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Distasis - short for DImensional STASIS - is the name of the
multimedia zine I publish and also the name of my former
fiction archive. The current incarnation of this site contains
links to writing related resources and some of my own work.
I'm making my Brainstorming for Writers interactive story available through my web site again.
If you want to interact with a story or just brainstorm some story ideas, please try it out.
I've collected some links to helpful writing resources.
I've been looking into good ways to create books and publications using a programming editor and Open Source software. The results can be found in my article, From Document to Book from the Programming section.
For more Open Source software you can use with a programming editor or run stand-alone, check out my writing tools page.
Want to convert a story so you can read it on your portable video player? I have some tips in my article, Using Open Source Software with Portable Players from the Recipes section.
For tips on using your laptop, netbook or PC as a e-book reader or to view multimedia applications, check out my E-Books and Multimedia article.
Mailing lists for Writers
I currently have two writers' mailing lists. Both are
open to all age groups to participate, so all writing sent to the list most be suitable
for all ages to read. I also have a
mailing list for discussing web design and media archive related issues.
is a discussion list for anything related to writing. Fanzine
editors are welcome to post information about their 'zines. We
also run writing exercises to help jumpstart your creativity.
Posts of positive, upbeat fiction or non-fiction (suitable for all ages)
are welcome. Fan fiction and original fiction are both represented.
is a writers' brainstorming list. It's serving several purposes at the moment
and I'm still trying to find a good focus for further discussions.
The list is a forum to discuss Public Domain Fan Fiction (see the
article below) and to share pd sources to help get ideas from. It'd be fun to
get a few collaborative pd fan fiction pieces started on the list with other
authors who are interested. We could do some round robins or stories
based on each others' pd stories. This list was originally set up as I place I could
discuss my own story ideas and share information about my own stories. I
personally enjoy brainstorming new concepts with other fans who have
similar interests and then going on to produce stories based on some of
those ideas. The list is also a general place to brainstorm your own stories.
Need encouragement to finish a story? Do you have writer's block? Join us and
discuss the situation with other authors and readers. All posts
must be suitable for all ages as we are open to younger as well as older readers.
is a discussion list for writers who wish to share their stories
via electronic media. Share tips and tricks on web site design,
fiction archive layout and CGI programming. Share experiences running
mailing lists or bulletin boards or content management systems in conjunction with web sites. You can also
discuss some of the best ways to electronically create books for publish on demand (POD)
distribution. Whether you're an experienced programmer or just learning or wish to learn how to
display your stories on the web or using other electronic media, join us
as we learn the ins and outs of good design and layout together. We've
expanded this list to cover multimedia creation (such as original DVDs and music
CDs) using Open Source tools too.
Public Domain Fan Fiction
If you're interested in writing and want to do something besides the usual fan fiction, check out my
article Public Domain Fan Fiction. It's an attempt to take the best of
the fan fiction and Open Source/Creative Commons worlds and merge them.
Would love to have further participation by any authors or readers who are interested in this
subject. Please read the article for more
details. Feel free to join the WStorm mailing list mentioned above to
further share ideas and stories in this area.
I've also collected some links to helpful resources about the Public Domain. More updated links and further finds will be shared on the WStorm mailing list.
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