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Individual Project Log: The Home Stretch

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As we head towards the showcase, I'm finishing up my Poe interactive short story. I was finally able to film the introduction last week, and it was interesting to say the least. I clothed myself in a sweater, turned down the lights, poured a glass of scotch, played a fake fire on YouTube, and spoke in my creepiest British accent. A creepy British accent > a creepy American accent. I was having some microphone issues, but hopefully I can clean up some of those problems in post production (they aren't too noticeable though).

Free Books for Everyone!

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O’Reilly provides his book, Publishing with iBooks Author, for free online, but why would anyone do this? Perhaps the question could be, why don’t people do this more often? Providing a free book almost guarantees that more people will read a book than if the book wasn’t free. You can find plenty of free books online, and the majority of those are probably not worth reading. The fact that they are free though, provides an avenue for readers to discover the books with fairly small cost (monetary, opportunity, and otherwise).

Individual Project Log: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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I began filming my introductory video last weekend (having finally recovered from a not-so-common cold), and while I was filming I thought of a completely different opening and enhancements for The Tell-Tale Heart. The opening video, which I need to rewrite, will essentially serve as a Foreword/Introduction in video form. In it, I will explain what the reader is about to experience while still trying to maintain a sense of unease and foreboding. I will attempt to emulate classic openings by Hitchcock or Vincent Price in the opening video.

Morte D'Arthur Collaborative Project Group Log 4

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We (Emily, Laura, and Will) met again on Monday, October 29 at 10:30am. We met to update each other on the progress of thumbnail creation for each of our assigned chapters. All the thumbnails have not been created yet, but we have all made significant progress in the process. At the meeting, we decided as a group that an individual thumbnail can appear more than once as long as it is not in consecutive chapters. Throughout the next week, we will continue to create thumbnails individually while also searching for more images to include within the chapters.

Individual Project Log 4: Hands on iBooks

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Now that I've collected most, if not all, of the assets I need for The Tell-Tale Heart enhanced story I'm attempting to create, it's time to actually jump into iBooks Author. My basic outline for the story is as follows: cover, opening creepy video to introduce the idea of the story (more to create a feeling of unease than any kind of direct set up for the story), TOC, and then jump right into the story. The beating heart sound occurs towards the end of the story, and the beginning sections will be spaced out accordingly to reveal enough of the story to warrant a page turn.

Individual Project Log 3: Assets

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After choosing The Tell-Tale Heart, I began to search for assets that could possibly serve as enhancements for the iBook version. Of course, I got the text from Project Gutenburg, and then I found some great public domain images on Wikimedia of Poe along with illustrations actually based on the story. I also found several heartbeat sound effects (free of charge and royalties) that will serve as excellent enhancements for the latter part of the story.

Platforming Response

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Before I discuss Craig Mod’s relevance to the projects in the class, I’d like to mention a few points of contention I have with the reading. First, Craig Mod writes that “if you obstruct their ability to share – to touch – digital text, then your content is as good as non-existent. Or, in the least, it’s less likely to be engaged.” I think there’s a difference between non-existent and just something being less likely.

Individual Project Log 2: Choosing the Story

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After speaking with Dr. Blakesley, I decided to focus my individual project on creating just one enhanced version of a Poe story. By only enhancing one story, I will be able to focus more fully on finding and creating quality assets. Also, this version could serve as a blueprint for future enhanced stories. My first goal was finding a story to enhance. My original lightbulb idea dealt with "The Tell-Tale Heart", but I wanted to explore some other possibilities. I started to read (and reread) many of Poe's stories over the next few days.

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