Saturday, September 30, 2017

Written? Kitten! ... or anything!

I have been a fan of Written? Kitten! for a long time. This simple text typing box rewards you with pictures of kittens for every 100 words you type (or you can set the rewards for different numbers of words):

Now they have a new feature! You can just type whatever you want to be rewarded with in the URL, like this:

Written? Chocolate!

Written? Beach!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Technology is Magic

Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favorite writers (I would rate his book Childhood's End as one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written), and he is famous for these "three laws" as they are called:
  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
As someone who still feels like the Internet is magic, I am a fan of the third law in particular:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Storytelling Style: Tell it with Animals

Maybe the story you want to retell would work with animal characters! You could choose to work with animals of different species (with the different species conveying the qualities of the different characters), or you could recast the story with all the characters being the same species.

For different species, consider Disney's Robin Hood with Robin as a fox, Little John as a bear,  Friar Tuck as a badger, etc.

Given that cats rule the Internet, it is probably not surprising that there are lots of cat examples. For stories told with animals check out these Myth-Folklore Storybooks: The Cat Gods and the Tales of Heraclaws (Greek myths with cats) and A Kingdom of Love in a Lion Pride (the story of Cupid and Psyche told with lions).

Here's the Biblical story of Esther with animated cat gifs: The Entire Story Of Purim, As Told By Cat GIFs. Here's just one of the gifs; meet King Ahasuerus:

And here's a poster that imagines a version of Star Wars with cats... it's Star Paws.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Changing Paragraphs

This is a very handy graphic for different ways to use paragraphs; I really like the camera analogy in the last item: