No, I Failed at winning Nano. Like every year, it’s hard to get my butt in the chair each and everyday. And one bad day leads to one day off, which leads to too, which leads to “Wait for the Weekend to get caught up” which leads to ‘I Give up.”
But something was a little different this year. I still am having fun with my Story, at least turning it over in my head. I am also still working on a daily writing practice, working on a journal and The Artist’s Way.
Maybe something is telling me I’m just not ready to push my writing into the public sphere yet. And that is a little self-knowledge that I didn’t have last month. That’s worth learning, so long as I can keep plugging away.
Just found this Documentary on Youtube. Produced by Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, It features prominent Youngstowners talking about, well, us. Check it out, and skip to the end, around 1:22 for some funny memories.
I decided at the last minute this year to work on NaNoWriMo after all. “Teddy Roosevelt and the Lost World” Will still get done. I promise, but I needed to just be a fool and have fun and get something done. I needed to get back into writing practice without worrying about Publishing or polishing or rewriting or outlining or research or… You get the Idea.
So I hit the ground running with a story germ that had been percolating for a while.
And not only have I decided to just run with it, but I’m sharing the Random Draft on Wattpad.
If you’re going to be stupid, go all out. So Here’s four days worth of random typing….
Well, It’s that time of year again: time to think about what to do for NaNo, time to get serious and try to develop good daily habits and time to push out another idea. Maybe this year I’ll actually do it.
A couple of years ago, I purchased the The No Plot? No Problem! Novel-Writing Kit
from amazon (Aff. Link) and used up about 1/2 the included progress chart before falling behind and giving up. That meant that the next Project I was working on needed its own chart. So, instead of working on it, I fired up LibreOffice, and wrote my own.
The Backwards and Upside Down Not Nanowrimo Novel Progress Chart
Now, Since I wasn’t really doing NaNo ( I think this was my New Year’s Resolution Project), it looks a lot different from your standard Calendar.
For one, I decided to challenge myself to 2,000 words a day instead of NaNoWrimo’s 1666. Just a Simple Rounding up. And Instead of 30 days, I did 5 Weeks, for 35 Days. So the total words to Complete would have been 70,000. But, Since I wanted to use this for other projects, It’s blank. Your goal is up to you.
You’re also going to notice weeks are vertical, from the bottom. I’m not a designer, and had trouble making a calendar look right with the Progress bar on the left. But I Kinda wanted it parallel it anyway, so vertical weeks, going up it was. Also did outside-in just to be a pain.
It fits on a single 8×11, so you can print it and post it above your desk. Good Luck!
I Posted on the FB NaNo Page last year, and It got a pretty nice response, but the original Post was nuked in my site’s redesign, so Here it is again. It’s in .odt format, so should be good for most Word Processors. I do have a Creative Commons License attached: Use it as you see fit.
I Was threatening to do it, and finally decided what the heck. It wasn’t you, it was me.
See, five years ago I had a fight with my family and got estranged from them. My wife Got laid off, my eldest daughter went to college, and I was suffering from depression. It was too much. Much, much, too much. I took it out as abuse on my family, and spent months and evenings here in the office, pretending to work on my writing.
You all know what was really happening, Don’t you? Reddit. Facebook. Reddit. Twitter, GReader. Reddit. It wasn’t fun, but like alcohol or drugs, it was numbing. It almost destroyed my relationship with my wife, and hurt my daughters. In the interim, Just know that we all received counseling: we all kept our little nuclear family together. I’ve started Meditation after CBT, and have found that the mindfulness really helps to break destructive patterns of behavior. Breaking these patterns makes me happier.
There’s a lot more personal information, a lot of stuff I won’t disclose without permission from my Wife and Children, but it took a long time to get back to where I wanted to participate with my online communities again., It took a long time to where I was comfortable writing again.
So here I am. Back and ready for this years NaNoWriMo. I know, I should be beyond this at this point. But I’m not. I’s is got to start rebuildin’ somewhere.
Now, techs changed a lot since Byzantine Roads was supposed to be ” The Independent Writer’s Tech Support.”
First, everyone is getting real familiar with Scrivener, Amazon, Smashwords, Nook and all the rest.
Second, it seems like every writer, every get-rich-quick content marketer, every shady PLR publisher and Entrepreneur has books on how-to and why-to and why-not and can-do publishing. That ship has sailed.
So I’m just going to have fun instead. This is my place, you’re most very welcome to subscribe to the RSS or Email newsletter and hang on, but I’m just going to be sharing my writing and some web pages Docs and what not.
These days every writer is their own brand, we’re constantly told in advice columns on mid-ranking marketing blogs and rushed non-fic titles (many of which are only available in the Kindle or Nook store), but what does it mean to be a brand?
A brand is a name or title which represents a product, through an experience, communicated by a primary feeling. And that experience can change, sometimes drastically, depending on the needs of the market.
Coke is positivity, excitement and energy — but not too much energy, otherwise it would be Rockstar. Pepsi is all those things but in a blue can and with celebrity stunt casting. It’s also diabetes and tooth decay in excess, but that wasn’t included on the creative brief. Ralph Lauren was originally clothing intended for upper-middle class white people until “urban” black influencers assimilated the preppy style into their own cultural positioning. But these are the major brands, the celebrity brands.
When you’re a celebrity brand people just want to feel like they know you. When you’re not a celebrity brand you have to offer something. Anything. Don’t have anything? How about an intellectually unchallenging motivational message that may or may not have anything to do with the thing you’re selling?
If you’re a writer reading this, you’re likely not a celebrity or a major brand. You’re the fifteenth bottle of detergent from the left and you’re actively tweeting how “fresh” and “clean” your formula will make one’s clothes, but then again, so are all the rest. So, how do you stand out? Do you refine your message? Do you clearly define yourself and your approach so maybe your brand actually means something and carries some sort of significance?
Yeah, you could do all that, or just yell your marketing message more often into the greater white-noise feedback wall of Twitter, hoping that this most recent, “hay guise buy my thing thansk!” will be the one that does it.
One of the first rules of sales and advertising is to provide value. Not actual value, naturally, but perceived value.
Coke doesn’t actually make anyone younger, or cooler, or dance spontaneously in suspiciously clean urban apartment hallways, but on the other hand it’s got caffeine and sugar and you hate Starbucks just because. McDonald’s won’t facilitate intimacy in your immediate family or transform your turgid and disappointing Friday night out with your co-workers into a series of Kodak (remember them?) worthy-memories for your Facebook wall, but the bleached-teeth actors on the commercial (who probably gagged themselves in their honey-wagon bathroom immediately after shooting) seemed to be having a great time under their beauty lighting.
Even Pabst Blue Ribbon, long remembered only as a violent and junior college giggle-inducing punchline from the film “Blue Velvet”, has achieved a new crowd-sourced cool as the hipster beer of choice. A sort of anti-brand, for anti-people, who wear anti-clothing and grow ironic mustaches on their anti-faces. Suck it, Budweiser and your corporo-fascist, tasteless and not-inexpensive-enough beer.
All of the brands above have to offer, or at least pretend to offer, some sort of value beyond endless reminders that their “thing” is now on sale.
For a writer trying to build their brand on Twitter, amassing followers without understanding what your brand is yet only confounds the problem, as the people most likely to immediately follow back are up to the same tricks, not interested in meaningful interactions or providing any value, just racking numbers up with other salespeople who are also constantly posting their own anonymous ads, to each other. Ad nauseam.
This may be how modern advertising works, but it’s not good advertising by any means.
The main character in my novel “Stockholm” (see, that’s subtle product placement, my friends) works, for a while anyway, in advertising where he finds modest success recycling ideas that aren’t his own for lack of any inspiration beyond survival. Until, that is, he meets a model named Natasha that he’d never heard of but who completely derails his life in one fateful production day. Suddenly he’s inspired simply to work with her, the subject matter itself not even important enough to be secondary. His creative bankruptcy ends up distinguishing himself in the way he pulls off the same old ideas.
But for that to work for you and me there has to be some spark of desire beyond mere selling. Something that elicits a feeling through the experience. Something other than saying, “my thing k thanx BUY”. The chemical reaction between Anakin and Natasha becomes ‘the difference that makes the difference’ (See NLP), but if you want to know how he pulls this off… (do I even have to say it?)
