Weekly roundup: March 17 – 23, 2008

Another week, another roundup.

(Okay, maybe I should have been a bit more emphatic. It’s Monday, and it’s late. :)

What all is going on this week? Not much, aside from a metric ton of excellent content created by Protagonize members.

Here’s a few quick entertaining (or simply funny) CYOA-related treats that I dug up on Flickr (the first via Jeff Atwood‘s Twitter feed) for those of you who might enjoy a little nostalgia:

Early Programmer books

“Are These Yours, Sir?”

bottom of the spiral

Got any good creative writing or “choose your own adventure”-style photos or links? Send them my way (via email or by commenting here) and I’ll post them in our next roundup!

This week’s featured story is, appropriately going along with tonight’s theme, “Choose Your Own Adventure!“, an addventure by relatively new Protagonist WillTurner, a chap from the United Kingdom. The comical “Choose Your Own Adventure!” has garnered a fabulous 22 branches thus far from several different authors.Here’s a snippet from this week’s Editor’s Pick:

You wake up. Nothing unusual about that, six billion people on Earth do it every single day. Except, with those swirling loops of light above your head, you can’t entirely be sure you’re on Earth.

“Help” comes a faint cry. From this distance (given you’re still barely awake you can’t be sure what distance this is), it’s hard to tell if it’s a man, woman or a very clever dog.

As you get up, you notice the floor smells of fudge. That’s because it is fudge, you realise. You look around. Sure enough, you are surrounded by fudge demons. What do you do? What do you do?

You can view there rest of “Choose Your Own Adventure!” here:

This week’s featured author is Rac7hel, a young lady joining us from the United States. You may know of Rac7hel from her popular (and highly original) story, “Death in Singsong.”

Rac7hel has posted 4 stories and 11 branches or chapters, as well as 5 comments of her own, and has tallied a stupendous rating of 4.70 from 40 total ratings by other Protagonize members. Nice work, Rac7hel!

You check out Rac7hel‘s profile here:

We had a couple of notable media links to the site this week:Paul Gil of About.com selected Protagonize as the Web Site of the Week on his Internet for Beginners blog:

Web Site of the Week: Interactive Fiction Writing Online http://netforbeginners.about.com/b/2008/03/15/web-site-of-the-week-interactive-fiction-online.htm

In addition, we’re back on the Techvibes Vancouver start-up index this week, holding steady (well, within one spot of last month) at a solid #13:

Vancouver Start-up Index – March 2008

Finally, Protagonize was listed in a set of 24 online reading and writing communities and resources over at WordClay:

Author Networking: The Top 24 Online Reading and Writing Communities You Need To Know

protagonize blog updatesThis week has been a busy one, but I managed to crank out a few updates throughout the site; most notably, the featured content on the homepage and the main stories page has been switched up a bit. As per the blog post from earlier this week on the subject, the Featured Story has moved over to the main Stories page, to make room for news updates on the homepage.

I made this change because I didn’t think enough people were seeing the updates from our blog, and it also balances out the main Stories nicely. Finding balance in life (and in user interfaces) is always good. :) On top of that, now you can follow the latest Protagonize happenings via our Twitter feed, right there on the homepage.

On top of that, I’ve also spent a good chunk of this week submitting Protagonize for consideration in a variety of awards shows. The most notable of these is the Prix Ars Electronica, a prestigious digital arts competition that takes place at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria every year.

Protagonize was nominated by one of the Prix’s advisors this year in the Digital Communities category, and we’re honoured to be submitting ourselves for consideration for a Golden Nica by the Prix’s esteemed jury.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

To cap this week’s roundup off, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m constantly amazed by the great writing produced by our members… here’s hoping it only gets better!

In the meantime, please spread the word about Protagonize (hit that “share” link on our Facebook product page and get your friends to sign up!), and be sure sign up on the site and subscribe to our blog at http://blog.protagonize.com/.

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Until next time!

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