore, my goal is to bring up necessary elements and art pieces together, construct a framework based on my own understanding, and invite my readers to sew those pieces and accumulate their intelligence. I am looking forward to collect different masterpieces from my readers and exhibit them in my blogs.

My elit theme is “Reauthoring Rachmaninoff-Symphonic-Dances“. Sergi Rachmaninoff was a Russian symphonic composer.Sergei_Rachmaninoff_cph.3a40575 Readers probably did not hear about him and his music, but in my elite, it is a good begining that they approach a musician without any preparation, because they would gradually realize how close they are to Rachmaninoff and Symphonic Dances by exploring my elit.

My elementary idea is that readers are going to follow the melody, clicking their expected literature, paintings, graffiti, or photography, or adding pitches or music pieces into the symphony, and create their own “imagery”. This idea comes from my fine art class. Prof. McLaughlin requested us to draw anything jumping out our mind while we were listening to Pop, Jazz, Blue, or orchestra music. I was doing intensive drawings and I felt I could control melody at my fingertips. I had never ever expressed out so many feelings and visualized them on my papers. That was an amazing experience.

Here are my drawings

Reading elit is a discovery. What I mean by saying ” not receivers” in my opening paragraph is that readers are going to discover themselves. They are not just sitting right there and being given literature and art, rather, they are feeling new. I hope I hear words like ” I didn’t think I would love art but I do now” or ” I found I can be that talented and creative in art”. I hope they feel the same as I did and feel free to express themselves and discover their own potentials. Therefore, it does not matter if readers have a little knowledge of my elit objects, I am going to give enough instructions as well as space for them to join my “party”.

I am still planning my elit and I am not sure about elements I am going to use. Here is a map showing a rough storyboarding and element options:

"Reauthoring RSD"

Selecting elements is complex. I drew different shapes on behalf of element styles, which means I would provide disparate art and literature work, but you may find them unexpectedly harmonious.


Enjoy Original Symphonic Dances Op.45


Helpful Resources





“With Those We Love Alive”&”High Muck A Muck”

“With Those We Love Alive”- a visual adanvature without visuality

My first feeling when I played with it is ” It is so smart!” and “Maybe I can make one”. It is a twine game that readers are able to be physically involed in the plot, and whatever they choose, it will change the plot. A reader is also a writer.

Basiclly, I can read a fundanmental framwork set by the author.  Whatever I chose, I would have same hyperlinks to go. “Balcony”,”Your chambers”, “Garden”, “Workshop” and “City” are a basic trial.


What I found interetsting is there are more possibilities we can create. We are able to connect or embed ourselves in the plot by mixing our personalities into it. When I went to some hyperlinks, I found they are optional when I clicked them, I could choose  the month of my birth, my elements, my eye color, the equipment and materials I had. It’s very intriguous because it comes different consequencies based on different choices.

Compared with former pieces, “With those we love alive” is not surprising. It has basic features of an elite and the interactions are not advanced. It is not bothered by techniques, and is pure and reable literature. But it is meaningful in the time when we are beginning our first elit. WHY COULD NOT I MAKE A PIECE LIKE THAT? Even though I am a not skillful programmer and I don’t know how to visualize my elit, I can still make an excellent piece! The piece inspires me a lot and I am happy to see more possibilities.

“Hi Muck A Muck: Play Chinese an Interative Poem”- I am proud of  seeing my language shown in elite.

I love the piece.

It is so culture-related. The first page and navigation are touching. It is a man who is reading his language, missing his home. His tears as well as his emotion is an direction for us to read the piece.

When I heared the audio, they talk about China Town and Chinese women are not allowed. I was so upset and I can understand how difficult Chinese immigrantes are in foreign countries. The background music is from a restaurant nosie to a flute, which illustrates the life of a China Town and people’s strong emotion – nostalgia.


The page touches me – my land is my body. You may see rivers,  moutains, and  poetry on an human body. They represent “my” homeland and “my” culture. “My blood is China, which makes me who I am”. Especially when Chinese are away from thier land, we carry with our indentities everywhere. China is our nature.


