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[Dates given are Earth dates of the first information age of 188.1717th billennia Earth or something like that]
2009 NEWS (Ordered: Recent to Oldest)
12/31 - It's almost a new year and time to retire this !@#$ing ass long updates page and start writing a longer and more confusing one for 2010 (via our New Years resolution to stay even more unorganized than ever before). FYI, the Frangles project is about 2 years old, has been online for about a year and a half, and has been at frangles.com for about 10 months. Here's to reaching at least 7 alive.
End of Year Pagecount
Total written pages: 750-ish PLP
Total posted pages: 300-ish PLP
Longest passage: 200-ish PLP (First 200 pages of Writer's Bricks)
2nd longest passage: 90-ish PLP (First 5 sample chapters of the Kyle Kirby's story)
Total fages posted: 100-ish
((PLP = Paperback Lengthed Page / fage = Frangles Page/scene))
12/30 - update: Betabricks / new page: Nutshell / new page: Contact
FRITE THE FRITERS!!-
Squish told us no one ever emails him about his lame-ass website, so he brainwashed us into being lazy about putting up contact information. Now Frangles hasn't gotten a single feedback email either, and guess why. (duhrr). SO, that said, we would be very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very ecstatic for some retroactive feedback about frangles.com. Frangles is currently free reading material (and might always be so), so reader hits and feedback are basically our only payment! And not only are we starving artists, we've been extra starving for some freer-bucks, so pretty franglically please tell us what you think of Frangles.
We'd especially like to know if you find the font sizes & page formats easy to read or not, and of course what you think of the posted material (including the current backgrounds). Consider Frangles one of those starving third-world children that with just a couple comments a day could recieve life-giving design and revision.
fage - frangles page
(one brick/scene, e.g. 131.111)
chapter - 7 fages
(roughly 5 to 50 PLPs)
nova - 49 fages
(i.e. a Frangles "novella")
frook - 343 fages
frhaga - 7 frooks
("Frangles Harry Potter-lengthed saga"^)
story - any length
(e.g. "A 17-fage story")
saga - very long story
(i.e. "The Kyle Kirby Saga")
PLP - paperback-length page
As the length of a frangles page (i.e. a single html page) is like much much much much longer than expected, just the first 7th of Writer's Bricks (the novella entitled "Skip Square One") will be almost 400 reading pages if the average page length keeps steady for the full thing (clearly the size of a regular book). However, we will still continue to call this a Frangles novella, or "nova" (we'll start to use the latter more often, as a unique term can be more freely defined than a known one and is hence less locked down to a certain general usage meaning), and will continue to call seven of these novas a "book" (which if the rate of Skip Square One continues would have a length of 2800 pages). We keep these for a number of reasons.
1) Firstly, for consistency with what they've been called up until now (we will only make major changes in the page structuring or terminology if extremely called for or warned about).
2) Secondly, because we're still in beta territory in how long each "frangles page" (i.e. a "brick" or "scene" such as 131.111) is going to be and how they're all going to interact and be arranged into stories of certain reading lengths.
3) Thirdly, since a single "frangles page" can be anything from a line to a dozen pages (think of a movie where a continuous scene can be very short or very long), there may be no way to designate terminology which is universally appropriate for all stories of a particular length. For instance, maybe some other story of the same structure as Skip Square One (49 "frangles pages") would have a significantly differently length; if this were 49 "frangles pages" of one paragraph each, this could be 15 "paperback" pages compared with the 400 "paperback" pages that Skip Square One is turning into. Hence switching our terminology around when it might turn out that Skip Square One is just exceptionally long would be counterproductive as it would have to be changed back later if it turns out that a 49 "frangles page" structure is most often the length of a standard novella of current day literature.
SO, to make things easier (and more confusing), we'll introduce some revised terms for discussing the structure of Frangles.* We've been throwing around the word "fage" (a Frangles page) for awhile, and now this will be our official term for one. That is, a "fage" will be one continuous scene, the thing which in combination with others forms longer stories, each with a designated fage number (i.e. 131.777). Up to now we've called 7 of these a short story, 7 short stories a novella, 7 novellas a book, 7 books a saga, and so on, but these have the issues listed above, as well a very important other: since Frangles fages can be re-arranged to form stories of many, many different lengths, we can't possibly designate a term to every story length (i.e. if 7 fages is a "short story", then what is 8 fages? 9 fages? 22 fages?). Given that all those different fage-lengthed stories could be many different "reading page" lengths, the whole thing has been giving us migraines about what to call this or that thing, so we've decided to distinguish between structure terminology and reading length terminology, as follows.
Terms that relate to Frangles structure (how many fages a story covers) will mostly be invented terms, as posted above (see the Xangles index for other key Frangles terms). I.e. "nova" is derived from "novella" because it's standard paperback-page reading length is in the general ballpark of what literature now calls a "novella", but is a unique term specific to Frangles with a more precise meaning. The exception is "chapter" which we've left as-is, mostly just to have at least one fully-familiar term in there. (Saying "chapter 3, fage 5" makes it not just more clear what we're talking about than saying "frapter 3, fage 5", but it also helps suggest the meaning of "fage" by deduction).
Then we'll use your standard literary terms to refer to the reading length of a certain passage. If a nova ends up the length of a full, 400-page paperback lengthed novel, we'll use the term "book" more to refer to this passage than anything else, to retain a sense of how Frangles material relates to the standard reading material we're all used to. However, where terms can be very ambiguous or cofusing, we'll try to avoid terms that could be interpretted different ways. For instance, you might find us using terms like "frook", "paperback book", "343-fage story", more often than just saying "book" for any of these, as by itself the word "book" has become a little confusing, and the same with "novel", "page", "saga", etc. (Again, the exception being "chapter" which will refer chiefly to a 7-fage passage).
New-ish also are the terms "PLP", "frook", "frhaga". We've been saying "paperback lengthed page" to distinguish from a fage (Frangles page) so !@#$ing much that even Orbo is getting carpo, and he doesn't even have to type!! So we'll call this a PLP (Paperback Lengthed Page), and will use this as a noun ("The PLP the freer fread") as well as a measuring unit ("The 320-PLP novella"). "Frook" will mean a 343 fage story, a important reference point as we've been describing Frangles as a "343-book saga, each book being 343 pages long".** And a friter got the term "frhaga" from condensing the phrase "a frangles harry potter-lengthed saga"^
[*Keep in mind that what we actually *call* this is or that arrangement of pieces is a relatively minor issue in terminology to the whole structure of Frangles itself. Throughout all these terminology issues, the fage structure of Frangles remains fully intact and none of that is being revised whatsoever (or not here anyway). A "fage" is just what we're *calling* an indivisible frwoa fragment (a "brick" or "fragment" or "scene"), currently a single html page that you're used to reading. The 7^6 structure of Frangles remains fully intact at the moment]
** Note there's no relation here to the Barns & Noble electronic reader called "Nook" we recently told you about--which we're assuming is a phonetic condensation of "Barns & Noble book"--as we threw out the term "frook" in the very first structure page back in July before anybody around here had heard of the Nook. Since Frangles narcissistically fuses half the !@#$ing words in the English language with the prefix "fr", then "frook" is one of the most obvious and self-surfacing. So, since we're tweaking our terminology to avoid ambiguities (as we'd have to sooner or later) and "book" is near the top of the list, "frook" is basically a no-brainer, since we already thought about it anyway. Also note that similarities come out about for the same reasons rather than one thing mimicking another. "Nook" and "frook" seem so similar--not just in sound but because they're so close in definition (A Frangles book is designed to be eventualy read on an electronic device exactly like the Nook)--that it doesn't seem coincidence. But consider a connection: perhaps in the increasing market of electronic reading--combined with current marketing fads and product names for similar devices ("iPod", "netbook", etc)--a name like __ook surfaces naturally for anyone thinking up a term for electronic book or book reader, etc etc. Hence how "Nook" and "frook" can be non-coincidental, but not related, either.
On a tangent, you might wonder why we would bother going to lengthy defenses here when a quick "Hey, it's just a coinky" would suffice. Well, we're hoping to expand Frangles from a low-hit site into the same market as the Nook, so we try to be as thorough and professional as possible with all issues such as this so that when the time comes we can save a great deal of time working through all the red tape, etc. We have firm creeds about Frangles concept, marketable value, target audience, and legal ramifications, so we try to be as thorough now as we'd be if these issues came up in "real literary life".
More interestingly to answer, you might further ask: why not just chalk any similarities up to Fair Use and Right of Parody? (after all we've said about the matters, directly and in the themes of Writer's Bricks). Can't a comedic parody just do stuff like that anyway?
Now this one is very important for anyone in the business of parody to understand. There are incredibly precise situations in which right of parody is allowed. One of the crucial requirements for perhaps all of them is that a parody make light of the thing in question, rather than steal material for the artists' own purposes. Supposing Frangles came out with a product called "Frook", or propogated the word "frook" as a key term in marketing Frangles, then it would only even be in the legal ballpark of right of parody defense if the entire product was marketed as a parody of the Nook! It seems an absurd defense, but even more so in that we're not claiming to be parodying the term "nook" at all. To boot, where you got your ideas from plays nearly no role in copyright; you can't claim rights to a patented product just because you can prove you came up with the idea independently yourself. Hence, our whole defense here is chiefly of our character and integrity than anything else. Not just to avoid looking like thieves who copy the Windows O/S if they could squeeze it in under Right of Parody, but because moral respect of copyright reflects on one's credibility to act morally and legally in other situations of the same nature. Hence why we defend "frook" in a microcosm as an original word and not stolen, apart from any issues of the extent to which we could or couldn't legally use the word in a marketable environment.]
[^ - We mention Harry Potter here just as a comparison reference for the length of a 343x7-fage Frangles story to give you an idea of the ballpark size of a 2,401-fage story. By technicality you could claim that the off-reference mentioning of the coining of a unique term places that word itself in the area of violating copyright via using something to do with Harry Potter for Frangles purposes, and this would be a very good legal argument, but if Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling minds the potential violation we would be quite happy to re-state that the 'ha' in 'frhaga' comes from "Ha ha ha, we stole your 'H'!" =) ]
12/22 - Posted: 131: .144 .145 .146 .147 (about 40 reading pages)
Note that 131.144 was posted but is re-written. As mentioned, this will happen a lot in Frangles, since Frangles as a whole is essentially an unending rough draft (or at least one that won't be polished for a few more decades) that can't really plan for it's "ending" because as a fractal work of art, its "ending" could reflect like a tiny microcosm of the whole back into every other page. We're sort of blah-happy with these rough 40 pages which give you a rough idea of what we have (NOT) been working our butts off on. We generally post frangles pages when the individual page (i.e. 131.144) is polished and perfectly readable in a finished book, given it's within a whole bunch of other pages that actually make it make sense within a greater plot. That generally goes for these four franlges pages (although they could be a little more polished), but what we're unhnappy with is they aren't exceptionally structured well in respect to each other and the rest of the novella. Then again, that goes for every other Writer's Bricks page (Writer's Bricks having the theme of introducing you to that very idea of each page being a brick), so perhaps we're good after all.
