Articles by Simon Groth

Screenshots: The Book of Hours

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. The Book of Hours by Lucy English A book of hours describes an anthology of illustrated sacred and devotional texts, popular in the middle ages. Divided into the canonical hours, they contained psalms, prayers and gospel extracts and… Read more »

A book in half a billion

Simon Groth

When writers discuss plot and pacing in narrative craft, especially in creative writing classes, we often talk about the curve of stories, the rise and fall in tension that characterises the most common story structures. Now usually, at least in my experience, that curve is not something a writer actively thinks about while composing a… Read more »

Screenshots: A Place Called Ormalcy

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. A Place Called Ormalcy by Mez Breeze Meet Mr Ormal, a happy-go-lucky law-abiding citizen of Ormalcy, a Utopian world full of contented creatures and happy citizens. Happy, happy citizens. Right from the beginning, something is off in A… Read more »

Screenshots: This is a Picture of Wind

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. This is a Picture of Wind by J. R. Carpenter Gales from westward. Sharp depression. Late summer thunder. Removed from their context, the language of weather reports has its own poetic lilt, something observed by many poets and… Read more »

Screenshots: Black Room

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Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. Black Room by Casssie McQuater Described by its creator as ‘a game about falling asleep on the internet’, Black Room comes across as a mashup of game styles and characters with a meditative bent. What begins as a 2D… Read more »

Screenshots: 17776

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Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. 17776 by Jon Bois “What football will look like in the future.” It looks at first like just another opinion piece by just another American writer for sports-focused site SB Nation. But, very quickly into the story, it… Read more »

Screenshots: Writing With Machine Learning

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. Writing with Machine Learning By Robin Sloan Robin Sloan, author of the novels Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough, has recently turned his attention to using artificial intelligence and machine learning as a creative tool. In discussion with… Read more »

Screenshots: Little Emperor Syndrome

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright Little Emperor Syndrome is a web-based work of narrative fiction that follows the decline of an upper middle-class Australian family across generations. Its elegantly simple technology—html and javascript—is applied in… Read more »

Screenshots: Our Cupidity Coda

Simon Groth

Screenshots is a regular feature by Simon Groth, highlighting a project, app, or other resource of interest. Our Cupidity Coda by Mez Breeze To read through the text of this VR poem by Mez Breeze takes only minutes, but it would be a mistake to think of this work as slight or even brief. Our… Read more »