A bit of nostalgia


Here's a little bit of nostalgia for my fellow children of the 80s. Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam (now Random House) they used to sell at the Scholastic book fairs? Does the Cave of Time ring any bells? I loved those books, and at one time I think I had almost the entire collection.



If you have no idea what I'm talking about, the books usually featured some sort of adventure, such as, time travel, and were written in the second person. You would read the story and then be presented with choices every few pages. So if you wanted to enter the cave, you'd flip to page 40, or if you wanted to turn back, you'd flip to page 80. Ultimately each book had a multitude of possible outcomes. Some were better than others. Of course, if you chose wrong, there was really nothing to stop you from going back and choosing the other option. Not that I did that sort of thing. By the way, in case you don't know me very well, that last statement was a bit of sarcasm.

Anyway, I didn't really intend to write a post giving the history of CYOA books. You can find more complete information on that here. I just wanted to give you a little background before I told you about another project I'm working on. It's a choose your way sort of story created online using a great site called Inklewriter.

The cool thing about Inklewriter is that it lets me write bits of my story and then connect them with options and choices. It also helps keep everything organized. If you're interested in this sort of thing, then I'd recommend you watch their video tutorials. It's easier to use than you might think.

Here's my first attempt at an Inklewriter story. It isn't complete yet. In fact, it's just getting started, but you can take a look at it to get an idea of where I'm heading. It's kind of my take on an Alice in Wonderland kind of tale. Give it a spin, and let me know what you think.

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