Taking a Vacation from Theory

You know what? I've become really, really tired of talking and reading and writing about the theoretical aspect of transmedia storytelling. And as deeply as I love all of you, I've been quietly pruning my personal information inputs to have a lot less about transmedia in them lately. 

I'm at a point in my personal creative cycle where I need to do instead of talk or even think. And in order to do more interesting things, I need to make room in my brain for stuff that isn't in there already. Time to learn about how eyebrows move to convey different emotions, or about the what kinds of paint street artist find the highest quality, or what trace minerals can make pink and green streaks in marble, or why it is that sailors need so many kinds of knots.

A lot of it -- maybe all of it -- is a reaction to the arduous process of writing a book about transmedia creation. One can only think about a single topic for so long before it becomes tedious. The last thing I want to do is let myself burn out on this thing that I love so much!

But there's another reason, too -- and it's the reason that maybe you should take a break from transmedia theory every once in a while yourself. Theory only gets you so far. It's no replacement for, you know, doing the work. Sure, it'd be dead easy for me to keep thinking and blogging about Felicity (for example) and what it could be or should be. But I think I'm at the point where I can't get much further by thinking about maybe making something and what it would look like and what wishy-hopey partners could make it super-amazing in Imagination Land. 

So the next step for Making Felicity is making Felicity. I need to do some intensive long-term story outlining, write an episode or two or three, work out exactly what the Turtles will be doing and how the interplay between text and interactive will work. Basically I need to sit down in a nice quiet place and get writing.

This doesn't mean the end of the Felicity series, mind. But it does mean that instead of talking about high-level structural principles, this may now change to something more like a production diary. I'll check in every now and again to let you know what I've been doing and why, and if I have any pernicious creative problems to grapple with -- like my Lindsay issue from the other day -- then I'll share those, too.

I'm sure I won't be able to resist talking about theory every now and again anyway, because who am I kidding?And I'll have a book to promote soon, so there's that. Meanwhile, though, I'm going to try really hard to let other people do all of the talking and thinking for a little while, and see if my brain doesn't grow some new ideas while I'm off making stuff.


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