More Fun and Games with Lumen5

I have had some fun playing with the new multimodal presentation tool, Lumen5.

First, I translated one of Simon Ensor’s ultra-resonant posts in his blog, Tachedesens.  My first results was pale and small interpretation/translation of Simon’s invitation to ‘come and play’, but what of that. First tries are glorious leaps of faith.

Second, I translated one of Howard Rheingold’s DML interviews with Gardner Campbell.    Simon’s post was poetic and persuasive and I wanted to try something more transactive, more informational to see how Lumen5 would handle different content.  Affordances change as the content varies–that’s one of my discoveries.  Personal Learning Cyberinfrastructures was the result.

Third, I wanted to summarize a piece that I was thoroughly familiar with, David Foster Wallace’s commencement address, “This Is Water”.  Totally derivative on my part, but useful.  I discovered much in what amounted to a new, close reading of the address.

Obviously, I need a lot more practice to get the Lumen5 discipline down.   While it might not afford the same possibilities of a magical clothes closet where I  meet talking animals, there is a bit of a kingdom of creativity here. And there is promise in further practice and plenty of room in this mansion to explore. As Simon wrote, “Come and play.”

Flash Fiction Challenge: X Versus Z, Redux

Some fun?

A flash fiction challenge from Chuck Wendig. Thanks so much for the invitation to fun.

Way this works is, below you will find two tables — X and Y! — and you will pick (or randomly draw) from those tables. That will leave you with a set of X versus Y — and from there, you will write a piece of flash fiction based on that parameter set. You can even use the match up (SKELETONS VS. SCIENTISTS!) as the title to the work, or come up with a new title.

Length: ~2000 words

Due by: 5/26, Friday, noon EST

Post at your online space, link back here so all can read.


  1. Robots
  2. Vampires
  3. Monkeys
  4. Demons
  5. Pirates
  6. Kaiju
  7. Goblins
  8. Dragons
  9. Ghosts
  10. Gods
  11. Time Travelers
  12. Cops
  13. Librarians
  14. Bards
  15. Skeletons
  16. Interdimensional Floating Jellyfish Creatures
  17. Aliens
  18. Cats
  19. Werewolves
  20. Musicians


  1. Zombies
  2. Monks
  3. Spiders
  4. Heroes
  5. Fairies
  6. Robots
  7. Assassins
  8. Mutants
  9. Cannibals
  10. Mermaids
  11. Scientists
  12. Evil
  13. Serial Killers
  14. Cultists
  15. George Washington
  16. Superheroes
  17. Artificial Intelligence
  18. Swamp Monsters
  19. Cheerleaders
  20. Elves