Just remember: the reading of Frangles from day to day as it's updated is a very unique story in and of itself that you may never be able to follow again; as pages are revised and re-written or replaced altogether (the latter will only happen slowly over time, like an operating system slowly progression from version to version without pissing off its users by changing too much), a new polished story forms, and themes integrating the very idea of that messy writing into the story itself may be re-written too.
We'd like to take a sec and tell you about this cool electronic book reader from Barns & Noble called "NOOK". This thing is the total, utter, absolute epitomy of what Frangles is about and where it's heading for. A Frangles book can be read from page 1 to the last like any other printed novel, but what makes Frangles special is the ability to re-order the pages through any of millions of different reading combinations. The current downside is this can only be done on a computer monitor. We've been crossing our fingers waiting for a good portable reader like this to come out; with something like this, you could surf Frangles' zillions of reading possibilities with the comfort of a handheld book on a sunny beach or a windy porch. Obviously it could be years before Frangles can be readable on something like this (Nook currently isn't open to unpublished material, never mind reading material that would require a whole reading "operating system" to surf the pages), but we hope that the writing of Frangles evolves as the technology to read it evolves; just another dimension of the multi-medium multi-dimensional story experience of Frangles.
(Most importantly, it has a cool and dumbass-easy phonetic name like every other word in the Franlges/Xangles Index of Terms)
2 new backgrounds posted @ blorkk/wallpaper & frangles/wallpaper. By now we have enough raw material (rendered fractals) for dozens or hundreds of hi rez fractal wallpapers that have just been sitting around for awhile and continue to accumulate. As with all else Frangles & Xangles, they're just one of a zillion projects going that need to get backed up thoroughly and utterly enough for us to bother not putting off anymore. Part of it is we have a certain standard of quality (*cough*) to make sure our wallpapers are as perfect as possible for as many monitor sizes as possible. Most wallpapers out there only come in a couple of sizes; this is nuts as there are hundreds or thousands of monitors out there. Plus it takes a good amount of artistic work just to cut & slice & frice our fractals into polished backgrounds
It's a little tricky with fractals; for optimal quality, attention has to be given to every individual resolution size. Even if all resolutions were the same aspect ratio (e.g. 3:4), the act of just shrinking the biggest image down to all smaller sizes isn't sufficient. Consider that the closest shrinks are on a scale of a power of 2. That is, 50% and 25% and 12.5%, etc, will be much more accurate shrinks than 49.73% or 20.07%, etc. With a fixed image you have to accept that some sizes are going to be of a different quality than others (i.e. 3200x2000 will shrink excellently to 1600x1000, but not 1689x977), unless you put artistic work into tweaking your picture for each size, but for most pictures this is a pain in the !@#. Because fractal images have no bounds, the edges of the wallpaper don't have to fit precisely into any exact square or rectangle. So you can take a fractal and shrink to 50%, then cut off a tiny slice to fit your picture (or shrink the picture instead if the target image is nowhere near the 50% mark) with the "wistful ease of a IDS-27i bot orb"! Of course, this makes it sound easy, so something clearly went horribly wrong in this strain of logic that was initiated to give friters an excuse for sitting on their unwallpapered asses all day.
Oh, and we're working on a warehouse of fractal images (we have plenty of raw material), it's just taking awhile to get down a regular methodical production process going. Ready or not, please observe the increasingly and steadily steeled Frangles axiom that there is always (*cough* *bullsh*) fifty times more material behind your backs that is always and forever just a blink and a krforbscotch away.
- WB pages posted: (131/) .444 .511 .711 .743 .776 .777
- Rough count of all written Frangles prose is up to about 700 paperback-lengthed pages. (About 40% are posted).
The full WB page structure is now revealed (mwu-ha-ha!) All pages that will eventually be written are now shown in a chart (you can click on any lit up page to go to that page). As things are slowly completed you'll see more and more completed pages light up. If some of this seems a random order, keep in mind this reflects off of the whole migraine-brained web of rough Frangles plans for structure, etc. One "444" page like 131.444 can serve as a key focus/precedent for all other "444" pages (such as 111.444 and 246.444), and this type of intertwining exists on many levels of Frangles, so the posted pages are simply the ones that we're pretty sure about structure-wise. (We'll sometimes post explanations to this effect, and other times you'll just have to deal with the suspense!)
Note very importantly that if you read "ahead" in Frangles (if you read the last page of a book, or read a random chapter of a book you're not even reading), that you're not "ruining" the story for yourself, but rather, doing exactly what Frangles was designed for. Frangles is nonlinear; its pages can be re-arranged into millions of combinations and permutations. Frangles is designed so that any reading order of any of its pages is a full, completely readable story; even randomly jumping around like an CD or mp3 player on random! Reading any single page (or chapter, or book) of Frangles first creates initiates a longer story by throwing us into the middle of nowhere, then moving on. This creates a sense of mystery and interest as to what's going on here, where we are, who these people are, why they're doing what they're doing, and why anyone should give a damn!
Every standard book or film ever made that doesn't begin with a narration or does exactly that, except in that case the director has made a conscious decision of where their story will begin and where it will end. But with only a certain amount of work, any story at all could be fragmented so that its parts could be viewable / readable in many different orders, that all give extra clues as to what this story is about and what goes on. To see its events from different depths and angles (or "frangles"). Clearly many of Frangles' reading orders will be much more coherent than others. Many of the main ones will be obvious: reading a book straight through from the first page to the last, or reading every 7th page, etc etc. But others may be unobvious; a story written through a specific combination of pages that you wouldn't really see is a full story unless it was pointed out to you. Of course, writing with many different orderings in mind will lead to exponentially more coherent reading possibilities that will happen inadvertently, and the freer is the ultimate decider of what story exactly you're finally going to read, since you'll be able to surf the pages any way you want.
The one thing that's unique about the order of the pages as they're being posted is that you're following a very real-life story: The Great Migraine-mind-mangling Journey of the Evolution of Frangles. I.e. you're not just reading some random haphazard bunch of pages (whatever we happen to have finished); what we post day to day reflects the state of the Frangles project as a whole and where it's going. This is another dimension on top of the story itself if you'd just read those pages at random once everything was complete. Not to mention that as pages are revised and re-placed, you may never be able to follow the story of their revision again, as older versions (like older computer programs or operating systems) mot never be re-posted.
The sample chapter of the second novella in Writer's Bricks (Writer's Bricks is divided into seven novellas--or "novas") that was posted is being tweaked to become the first chapter of that novella. (Previously it was unassigned, which was designated as an 'x' in the page's number. That is, "131 2x1" means the 1st page of an unspecified chapter in the 2nd novella of Frangles book 131). Note we say tweaked, not revised. While certain officially posted material may be revised if/when the need arises, material will also be purposely posted as partially incomplete in some way, the chapter just mentioned a prime example. It was brainstormed as a raw idea of the style and feel of Nova 2 ("novella 2"), without knowing how it would fit in exactly to its strict 7x7 page structure (every nova is divided into 49 pages, or 7x7), and now that writing is moving on and we have a better idea what nova 2 will consist of, there's a much better idea of where it will now go*: it will serve as the first chapter. (see page 131-211)
[The sample chapter, called "131 2x/" (an 'x' means an undesignated dimension, and a '/' means all the material that fills in those digits, i.e. "131 77/" means "the last chapter" rather than an individual page) was at one time penciled in to be the last chapter of that nova 2 (chapter 7), which says something very important about Frangles structure: something that would go well at something's beginning might work equally well as a middle or end. A few quick decisions might lead to flipping all even pages to odds or inserting an extra chapter every three, etc. It's a strange editing job and you can see why we're antsy to get some good editing and reading software going.
Frangles material is often attacked from many directions. Sometimes prose comes before structure, and visa versa. In fact all aspects of prose, structure, character, theme, plot, style, etc, juggle dizzily back and forth in what influences what, and what thing priority when something else must be sacrificed to fit in. This posted chapter plays a key pivotal role in determining the eventual final nova, because it would be confusing to go against it and turn it into something completely different after you've read it and are used to it. That's the reason so much Frangles material is held back; because we don't know where the f@#$ any of it's going to go. That's part of the point of Writer's Bricks: to complete a finished Frangles book that will (out of necessity) have to serve as a nucleus or precedent for all 343 books to save all you freers from mind-mangling headaches. It's similar to software that will update from time to time, but slowly so as to allow backwards compatibility!]
11/24 *Please note you do NOT need to add suffix extensions like ".html" for Frangles material, or a "www." prefix to the domain. All you have to enter in your browser if you want to go someplace specific is frangles.com/131-111 or frangles.com/about (etc). [Depending on your browser you may have to add the "http://" before the shorter URL]. We ask you use the shorter URLs (no "www." or ".html"), because the duality throws off our hit data a bit and we're too lazy to take the five seconds and google the htaccess scripts to forward around extensions.*
11/24 New introduction to Frangles Structure posted, and a second structure update. The "/structure" page will now be for general intro and basic information. For the more in-depth stuff, it's decided a lot of that will be explained over a series of official updates (like this updates page except much more polished, though less frequently updated). We feel a lot of the Frangles experience is the journey and excitement of the ethereal growth and ineffable evolution of what all this useless flying !@#$ eventually becomes. Therefore the original structure post will be the first official news post, labeled #11. The second (the new one just posted), #12, etc. The structure maps page will skip ahead and begin at #21, just to be confusing.
[*Note that Frangles often leaves out 0's, so when a number is expressed in base-7, the starting number begins at 1's rather than 0's, making the number of possible two-digit numbers a maximum of 49, (or "77" in base seven")]
11/22 Warnings page updated. Please read now and check it back occasionally for updates.
11/22 The terms freer and free seem to have been missing for awhile in the glossary due to a hack by one of the SGU kinos, who don't seem to have taken kindly to our derogatory comments yesterday. They seem to be using their new solar flare time warp skills to attack us through the recently established static krforb-kino wormhole. We apologize for our heartless comments, but be warned, if you stupid little buggers keep at this, you're going to learn a thing or two about nuclear IDS hyperweapondry. Not that we're worried about you, because if you really become a nuisance we'll just encourage SyFy to sue for excessive violation of Fair Use in even mentioning you, vaporizing you from our frwoa space and sending you back to the Turok hell planet from last Saturday.
