Sunday, August 6, 2017

2016 WRITE: Writers of the Hypergrid. Creative Collaboration.

Writers of the Hypergrid. 
Creative collaboration
People with common interests can work together in virtual worlds.  With a little imagination, it is like a face-to-face meeting.  And writers have more than a little imagination.  I suggest forming a creative writing group in a web-world.   The initial activity of this group might be a regular meeting in which we do cold reads of dialogs written by members of the writers community.

How can writers get together? 

A short story as a writing exercise

The writers group at Nara's Nook (in OpenSIm) has started a learning and production project using the guide book "The 90-day novel," by Alan Watt".  To contribute to the project without spending the time on a novel, I wrote a short story or small play using some of the guidance from the book.

Web-Worlds developing

Drop in on my web-world


  • I host a meeting in this world every weekday at 10-10:30 am California time.
  • I expect to be there almost every day.  Others will may be there also.
  • If there are people there, we may stay past 10:30.
  • We will talk in voice and anyone is welcome to drop in.  
  • No registration is required -- just pick an avatar
  • give the name you want use, and click enter.
  • If you don't see the enter button at the bottom of your screen, 
  • go to full screen or shrink the size of your display.
  • To shrink the display in Chrome:
  • click the column of dots, upper right, and use the zoom controls.

  • (More after the break, scroll down!)

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    Virtual worlds

    Video written and produced by creative collaboration in virtual worlds

    But can writers get used to working in a virtual world?

    Hypergrid Writer's Community
    • Writers are already used to working in a virtual world.
    • Writers of fiction write about worlds they imagine.
    • Writers of non-fiction write about worlds they simplify.
    • Maybe some people cannot get used to virtual worlds.
    • Maybe a virtual world takes more imagination than some people can muster.
    • But writers, at least fiction writers, have lived in imaginary worlds for years.

    How do people get into a virtual world? 

    How can I be a metaverse playwright?

    If you already can write plays, you've gone most of the way.  All you need to do is get into the metaverse.  The metaverse is a collection of virtual worlds that are like the "real" world in many ways.  You would see people (computer graphics avatars)  talking to each other.  The voices are from real people who control these avatars.  
    If we do a play, we may have a theater with a stage and an audience.  The actors move the avatars as people would move on the "real" stage.  Or we may do an "immersive" production--no proscenium stage.  In that case, the audience becomes part of the play, often with appropriate costumes. 
    Probably the biggest advantage the Metaverse offers to people interested in theater is that it can bring together people with similar and complementary interests. 



    Other writings from Virtual Worlds



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    Communities in the virtual worlds

    Radio in the virtual worlds

    Metaverse beginner help

    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby may capture video of presentations in voice, for posting on YouTube.
    • The WIP show normally meets on 2 Sundays a month at 12 pm California time.
    • The show meets at the Pandora location on the second Sunday 
    • But will not meet in the summer.
    • And at Cookie II on the fourth Sunday.  
    • To keep up with the WIP meetings, join the Kitely group, Work in progress.

    Next WIP meeting

      • Sunday August 27, noon SLT (California) time
      • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
      • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
      • II 
      • In Kitely, put Cookie II into the find bar of the world map. 
      • Suspended for Summer: Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
      • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
      • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
      • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

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