Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 WRITE: Writers of Greyville: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 1

Writers of Greyville:  Story seeds:  
The last werewolf of Blanken, part 1

Virtual worlds offer a unique opportunity to use the environment and character appearance as supports for ideation in a writers workshop.  Here I report on a developing plan to do just that the virtual worlds of OpenSimulator.
Murky Mansion

Writers workshop: The plan this far

  • The Monday night writers group of Nara's Nook is developing workshops.
  • These would be for people interested in developing their writing skills. 
  • The initial project aims at developing ideation skills and confidence in them.
  • Method: Present a virtual environment 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.
  • Gloomy Manor also 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 from ideas that come from the notecards.
  • Virtual Writers' Community
  • Writing Workshop: Places tell stories: Ideation
  • Writing Workshop 2: For every place there is a story: Ideation
  • Writer's workshop in your browser: Virtual field trip


Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.[1] Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.[2] Ideation can be conducted by individuals, organizations, or crowds. As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.[3]



In folklore, a werewolf (Old Englishwerwulf, "man-wolf") or occasionally lycanthrope /ˈlkənˌθrp/ (Greekλυκάνθρωποςlukánthrōpos, "wolf-person") is a human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf (or, especially in modern film, a therianthropichybrid wolflike creature), either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (often a bite or scratch from another werewolf). -- Wikipedia

Note 1 from Father Dark

The fountain in front of Murky Mansion

The note says:

  • A coward's mission.  But I will be free of this curse, as will Blanken.
  • The winged virgin told me of a more benign way. 
  • By a flower that blooms in Fantasy Place.  
  • And she told me of a gate here, on this island, to Fantasy Place.
  • But I cannot find it 
  • And I cannot live with this curse any longer.
  • Eric can release me the hard way.
  • He does not know me yet, but the full moon comes soon.
  • He will know me then.  And he will come.  I will not hide.
  • (Inciting incident:  the hook)

Note 1 from Eric

The living room of Murky Mansion

The note says:

  • Friday
  • My dearest brother, I am called to Blanken on my destined service.
  • They have seen another at the churchyard and I must do my duty.
  • I am loathe to leave you on this night of the howler's moon, but I must.
  • This "gift" of mine is also a curse.  But it is what it is and I must live it.  
  • I hope to return Sunday with news that Blanken is cleansed.
  • Eric
  • (Exposition)

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
  • Everyone is welcome

Original OARS with links

Future plans

Web-world places (under development)

  • 3Dwebworldz
  • You don't need to register--enter as Guest.
  • Click on MENU & INFO  (Lower right)
  • Scroll down--Toward the end of the public regions, find Writers Swamp.
  • Click Writers Swamp to go there.
  • (There is no direct link to Fantasy Place.  Getting there is part of the story.)
  • Notecard givers and other things may not be operating yet.  
  • In the future, we may have group workshops there.
  • The writers may be there on Mondays shortly after 6 pm Pacific time
  • Anyone is welcome.

Related articles

G+ communities of writers



  • Original text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domain
  • Use as you please with attribution: link to the original.
  • All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.

Drop by my web office Weekdays: 12:-12:30 Central time  (US) 

  • Cybalounge, entry place or elsewhere
  • We can also visit 3DWebWorldz, a professionally-built world. 
  • Mondays we focus on learning/library/museums.
  • Wednesdays we focus on promoting your project, using this blog.
  • Fridays we may focus on grants, contracts, business and web-worlds.
  • Don't register -- enter as guest.  
  • If you see no one, click the pointed push-pin (bottom line) to find me.
  • Thinkerer Melville in Second Life, Selby Evans in Kitely
  • Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
  • Web-worlds are small and run in a browser with nothing else to install.
  • Full virtual worlds are a bigger experience, but need extra software installed.

No comments:

Post a Comment