Over the next six weeks, I will re-write and flesh out the 3 story lines of the Janus Perspective interactive story. One will be published as a standalone short story.
07/06/19 – I finished rewriting chapter 7 of Kevin’s storyline and will post it this weekend, after a few more revisions.
What I Write
The Janus Perspective – Kevin: 2
They stay behind the tree for a long time watching and looking. Kevin wonders if the things are going to switch to lurking at night instead of the day. They are very difficult to see at night and are much darker than actual shadows. No features can be seen anywhere and their darkness is so dark, it devours all light that comes near it. It almost seems like it could siphon the soul of anyone who stands too close.
Kevin sees a second shadow coming from the location where he thought he saw something the night before. Its elongated head is slightly higher than the edge of the roof. Unusually long, thin arms protrude from a slender body much lower than where shoulders should be, except there are no shoulders. At the end of the boney arms, where one would expect to see hands, twelve inch fingers sprout directly from its wrists. Its legs bend at the knee as well as three other places, giving it almost a springy appearance as it walks. Each step is accompanied by the faint sound of creaking wood. I wonder how hard it would be to outrun something like that, Kevin ponders. All of the others pretty much look like shadows of regular people, but this one looks like something otherworldly. Kevin looks down at Jenn but instead of looking at the creature, she is intensely looking back at him. For the first time in ages, he actually sees fear in her eyes.
Copyright 2018 Darrell Winfrey
|What I Write||
I can’t really call myself a writer because I am not that good at it. I’m pretty sure I reached the peak of my abilities a few years ago. What I am good at is coming up with unique ways of telling stories that break from the usual monotony of conventional story telling. My interests are in fictional and true stories that are adapted into film. We sometimes hear that some stories can never be film adaptations. I believe that every story can become a film, but we just need to broaden the way that we tell them. We must keep in mind that every true story that inspires a film was once ‘acted’ out by the original participants in real life before becoming text on a page.
I developed a very unique type of interactive story that could provide a means for some of those untellable stories to be told on the big screen. This concept enables a reader or viewer to switch between multiple perspectives or storylines at will without being able to jump back within the timeline. The overall story will be different for each reader/viewer depending on the points at which they switch perspectives. The concept of protagonist and antagonist will vary with each story experience. We already know that everyone is the protagonist of his or her own story. I hope to be as entertained by an audience’s manipulation my work as they are by the work itself. I also prefer SCI-fi (strong on the sci) and horror genres.
My Write-a-thon Goals
When I started conceptualizing these types of stories, my goal was to encourage a few people I knew in the film industry to start working on them. It didn’t go anywhere. The other option was to connect with people already creating the older, choose-your-own-adventure types of interactive stories. That was a dead end also. I eventually realized that the only way I would see these stories actualized is if I were to do them myself, which meant learning aspects of writing and filmmaking that I never had any intention of learning in any detail.
I am finishing an interactive horror short story that I will develop into a screenplay and full motion storyboard using the GTA V engine. Yes, you heard that right –GTA V. I will actually be finished with the story before the write-a-thon begins, so I suppose I will be working on the screen play and storyboard at that time. The storyboard will be crucial for the funding aspect of it.
My goals now are to finish my interactive horror story and present it as an interactive experience on e-readers. This will be developed into a screenplay and full motion storyboard to present to some of the studios that are now funding major interactive projects.
Let’s see if we can hit $100,000.