It is an emtional piece. I am deeply touched by every pages. It not only shows “a deep engagement with issues of racism, intercultural exchange, imitation, history, economics, and Chinese immigration to Canada”, but also it tells a story, a life story, about every Chinese away from our country and  every Chinese who are missing thier country. I can find myself in it.

With Those We Love Alive: A Dream of Trauma

“With Those We Love Alive” is a hypertext E-lit piece and Twine game by Porpentine. The title is derived from the Bhagavad Gita:

“Better to live on beggar’s bread with those we love alive, than taste their blood in rich feasts spread, and guiltily survive.”

It is a nightmarish experience in an unknown world. You are given a name. You are living a life in the game.  In a world that is full of self-harm, abuse, and violence. You were asked to get works for a monstrous empress. Her abdomen is swollen, and she smells like dead candy. Like a monster. You had a chance to explore into the field. In the palace, there are balcony, chambers, garden, workshop, and city. You could explore into those places, but you would find you are returned to the palace again and again. You are isolated, waiting to be noticed, waiting for something to happen. Then you had to sleep in your chambers to advance the process. You got messages. You get works to do. You were employed by the empress to do works for her, such as making a gift for the ceremony or designing a weapon for her, although these tasks seemed to make no sense. The empress hunted people. Everyone was fearful to be the victims so they did not dare to question the custom. It is a dream of trauma. You went through it.

During the adventure, I was asked to draw sigils on my skin of: New beginnings, Relationship with the chasm, Shame, Insight, Influencing this outcome, Pain, Severing, A thought loop, and what I feel. Those sigils are like imprinting about what I suffered and experienced. Tangible and compelling. This interaction process really is a distinct feature of this E-lit piece. Drawing sigils as a part of the gameplay is an impressive interaction for me. Physically. The influence is really profound. Sigils that readers draw on their skin represent their emotional symbols. Check out here for sigils. You will see various kinds of sigils that people draw. Like a exposure of what inner traumas they have. They are physical remarks of what violence and trauma bring to us.

WeChat Image_20181022203011 Here are my sigils 

A question is asked if we are part of the world or alone. Does being part of the world with others mean conniving the society full of abusing? I am not sure, but in this world I think it does. If we choose to be part of the world, we would participate in the eradication of the princess-spores, put them to death. We would be merciful if we choose to be alone and separated from others. In this mundanely monstrous world, You work for the cruel empress. She has supreme power in her field. “Power is wounded by anything that refuses to be destroyed by it”.  If we choose to be apart, we are the ones that were not destroyed by power.


In the note of this piece, the author writes: “Punishment isn’t for people who do bad things. Punishment is an energy that flows toward the weak, predictable as water. Punishment happens to those who cannot stop it from happening.” Then the result would be that those who fail to question the bad things get the punishment. Like the following picture shows.


She comes. Sedina, with whom You hate the world together. You have most of the conversations with her in this game. She is considered as the representative of hope in some ways, but it is she that told you that “hope is a shameful thing”. I have a personal estimation that maybe she is another me. She came to remind me of hope in this dark world. She reminds me of my bravery to get over my trauma. Recover. And get energized.


Sedina, so as “I”, see this place clearly. We are not what we choose to be. We are trapped and we have no power. This point also is conveyed in the playing procedure. With many only one-choice hypertexts, we seemed to follow a fixed path of life. We are pushed to move forward. We have no choice.

Sedina has scars on her appearance. She said: “What they did to me on the outside, they did to you on inside”. It sounds like the trauma that they did to “me” is inner and spiritual. The trauma is very deep. Porpentine states: “In most media there’s an unspoken belief that feminine lifeforms can’t survive on their own, can’t have spaces of their own, can’t have relationships of their own. I try to go against this with basically everything I make.” We can survive through those traumas. 


