Saturday, April 23, 2011

The FoldingStory universe saw some pretty dramatic growth last week, due in no small part to several positive reviews that were posted on Thursday. A “Browser Pick” at IndieGames.com, Michael Rose wrote:

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it at first…[h]owever, once you get properly into it, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Be careful, Michael, you might just get addicted. Read the whole post.

David Sanchez of GameZone.com enjoyed the casual nature of gameplay and had this to say:

FoldingStory isn’t a traditional video game. In a way, you could argue that it isn’t a video game at all. But because of its growing community, emphasis on multiplayer collaboration, and inclusion of a leaderboard, it certainly feels like one.

Read the entire piece and let us know what do you think about our little “offbeat game.” Is it a game? A distraction? A waste of time? A luminous vision for the future of gaming?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Picture this: It’s April. It’s probably raining outside and you’ve just finished your taxes. There’s strife in the Middle East, natural disasters abound, it’s still snowing in Chicago, and this Big Bird tribute to Jim Henson is still getting you down…OK now cheer up everyone! It’s springtime, this new time–lapse movie is awesome, and FoldingStory has your prescription for winter’s hangover: Write. Fold. Pass. Repeat.

Announcements

WHO NEEDS THE GYM? FOLDINGSTORY GEAR MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER

Here at FoldingStory we don’t pretend to know anything about how to dress, but we think our latest foray into the world of apparel has sent shock waves through the fashion universe. Check out the blog post to see for yourself and receive instructions on how to get your hands on your own FoldingStory gear. Don’t forget to send us pictures!

NEW FEATURE: STORY THEMES

In the next week or so, you’ll have the option to set a theme for your story that everyone folding after you will see. Now you can keep the story centered on things like specific locations, animals, your ex-girlfriend, celebrity cooking stars, ancient languages, or purple polka dots. The more creative, the better, so stay tuned.

TIPS ON GETTING VOTES

What makes a good fold? Stop pulling out your hair when the time limit is reached and you’ve got nothing. Read our blog post and improve your score!

THE SIX SIDES OF WRITER’S BLOCK

Have you been stalked by this six-sided monster? Check out the blog post.

Featured Fold & Story

This month’s Featured Fold was submitted by Davodd, who reminds us to respect our elders: “…usually dressed as one of the Golden Girls - which somehow - made the rice taste better. On the other hand, the MSG had the nasty side effect of making us…” If you’re not too hungry at this point, read the full story. Want to check out more great folds and see how yours stack up? Check out our Top Folds page.

Perhaps an inspiration for our latest new feature, a great set of folds seems to keep its theme consistent in this month’s Featured Story, “While normally it is difficult for me to begin writing, today was different…

Site Activity as of April 20, 2011

11,922 Folds
1,689 Stories
699 Finished Stories
898 Members

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Mark Twain, one of the (if not the) greatest American writer’s of all time, was brilliant beyond his unique storytelling ability. Here are several of his more inspirational quotes:

  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
  • “When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.”
  • “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.”
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.”

Check out Henri Junttila’s article for a few more and her ideas about how these quotes can help change your life. That is, assuming you want to change your life. Otherwise, just enjoy the quotes.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

I stumbled across this rather interesting piece about idleness.

It is a confusing concept, though, and to find that pure and valid strain, it would help to say what it is not. Idleness is not inertness, for example. Inertness is immobile, inattentive, somehow lacking potential. Neither is idleness quite laziness, for it does not convey disinclination. It is not torpor, or acedia—the so-called Demon of Noontide—nor is it any form of passive resistance, for these require an engagement of the will, and idleness is manifestly not about that. Gandhi was not promulgating idleness, nor was Bartleby the scrivener exhibiting it when he owned that he would “prefer not to.” Nor are we talking about the purged consciousness that Zen would aspire to, or any spiritually influenced condition: idleness is not prayer, meditation, or contemplation, though it may carry tonal shadings of some of these states.

It is the soul’s first habitat, the original self ambushed—cross-sectioned—in its state of nature, before it has been stirred to make a plan, to direct itself toward something.

Idleness is also a necessary precursor to creativity. Only when they could stop running from predators, or hunting and gathering food long enough to enjoy a few minutes of respite, did ancient cave dwellers turn to wall paintings. You don’t see an abundance of art, written, painted, sculpted or otherwise, coming from the lower classes of a society (slaves, serfs, servants) because they were too busy working to survive. Look to any society and you will see creativity flourish when citizens can indulge in idle time.

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