Once we understand that our primary psychological motivations are social – it’s a sense of social connection and belonging that not only got us on Twitter to fling our stuff, but made us want to make the stuff we’re flinging in the first place. (Unless you’re a different sort of primate acting on the defensive.) You make a thing – you show your thing to the world (Purposefully, not like the Anthony Weiner disaster, hopefully, but imagine the PR!) – you get accepted into a social group with other people who make things. You learn from them, take their cues and adapt in order to belong and therefore survive. It’s an unnecessary natural selection that weakens the individual, without strengthening the collective.
Without a clear sense of self and personality, the undulating mass absorbs and gentrifies you. You read the free marketing blog posts posted in your news feed that are also read and followed by all the other writers, who also assimilate the same ten fearful commandments into their own approach and soon everyone with something special to sell is just another indistinguishable, smiling bottle of brightly-colored stuff demanding the casual shopper to “Follow Me On Twitter!”
You can follow me on Twitter – @anakincarver
(Heh heh heh…)
For more observational and cultural satire, read “Stockholm”, my debut novel and the unlikely story of a man who becomes one of the most influential figures in media, never known.
I recently had a science fiction novel called Exchange published by Stairway Press, a small independent publisher. I previously self-published a book of Alternate History scenarios called American Indian Victories. I’m going to talk about how I’ve incorporated open source and free writing tools into my writing and promotion process, and then talk a little about the resulting book.
How did I use open source and free writing tools to write and promote those books? First, I do most of my plotting in Ywriter, which is free, though apparently not open source. I like the structure of YWriter, and use it to develop characters and locations as well as the plots themselves. I do most of my writing these days using Write or Die(see the links section for the online version). I set it for twenty minute sessions and try to write 450 words in those twenty minutes. Most times I don’t quite make it, but I come close. I like writing in a series of sprints because it keeps my inner editor in check while I write. It works well for me. I’ve written over 80,000 words for each of the last three NaNoWriMo months.
I do have a website at www.DaleCozort.com. It’s partly for promotion and partly for my alternate history essays. I started out using NVU as my HTML editor, then switched to Kompozer. Both are open source, as is Filezilla, my FTP program. I use Scribus, an open source desktop publishing program, to create newsletters for promotion, and use Gimp and sometime Pinta for the graphics work. Once in great while I even find a use for TuxPaint, the open source kids’ painting program. A free e-book program called Calibre helped me help the publisher debug a couple of glitches in the e-book version of Exchange.
I’m sure I’m missing some open source tools I use from time-to-time, but those are the big ones. I could do all of those jobs with proprietary tools, but the cost of keeping them all current would be prohibitive. I hate to admit it here, but while I do sometimes use OpenOffice, I usually use Microsoft Word because my work standardized on it and I need to be able to support people using it.
So what about the resulting book? What is Exchange about? It’s set in the near future. Our reality is experiencing a series of Exchanges. Basically, with three hours warning a town-sized chunk of our reality switches places with a same-sized chunk of a reality with no humans but a lot of fierce animals. The two chunks stay in the wrong reality for a week or two, then snap back where they belong. If you wander off the Exchanged chunk and stay there, you’re stuck in the other dimension.
It’s an interesting concept because you end up with an empty world that should be infinitely exploitable, but is surprisingly hard to exploit. You can’t get enough resources into an Exchange zone in three hours to make a viable colony in the other reality, and international agreements prohibit governments from sending people across on the piece of the other reality that has been our reality for a week or two. The agreements are backed up by international observers and the fact that Exchanges can be detected all over the world, so other countries know when and where one is going on.
A big concern: diseases and vermin spreading from the alternate reality to ours. The military and National Guard send teams to protect anyone they can’t evacuate and keep animals from the other reality from getting to our. They also send autonomous solar powered drones into the other reality so they can radio back information if they get within radio range of another Exchange.
That’s just the background. The story itself pits computer guru Sharon Mack against some very high odds as she tries to get her kidnapped daughter back from a group of crazies who want to settle in the other reality with no preparation. That means she goes up against fierce predators, escaped convicts, a marauding street gang and a cult, not to mention an ex-husband. They say to make your characters struggle, and I certainly do that.
If you have any questions about open source or writing or Exchange feel free to ask. I’ll check back every once in a while and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
So Last Night I created a simple Scrivener Template for Pulp Action Stories.
This year, I decided to take part in the +Write 1 Sub 1 challenge. It’s based On Ray Bradbury‘s early writing habits – Write one story a week and send one story out for publication. Do this for a year and you’ll get better at it.
