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  1. Charles Parkes

    Interactive fiction

    I hope so :) Computers (and consoles) have certainly focused the mass market on high-visual offerings, but one could say the same for books. I'm taking the optimistic view: - Almost any novel can be read on e-readers now. Once on an electronic device, people are unaware how code can be used to...
  2. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    That was good. Thanks! This sounds really stupid but I haven't been out looking for examples of what other people were doing, and this gives me context which helps me see different objectives/possible focuses differently - "Instead, I wanted to use a neural network, a computer model inspired by...
  3. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    No you're right on the money. What I was talking about with the randomisation diverges into the realms of experimentation. The idea is that static text can now be manipulated. In my view that means what you can do with it is as unlimited as your imagination. (Though in most cases people choose...
  4. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    Mmm. It's giving me pause for thought - mainly in connection with the Interactive Fiction Competition this year. If I submit anything it would be based around randomisation - so if you read one part, the code would randomly choose a selection of words- bad example: for hat: it would choose...
  5. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    I like the division of choice into moral and progression choices. The way you lay out the pathing is very clear too. Interesting that you considered the medium of tv, that was pretty unexpected :) Thanks, that was really interesting. I do feel I'd benefit from laying it out like this. And as I...
  6. Charles Parkes

    Why Do Fantasy Authors Almost Never Write Intelligent Characters?

    Ah, you assume my reading level hasn't regressed. I may have read To the Lighthouse once, but my bookcase these days is stacked high with non-canon fantasy. I had been wondering whether I have become a badly written and less intelligent character in my own narrative. But makes me feel that I...
  7. Charles Parkes

    Why Do Fantasy Authors Almost Never Write Intelligent Characters?

    An excellent view that I'm sure will win you lots of friends here ;) I wonder whether this is a true balanced approach though: - does anyone have any examples of a novel in which the author successfully writes intelligent and less intelligent MCs without alienating with the first or...
  8. Charles Parkes

    Interactive fiction

    You're right. I think that's the biggest surprise for me so far - though: - it becomes less so when you consider the lower quality (having multiple strands appears to take its toll, and its more expensive to have edited, per word actually read by the consumer) - and when you consider the...
  9. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    I was just wondering what this was? (If you don't mind me asking? :))
  10. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    Does anyone else use such a visual method for story structuring? My own experience of drawing a representation of story structure is that it doesn't stay up to date for long, so this post it method seems more flexible. In my mind perhaps a company hierarchy type piece of software would be best...
  11. Charles Parkes

    Interactive fiction

    So I was hoping to ask whether anyone else here enjoys reading or writing interactive fiction! I couldn't find a thread for it, so I fully expect posting here to be a lonely experience. . . But you guys just don't know what you're missing :) I'd love any comments on people's experiences of...
  12. Charles Parkes

    Why Do Fantasy Authors Almost Never Write Intelligent Characters?

    Lot's of good examples in the thread about intelligent protagonists. I've sometimes wondered whether actually there's a bit more of an author bias in fantasy towards writing an intelligent character - especially MCs. I think it can be used as a (slightly overused?) way of enabling the character...
  13. Charles Parkes

    Aussie road rage

    Aussie road rage
  14. Charles Parkes

    What Movie or TV show are you watching?

    Mad max 2 on Amazon prime this evening : )
  15. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    Just bought a book on screenwriting following a lecture by the author on story structure. I was wondering if I'd find some interesting parallels and creative ideas. His name was Robin Mukherjee
  16. Charles Parkes

    Smart Phones... are they like Crack Cocaine?

    I am having similar problems - they liberate, but yes they are hugely addictive. Went from a 'I don't care if my phone is in black and white and has a string attached' to completely addicted a few months ago. I got this phone to actually do some story writing on, but I spend more time on forums...
  17. Charles Parkes

    Diagrams of story structure

    This is kinda fascinating. Thanks! I love looking at interactive fiction story structures. There are a few examples here under structures
  18. Charles Parkes

    Urban Fantasy

    Wow - this urban fantasy thread has turned quite... interesting... It's on your list already, but just wanted to say that the Iron Druid was quite enjoyable by audible. If you can bear the narrator's attempt at Atticus the dog's speech.
  19. Charles Parkes

    How do I rise above the background noise of a multitude of Authors?

    I've only been participating in author communities for a few months (lack of confidence while I wrote my story), so I'm learning a lot about other people's experiences a bit late :rolleyes: So these comments (and any detail or stories about different experiences with editors) are all very very...
  20. Charles Parkes

    Uh, can't seem to work out how to PM (forum newbie), but I thought I'd ask whether you'd be...

    Uh, can't seem to work out how to PM (forum newbie), but I thought I'd ask whether you'd be happy to pass on your wonderful editors contact details?