Writers of Nara's Nook: Story seeds:
The last werewolf of Blanken, part 3
Virtual worlds offer a unique opportunity to use the environment and character appearance as supports for ideation in a writers workshop. Here is a third report on a developing plan to do that the Virtual worlds of OpenSimulator.
Meeting place/time for the Greyville Monday Writers
- Mondays: We gather at Greyville, on Nara's Nook, at 6 PM Pacific Time
- HG address:
- Put the HG address in the Find bar of the World Map. Click Find, TP
- If you can't get to Nara's Nook, come to WebWorldz
- WebWorldz is a virtual world that runs in your browser.
- Just like a flat web page. But you can move around and talk to people.
- It offers typed messages and local voice.
- We have imported a copy of the Kelley swamp and are developing it as a writer's workshop
- We will probably start in this place: SandBox: Fantasy region.
- The Monday night writers group of Nara's Nook is developing workshops.
- These are for people interested in developing their writing skills.
- The initial project aims at developing ideation skills and confidence in them.
- Method: Present a virtual place and challenges calling for ideation about stories.
- We presently have 2 places to work with: Fantasy Place and Gloomy Manor
- Both have now been salted with challenges based on the local environment.
- Murky Mansion has story seeds in the form of notes.
- The notes, on click, give notecards with pieces of a story.
- A visitor can collect the notecards and develop possible scenarios that fit the notes.
- The story is not yet finished and is not an important part of the exercise.
- A visitor can develop alternative scenarios.
- This is about writing, not about a particular story.
- Virtual Writers' Community
Eric note 4
Monday Morning Field notes of my latest kill
- I found him easily. It was Father Dark of the Blanken parish.
- He wanted me to kill him. That' s why he came.
- But first he wanted to tell me two important things.
- There is a flower that blooms in Fantasy Place. It will cure lycanthropy.
- Or so he said. But he did not know how to get to Fantasy Place
- The other important thing was that the curse had made him commit a terrible sin.
- I told him I only handled werewolves, not sins.
- But maybe there was something in Fantasy Place that would help.
- He said not even the holiest of holy water could cleanse this sin.
- Then he grabbed my hand and thrust the silver dagger into his chest.
- And died.
- He never said what his sin was, but I suppose it does not matter now.
Eric note 5
- 5 Monday night--Field notes there is another
- I only began to sense the new one this evening as I was dining with my brother.
- Very faint. I was unsure at first. But it persists. Too weak to give direction.
- A recent bite. The recent howler moon, no doubt. Just a start.
- It will not mature till the next howler moon.
- And on this island, of that I am sure. One of the servants, I suspect.
- The moon is on the wain. I shall lose him soon.
- Until next month.
- If I could get to Fantasy Place and return with the wolfsbane, I could spare us both.
- The gate is here, the priest said. Baptism under the beluae, the note said.
- But I do not know that word. Latin I think.
- Lobo will know--he is fluent in Latin.
Lobo note 1
- My dearest brother Eric, the werewolf hunter
- I have tried to tell you, but I cannot. It was the night of the howler moon.
- You were away at Blanken. The werewolf was here.
- It came right up on the front porch. I heard it and--
- I cannot go on. You have been father and mother to me since the accident.
- I cannot burden you with this.
- At the next full moon, you will know what you must do.
- I cannot do much, but I can take that burden from you.
- I am going for a swim. If I do not return, you will know what happened.
- These worlds are not open to the public as yet because the are still in development.
- They will be publicly available later, probably at Nara's Nook.
- This workshop plan seems suitable for web-worlds.
- Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
- We expect to try rendering the current story in a web-world soon.
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