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Inanimate Alice Survey

12 May 2009 | Comments (3)

I’ve just sent out a survey to the folks on the ‘Inanimate Alice’ mailing lists.  If you like surveys, and if you like ‘Inanimate Alice’, I’d love to hear from you! I am thinking about attempting to write a novel based on the Alice stories, for the young adult market (13+) and I’m attempting to collect some basic information about the audience for ‘Inanimate Alice’.  We have three fairly substantial mailing lists, so I’ve written to them all and asked everyone to complete the survey.

If you are interested, you can find the survey at Inanimate Alice Survey.

I promise not to sell you answers or use them in any way other than to get a small snapshot of our audience!

Coping With Book Censorship in the Digital Age

1 May 2009 | Comments (0)

I’ve written a new blog post for the folks at Internet Evolution > Thinker Net, which they’ve called ‘Coping with Book Censorship in the Digital Age’ Last time I wrote a post for these people, it attracted a lot of interesting comment and discussion, so hopefully this time it will as well, though there’s a comment up already from, ahem, M. Hulot, which isn’t all that… well… serious, it seems to me.  Anyway, have a read.  Feel free to comment here, or over there, although to comment on Internet Evolution you need to register and open an account with them.

Inanimate Alice, Episode 5

31 March 2009 | Comments (3)

Chris and I have started working on ‘Inanimate Alice, Episode 5’ at long last, so, hopefully, it should appear some time this year!  It’s good to revisit the story, and to think about how to ramp up the interactivity in episode 5 another notch from episode 4.

As well as this, I’ve got a proposal out for a new ‘Inanimate Alice’ development - fingers crossed on that.  More when I have it; a writer’s life is mostly composed of waiting for other people to say ‘yes’ or, more often ‘no thanks’.

Australian educator and digital fiction enthusiast, Angela Thomas, has been blogging about Alice lately…

Slow Reveal at Univ of Maryland Art Gallery

26 March 2009 | Comments (0)


‘Inanimate Alice’ features in Slow Reveal, an exhibition at the University of Maryland Art Gallery.  We are there with friends J.R. Carpenter and Andy Campbell, among others.

More ‘Inanimate Alice’ stories

26 March 2009 | Comments (0)

Came across another three ‘Inanimate Alice’ stories, from Mrs Kluge’s class, ‘English is Fun!’.  There’s even an episode that involves a young Prince Andrew!

Inanimate Alice and Mash-Ups

19 March 2009 | Comments (0)

My collaborators on Inanimate Alice and I are continuing to try to push the project on to other platforms and out through a variety of routes - at the moment we have plans for a book with a version for iPods, both looking possible as revenue streams.  Part of the goal of this on-going project is to find ways of creating revenue, something at which we have pretty much failed, apart from winning prize money from time to time.

One of the very gratifying (though completely non-revenue generating) developments over the past 18 months has been the way that IA has taken off in classrooms around the world, from primary to postgrad level.  And the other day I had a great thrill when I came across (via my Google Alerts) four Inanimate Alice episodes, created by a group of teenagers who have been categorised as hard-to-teach and slow learners.  These episodes are great - a combination of piss-take and actual new stories - really inspiring, and also hilarious!!!

If you are interested, here are the stories - they are mostly around 1 minute long.

Inanimate Alice and British Council

9 March 2009 | Comments (0)

The British Council have begun recommending ‘Inanimate Alice’ for teachers of English in some countries - it’s up on their website where you can rate it according to how useful you find it as a teaching tool:

Terminal:  In Search of a New(er) Digital Literature

16 January 2009 | Comments (1)

[caption id=“attachment_72” align=“alignleft” width=“288” caption=“An exhitition at Austin Peay State University”]An exhitition at Austin Peay State University[/caption]

Alan Bigelow has curated this gallery-based exhibition.  He has included ‘Inanimate Alice;  Episode One:  China’ in it.  This is a thrill for Chris and me; we’ve been included alongside some wonderful work. The online iteration of the exhibition is elegant and interesting.

Alan is a talented digital writer; you can find his work at His most recent work, ‘My Summer Vacation’ is a terrific piece of digital fiction that uses audio files and multiple points of view to tell a simple, dramatic story.  I met Alan last May when I attended the ELO Conference in Vancouver, Washington; we’d been conversing online for a couple of years by then and it was great to meet him in the flesh.  I find that when you meet people for real after knowing them online the experience is almost always completely fascinating; people are always just like they are online, except better.

I have no idea where Austin Peay State University is though, apart from the fact that it is in the US.  The show is in a physical gallery space, but for me it exists only in cyberspace.