It’s National Novel Generation Month, and y’all is writing code to generate a novel*, ain’t ya?
* where novel is generously defined as 50,000 words.
NaNoGenMo2014 home on GitHub Natch.
There’s some crazy stuff going on. Here are some highlights:
Generated Detective Comcs
Collective Consciousness Fiction Generator this uses TV Tropes to generate about 20+ “novels” so far. The contents are confusing. Of course.
A Diary of Every Minutes of the Day using Twitter as source. Neat trick.
Swann’s Way through the Night Land uses a NLP technique to mash two novels together. A couple of people have played with this, to weird (in the Wm Hope Hodgson sense of the word) results.
Botanist wandering a maze with the mazes. And talking animals.
Experiment a Day cpressey decided to make 30+ experiments that trend towards novel-length. SO JEALOUS.
I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and work on narrative. It’s a huge undertaking, and I’m mostly faking it with templates, but I am using some schemas and rules to keep things orderly. I’m doing weird research (reading 1970s manuals on
Fortran V implementations), having fun, and learning things. And having fun.
Some sample output:
In the distant country of Talexico, Local Ella lived in a decayed mansion near Oblivion. Ella lives with Buff Savannah, Watchful Julia, Fussy Anna, Caustic Jessica, Able Holly Shiftwell, Megan the Uncooperative, Jennifer the Confused, Restless Jasmine, Musical Hailey, and Maria the Adventurous. Lily the Well-respected, Natalie the Hateful, and Chloe the Helpful are friends of Ella.
Ella meets Michael the Below average.
“Hello there, Michael” said Ella.
“Hello there, yourself, Ella” replied Michael.
“Well, you certainly are friendly,” remarked Ella.
“Yes, I am,” conceded Michael. “But it’s been said that I’m also below average!”
Michael warns Ella to not talk to Joan of Arc the Scare.
Michael introduces Temporal Destiny to Ella
“Hello there, Ella” said Temporal Destiny.
“Hello there, yourself, Temporal Destiny” replied Ella.
“Well, you certainly are interesting,” remarked Temporal Destiny.
“Yes, I am,” conceded Ella. “But it’s been said that I’m also local!”
As soon as Michael is gone, Ella runs off to find Joan of Arc and has an interesting conversation.
“Hello there, Joan of Arc” said Ella.
“Hello there, yourself, Ella” replied Joan of Arc.
“Well, you certainly are scare,” remarked Ella.
“Yes, I am,” conceded Joan of Arc. “But it’s been said that I’m also impossible!”
Joan of Arc kills Savannah.
“Gee whiz!” said Joan of Arc to nobody in particular.
Michael gives Ella the Organic-Sub-light-Alternate-Finite Event horizon.
Ella and Joan of Arc do battle.
Ella uses the Organic-Sub-light-Alternate-Finite Event horizon to annoy Joan of Arc.
Joan of Arc is hung, drawn, and quartered by Ella.
Ella marries and is made king. Ella still mourns the stinging loss of Savannah.