You can check the glossary to read the new inserts. (Search "freer/" and "free/")
11/21 Kal's page slightly altered to feign the aura of frequent maintenance
11/21 It's been suggested--given the strange temporal anomalic premise of yesterday's Stargate Universe--that the cute, hovering, hyper intelligent metal "krforbs" of Frangles are direct rip-offs of the soulless scrap metal webcam balls of SGU called "kinos", even though krforbs came first. The accusation [Warning: Spoiler] is that the kino Scott tossed into the Stargate at the end of the episode caused a static cross-frwoa IDS anomaly (i.e. a wormhole that bridges one frwoa universe with another via an unstable intertangling "static" wherein many attributes of the respective frwoas cross over in strange tangled ways) and dropped into the bathroom of a showering friter, who decided to steal the idea. (Don't ask us where the shower part came from. Maybe Frangles critics just like to fantasize about naked friters because you're all dense dateless nerds who buy our farce of being lesbian Maxim cover girls). But there are a number of fatal holes in this theory.
Firstly, krforbs are cute, and kinos are clunky. Secondly, krforbs are cute, and kinos are clunky. Thirdly, "krforb" starts with "krf", and "kino" just starts with "k". Fourthly, that the fourth rule about Frangles Infringement is that you do not talk about Frangles Infringement, which includes Frangles alleged infringement of lame Lost-in-Space siff frwoas and gay Brad Pitt movies. [We might note for you that the Xangles/Frangles glossary contains about 200 key frwoa terms to the Frangles universe, and are bound to cross over now and then with 88 billion years of Okuakan science fiction, as recently explained in 131.151.)] Fifthly, that even if a kino did fall into Tom's bathroom back around the first week in August '07 when he told us about it, that Frangles is largely a sci-fi / fantasy parody (demonstrated quite clearly in 131.152 conveniently posted around the time SGU got going). In case you haven't noticed by now, this basically means we can pretty much rip off whatever the !@#$ we want as long as we change a letter or two. We easily could have called our kinos "krinos", but we threw in an extra 'f' just to appease all you critics who say Frangles is unoriginal, in a addition to (of course) making our kinos... cute. (Not clunky).
11/17 Introduction to Writer's Bricks started. Again, note that some of this material is or will be partially redundant to the updates here, as this is a place to just loosely rant about ideas/changes/progress on a day to day basis, but of course no one should have to dig through this updates page just to figure out what Frangles is all about. Finalized material also helps finalize the things discussed here, like a final draft of some rough ideas for one.
11/17 Death of Sponge begun. This is part of Xangles saga #5, called Twisty Twirly Nonsense Ostrich Random (Frangles is Xangles Saga #1). Theoretically, the pages of all Xangles sagas could be interconnected (for instance, clicking 1.111.111 to 5.111.111 could skip an entire Xangles saga rather than a page or book or sub-saga, etc), but for now Death of Sponge will continue with the same style and a few of the same characters, but not interconnect with the Frangles stories (just as well, because none of the Frangles stories here interconnect much anyway!) We seem to be addicted to producing billions of pages of material that we may or may not ever bother arranging into coherent readable material... hrm...
11/16 131.144 (4 pages; may be re-written). Any digit "4" anywhere in Frangles marks the dead middle of some Frangles structure. Any page "144" is the midmost page of the first novella (first 7th) of any given book. Here, the goal is to create a very intriguing mid-point that shuffles around everything that's happened and turns the story around in a surprising plot twist. More difficult, it's also going to serve as a good entry point to begin Skip's story, as plenty of stories can immediately thrust the reader into action and explain things as you go. 111 already thrusts us into a new confusing world, but now that we have half a novella of getting you used to being confused all the time, you can finally experience everything all over again, since by now we're sure you're getting sick of things making more and more sense as time goes on. Note another thing that any key story points can do is create links to other key story points of a related type. For instance, when finished, there should be a very interesting short story of the seven frangles pages 144, 244, 344, 544, 644, & 744.
11/16 131.151 posted (about 6 book pages). Notice this introduction to the fifth chapter adheres to a thematic progression begun with 111, 121, and 131, but that breaks down a little in 141 which may be re-written. If the pattern hasn't been apparent to you yet, he first chapter of Writer's Bricks involves or touches upon Generika, the 2nd on Zeroa, the 3rd on Flutonia, the 4th on Earth, the 5th on Flurth, the 6th on Florbb, and the 7th on Zeroa (that is, the novella starts at Generika on the Age Wheel and progresses clockwise to Kroffonia). This puts Earth tones in the central chapter, as Earth is Skip's starting topic / catalyst for what to write about, hence is a nucleus for his endeavors.
And yet, note that the chapters from 1 to 7 of Writer's Bricks also involve elements of Flutonia to Zeroa (Age 1 to 7) respectively (that is, chapter 1 of Writer's Bricks is a beginning to its first novella just as Flutonia is the beginning of our whole known universe, and chapter 4 of Writer's Bricks is the peak of that novella in the way that Age 4 (Florbb) is the midpoint of Okuaka). These are complexities the reader need not worry about at all, and which often may not even be taken into account while writing! We pick up the infinite complexities and frangles of life just fine unconsciously anyway. Some music theory majors study the intricacies of harmony, while an improvisational pianist might just randomly hit a bunch of notes he/she likes
11/16 131.153 teaser posted (1/2 page). It's going to be a thousand forms of migraines how/whether/if/why/when to involve the Urgg in Frangles, which are a race that are mostly involved in Xangles 2: Blorkk, the Second Known Universe (Frangles takes place in Okuaka, the only known universe), which is the only other Xangles saga than Frangles with significant posted material (you can visit it any time at blorkk.com). Note that any Xangles / Frangles / Blorkk updates will be posted here as soon as new things are posted; Xangles sagas are heavily interlinked, so it can get very redundant to list updates in four or five places.
This can make a lot of functional sense if you adopt the frangle that Frangles (not Xangles) is the root saga of which all others are a part. That is, we could call Xangles "Frangles Saga 1" and Blorkk "Frangles Saga 2" or something. This would just require a few modifications to the ideas and relations of the sagas. Don't worry, we won't be switching stuff around like that very often, but the point here is that it can make sense to use the Frangles updates page for news about all the other sagas, too. (The reason is that Frangles is worked on more heavily than any other Xangles / Frangles / Blorkk material, so it makes sense to keep one major updates page for everything). Of course, the structure interconnecting all the sagas will always be revised and tweaked.
11/10 131.143 posted (about 14 book pages). Hopefully this will be about the longest length that a "frangles page" will be (that is, a single scene with no breaks like an individual scene in a movie). But, in theory, no page is to long or short to break from the idea of Frangles' structure. That structure is founded on an organization of parts, outside of how long or short those intrinsic parts are.
10/28 After the appreciated positive feedback via all your hate mails about yesterday's post, updates posts will now be shorter (yay).
10/27 131.142 posted (about 14 standard reading pages)
New glossary term: siff
An adamant Freer (Frangles reader)--if any exist--might notice the baffling difference between the original intention of having one "reading book" page per "frangles" page (or "fage") and the 14-f@#!ing page long fage above. Have you noticed? Yes? Well, no, Jill, I thought I was in the mood to frupdate but I just can't do this right now. Why? Because I just don't feel like it is why. Well, you tell you Toby that I really don't give a ratass about his--wait a smit I think we just crossed signals with some xnet page. Great Atemit, that's Okuaka's prime XFBS7 news relay on Earth!! Gof.. GOF! I have to report this... No, I wasn't swearing, "Gof" is my new dog's name. What did you think I meant, "Gods Of Florbb"? Think about that for a smit. Why would I bother acronyming "Gods Of Florbb" to "GOF" simply to curse three times faster, when I could just name my dog "Gof" instead and then claim I never realized what it could stand for? Jill, no--Jill! I really have to get off this channel, I think this is being pasted right into the XFBS7 prime updates page...Yah, same to you...Well, I don't even believe you're naked so why the hell would they care? Just...Jill! I'm serious! We're talking about billions of earth netters who now have access to the last half-minute of our conversation and will soon have our whole lives archived as soon as you go into one of your 7-hour gossip rants. Yah, well, I'm sure they'll pick up enough from my side to convict us of third degree interkuic sevthing as soon as they figure out--wait, did I just--I did not just... Gof. GOF! No, not you Jill, I was talking to--Gof! Get the frack out and lick up these peas! I didn't pay ten pecks of pickles just to see my new grolf turn his nose up at his Thursday dinner...oh right it's still connected. Orbo, can you disconnect this? Well get working on it, I think this is a little more important! Why did I bother buying a screwloose krforb who can't even--GOF! NOT THE MARBLES, I SAID THE PEAS!...There ya go...ohhhhkay, boy...
Alright Earthers, so it appears I have the floor. I know this is probably confusing, but you see, our gamma quadrant Verizon cell phone network works a bit differently out here, and occasionally a signal gets crossed with one of your internet pages and posted right onto it. Don't ask me how it works, I'm really not sure. Anyway they tell us your whole internet will crash or something if a line goes dead before a properly designated bot orb can properly cut the connection, so I'll just, uh, I know, why don't I just tell you how the very first Frangles Playstation6 game ends and ruin the whole damn thing? Ha, Jumper would get a kick out of that, and I don't think XFBS7 has a good voice tracer installed, and it's not like I'm ruining the entire franchise anyway, so here goes.
Alright, so, after you beat the last boss at the end of F#$i%$%34uture, computer software could actually write Frangles reading material on the fly! Not just organize the pages into structures, but actually write prose to read given a large enough database of templates and variables, like an unfathomably complex version of mad libs, that allow you to put in a couple nouns, adjectives, and verbs, and stick them in basic paragraph templates. I.e. the one-line template [<PROPER NOUN> went to the <ADJ> mall] becomes ["Professor Smilf went to the fuzzy mall"] when the variables 'Professor Smilf' and 'fuzzy' are entered by the user in a mad lib program.
By that basic concept, a very formulated style of writing could actually write itself given enough variables about plot, theme, character, style, etc! This could start as simply as replacing all the instances of "Skip" to "Kyle" to switch around characters in the prose, or phrases like "The end of time is worth the wait" with "The dawn of time is worth the beer," etc, to switch certain frangles of the stories within the prose rather than just the way that written pages are ordered. (The freer* could even stick in their own name or personal jokes, and so on.) Then that concept, of course, could grow indefinitely, to hit some great frangliable middle ground for us Earthers before evolving into prose so smart that it becomes sentient and nukes a planet of us cruel spider bot enslaver humans. The possibilities are endless.
