"Chaper Book Wiki"

You have done something rather quite brave here--you have extended an invitation to the electronic masses so that they might help perfect your creative work. This is not something for the faint of heart. Your audience is not necessarily sympathetic, since the wiki format will allow almost every Tom, Dick, and Harry to comment on your story. So fist, I applaud you for taking such a bold, creative risk. The wiki community could be certainly prove an invaluable resource in the end, since an inexhaustible supply of fresh eyes is at your disposal.

I like the opening index. Dividing the wiki into character biographies, chapters, and a few "B-Sides" in terms of scenes-in-process. It's clean, easy to navigate, and precise. No confusion here whatsoever.

I would suggest expanding the character info pages. Mere physical statistics is a good place to start, but if your intent is to help your readers help your writing, then I'd include background information, their relatioship to other characters, and things you'd like the reader to help you watch for. For instance, "Please note: is Character's reaction in scene such-and-such believable, considering the information the reader already knows about them?" This can help you get extremely specific when troubleshooting aspects of your story you're not entirely satisfied with.

The layout of the chapters was fine. A wiki like this requires neither bells nor whistles. The writing stands on its own. You could include hypertext footnotes as you see fit. If you have questions for readers, just adding a little AuthorsNote here or there could guide readers in giving you the kind of feedback you're looking for. On that note, you note that readers should not mention grammar or spelling on the comments page. I wonder if you would prefer they make corrections directly to the piece itself? This could be dangerous, since rules of grammar can occasionally be stylistically broken. Having some one read your story with a copy of Strunk and White's little gray book in their hands could actually undo something you had intended to do. I would suggest accepting and inviting these corrections to be made in the comments section.

I hope this wiki proves to be as useful as I think it will be. Collaborative writing has been a long standing staple in the writing community, and combining that with the world of wikis is a nice choice.




"Think Tank"

You offer an important caveat in your first entry that I think frees you to do just about whatever the hell you want. You clearly state that this blog will take its own shape, dance to its own drum, and become what it will become when the time is right. No big picture, no restrictions, no limits--no problem. I like this irreverant attitude you strike. Although--and I think you touched on this in class--having no road map is a blessing and a curse. While you are free to wander and take every scenic route you like, traveling without direction can prove difficult. You muse on topics like celebrity, animals, and comics. Each topic is uniquely addressed, and maintains your voice. But I can understand the impending, doomish feeling of "oh, god. What should I write about now?" You seem to have taken a path of responding to found topics. If something pops up in your web browser that sparks a little interest, then you'll jot down some thoughts on it.

The title of your blog, "Think Tank," smacks of a place in which you will be processing and interpreting the world. Yet I think there is something else going on here--something Socratic. He often referred to himself as the Gadfly, a pest to sting and bother society in order to point out its flaws. I think that's what you'd like to home in on. But you stray here and there a little into other, less relevant topics. I'd love to read more posts that stick with your original intent.

Your humor works, your observations work, your insight works. Peppering entries with obscurities can be great fun for the right people. I especially enjoy that you fear posting your real identity on the internet because of stalkers, perverts, and Boba Fett. Great stuff. Keep it up. Maybe a weekly theme would help inspire you? You seem to have enough varied interests to keep this thing fueled for a good slice of time.



"48 A Day"

This blog wins the Most Ambitious Project Ever Award--snapping 48 interesting, different, and aesthetic photographs is nothing to sneeze at. You've done well so far, and I hope you keep it up. While the quantity of photos may have dwindled from the earlier posts, the quality certainly has not.

I like your original idea of taking a bit of a sabbath once a week to reflect upon the week's photos. You don't seem to do this for every week, and it would be great to read why you select a certain photograph to be the "best of the day." Since most of don't share your specialized knowledge of the art of photography, I'd love to learn a little about it through your explanations. What's special about a particular composition? How did you set up a particular shot? How did you happen to see a particular thing, and decide to take a photo of it? All these commentaries would add a lot to your blog.

I love photo blogs because they're just a lot of fun to look at. Scrolling through images of familiar signs--like fast-food drive through signs, and such--presented in aesthetic and unique ways gives us an interesting perspective. Again, I'd like to read a little commentary of every photo. Even short captions would be nice. Just for a bit of context, I guess.

I like the look of your blog, and I enjoyed rifling through the photos. By the end of this project, you will have amassed an impressive collection. If nothing else, this sight will do wonders for your portfolio. Nice work.

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