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All Buzzy on the MBD Update Front

Firstly, I need to offer a sincere and abject apology for bastardising adapting the phrase All Quiet On the Western Front for the title above, but given the contents of this better-late-then-never-catchup on all things MBDish, it certainly fits.

Second up, this: PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO PLUTO…*breathes*. If you can’t already tell, I’m just a *tinsy* bit excited about recent happenings regarding my + Andy Campbell’s transmedia/VR project. Not only has Pluto been accepted for future showcasing at the 2016 Electronic Literature Organisation’s Conference Exhibition, The SpacePluto’s commissioning organisation – has been enthusiastically ramping up their support [for which we’re immensely grateful: then again when William Gibson retweeted one of our Pluto screenshots, we nearly had a “TOO MUCH ADORKABLE GOODNESS” meltdown (heh), so interpret that as you will]:

WilliamGibsonRT

What’s also floating our collective boat is the rolling breakthroughs we’re consistently having on the Pluto 3D devving-front, the 360 VR video front, and the narrative backbone [both the App and the gameworld versions]. Superb.

Thirdly, learning the news that The Dead Tower [another of our + Dreaming Methods’ 3D game-ish works] which was recently published in the latest Electronic Literature Collection [Volume 3] has just been featured in that old stalwart of web publications, boing boing [to which my 1990’s inner fangrrl gave a bit o’ a titter-squeal].

boingboing ELC3

Number four on the update list: I’ve been invited [and since accepted (yay)] a position to serve:

“…on the Advisory Editorial Board of thresholds, a new digital journal for creative/critical writing currently under development [and] co-founded last year with the intention that it would serve as a space for artists, scholars, and readers to experiment with collaborative and improvisational modes of critical engagement.”

Update Five sees another invitation, this time to write an article for the journal “Axon” for their edition called Creative Play/Writing Games [hashtag #HowCouldISayNo?] which is: “…devoted to works which think about and/or perform both as games (structured play) and as literature.” Just: YES. PLEASE.

Axon

QuickSticks-update-six sees yet another invite [so far 2016 is the year for them] to submit an Electronic Literature work to the New River Journal, the oldest digital lit journal in the U.S. [all done-and-submission-dusted].

7thly [I know, I know, I made that up] is an update that is so sizzlingly explosive I’m unable to reveal it just now, but: [*whispers*] it’s big. Really big. So big, in fact, that I can justify misquoting Douglas Adams to ram the point home:

 “You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space [or rather this embargoed good-news item now announced news].”

Eighth on our Mez-does-her-sporadic-purge-of-current-newsy-type-stuff is a brand spankin’ altgame initiative. This is uber-mega-fresh, but when it gets kicking right along you’ll be the first to know. Yes, you. At the back there. Hiding behind the virtual reality potplants [you know I can see you, right]? 😉

Ahem. So, that’s enough of that, and this, and it’s goodnight from me [and it’s goodnight from him]. Goodnight!