Actually, a fictional programming issue that will soon come up in Writer's Bricks (as Skip starts to explore beyond the greater physical world beyond Square One) is that of communication across Flutonia. Now on Earth, we have a certain evolution of methods of remote communication. Smoke signals, cans with string, the telephone, digital cell phones, and onward into future ages of human technology. But what if no one had any of that, and just had a bunch of AIM bots lying about a vague idea for cyberspace? Flutonia is a little like hyperspace, actually, or we might say a "thoughtspace"; so imagine the very first way anyone tried to communicate over distances was that of a digital internet, except when computers didn't even exist!
But let's say the AIM bots (which Frangles talks about as being ancient ancestors of the cute little A.I. "bot orbs" and "krforbs" of the future) had no world wide medium to do there things on, or even computers to run on. Then, as usual with such weird ideas in Flutonia, everyone would just sort of run around chaotically trying to figure out how everything works and connects the quantum flutograph to the insertion relay, and that one connects the structure lighting mechanism with the prose templates, and that one connects the grid dots with the connect the dots, and that one... I forget what that one does... what? oh god, we just patched back into that XFBS7 page. Gof, Gof, when are you going to learn a stupid grolf with a little chipzit implant can't match the mental capacity of a 44-megakilohyperbyte krforb processor? You at least need the--is that thing still on!? Orbo, for the love of gods, all you have to do is hit K, 0, then ent@#1~@@3..
[* - A lot of Frangles terms like "freer" and "mot" have many different and intertwining meanings in different contexts. Here, "freer" can mean "frangles user" (or "fractal user"), which was one of the many phrases that phonetically factored into the final coined term. A friter actually spent a good hour carefully balancing a slew of needed phrases into the word "freer", in which the most relevent ones like "frangles reader" (which was the main idea of the word) take first priority, and are phonetically the most similar to the final choice. "Frangles user" (along with frangles viewer, seer, watcher, experiencer, etc) is one of the secondary meanings, and this is an instance of where that particular meaning comes into phonetic play. Of course, if Frangles was entirely a software coorporation, a standard word for a fan who does something-or-other with frangles might weigh "frangles user" more heavily than the meaning "frangles reader", which would only apply to a few of the annoying parts of the game, like reading menus and color options. Hence the term for someone who uses Frangles (or fractal) software or plays Frangles (or fractal) games, might come out more like "fruer" (FRangles UsER, or FRactal UsER, the latter of which could be said about anyone running any type of fractal art program at all), or "frumer" if it took into account "frangles gamer" along with "frangles user", and so on. Of course, you could substitute all these instances of "Frangles" with "Fractal" (or "Fractals"), which would make all these terms much more general for secular use in the wide world of fractals outside of Frangles' particular application of your theory to right-angle geometrica is just retarded, dude, you--GOF! Are we in a Frangles footer note? Gods of Florbb, call Tom, like yesterday!]
New page on Frangles' structure posted. More will be added soon, and you can read the original structure page as well, posted 7/1. Note that 5 months of essential reading material since then are here in this updates page. Since Frangles evolves on a day-to-day basis, it will always take some time for the initial ideas posted here to work themselves into more formal documents. Of course, this is hardly redundant; consider that following the evolution of what Frangles is about by reading the day-to-day news (and checking back now and then) is a unique journey apart from the final product, because in years to come, all that will eventually be posted is the final result, wherever that journey has brought the concept of Frangles. Perhaps older manifestations of Frangles material may be archived for reference, but it would be very confusing to include it in any major way in the end result.
Consider that just as you follow a character through their story from page 1 to the last, following the evolution of that character and their story adds a totally new dimension to that reading experience. Rich, dynamic characters change and learn from the beginning to the end of their journeys, just as that journey itself changes from from theory, to brainstorming, to drafting, to a final, polished work. If Skip is to be the greatest frwoa writer who ever lived from page one, then learns later he's just a nobody, then months later its decided his story should begin the same way, except Skip should become a florist rather than a writer during the course of his story, this other direction presents more depth about who Skip is, a depth that would be lost just reading the final result.
Quite interestingly, those dimensions can actually be seen so literally. Let's say Skip progresses from January 1st to December 31st, and gravitates from the field of writing to being a construction worker, then on to something else the next year. Then at the end of the daft, let's say his writer(s) decide Skip should actually be a florist to begin with, and evolve to a goth S&M junkie. Comparing the two versions of of "the story of Skip"--two different ways he might live a single year--is literally a second dimension apart from the linear time line of one version of his story. If these drafts were actually to be incorporated into a coherent structure, we might read page draft1-page1, draft1-page2, draft1-page3, etc, or, draft1-page1, draft2-page2, draft3-page3, etc.
Of course, from some frangles, progressing on a linear time line can be a similar thing to the evolution of drafts of that time line. For instance, if Skip decides to quit his life as a goth S&M junkie and turn over a new leaf, then his story along the second part of that time line is similar to Skip's writer starting a new draft and beginning again. So, to fuse the two ideas, reading the above sequence (draft1-page1, draft2-page-2) could be equated in some cases to the sequence (year1-page1, year2-page2, year3-page3, etc!)
- 131.152 posted (about six book pages)
- 131.141 mot be entirely re-written.*
["mot" is a complex term, and roughly means "may or may not" in this context. See glossary.]
- Math revisions: A nameless krforb keeps screwing up the numbers of how much Frangles material is written. We'll take a more precise count soon, but be assured all the numbers posted to date are within the rough ballpark of something vaguely near the truth (or not). Of course, that's only what we want you to believe. (How far exactly can the excuse "we counted wrong" get us in expanding your perception of how much Frangles material exists?).
- Some needed significant updates to the currently intended over all structure of Frangles will be posted in the near future. (For instance, given the average "frangles page" length of Writer's Bricks, the first novella alone--that is, the first seventh of the book--will be over 200 standard reading pages (which is almost a short book in and of itself), making Writer's Brick's a potential 1,400 pages, which is really long for a single book. All these issues will have to be addressed soon, and mot require a re-structuring in general of the constantly-evolving initial plan.
- Plenty more WB pages written but not polished/posted. As usual with Frangles, one page can lead to plot issues with a zillion others, and it would be confusing with these pages in particular to post things that may have to be totally re-written in a month. Chapter 1.4 is especially tricky, because it deals with Skip meeting a Flutonian version of Kyle for the first time (or at since Skip lost his memory at page.. uh.. 111? I'm not sure... Orbo, look up.. uh.. wait, what's my name?).
For starters, Skip and Kyle are the only significantly fleshed out Frangles characters (actually, a lot more are very fleshed out in concept, though Kyle and Skip are the only characters with any solid body of written material about them). So, their interaction sets precedents for the entire relationship between their whole stories, and much more importantly, for the type of interaction that will interconnect any two Frangles books. Just as writing some Frangles material (such as one book) sets complex precedents for all other material which will have to relate to it biblically later, the very first significant interaction between two bodies of material (i.e. two individual books) will set biblical precedents for all other interaction between any other two books, and will establish the general manner in which one will eventually "surf" the larger body of Frangles material. (The pages of a single book or novella also set those types of precedents within itself; for instance, you can see the pages of Writer's Bricks are starting to form the first examples of structured nonlinear Frangles prose, which sets some examples not just for the structure of Writer's Bricks, but for all Frangles material).
Consider that the way WB interacts with other Frangles stories (WB relates to Generika in chapter 1.1; Zeroa in 1.2, etc) can be written without thinking too heavily, as all the other material can be written later with that initial material in mind (assuming the original material doesn't have to be re-written to bend to a more important external story). But since Kyle and Skip already are backed by a solid amount of material, it's very important to harmonize the relationship between Skip and Kyle as much and as soon as possible, because a fierce interlocking structure is the entire point of Frangles. If Skip and Kyle don't interact with a careful relationship in mind, both stories could might have to be totally re-written, which is just find in an unpublished draft, but is much harder to do after Skip or Kyle material has been posted without driving all you freers nuts.
Half the point Writer's Bricks is to take that big first step, and write at least one finished Frangles book and basically figure everything else out later. Its pages present the first "bricks" that can be used in constructing many different stories, within itself, and in relation to all other bricks (pages) that will eventually be written. Appropriately, its protagonist is a story about a writer in a similar situation to that of the writers writing Writer's Bricks! It's one of the only times a friter (Frangles writer) will be able to write about almost exactly what's on his or her mind while writing Frangles, relating to Skip in a magnitude that most fictional writers in general will never be able to relate to their characters. Then, after Skip's first book, any further stories about his continuing adventures in the art of writing will also be inspired by the friters in a similar situation to Skip as his story (and the real life story of writing Frangles) continue. (Keep in mind this relationship exists in many other aspects of Frangles; for instance, Kyle may work on a similar metaphysical math problem that a friter is working on in real life. Or the evil of Grathalor might be inspired by the horrid downsides of writing Frangles... like the far off doom of a copyright lawsuit!)
Of course, the other half the point of WB of is to walk you through the whole !@#$ing mess and explain what the hell Frangles is all about, since (coincidentally) it's the first book you're going to read. (We did the math, and it works out).
-October Xangles News posted
-Writing continuing on Writer's Bricks
-Work being put into more Xs/Fs/Blk backgrounds
9/30 - SEPTEMBER SUMMARY
-Rough estimate for standard "book" pages* posted this month: 67.
-Rough count for all written "book" pages* to date (a lot not posted): 587.
-Total Frangles chapters posted to date: 10 (plus a half-ass novella).
-General average page/day production rate since Frangles started: 2.4/day
There were 22 more pages posted than reported this month; some idiot counted one page for two for some of the posted material (they're corrected below). The majority of the pages written this month were posted. For the moment Writer's Bricks is being attacked as one would write a standard novel, page following page, with only a few others throughout the book written as foci to jump start the book's over all structure. This is done for at least two reasons that anyone can remember.
Firstly, this can help create a sense of continuity important to an initial Frangles book, to prove we can produce a readable book as well as a sliced and diced one. Although a lot of the fractal structure is lining up automatically without taking it into account, as happens with a fractal when a simple principle is done over and over. If you write all seven scenes in each chapter in the same location, then the cross section of reading every seventh page (downward in the Writer's Brick page square rather than across) lines up automatically, without taking every single permutation into account. This is the only way any human can write fractal fiction, as no one can keep every single page, theme, plot, sentence, etc, fully in mind at the same time while one writes. Writing in very simple patterns (like creating a prose quilt bit by bit) can result in a baffling complex whole. Then again, when and where those complexities are taken into account, it can also be a very difficult and confusing writing task (though the reading task is much, much simpler, like using a computer rather than building it).