But it’s been hard to keep up, and my writing muscles ain’t what they used to be after years of neglect. It’s been hard to write and easy to procrastinate.
Towards that end, I decided to try Scrivener so I could waste more time playing around instead of drafting. Scrivener, for those of you who don’t know, is a writing program designed for writers. I don’t want to call it a word processor even the publishers say it’s designed to Compile manuscripts for publishing and editing in external processors. But it’s about the best at what it does. I’ve used yWriter, Writer’s Dreamkit, StoryBlocks and other organizing and outlining software before. And in every case, the learning curve was steep and the programs were not flexible enough to match my writing style.
But Scrivener seems to be a different beast. It’s really easy to use. Like a lot of organizers, it uses the concept of breaking up you work into small chunks easily represented by notecards. But the note card organizer ( The cork board) and the meta-data editor( The Inspector) are very intuitive and pretty much invisible until you need to use them. Your project is kept in a “Binder” allowing you add, edit, reorder and change note cards to your heart’s content. Under your research folder you can add pictures, videos, sounds and web pages.
When it comes time to compile your book, you choose what folders and note cards to include. Decide what format you would like the finished product to be and “Bingo!”, Scrivener exports a pretty clean copy of the code. I’ve played with the Epub export, put it into Sigil to validate, and it’s a clean as anything.
Enter Scrivener Templates
And one of the most useful functions I’ve found is the Scrivener template. You can save a blank project for use as a Scrivener template with these text cards already set up the way you choose to organize your projects. So, if you have a set way or organizing your front matter, text and back matter, you can save it as a Scrivener template and begin every project the same way.
So last night I imported my novel, a couple of stories, and created this Scrivener Template version of the Lester Dent Master Fiction Plot.
Lester Dent was the real name of Kenneth Robeson, the creator and writer of the classic Doc Savage stories. His Master fiction plot article is a short essay outlining a good 6,000 word pulp story. Sure, it’s a simple 3 act structure ( One 1,500 word set up, 2 1,500 word sections of rising action, and one 1,500 word climax and denouement.) but it’s entertaining and easy to understand.
And therefore, pretty useful to the aspiring writer.
And the Scrivener Template for your use:
Now, this was pretty easy. I took a short story template, and copied in the complete text of Dent’s article for review. Then, I split the article up into cards. simple, no?
What I ended up with is a simple Scrivener Template that helps you plot out a 6,000 adventure story.
Here’s the Link to the Lester Dent Master Fiction Plot Scrivener Pulp Template:
I Originally had it saved as a Template, but have run into a well known issue with the Linux version where the compressed folders that make up a Scrivener template are not cross-platform compatible.
So instead, it is now a zipped Project. Download, Unzip and save into your project folder. Then, In Scrivener, select “Open Project.” Once it’s opened, you can “Save As” your project name, or “Export as Template” for future Use.
Author S.A. Hunt shares with us a few thoughts on Using Google+ as a blogging platform. Moderator of bothLibrary of Shadows On Reddit and Dark Fantasy Writers Workshop on G+, he seems to be ahead of the curve in finding new and unique ways to share his work, and I was interested in his thoughts on using G+ as an alternative to traditional blogging.
CATS AND PLACENTAS by S.A.Hunt
I don’t know why I keep doing it. Like my mother always warned me, it’s making me go blind.
Maybe I’m trying to give something back to the writing community, but every time I set myself up in another moderation role, I have to wonder: have I bitten off more than I can chew? What am I thinking? I should be writing, not trying to quote-unquote “run shit”. I have one novel out and another on the way. I don’t even know what I’m talking about anyway. But that’s just the Doubt Demon talking, isn’t it?
I keep telling people I don’t have time for this, don’t have time for that. That’s malarkey. I have plenty of time, it’s just the things they want me to do don’t involve writing, and to answer the Basement Jaxx, that’s where my head’s at.
Communities, subreddits, intermittently barking semi-authoritative writing-related madness at my friends like some kind of retired drill sergeant sitting on the front porch. I don’t have time to come to your birthday party! I don’t have time to help you move house! I’m got things to do. And they involve killing imaginary people.
By the way, this blog post is going to get pretty crazy, so if you have a weak stomach, consider this your official warning.