My favorite part of the game (also the most confusing part) is about distilling the dreams of children. “My” (the character’s) mother gave “me” a cup to drink and “I” will no long dream. Is it another type of adult abuse? When children lose their ability to dream, they lose innocence. They are forced to grow. I kind of feel that way. It is vague to tell but also have connections with previous contents. It is a ritual, at least to my estimation. Like the ceremony of empress, like the re-applying process of hormone. “She gave you the cup. You drank it, because she was your mother.” Very customary like a routine in your life.


Living in a world full of abuse, violence, and harms, “every day is damage”. That is the main theme in the world of “With Those We Love Alive”. It calls back some dark old days of the players. Anyway, a very impressive game.



BTW, I strongly recommended you to read Kelli’s blog posts about this piece. Her first blog post is mentioned by the Porpentine in Tumblr. It is a an abuse-centered analysis of this piece. https://helterskelliter.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/because-i-am-alive/

Porpentine’s Tumblr: http://porpentine.tumblr.com/



Works Cited:

Porpentine. With Those We Love Alive. http://slimedaughter.com/games/twine/wtwla/



Pieces of Herself & Façade

“Pieces of Herself”

I love the piece! Truly! It reminds me a poem:

 I Leave Bits of Me Everywhere
poem-words are my clothing, 
stripped late at night 
a trail from the threshold to the foot of bed 
along the stairs lay verbs the actions i need to climb twelve steps at 2 am 
a vowel left adjacent to toothbrush i get sloppy with tartar and allusions 
over the cornice of mirror, hangs a strand of pearly metaphors 
a simile in my sink 
a limerick needing to be laundered the clothes hamper is full of rimes & meters in want of mending 
kick off the shoes, 
make a pile of cacophony wrap myself in the plum flannel of sonnet 
hair up-tied with haiku 
find the resting place for naked poet...  
in ambiance i light a candle 
a sestina goes up in flames.

The piece is a sort of reinterpretation. They are real pieces with which you can made up and know a person.  But this time, it is not “pieces of her”, but “pieces of herself”. Find the secrets? Because you are not going to find the original “her” but create a new “her”.


You can choose from seven scenes. My favorite is the “outside”. When I grabbed a little baby in the street, the old song “When I was a little girl” rose.  I can see her childhood, she played in the yard and enjoyed sun. It is so imagery.




There is a technical problem for me, I cannot download the exe.file. But except the technical complexity, it is a very smart piece.


I cannot move in! That’s disappointing. It may be something wrong with my computer. But many players show their processes on YouTube.

They are creative but a little bit dark (lol).


This piece maximizes the interaction between elite and readers. It is very intelligent design and requests a high technical level.  It is more close to artificial intelligence, like Siri, but it is a insightful approach to produce elites.

Brainstrips: Strip Your Brain


I enjoy reading the piece. It is intriguing. I went through an emotional reverse when I read it. I held a high expectation to it, but the “nonsense” shown later astonished me. But it also excited me that I feel a strong intention of the author.

The author Alan Bigelow is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies. “Interdisciplinary” would be the theme through the whole piece. Here to learn more about Bigelow: https://www.medaille.edu/alan-bigelow-phd

Walkthrough & Analysis

The first part is “strip”.

It uses comic strips to answer “deep philosophical questions”.


The opening comic is quite interpretative.  A woman or man always says, “I am leaving you and finding the real meaning of  life.” THEN they slip away with the other man or woman and falls in a new loop. “What is the right answer of life?” that is a philosophical question that has never ever been answered.  The starting page reveals the theme of ” strip” part. It speaks of those” nonsense” and tricky questions that we try to but fail to answer in the life.


When we read those questions in advance, we would really think of those philosophically. Whereas, the author gives us a “… “. It is really creepy that we might feel ” a load of bull”, but they are so true that we cannot say they are wrong.  The author gives us an interdisciplinary perspectives. He questions what real philosophy is. Should it really base on Aristotle, Schopenhauer or Kant? His answer is NO. Philosophy is about life. We saw things from angles, we got disparate interpretations. Those questions have never ever had “right” answers.