Secondly, while it would be nice to write hundreds of books before "publishing" anything (and we're considering the net as unofficial publishing for now), it's juuust plain kinda impractical. It would a lousy experience for freers (you guys) to just read a totally sporadic slew of random pages and small vaguely coherent clusters for years without an actual finished book or novella (basically everything that's been posted so far! Even the Zeroa novella was kinda haphazardly thrown together). We'll point out for the infinith time that it can be very, very, very hard to write fully coherent, "finished" material in this strange medium (especially being a style not attempted to our knowledge, save the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' children's series), since every tiny segment can rely heavily on a zillion others not written. The idea of Writer's Bricks is to portray the adventure and frustration of writing Writer's Bricks, i.e. the troubles of finishing a Frangles novel (which when finished will set down an enormous precedent for the structure of all others). So writing Writer's Bricks is almost like writing all of Frangles in a microcosm.
While Writer's Bricks could be written at any time (as a book about war could be written decades after the writer has experienced war), in can quite often help to be writing while experiencing the topic. Sometimes a writer (and a friter) can only write what's on their mind at the time. It's a nice easy inspiration, so god help us when Writer's Bricks is over and there's nothing left to write about except the redundancy of writing Writer's Bricks II. (Otherwise known as whatever Frangles book we happen to write next). In fact, the idea of writing a lame "part 2" book or film as an afterthought to a self-consistent "part 1" is an epitome failure of fiction that Frangles tries to overcome. Writing all the books of a series at once before publishing any would lead to unprecedented plot and character structure even in a linear series read from page 1 to the last page of the last book in the series. Never mind that this can allow a book structure that can be read in many different ways via a careful symmetric whole. With true symmetry, there's no place to start or stop tracing a shape (or polygon, o structure). Hence the term "frangles" ("fractal angles").
While this is difficult, Frangles tries to hold to a balance, and write some material as time goes on and hold a bunch of material back. But the really important thing is that in the end result, that none of that matters! If a book or two is finally finished, and then ten books later one has to be totally re-diced or re-written, we can go back and re-write a whole book, so that when Frangles is completed, we can say we actually did write the whole thing before publishing any.
Therefore, what you're reading month to month is a draft of the entire project! Not a totally raw, first-draft manuscript, but rather very readable, coherent and polished material that just may not fit into the over all plan whole books later. That's the idea of BetaBricks (currently just brainstormed), to publish many various finished "bricks" (polished completed frangles pages that will serve as a completed brick somewhere or another). As posted Frangles material is already kinda drafty, that might be a little too drafty. Also, it torpedoes a lot of the surprise in what's to come.
ANYWAYS! September: a normal, regular, and productive month maintaining the rough 2.4 pages per day average that's been pretty well established since day one. FYI, we've accomplished about 3 of our 11 resolutions this month, which is about the ratio of posted material to potential material, so maybe we resolved a whole bunch of things we're just not telling you about!
Or it's maybe it's alllll friter bullsh, along with anything else we've ever told you.
Time will tell.
[* - "book page" meaning length of a standard paperback page, of which many could be in one frangles "page". A frangles page is a full scene rather than a specific length, so book pages are our estimate for how much material is fritten]
WB Chapter 4 started with page 131.141 Note the particular Writer's Bricks sub-story of beginning with the first page of the first chapter, then skipping seven down to read the first page of the second chapter, and so on (that is, reading downward in the chapter square rather than across). It may be hard to read this as a fully intact and separate story if you've been reading Writer's Bricks normally, but try to imagine you'd never read the rest or even glanced at it. The second page of this sub-story (131.121) can serve as a summary of the first page of the book (131.111) rather than the entire first chapter. Because Skip has amnesia, we can imagine anything at all happened between 111 and 121, or that nothing at all happened: that 111 happened, then his amnesia hit him, and he (or his writer) had to start the exact same page over again, because it wasn't written! The key technique of having the story slowly advance by remembering just a little of what's gone on before is still entirely there, it's just achieved in a 1/7 microcosm of reading every full chapter. This cross section of Writer's Bricks (once completed all the way down to 131 771) will demonstrate all the main themes and ideas and style the whole book, as the first four of this substory posted already demonstrate. (Pages 111, 121, 131, 141).
Further, if we've taken away the rest of the story, then it could be up to the imagination what it could have been, or what it could be if we decide to write it from scratch from the foundation of this sub-story. Anything imaginable could happen to a writer who thinks up the universe and begins writing a great and mighty work of art, if no details are given as to what that work actually is, as long as that story adheres to the basic template of how Skip's writing skills and his story in general have advanced in style and theme.
This is the heart of nonlinear fiction. Each page serves as a modular "brick" which stands alone as a fragment of a potential story, hence the phrase "Writer's Bricks". The name "Skip", of course, can have the connotation of "skipping" some bricks to read others in the way described above, which from the frangle that that sub-story is a fully intact story, has not really skipped anything at all! (Unless we suppose that every story anyone could possibly read "skips" all the other stories it might have been otherwise integrated with). Ideally, any given "obvious" way of reading forward or back (such as adding or subtracting one from any digit, or the last two, etc) should be able to be read as some sort of individual story with an intrinsic consistency and plot.
Frangle friters have brainstormed what type of notation should be used for such combinations. For instance, the story above of reading the first page of every chapter could be written as 131.1(1-7)1 or something, or 131-1/1 meaning "read all the pages where the slash is one to seven", etc.
Page 131.137 posted (about 11 standard reading pages). (Half of chapter 4 written but not polished/posted yet). Posted Writer's Bricks material is about 2/3 the length posted Kyle material. While Kyle's been hanging at Chapter 5 for over a year now, we assure the same will not (not not not) happen with Skip. The very idea of a book about writer's block being itself unfinished due to writer's block is so horribly obvious and cliche a real-life plot twist that no one would actually bother (knock on paper).
Actually, the idea for Writer's Bricks evolved out of the frustration with the precise structure of Frangles, which we're always making progress on, but always gets frustrating as well, like a massive construction project who's budget is constantly tweaked (or worse). Now note the difference between a writer's plan for a couple books, and a plan for forty zillion of them. Most writers aren't likely to write an entire book about writer's block out of frustration with whatever book they're on! But with forty zillion in mind, it seems a perfect place to start a whole saga in a brand new medium no one's ever written in before! And that, our dear freers, is what you call classic friter bull!$#&: fooling you that our imaginations are so vast and competent, that even 60 pages of a bad book--in fusion with 90 pages of a good one--demonstrates the infinite complexity of an infinitely useless saga.
Actually, to feign seriousness again, a lot of the work going into Frangles' structure is how to harmonize Skip and Kyle, as they're the most fleshed out two characters of all 49 main ones (no, not the final 49 cylons; wishful thinking). Every single page of Frangles is intrinsically connected to every other in a vast web; every theme and plot and character connect in tightly self-similar structures, so harmonizing two main characters' stories which aren't visibly related yet (except in some general themes and styles) will catalyst like a shotgun precedent into every other book, if things are left the way they're originally written. Otherwise, if major adjustments are desired later, huge chunks of previously written books like the Kyle & Skip material up now will need to be totally overhauled.
Remember that almost 600 standard reading pages of prose have been written and only 30% of that is posted. That's two short books of material all together, and the average rate of production since the Kyle Kirby book was started has been 2.5 pages. Now a lot the aspects of writing Frangles will become massively easier as time goes on (such as having the same general themes & style such as the 40 Terry Pratchett books, which of course are still unique enough to be readable and publishable despite their number: something Frangles is attempting), but a lot will become massively harder, such as constantly re-self-integrating many many books into a self-similar structure. It's thought that perhaps these will vaguely cancel each other out, and maybe production will continue at 2-3 pages a day.
(Asimov wrote at least 4 pages a day over the course of his life, and accumulated 400 books. While much of the styles and themes of his stories might have overlapped, they were clearly different to allow many readable, publishable books. Part of Asimov's thing was being astoundingly eclectic, writing a book in every category in the Dewey decimal system except for one or two. That's the type of prolific nature Frangles tries to attempt, whether the project is one full time writer, ten part time writers, or a stray AIM bot who developed sentience and figured he'd dedicate a few subroutine nanons to kick this whole thing around. And by that, we don't mean who might be friting Frangles at any given time, we mean that we're just not telling you who's even writing it now, except for Squish, the single "out" friter to date. Now maybe Squish is just a comedian we found and coerced to fake being part of the project and isn't writing anything at all, or maybe it's him and an English major from Florida in the US, or maybe it's them and a (really bad) web designer, or just a 14-yo kid and his big real-life Nobel-prize nominee Kyle Kirby who lost the freaking kylekirby.com domain he used as his personal website because he was too2#$@#gggrrrrr... You really have no... clue. And that's part of what Xangles, Frangles, & Blorkk are all about.
Where was we--err,I--err-us??... Oh right! Skip & Kyle. We haven't posted much on the relation between characters except an empty, useless chart, but we can tell you a few things; first note that Skip is character 13 and Kyle is character 22 (that's base 7 with no 0s, where "11" is the first character, and "77" is the 49th character), if you haven't figured that out by now. Each character has 7 books, so 131 is Skip book 1, and 222 would be Kyle Kirby book 2. (The posted Kyle material is raw material at this point and is being carefully split up between the first few Kyle books of the seven, when Kyle's in high school).
Now since each digit in "13" is a step away from "22" (1 plus 1 is 2, and 3 minus 1 is 2), Skip and Kyle are adjacent characters. Kyle lives as a teen before Skip (who is a young ex-college student), yet lives an entire Age after him. So, if we were to go from book 131 to 222, we would get the next chapter in a seven-year story, except from the frangle of a younger character and an 12.5 billennia in the future! Conceivably, you should eventually be able to read books 131, 222, 313, 474, 565, 656, 747, and get a 7-year story, except one age ahead and one character of a younger physical age at each step. (1 loops back around to seven, so going back from a very young character gets to a very old character, which of course of some types of similarities. One isn't in touch with a common adult reality very well, and the other forgets his dentures a lot).
So in a nutshell, that's the general type of relation being worked on between Skip and Kyle, which of course relates to all the other directions all the books, characters, chapters, pages, etc, must go in once a general pattern is created. Skip and Kyle are sort of like two points in space, where when solidified, create a line that every other point on that line must fall on if it wants to be a part of that line.
Anyyywhoo, I better wrap this up because Orbo made me some nice breakfast and he always gets fidgety and deletes an index term for every minute I don't go eat my pancakes, so that's about it. CHECK BACK.
