<HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Awakening</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" LINK="#404040" VLINK="#404040" TEXT="#404040" BACKGROUND="back.gif"> <FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE=5> <CENTER>Introduction</center> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><BLOCKQUOTE><BLOCKQUOTE> <FONT SIZE=3> <p>This is the HTML translation of a work in progress, tentatively titled Awakening, that I have been writing for English 19, Hypertext Fiction. The objective was simply to transfer a Storyspace document to HTML, but with the size of my story, the task became slightly more complex.</p> <p>Once on the web, Awakening suddenly seemed a lot larger and a lot more confusing. Storyspace has orientation devices (mainly a visual overview "map") that keep readers from getting too lost and confused. When opening this story, for example, readers immediately see from its overview that it's broken into three distinct parts (contained in folders of sorts) -- "Female/Woman/Girl," "Body," and "Pause." Because the web currently has no good way to show an overview (without what I believe is an awkward intrusion,) I'm experimenting with a path of linear links to help orient readers. A non-adventurous reader should just be able to click their way down that path, and get enough nodes to form a relatively coherent story. But, if other readers want to explore and get a more in depth reading, they will hopefully be comforted by the fact that, if they get lost or feel too disoriented, they can return to the linear path (though not necessarily where they left it.)</p> <p>Of course, just following these linear links doesn t give you the "real" Awakening. One of the main experiences of this story is blundering through the link structure. It s a fitting action for a piece about puberty -- certainly one time in a person's life when they have no idea where to go, only a vague notion of what their final destination should be. So, ideally, readers should get lost in Awakening, lost and disoriented and confused. They should backtrack and repeat, start again at the beginning, and generally make a mess of any sort of linearity I pretended to impose.</p> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <A HREF="contents.html"><IMG SRC="prev.gif" BORDER=0></A> </BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE> </BODY> </HTML>