Ultimately I thought the Twine project went quite well, and that I learned about a very useful tool for creating stories in the future. Aside from Twine, taking short stories that I knew about and breaking them down into narrative elements that I could then construct turned out to be a pretty fun experience. I like writing short stories on my own time, and tackling some of the more famous examples ended up being a pretty interesting way to scratch that creative itch. CyberDuck however was a HUGE pain, even after several tutorials I still couldn’t really understand what I was doing wrong in publishing.
One of the more interesting passages in my story in my opinion is that of Plot. When the protagonist is watching the old man in his sleep, still wavering on whether or not he wishes to commit to murdering him. In my version of Tell-Tale heart, my protagonist isn’t deluded about his own paranoia, unlike Poe’s protagonist. However his fear is still so strong that it drives him to murder the old man, while simultaneously being wracked with guilt about what he perceives to be a unprovoked murder. This scene in particular I think encapsulates a lot of his doubt, he realizes how insane the actions he’s carrying out are, and one of the choices allows him to return to the beginning, only to suffer horrible dreams. My character is truly stuck, without murdering the old man he is in fact trapped in this endless loop of dreams and torment and delusion. I also really liked the image of the man looking through the keyhole, so scared of getting caught that he’s staring through a tiny opening into a pitch black room.
Throughout my twine story I learned about many annoying nuances of twines code. In fact, looking up multiple avenues of image encoding and video encoding, I was tempted to just go back and use an older version of twine, which allowed you to easily embed code and images as opposed to uploading entire folders. That being said, the format for the newer twine is a bit more user friendly so it’s really a tossup as to which one you want to use. If I was going to use this to make an even more image heavy story, I might go and use Twine version 1 instead.
Ultimately I think this was a pretty fun project, especially because I myself am very interested in interactive stories. Using Twine, I actually created an interactive story for my girlfriend for her birthday that she loved. Twine gave me a very convenient way to do that, So I’m grateful that this class introduced me to it.
Attached is the link to my completed twine story of Tell-Tale Heart.