Page 131.136 written & posted (about 7 'paperback' pages). Note that you can read the full DAC TMI form (once the first seven chapters are completed) by reading every seventh page starting with the first page the form appears on (131.116 > 131.126 > 131.136 > ,,, > 131.176), and then the next chapter down from 131.126 mot continue that story in some way or another. To read Frangles material this way (nonlinerly), simply click downward in a square rather than across as you would to read it normally as if reading a normal book (which you can also do if you don't want to bother with frying your brain). The ultimate idea of Frangles is to be able to read in any simple pattern like this and still get the feel of a coherent story, or at least a block coherent, self-consistent scenes. [Eventually you will able to click around very easily from a single page, and increase or decrease any of the digits of the page number, i.e. to go from 131 to 141 by clicking the 3 up one].
For instance, if you read downward from the first scene in Frank's bar, you should be able to get a self-consistent cross-section of 131.1/ (novella one of Writer's Bricks; a slash means all of the pages after this point). That is, if you read downward From the first page of Frank's bar, you should get a completely self-consistent short story that someone otherwise might have written by itself with nothing else in mind. (It could be called "Skip the Friter Keeps Forgetting That He Already Walked Into Frank's Caferestaurant"). This story could even be coherent in ways that reading the bigger story wouldn't. For instance, the first seven chapters of Writer's Bricks begin with Skip forgetting what happened in the previous chapter. When we come to something Skip's done before, the freer (Frangles reader) gets a sense of deja vu along with Skip, because what happened before happened seven pages ago, and we've read a bunch of different stuff since then and may not clearly remember precisely what happened in that setting before. Reading the events of that setting straight forward would give us a more fluent time line of the events in that place. (You may even want to click back up a bit just to re-read the last time Skip was there, if not read a whole story on that axis).
The things that happen to Skip do not necessarily have to be elsewhere explained. They can be inferred through context, just as a film will progress with various scenes on the same time line, where the audience is supposed to assume obvious things that happened in between scenes, such as getting in the plane and heading to Fiji with a terrorist on board, to a shot of the plane exploding half way there. We don't actually need to be told, alright, the terrorist sat at his seat for two hours, asked for some pudding and peanuts, yelled at someone who's cell phone was too loud, and finally got down his bag and hit the bomb timer before parashooting off the plane. We might be interested in those scenes if the director wants to make them entertaining (or if they were exciting enough to make the cut for the terrorist's weekly reality show), but the director may decide to skip them (hence the name "Skip"). Even in 24 where we follow a continous time line of a 24 hour day, we jump around to different scenes, and hence only get a smnall cross-section of the show rather than everything that happens to every character. However, potentially, we could examine the point of view of more charaters (what Kim or Chloe was doing while Jack was taking a piss) if 24 was written as a noninear frwoa, where you could click around on TV or a DVD to see what's happening from different "twenty-fourangles". This is what Frangles is all about.
Definitely note that since Frangles is such a massive structure, not everything is going to be drafted with careful, revised continuity. A scene may be written with a dozen other intersecting plots from other planned books, and focus on regular page to page flow is not always at 100% (nor will it be until all 823,543 books have been drafted, revised, and polished). Remember that the entire Frangles saga is nonlinear, so reading something in Zeroa or the life of Kyle Kirby may give you more insight into what's going on in Flutonia. (From a very lazy frangle, a friter might say that nothing has to make any sense at all as long as the whole, whole thing makes sense in the end (which is prbably why the Frangles book structure is planned for exponentially more books than any team of people could possibly write in their lifetimes)).
[It's very important to note the difference between certain things being confusing to do a certain story line not being written well enough, and being confusing because the story is intentionally creating a sense of mystery due to unknown factors or implying things rather than telling to make you use your brain.]
9/17 - Two new Xangles wallpapers posted.
9/16 - Friters starting to consider the idea that Frangles could be a structure of 7^7 books rather than 7^6, as a unit raised to itself has a special symmetry, and this would have the benefit of pushing the full project so far off the chart of practicality (sans dozens of full time friters signing on at some point), that finishing or not finishing Frangles became a mute and stressless issue!
9/15 - Pages 131.134 and 131.135 posted. About 30-40 book-lengthed pages of prose have been written the past two weeks. As of today, we estimate roughly 570 'book' pages* of Frangles prose are written, including everything now posted. Over the past three months, the average rate of production has been 2.5 book pages a day. Hopefully this rate will increase as more and more structure is mapped out and a regular style is fleshed out even more. * - "book pages" meaning the length of a paperback book page if you were to put all Frangles material into a paperback book. A "frangles" page isn't a good measuring tool since they can range from a paragraph to several 'book' pages. We will try to always specify which we're talking about if it isn't obvious from context, though it's kinda confusing in any context. We will call "frangles pages" just that, and a standard page a 'reading' or 'book' or 'standard' or 'paperback' page or something, though all seem confusing terms).
9/14 - Squish has purchased a netbook for the single purpose of writing Frangles material on the go, plus the second sole reason that the second novella of Writer's Bricks (131-2xx) will take place at "Starbooks", and Squish seems to think that sitting in a Barns & Noble / Starbucks will add an environmental muse as an aid in its writing. (Squish is currently the only friter working mostly full time on Frangles).
9/08 - Pages 131.131 & 131.132 written & posted (about 9 standard reading pages).
9/06 - Pages 131.126 & 131.127 written & posted (about 10 standard reading pages).
- Page 131.125 written & posted (about 5 standard reading pages).
- Program development for writing / reading / organizing Frangles prose & html templates progressing. Debate going whether to work in Perl, C, C++, and/or C#.
- Squish healed of his nasty habit of integrating his anger for Bank of America into his plot structures, by finding a bank service (Probity) that offers NO FREAKING OVERDRAFT FEES LIKE PAYING LITERALLY $350 FOR LITERALLY TEN PACKS OF GUM BECAUSE EACH !@#$ING TRANSACTION UNDER YOUR BALANCE IS $35 !@#$ING DOLLARS AND CAN YOU TELL I'M THE ONE FRITING THIS UPDATE YET!?... Hey, who are you? What the hell, I was just joking. Well OK, yes, tecnically I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but I'm still a comedian, so I'm still emiting the aura of comedic anger while parodying an actuality that no one could possibly know of for certain...I--you--fine. De-rez me from the frediting core, I really don't give a !@#$ anymore. You people have no sense of hu--am I still here? Ha! Your de-ruz gun is busted. Sucks to buy cheap generic-name Kroffonian--oh, okay, there it goes, hey-OWWCH!!@#$NO_CARRIER
- New September friter resolution: Minimize tangents concealed as mock tangeants to an absolute minimum by setting up better forwardflash screening systems for idiot manic ADHD friters who will remain nameless (such as Squish).
- Nonlinear Xangles pages on the general structure of nonlinear works begun (of which the structure of Frangles will be a subset, or at least another frangle of). / Ideas for applications of Frangles' nonlinear structures beyond prose brainstormed.
- Even more bullsh terminology and promises than the previous being brainstormed (like "nonlinear structure organization assembly franglic xanglology", which should be a defined term by the end of time).
- New actual terms: "flwoa" (FLutonian Work Of Art) and "smint" (Seventh of a MINuTe). (See glossary for full descriptions). Remember you can reference the glossary very easily at any time by using xangles.com/i
9/1/09 -- SEPTEMBER FRITERS' RESOLUTIONS:
(To be procrastinated indefinitely)
1. Create a local friendly-looking Frangles Index of Terms from the current Xangles Index of Terms because no one seems to be reading it much even though every word you could possibly need is riiiight on there, including any Writer's Bricks terms (Hint, hint). Remember you can access the XIT easily and search any word you don't understand with the shortcut url: http://Xangles.com/i
2. Show incredible restraint with the urge to simplify the Frangles page system of 7s into a system of 5s so as not to (not not) confuse the reader any more than is absolutely necessary (not).
3. Do something with the whole new 3-based "mini-Frangles" saga started purely as a distraction from the main one--currently named "Cody, Xox, and Mia"--that when finished, should give the freer a nice little perfect microcosm of how a simple, completed nonlinear structure can function (such as 3^3 pages, or 27, rather than the intended 7^6 of Frangles, or 117,649), then build on itself into more depths so as to completely bypass the entire main saga altogether and eschew the above decision of whether to reduce the 7s to 5s, reducing them straight to 3s and saving all that bickering time and paving the path to a total collapse to 1s, at which point we can finally just paste a whole bunch of random unstructured s@#! for the freer to thumb through.
4. Get Squish off his plans to finish his Green Day "Wake Me Up When September Ends" YouTube parody and get him to finish some Frangles material before September ends instead, and stop plugging Squish and Green Day and YouTube.
5. Finish the software we're working on that will make posting pages of Frangles within html templates much, much easier. The increasing number of pages is eventually going to make it ridiculous to edit every page by hand, so a few general html templates will be made (like the reading format of Writer's Bricks with the page numbers at the top), that will insert and number and link the prose pages together from the many numbered text files. This will result in a little easy free editing software of this general nature that might be of use to any visitor who creates webpages, and might also result in a whole ton of extra reading material if we decide to post some of the hundreds of unposted Frangles pages in the "Beta Bricks" section, where you could thumb through randomly if you really want to ruin the entire saga for yourself for the scant appeasement of a temporary reading satisfaction, or to ease your worry that no one around here is really doing anything. (That is, if the above plans to collapse Frangles from 7s to 3s to 1s works first).
6. Stop rambling.
7. Stop bickering.
8. Stop sticking 50-page thesis papers in the !@#$ing updates page and go create relevant sections for them.
9. Write more.
0. Post more.
1. Switch to base 12.
8/31/09 -- A NOTE ON GRAMMAR:
When a standard English quotation continues beyond a single paragraph, a quote is left off the end and repeated at the start of the next paragraph, like this:
"Dear goodness," barked Happy the Wonder Frog while wondering why he was barking (since dogs do bark and frogs do not), "I wonder what it would be like for a dog to 'ribbit' something that I should have said instead. Incidentally to any freer hovering about, I believe a totally new thought is coming on that will require a totally new paragraph to portray.
"Nope, I was wrong, this thought is definitely a run-on tangent of my previous one, and probably wouldn't require a new paragraph. I sure hope," Happy continued, "that neither that nor that just now didn't just screw up any local frwoa friter or freer too much! What a needless ramble in any case."
