Friday, November 10, 2006

Interactivity - Writing - Thou

I have the honor of daily visits from Bruce Wolcott's "Writing for the Web" class (I believe that's the title) at Bellevue Community College in Washington, where I used to teach as well. AoaN has had more varied interactivity than its seen in a long time, and I'm loving it. It's an assignment for them, it's a breath of fresh air for me. And, a worthy distraction...

For Those of You from BCC

I encourage you to dig deeper into the archives for earlier postings. That's the power of Internet writing, the concept and execution of the hyperlink. You'll find an array of topics from which to choose, and I will do my best to respond to you intelligently and concisely. That's my plan and pledge, at least.

For fun, check out DareToPlay under "Other Projects." You'll be taken the homepage for another project of mine, an interactive storytelling concept that you may find interesting for the subject of your class, but even moreso because Bruce is involved in another project there. Follow the links to Education/Training. The case study on that page is a project that Bruce and I have been working on for some time, "DareToPlay2Learn", a collaboration between BCC, DareToPlay and the Seattle Central Public Library. You can even try out the adventure by clicking through to the homepage. Enjoy it!

For Those of You from the Rest of the World

Feel free to jump into the interactivity. All responses are welcome, and yours are completely unrelated to a grade!


Blogger The Herrera's said...

Well, I have to admit that I was planning on visiting your blog for a quick grade. What I found, however, was a welcome distraction from my own daily tasks (mainly assignments). Not only have I scoured posts and comments throughout your blog, but I have also been browsing for my very own copy of your novel. I especially liked the review stating,

“Tyler is the type of guy that most people want nothing to do with, yet Autobiography of a Narcissist is so funny and well written that you find yourself actually caring what happens next. Jonathan Foster has created such a real voice for Tyler that I find myself thinking that maybe I would find the author as annoying as the book's main character (that is a compliment to the author by the way).
This is the kind of book you want to have if you're home sick in bed or have a long plane trip ahead of you. It makes you laugh and it keeps you entertained, even as you're wondering why in the world you are still reading about this guy who is so self-absorbed you just want to whack him upside the head.”

Unfortunately, I do not live in San Francisco or I would take you up on your offer for a special book signing. On the other hand, my husband and I have been looking for an excuse to make it out to Napa or Sonoma. Perhaps I’ll just have to wait for my autographed copy awhile longer. For the mean time, I’ll just have to settle for my regular copy which I’m told will be arriving in 3-5 days.

Thanks for the humorous and addicting blog. Please keep us posted on your book sales at City Lights 

Krystin Stockley (Herrera)

November 10, 2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Foster said...

And thank you for that engaging posting, Krystin. I will gladly sign the book for you and arrange a winery tour where I work, should you make it to Napa. And if you ever have any questions about it, feel free to contact me directly (through my email in the right column).

Should you (or anyone else) run into any difficulty with Amazon or other online bookstores, I recommend going directly through Booklocker, who is the company that prints/publishes AoaN. You can go there by clicking on the book cover icon in the right column.

And as an FYI to anyone who wishes to buy a book that is printed through a POD (Print On Demand) company, or anyone who ever wishes to publish their on book through POD, I add the following. The difficulty one might have is that while Amazon or Barnes and Noble says they have copies in stock, they don't. They order them from directly Booklocker and then send them to you. It might take a bit longer than 3-5 days, though I don't know exactly. If you went to a brick and mortar bookstore, it could take up to 6 weeks!

If interested, I have posted more info on POD publishing in March.

November 10, 2006 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jonathon,

I have enjoyed reading your blog, though I do not have the time right now to read everything. However, as your governor has said, "I'll be back."

Sharon Berg

November 10, 2006 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have stopped by your blog. I must confess, I couldn't read all of your two chapters. But that's the beauty of the Internet - there's something for everyone. I think the design of it is great, however. The color background choice makes the pictures "pop".


November 10, 2006 9:24 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Foster said...

Sharon - Time is everything. Oh, if I could hold it in a bottle! Arnold and I will watch for your return.

Deslie - At blogspot, they don't give you a lot of options about color(or didn't earlier in the year when I started all this), so I'm thankful they offer this. It's important not to get too wacky; one needs to keep the visula easy on the eyes. Computer screens are hard enough for one to visually digest.

November 13, 2006 5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jonathan --

I enjoyed reading your blog. I took one of your classes at BCC, and I tried to take another Spring of 2005 -- Game 297 "The Dare To Play" class. Unfortunately it was cancelled, and by default I ended up enrolling in another (not so good) Game class that quarter.

I hope to someday experience Dare To Play, perhaps at BCC or at the Seattle Central Library.

Best wishes,

Laury Kenton

November 20, 2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Foster said...

Yes, I remember, Laury. Great to see your name here on my blog. I regretted that the game 297 class was cancelled because the first class was a great experience, but one that the second one would have improved upon.

You can experience DareToPlay by going to the website and clicking through to entertainment. Our project that was honored at the Sundance Film Festival is there, "Operation: Siren". That will give you an idea of what we do.

November 21, 2006 8:08 AM  

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