Library Of Shadows
The real answer is not because of my overwhelming need to push people around, I do that plenty on the swings down at the park, thank you, and no, I don’t have somewhere else to be, Officer Fussypants. It’s because I like to be up to my eyeballs in the craftmanship of writing.
The Library of Shadows was initially created a couple of years ago — before Google+ really took off — as a way to siphon off the obviously fictional NoSleep stories that were getting everybody’s hackles up. Third-person anecdotes, end-of-the-world epics, nail-biters in which the protagonist dies: these tales were coming from very talented people, but they didn’t quite fit in at a forum where everything is true, even if it isn’t and killing off the hero stirs outrage like “if the guy is dead, how did he post this?” and “if the world was taken over by zombies, why don’t I see them when I look outside?”
So I made a subreddit and gave it the opposite stipulation: everything here is fiction. This is where you can go apeshit and really put your characters through the wringer. And while it hasn’t attracted quite the same following as NoSleep, it still has its die-hards, and occasionally I hear of budding novelists being “tactically directed” to the Library to offload their unbelievable fiction.
And that’s good. That’s how we get some of the best talent.
Now the Library has evolved into a continually rotating showcase of some of the best unfettered writing thatReddit has to offer. Unlike subreddits geared toward workshopping, being a moderator at the Library is to be a gatekeeper of quality.
If it’s a link without an excerpt (so we can see what we’re getting into), if it’s less than two pages’ worth of text (it’s a showcase, not a workshop), it goes back into the microwave to heat up the middle. Visitors to the Library are there to read for enjoyment, and while critique is often solicited and sometimes earned, it’s not the primary purpose.
People don’t tell you this, but being a person in charge of something like that is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, emotionally speaking. It gives you a sudden and sharp appreciation for what editors and traditional publishing houses commit to on a daily basis. You don’t see it coming. Having to put the kibosh on earnestly submitted bad prose eats at the edges of your soul like few other things.
It’s like jamming a hat down on a man’s head so tight the thoughts can’t get out, but sometimes you have to bear down and be mean. Sometimes those thoughts come squirming out half-formed and gnarly like some stillborn bovine, flopping headfirst onto the pavement greased in the black, stringy soup of confined rot. A pale, glistening bag of legs covered in what looks like Karo syrup.
That’s a horrendous mental image, isn’t it?
Now you know there are those whose job it is to plant their hands firmly on the end of that limp-limbed dead thing and heave it back into the womb, its lifeless eyes rolling, its purple tongue hanging out. You think you hate rejection letters, but imagine putting your lips against those damp, hoary folds and whispering, your white-vapor breath curling in the barn’s February silence, “I’m so sorry I had to push you back in. Better luck next time.”
Sometimes the corpse is so pretty we realize it deserves a chance to fret its stuff upon the stage, so we break out the makeup kit and defibrillator. Sometimes it pops right out sweet and dry, frolicking and playful, covered in fresh brown fur that doesn’t need more than an ounce of help.
We don’t love them any more than the dead ones, but they fetch a better price at the cattle auction. Sooollld! To the lady in the red jacket. Soooollld! To the businessman on the bus.
All things in Moderation
Moderating a fiction workshop is infinitely easier; it mainly centers around maintaining the firehose of self-promotion and making sure your fringe contributors don’t muck up the works with irrelevance and nonsense like videos of themselves singing and posts in a language nobody else can understand.
If it’s low-volume enough you feel the impetus to fill it up with your own insights to get things moving again. Which, if you’re like me, turns out to be that dead calf’s placenta, a veiny and rancid blob of advice. And like placenta, I don’t expect anyone to enjoy it, but there it is, stinking up the place, ready for clinical dissection.
I didn’t think that analogy would be as apt as it turned out to be. I just wanted to gross you out again.
Google+ as Blogging Platform for Writers
I keep hearing the clarion call from other writers: keep a blog! Fill it with stuff! What stuff? Insight? Who wants my blobs? I don’t have that many blobs. Blob blog. Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog. Say that three times fast.