In Writer's Bricks, the mechanisms and grammar of literature (and writing) are very vague and undefined concepts that need creating and revising as the story goes on (unlike the medium of established English that tries to portray that vagueness with a strict set of rules). Hence Skip often experiments with narration by narrating sporadically in the manner that he would if someone were listening to him. Of course, these narrations serve a crafted purpose for the local freer (you), by giving you information about what's going on through Skip's narration. So when Skip narrates, his narration is presented as quoted within the dialogue, to distinguish from his actual speaking apart from his attempt at narration (as if he's dictating the scene on paper or reading it from a book). When this narration hits a new paragraph, the single quote will end at the end of the dialogue paragraph and continue to the next as above, like this:
"Ah, Darlene, a.k.a. 'my mighty nemesis Xozoro' in an obscure never-to-be-written Frangles frwoa, how are you doing today? 'Darlene looked at Skip as if he was either mad, or practicing an especially loopy and recursive narration for some local Frangles grammar blurb. She moved to hit that red button she always hits, then paused, as if unsure whether it would be necessary to do so.'
" ' "Stop narrating", Darlene wanted to say, but didn't, because Skip was still doing so and couldn't possibly have predicted exactly what she was going to say with any reasonable probability of predicting it.'
" 'Suddenly, Happy the Wonder Frog walked in the office wondering why the hell such a lengthy scene was being inserted into Skip's imaginary Frangles grammar blurb instead of somewhere more useful, like a Frangles updates section where it would be much more usefully excessive!' "
"...'Skip ribbited.' ", added Happy.
" 'Ribbited'? "
"Yes, 'ribbited', isn't that what I said?" asked Happy.
Note that we put a comma after the last instance of "ribbited", just like three words ago in this sentence, as opposed to the standard prose habit of putting the comma just before the word "ribbited," like that. We think this makes more sense, because a quoted word or phrase shouldn't include the sentence structure around it that's talking about it, because you're not quoting the comma, only the word. This seems to make Frangles grammar a little easier to read, as well. Hence, in the sentence before that, the question mark is placed within the double quotes (because it is part of the quote; that is, Happy is posing a question), but outside the singular quotes, because Happy is inquiring about the word "ribbited", not inquiring about an inquiry about the word "ribbited". (And so on).
It hasn't been established exactly when "Frangles grammar" will supersede standard English grammar, and when convention will be adhered to, but if you see the above grammar being used as opposed to your usual bland vanilla grammar, just be aware what's going on. (If anyone feels this is a horrid and blasphemous violation of established literary conduct, they probably shouldn't be !@#$ing reading fractal nonlinear fiction to begin with.) =P
8/30/09 -- ON NUMERICAL STRUCTURE
The idea of a fractal nonlinear structure is becoming even more baffling (and just plain !@#$ing annoying) as time progresses. For instance, it was thought that, A) the time line of a sub-story (such a single book) should begin at 111 and progress linearly (111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 121, 122...etc), such as every character waking up on the same day, and that
B) there should be lots of obvious cross-overs where a "27" somewhere would cross in an obvious way with its inverse "72". For instance, characters "7" and "2" (in a microcosm) could be in the same scene, and perhaps "72" could be character 7's frangle (point of view) of their interaction with character designated "2", and "27" likewise would be character 2's frangle of that same scene with character 7. This was going to be constructed so that such patterns were sometime obvious and sometimes not, to let the freer figure out things on their own, simulating the schizophrenic experience of seeing certain patterns in numbers or events that might otherwise not be there. (This schizophrenic aspect of Frangles will be more heavily described elsewhere, as freading Frangles often simulates the schizophrenic--or autistic--way of seeing certain types of patterns).
The thing that popped up this month was that for numbers to cross this way, this could never be done if the sub-stories in question start off at the same time! If character 2 woke up at 2-1 and their story progressed minute to minute in the linear pattern "2-1, 2-2, 2-3," etc, and character 7 woke up at the same time and their story progressed "7-1, 7-2, 7-3," etc, then "7-2" (the second minute of the day for character 7) would intersect with "2-7" at the seventh minute of 2's day (perhaps called "Tuesday?" Sorry). So if things were to work this way, either the numbers couldn't work out in this obvious "numerical intersection" way, or every single character in an enclosed time line would have to wake up at a different time. "2-7" and "7-2" could be characters 2 and 7 waking up in the same room at the same moment, but then the first page of their stories ("2-1" and "7-1") wouldn't make much linear sense as any type of "beginning." They would either be some sort of nonexistence or undefined pages, or the moments before waking, or the previous day, or the end of the upcoming day if it loops around on itself, or whatever, etc, but this first mot (i.e. "moment") just wouldn't have any obvious numerical significance.
To put it another way, imagine a Frangles frwoa is an episode of 24. Then say we assign the top 24 protagonists the numbers 01 through 24, Jack Bauer being #01 (duh), and keep track of everyone's adventure by listing their character number, then the minute since they woke. So at midnight (if the show starts then), Jack might wake in a remote third world prison at 01-00, and Kim might wake in a dainty hotel with a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend at 03-00, then the next minute, Jack would be 01-01 (then 01-02, then 01-03, etc), and Kim's time line would be 03-00, 03-01, 03-02, 03-03, etc. The minutes have a very clear obvious significance: the time since we started the story. But, we couldn't have them cross over the other way (01-03 would have to cross at 03-01, which would be the third minute of the day for Jack, and the first minute of the day for Kim, so they couldn't cross without a nuclear terrorist time travel device).
But, if we offset the numerical system so that Jack's story begins at 01-02, then on the second minute of the day, Kim and Jack can cross at 03-01 and 01-03, respectively, at the same moment, without the use of a nuclear terrorist time travel device. This adds an interesting significance to the minutes, but takes away from the convenience of having any sort of idea how long a character has been awake without remembering their offset and having to do the math in our heads the whole show.
The extended applications of this problem for all aspects of Frangles, clearly, is that some things are going to make sense some of the time, and other things are just going to be damn ass confusing the rest of the time. The friters, of course, give their standard bullsh explanation, "That's when a crafted sense of mystery happens where the freer doesn't have everything handed to them like cat food!" And the freer of course, says "Shut up and just make everything make sense for us, my head's starting to hurt."
8/29/09 - Warning posted about Frangles backgrounds. It seems some drunk Bear in the outskirts of the unwritten Generikan Idiot-Drunken-Bear Forests got too dizzy when reading some Frangles material and complained that a warning should be posted so that other idiot drunken bears would be warned to lower their alcohol intake before reading or just stay the hell away.
Pages 131.122 & 131.133 posted, which amount to about 9 standard reading pages of a paperback novel. The word "page" seems to be becoming a name for a Frangles "scene" or "short passage" rather than a standard reading page; in fact some of the "pages" are long enough to be short chapters, but then other "pages" might be just a short paragraphs. It just seems of late they've become longer rather than shorter. This is an issue that friting Frangles will face: how long should a root Frangles "brick" be? (That is, the smallest indivisible story segment which in combination with others form a greater whole, currently called a Frangles "page"). When does a piece of a story become self-sustenant enough to be considered a tiny little mini-frwoa apart from the context of the greater work of art? (The chapter, or book, etc).
Note the wide range of lengths of a Frangles "page" isn't bad planning (*cough*, *lie*), but rather an essential variability important in creating a rich structure that works as a whole, but isn't entirely predictable, either. Think of any movie involving a minor story line juxtaposed a major one. That's the plot structure that reading some long pages and other shorter passages in the same "book" can achieve, while still retaining other "books" (other orders of reading Frangles pages) that can be read normally where the chapters are all of a consistent length. And of course this provides for all sorts of finished sub-stories of varying lengths, rather than every single Frangles novella being exactly 49 reading pages long!
A good frame of reference is to think of a Frangles "page" as the passage in a novel between the breaks in prose where there's a space in between one paragraph and the next or three stars between them, or a single scene in a movie between two fade to blacks. Those breaks can be a short paragraph, or they can be seven pages long. While technically this is more a "passage" than a "page", we find "page" is still the best name, because "page" can also literally mean a "webpage", which each page certainly is; and of course even the entire human genome could be considered a "page" if someone just made a really really really really really big book. =P
In addition 131.122 & 131.133 posted, about five other frangles "pages" (10-15 standard paperback pages) have been written this week, but as has been said, it's massively problematic to post official material prematurely without knowing where the hell it's all eventually going to go. Note that in the writing of a standard linear novel (just about every novel ever written sans the "Choose Your Own Adventure" children's series), writing a draft before going back and re-writing and editing and revising is important, but, that need for pre-planning is exponentially more important in nonlinear fractal fiction. A few measly tweaks of a stray purple giraffafly can ripple through the whole Frangles structure and force a zillion other things to need re-writing or re-tweaking themselves. Even as it is now (and will likely be for the next five decades), the "finished" posted Frangles segments are still sorta "drafty" and subject to total later re-hashing and re-mangling and re-organizing if a small part doesn't fit into the larger plan.
"Why the hell bother posting anything?", you might ask, if you swallowed some hallucinogens this morning and haven't quite snatched the drift of a 343-book series yet that would require decades to fully draft. And your answer is simple: get off the drugs, and go manufacture some that will enable lazy ADHD writers the patience to wait 50 years before declaring "Hey look what we did, everybody!"
Consider that Harry Potter--a seven book series, like the measurement of every dimension of Frangles' structure (7 books of 7 sagas of 7 series of 7 books of 7 novellas of 7 chapters of 7 pages)--can be published sequentially as each book is written because J. K. Rowling only needs a general plan for the seventh book before finally writing it. But one paragraph a seventh book of Frangles may require a zillion others to be re-ordered. Hence you can think of Frangles as the entire body of Star Trek novels being drafted together until any are officially published. Just look at a bunch of fractals for awhile, and imagine the little pixels are pages, and you'll get the point.
So, just be aware that when only this and that reading material is posted, about three times that much is being written. (The hopeful eventual output rate is to reach a chapter a day, or seven books a year, since 365 days is just over 343). And while that doesn't give you anything else to read at work, it's still a good reason to check back at least once a year to make sure you're around to read it all when it's all finally posted! ...In about fifty years. ;-)
Half of Chapter 1.2 of Writer's Bricks posted. You can now see the very first actual example of how nonlinear writing begins to work, though of course you don't have to figure out any of that stuff if you don't want to, as every Frangles book will be written to be read from the first page straight to the last as its primary suggested reading. When more material starts to appear, you can just click on Chapter 1.1 Page 1 of a given book, and hit the large "next" button at the end of each page, then bookmark where you left off and return, or remember the six digit page number at the top of the page. (As Writer's Bricks is currently formatted)
It's been commented some of the terminology in Writer's Bricks isn't defined well enough. It definitely needs some tweaking, but remember that you're experiencing Skip's first moments in a dizzying confusing world, and much of the "confusion" is crafted to be an intentional mystery that the freer (you) has to work to figure out rather than being told. The keystone terms are repeated again and again not to mock your lack of knowing what they might mean, but to involve you in discovering their meanings. You're following along with a character with amnesia who's never lived a day in his life (and to boot, in a vague incorporeal time period before fully tangible physical space and form evolve), hence methods are used to give you the same experience as Skip rather than just tell you what he's feeling (consider that Memento and Dark City use the same techniques to drag us along with a character fighting memory loss as a main plot crisis, with whom we associate well because we haven't a clue what the hell is happening either, and must use our brains to figure things out as time goes on). That's the mandate of the Xangles sagas: to do new things with the very medium of prose rather than simply write another new story in a familiar format.
