Open Source

I’m experimenting with Timeless
as an Open Source Creative Experience.a

Huh?

Open Source software provides core functionality that a particular group of users really appreciates. Those users provide feedback that helps the creators strengthen the software as they continue building it. Other users build add-ons for more functionality, and tools that help users access different aspects of the software. The source code can be used and repackaged for many other new creations.

Are you starting to see any parallels? Maybe it’s just me…

I am building a core story (previously known as a novel) and inviting everyone who loves it, me (or both!) to help create as I write, and help build a multi-media creative experience.

I’m about 1/3 finished the story. I have my own ideas about where the plot trails are going, but nothing’s quite decided. You still have lots of leverage and room to sway the direction. If you don’t like the turns I take, maybe take a stab at it yourself (I think they call this a “fork”).

Can we make something really special together?

(Do you trust me? Can I trust you?)

So…how?

I can’t imagine all the ways myself. Here are a few ideas I had, to start:

Writing

  • Another character’s take on a scene
  • Alternate or new back stories and scenes, especially those poor, neglected secondary characters
  • Side-dialogues that Christine never heard
  • A new side-plot that flits through the timeline
  • Alternate futures
  • You tell me

Timeless-Inspired Creative Outpourings:

  • Lyrics
  • Poetry
  • Video
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Music
  • Mash-ups/Play lists
  • Rap
  • Spoken Word
  • Illustration
  • Graphic Novel Illustration
  • Animation
  • Short Story
  • Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • Sculpture
  • Comedy Sketch
  • Dance
  • Painting
  • Gymnastics/Acrobatics
  • Other creative responses to the story

Audience

  • Observing from the back (feedback)
  • Whooping it up (cheerleading)
  • Heckler (pointed constructive feedback, kindly delivered)
  • Other participatory directions (you tell me!)

Technical Inputter

  • Street cred (slang, verbage)
  • Music making (descriptions of playing, technical corrections)
  • Street involved youth
  • Psychology and group dynamics
  • Social media movements
  • Other plot areas (any you know about)
  • Creative Commons, Open Source, other similar approaches
  • Website design, development
  • Logos/graphics/computer graphics
  • Other technical genius (tell me what you’ve got!)
  • Editing (but not right now, we’re still in creation mode so only the most glaring edits will get attention)
  • Online community building


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