I’m still in a learning stage myself, and most of my insights are calf-davers themselves. I’m not sure I could fill up a blob with my insight (I totally meant to say “blog”, but you see what came out), so what I do is toss it out onto the stoop of Google+ and see if the cat licks it up. I find it simpler and more organic and interactive to post the scrapings of my experience on Google+ because
A. It keeps me from having to force people to leave their social network to go look at my ridiculous website( Ed. Hey!), and
B. It allows for much richer and faster feedback than waiting for people to stumble across my blog and leave comments. Which I don’t think I can set up anyway, as my site’s on Weebly and while they’re the best, I don’t think they even have a module for comments. Which is just as well, because comments sections are the rotten apples of the internet. If you’re about to send me hate mail, go look at YouTube sometime. Also,
C. Social media deserves better than cat macros and depressing links to the nation-embarrassing perpetrations of Pat Robertson and John Boehner.
In other words, it takes out the internet middle-man and consolidates the user and the end-product. It takes the salesman out of the shadows of the mall or the big-box store, and sets him up on the sidewalk with a cart. What he’s selling isn’t always haute cuisine, but it’s a lot easier to access — and accessibility and visibility can make or break a salesman.
Especially when beef is what’s for dinner.
S. A. Hunt writes horror and fantasy fiction, and loves each and every one of his readers. If you’d like to see what kind of wild-eyed insanity he can get up to when the rent’s on the line, check out his new fantasy gunslinger novelThe Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree (The Outlaw King)
, available now on Amazon Kindle and paperback from Amazon.com.
For years, friends and family have made fun of me because I don’t have cable- We were early adopters of Streaming TV. we had it at one point when my first daughter was a tween, and found ourselves spending way too much time camped out all night watching the same old network shows anyway. So about seven years ago, when we moved to the new house, we just didn’t get it.
Now, of course we had Netflix, and when they began streaming, we used that to spend all night camped out in front of a TV with a laptop hooked up to it.
That soon led to us looking at Hulu, Vodo, Torrents and other “alternative” streaming options. At the time, there wasn’t much out there in the Streaming TV world- a few websites, a couple of indie/ no budget webisodes. But by going through the chaff, you could eventually find a few gems.
Now with Netflix and Hulu both getting into the exclusive originals, things are heating up. And this being the internet, where once posted always available streaming TV is the norm, Here’s a couple shows I think You might enjoy:
Vodo is a pay-what-you-want torrent streaming site. Watch free, download to any device, support indie creators- this site does it all. The downside is it’s a little techie- you have to know what a torrent is and how to deal with it.
Pioneer One- My all time favorite Independent TV Series. 6 Episodes about a mysterious Cosmonaut who may or may not be a martian colonist. Writing is great, acrting can be spotty and the low-budget seams show. But this is an ambitious and engsaging work. Unfortunately, it looks like there won’t be a second season.
Other Notables: L5, Just Do it, The Tunnels, The Yes Men save the World, Exhibit A
I Have a problem with hulu’s business model. I pay for the opportunity to watch commercials, and have content denied because it’s only available on the web for free users. Don’t make a lot of sense, but hey.
Booth at the End- A Twilight Zone style parable about a guy with supernatural powers who sits in a Diner’s booth and makes deals with people. Engrossing, Terrifying and unusual. I want to see more than the two seasons.
Other notable Exclusives: Misfits, Battleground
Online video podcasts. like most of these sites, heavily into tech and gamer news.
Film State- The backyard filmmakers from Film Riot do movie news, rumors and trailers. irreverent and fun.
Netflix really seems to be leading the way with exclusive streaming content. Besides “House of Cards” we have “Arrested Development” and “Hemlock Grove” to look forward to. But I like finding little known gems here. Like “Ruby Gloom“, an Canadian import. It’s a Kids cartoon about a family of dead children in the afterlife, and has the single most infectious theme song in television history.
Koldcast is an Intenet streaming channel. I found this channel on my Roku bu accident, but like it a lot. I features lots of short web series, many amateur productions. But quite a few are interesting and worth your time.
Malice- A short horror series. Lots of Low budget CGI, and a couple genuine scare.
The weird thing about Web series and Streaming TV? Most producers still want to go where the eyeballs are, and that means Youtube. Youtube makes it easy to share and embed videos, which is why I’ve used their player on these other shows, but I find I can’t discover programming as easily there. It’s just too much being loaded too fast. But there are a couple shows that can be found only on Youtude:
H+: Bryan Singers Web series experiment. A whole slew of mini episodes, the point is to get you to create your own playlists and edit the story yourself. If you’re a writer, you need to check this out.