To the extent that any confusion in terminology (or whatever) is due to poor writing, a standard friter's defense applies: "Well, it's just too damn impossible to define every term on every page for every possible reading order, or we'd just have a 117,649 page glossary. Just pretend it's all a purposely crafted mystery until it starts making sense at some point, or go read the damned glossary and stop whining." The intelligent freer (that's you) might counter with "!@#$ you, lazy asses; there's a big difference between working hard to ensure that unfamiliar terms and characters create a crafted sense of mystery that will be properly revealed as you read on from wherever you work your way in, and just being a lazy rat ass. Maybe I want to figure what's happening on my own and don't want to ruin everything with your static pea-brained spoiler-glossary." (Note this whole issue could be resolved with a few appropriately placed introductions and summaries here or there. But that would involve a much more dizzying maze of skipping around summaries you need or don't need or want to review, and so forth; and neither friter nor freer wants to bother with all that just yet).
If you do want to start frying your brain though, you can explore Frangles' nonlinear structure by clicking around the vast plethora of like ten measly !@#$ing pages that start demonstrating it. With Writer's Bricks, notice that chapter 1 can be read straight through (page 1 to 7: the official readable chapter), but that chapter two begins to parallel the same format, so that you could also read the first page of the first chapter, then the first page of the second, then the first of the third, and so on (i.e. page 111 > 121 > 131 > etc)--to follow the progression of Skip's introductory scene at the start of each chapter. Or, you can follow along the events in Frank's Bar by reading the third page of each chapter (113 > 123 > 133 > etc). Note that Writer's Bricks is book number 131, hence it contains pages numbered "131 111" through "131 777", but this type of pattern can be applied to skipping entire books as well: i.e. 131 111, 232 111, 333 111, 434 111, etc).
Clearly only the absolute minimal material to start seeing the general concept has been posted. This is because every single page of the entire !@#$ing Frangles structure depends on--or revolves in some way around--every single other freaking page. (This is the Friter's Nightmare that the freer--you--can go ahead and laugh at because all you have to do is read it). So, officially posting even one page locks down much of the format and content of a thousand others. That's part of the point of Writer's Bricks. Once one Frangles book is finished, the pages of that book--and the full book as a whole--will serve as template "bricks" of which all the other books and pages will have to work with, bend around, or ignore at their own peril! Just like a verse of Poe's "The Raven" establishes a meter, rhyme, style, and topic, for all the other verses.
As always the best freer's solution is clear: KEEP CHECKING BACK. ;-)
<No, Orbo, I don't think a smiley face is unprofessional. Frangles a freaking comedic frwoa. There's nothing in the frwoa fine print that says friters have to act professional in any way; go Fflip it and see for yourself, or google it for all I care... What do you mean Fflip's on break? How can the bot running the information network that our entire air supply is running off of take a--ughhg--*gasp*--Orbo, quick, override... coppp..y...right protocghgholsssghuh... hsgsuhhh..blink me one of those spppuuuhhhceballs caeuUHHHnnnned aiiieeehaierr caeuuhns..>
8/15/2009: Blorkk - Grurp Swamp
8/14/2009: -Ggrurlgrum: First lesson on Reading & Writing Urgg-English
-All Blorkk backgrounds changed to black so you don't get that annoying flash of white every other click before the background comes up (thanks Fluto); likewise Xangles backgrounds changed to gray.
8/13/2009: Recent Blorkk Updates:
-New satellite footage zooming from space above Urgg Prime down into a pit in Flu Swamp. (See the download links below the picture). This is the first Blorkkan planet Okuakans have seen from space. The breathtakingly ugly footage is quite worth the long 82meg high-rez download if you want to experience the full ugly wonder of a Blorkk fractal planet zoom, or the 33meg & 4meg footage are also quite horrific as well, or just try the XanglesPrime YouTube page post of it.
-Downloads for the first and second phase of the mysterious flutonic blink anomaly (again see below Pik's videos for download links).
-Hi-rez backgrounds of ugly low-res swamp photos.
8/13/2009: Recent Frangles Updates
-A second chapter of Writer's Bricks posted, as well as the last two pages of the first chapter (6 & 7) . As all Frangles material will always be a rough draft until every single book is written, please excuse anything confusing or poorly defined. You can always search the Xangles glossary--which is constantly updated--for any word or character you might not recognize.
Note that an 'x' in a page number means an ambiguous chapter/page/etc. I.e. "131 2x1" means book 131, second novella, ambiguous chapter, 1st page. This is not a permanently undesignated page, but rather a page which hasn't been placed in to a formal exact spot yet. So any chapter "2x" (or "2.x") is a chapter that will be somewhere in the second novella of a given book, whenever the structure around that chapter is coherent enough to officially assign it a (hopefully) permanent number. Likewise page "13x xxx" would be some random page of the third character in the first Age. ("Skip").
This is still the thing holding back the posting of large amounts of Frangles material (only about 100 out of 400 pages are posted), because any given page (or a "brick module") fits into a fractal nonlinear structure with thousands of others which rely on it, like a key screw or a pipe without which your brain or toilet (respectively) won't flush properly. And so things would get extremely confusing if chapters and novellas were shifted around and re-written again and again. One thing that will definitely happen is many things will be slightly re-written and refined after they're officially posted in their respective slots, to get them to fit in to everything else, like replacing a bulb in a stationary lamp with a slightly higher voltage, or re-knitting a section of a tapestry to fit in better as a whole. Stick with us though; it'll all get done by the end of time! =P
-Few key new glossary words: 1. vifa (Vague Idea For A), used in Flutonia where much of the physics and matter and even ideas are purposely intangible or undefined. 2. freer ("fractal reader/viewer/seer", or "frwoa reader/viewer/seer", or "Frangles reader/viewer/seer", or "free reader", etc. 3. FFM ("Frwoa Fragment Module"), a small piece of a large frwoa (such as a page) which serves as a key part of a greater whole.
Frangles: Beta Bricks / Blorkk: Mulg-d4
Reading & Writing Skit-Prose Prose Lesson 1.1
-recent frangles updates: Skip of Flutonia Book 1: Pages 3 / 4 / 5
-recent Blorkk updates: Xan9 / Pik / free skit-prose editing software
-recent xangles update: glossary
Thank you to Crayon, Kal, Pik, and Orbo, for re-harmonizing the fabric of Okuaka in order to fix the date system on this page. To be clear, it is in fact, finally, the exact date listed here, sans the inconsequential fact that it was posted one day early.
Frangles raw material continues to evolve at a fantastificky rate (over 400 standard reading pages), but as always, with more material comes more conviction that it isn't worth posting a damn thing until all 343 books have been written (one friter is looking into the time travel expenses to go back in time and bring back Isaac Asimov who could probably do the whole job single handedly; if we had a lifetime to wait anyway). Like Asimov's writing, part of the plan of Frangles is developing the writing skills and techniques and plot blueprints that will eventually make friting easy as hell, just like breathing. Bach wrote music almost at the speed he could think, simply because he had a certain set of skills developed and could translate what was in his head on paper very very quickly. Fractal fiction has a similar potential, because while it can be horrifically complex to form thousands of pages into a self-similar structure, it can also be even more simplistic that writing standard linear prose. For instance, one writer's "brick" (a prose fragment such as one page) could serve as a basic template to write a hundred others, which would all require simply rewriting the brick rather than coming up with entirely new pages, to see the same event or character from many different rip-off frangles (from the frangle of the original brick!)
But, until then, three entire !@#$%ing more pages of the first book of Flutonia have been posted, not to mention the book has been named -- completely accidentally, incidentally, coincidentally, and inconsequentially -- "Writer's Bricks". (No friter currently has writer's block of any significant sort; the problem is how to re-arrange the 400 current pages -- and plans for exponentially more future pages -- into coherent final-ish reading material that will only need minimal editing as the material grows and the Frangles project progresses).
Bottom line, this is the epitome of what your bookmark button is for.
So go ahead, and check back.
Due to the unfortunate blink error below, all future Frangles updates will be exactly one millennium late. Just to be abundantly clear for you ADHDers, it is not the year 3009. Anyway, recent updates are a structure page, a wallpaper page, a quick character map and a quick taste of the upcoming Flutonian stories. (The Xangles news and glossary have also been updated). It's been decided this month that Frangles will be a whopping 343 books. But don't worry, friters are pretty lazy, so that'll never ever happen. Just check back and read along as this or that chapter or two is written here or there, and you'll do fine. It's turned out that things just won't be publishable until a full 343 book structure has been fully completed, so we're basically giving up and just gonna publish things at random, yet stay true to the over all structure which will reveal itself as time goes on.
All Xangles sagas have imploded into the oblivion of having parodied every single permutation of Earth fiction to death. The dying Milky Way Empire, having--Orbo, what is it? Was I not supposed to post this here? What do you mean, what local xnet are we on? Well it's only a few hours off, it's not like--holy !@#$ Orbo you blinked us almost a millennium off target! Jesus, how are we going to... Alright, first thing, try hitting back on firef@%$--
There is no June update due to due to the freak temporal graffahole above.
The June 1st update has been successfully procrastinated until June 2, given that these weird bars and colors still look freaking ridiculous no matter how many times I try to re-arrange them. This is of no consequence whatsoever because today is May 25 anyway.
5/1/09: Frangles.com launched with all the exact same material except with the single difference of one less freaking character to type, and the inconvenience of having to memorize a whole new domain name instead of just remembering "Xangles" for all Xangles sagas. Frangles "updates" page (hey that's me!) launched as well. (Right here, in fact).
3/1/09: Domain frangles.com obtained from previous owner by convincing him that "Frangles Nuclear Warheads, Inc." was a bad idea.
1/1/09(ish) - Xangles.com launched; Frangles becomes Xangles Saga 1 at Xangles.com/1
mid-2008: Frangles Online launched on Squish7.com as squish7.com/frangles