REB #45: “So, that notion of hypertext seemed to me immediately obvious because footnotes were already the ideas wriggling, struggling to get free, like a cat trying to get out of your arms.”

Ted Nelson

This evening, I decided to take Jenny up on her offer: instead of going to class to work, I worked from home. I write better when I’m not surrounded by other people who are working on their own things (and all different types of projects), talking, making computer noises, etc. Nothing against anyone in particular, I just work better in silence, or at least when I can control the noise around me (e.g., playing classical music).

That said, I didn’t actually get started until about 9:00 p.m because I couldn’t get motivated, but I did ultimately manage to finish the last two sections of my hypertext narrative. So, the first draft of the entire story is now live at; just go there, and then click on Hypertext to get started. In making this narrative, I’ve come to realize one fatal flaw in using the frames method on my website: I can’t link directly to the narrative, or any page other than the main page, for that matter. Oh well. Moving on…

I realize there are still a lot of problems with the story, but I wanted to get a basic framework. I hope it isn’t unbearable. Anyway, I have set up a Facebook page for everyone (not just classmates but everyone) to interact with the story. Tell me what’s wrong with it, what’s right with it, if there’s a broken link or typo, and so on.

I hope to mold this, over time, into a well-written, successful, meaningful hypertext narrative. But to do that, I’ll need feedback along the way. When I make changes, I’ll update the Facebook page so everyone knows. I’ll also be sure to update the datestamp (if that’s not a word, I’m making it one; there’s such a thing as a timestamp, so why not a datestamp?) on the main page of the narrative every time I make changes. Right now, the latest update is 29 November 2010.

Now, I just have to write the 2- 3-page paper, and I’ll be done with my work for this class!

*NOTE: This blog entry is syndicated from a blog I had to start for my Electronic Publishing class at U.B. this semester. I may or may not delete the extraneous blog when the class is over, but I thought I would at least give my readers the opportunity to read the contents of that blog indefinitely.

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