Those strips from the Gloden Age of American Comics are recreated and be given different understandings. #Reconstructing Mayakovsky. It breaks a regular literacies and reconstructs old literature in a new way.

The next part is “Brain”.  This part is ” science of idiot”.


The title is a paradox. As the reader asked above:” Who is the idiot?” Who is the author addressing? The idiots could be science itself or the one who believes the “science” is the science.  If those scientifical elements have no meanings when they get together, what does the fact really do to us? The author reminds of us reading what behind the “facts” and do not be fooled by “idiots”.



Interestingly, you cannot go back after finishing a topic.  I feel like it is a deliberate design. We do not look back what we read as they are nothing. We should feel what we read and remember the astonishing moment. It is a sensation that let us ask WHY? What is the author want to tell us?  When science is not presented traditionally, should we accept it traditionally? When things go out of expectation, can we fit in immediately? Can we turn our mind to identify what is it?

That is also a rule in reading elit. We cannot predict what will happen next but we should keep going and exploring.

The last part is “S. It speaks of ” Higher Math.”




Those ” Googleplex”, “Geometry”, “Irrational Numbers”, ” Addition”, and “Subtraction” are not talk about mathematics. Rather, they applied to explain “values” things. But is it really “valueless”? or how do we define the “value”? Bigelow plays a tricky game with us. He let us hold a high expectation to that stuff. But he fails us. “If you are too serious with them, you are out.” He intends to involve us in playing and enjoy the electronic tour. Science and math should belong to everyone.


Bigelow is not the first one who jokes the science. It reminds me of the Ig Nobel Prize.

According to Improbable Research, Ig Noble Prize awards unusual and imaginative achievements in science, medicine, and technology.  Click to know more: https://www.improbable.com/ig/.

Let us learn more about Ig Nobel Prize 2018:

Finally, here is a math test for you.



Again, DO BE SERIOUS. Whatever you choose, the result would be the same.

All in all. Bigelow shows us the possibility of playing knowledge and language. The philosophy, science and math are humorous but satirical. They are connected with politics, ethics and social problems. They are thought-provoking and let us ponder what the real issues behind. They are presented as the powerful language that raises new awareness. The interdisciplinary reconstructing demonstrates more possibilities of elit.


What do you feel about the piece?/What the most intriguing topic to you?


“Hobo Lobo of Hamelin” & “ScareMail Generator”

Screenshot_5    “Hobo Lobo of Hamelin”  is my favorite elit so far. It recreates the European folktale” Pied Piper of Hamelin”.  I have never heard the folktale before but I can catch up with by reading the elit version.  I love the idea of side-scrolling and “infinite canvas”. They recall my memory of the comic books I read when I was a kid.


The third page impressed me a lot. It has a few texts, but provides a long image to show how Hobe Lobe eliminated rats. The creepy images, which illustrate death of rats, are also presented as a politcial satrie. I saw the irrelevent objects flying everywhere, such as apples, trukey, lobstor, a shirt, socks, tie and sculptrues. some sybolisms,  like the statues of liberty, may be implications of  political situations.


I really enjoy the ending. It is implict but leaves a reader some imaging space. I really want to proceed reading but it ends at page7.


The ScareMail Generater is quite siginificant. I learned its value of “nonsense” by reading its intruction and oprating the project.  it is defending the dataveillance and asking for privacy. It perhaps cannot change anything, but it stands for a brave voice and initiative awareness.


I am very curious with the reason that ScareMail can be one of the elit. By reading and dicussing with my classmates, I am gradually understanding that. The mail is using digital language to interve the NSA Deploy Program and fight against govermental surveilance.  That means some people are using electronic literature to change the traditional mind. The power of elit not only deliever message but also is a weapon to defend ourselves.  Besides ScareMail, the web provides other projects, such as Safebook, which is againt privacy stealing. Those work seems to be nonsense. But they are pioneers to  lead an innovation and revolution of human society.