Sunday, June 05, 2005

Word of Mouth

I have a webpage now. It is shared with a fellow student, Cynthia. The webpage was spawned from the same impetus as this blog, the requirements of one Professor Meg Roland's 400-level lit course, but it has turned out to be a fantastic venue for creative exploration.

Word of Mouth Bistro is a virtual restaurant with a storyline core, and a variety of intersections to enhance the textual experience of the world we have created. This was to comply with the theoretical hypertext implications of our class, framed by the textbook written by George P. Landow "Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology," but we also found, as site construction progressed, that the weblike connections that personify hypertextuality, occured organically in our forum. Providing a non-linear, fluid environment that moves effortlessly from topic to topic, person to person, place to place, and time to time, truly expands what would merely have been a story.

About ten years ago I wrote a one-act play called "Your Table is Ready," saving it on a diskette for future editing or production. I have lost the disk (lesson to be learned: writing can be lost as easily as a glove). When Cynthia and I had trouble agreeing on an author or literary topic upon which to focus our site, we turned to a collaborative creative venture instead.

I'm beginning to beam, Word of Mouth Bistro is a fun place to hang out. I think it will only get better as we begin to play more with the handed-off storylines, as well as incorporating more outrageous situations and techniques.

Check out Word of Mouth, if you'd like, and let me know what you think. We touch upon the creative, the culinary, the personal, the whimsical, the influential. As we intended, the site can tunnel inward or outward depending on a reader's preference. If it still seems sparse, come back later, I intend to continue the process after my course is over. Incidentally, this is a final project. If you want to leave a comment, it would be a fantastic way for me to advise my teacher of a reader's response!

P.S. I must give snaps and a shout-out to Sub-Rosa (listed in our Sites that Spice up our Cooking page), another virtual restaurant endeavor that preceded us. We became aware of Sub-Rosa early in our process, and need to point out their amazing music selection section, and the wickedly irreverent way they engage photographs of food!


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