My latest deep dive:

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TimeJump (Image credit: S.T. Ranscht)


The App, my entry for the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest, is morphing into an interactive story I’m also submitting to Echoic-Mobile-Press for consideration.

Natalie and Vihaan are beta testing their TimeJump app. Sending text messages into the past, it lets you fix memory glitches or have the chance to say what you wish you’d said or know then what you know now. When the Feds try to steal it, the TimeJump team races to keep them from weaponizing the awesome power to know the future. ~~ The Pitch

The ScreenCraft contest will announce its quarter-finalists in January 2019, semi-finalists in February, and the winners in March. One of my stories quarter-finalled two years ago, but the entry pool is deep so individual odds of winning are preciously low. The most compelling reason to enter is the option to receive feedback from a professional entertainment industry reader. Their insights into both the story’s potential and the existing market are invaluable.

Echoic Mobile Press is a new publisher currently beta testing their interactive story app. They’re actively seeking authors who are willing to work with them to establish a library of stories from poems to short stories, to serials, to novels. The authors don’t have to know anything about interactive story telling going in — Echoic will help its authors build their worlds and create an interactive experience for the people who purchase the app. Think choose-your-own-adventure books, but more involved. They also plan to publish non-interactive ebooks that the app stories come from. They’re also happy to create app stories from stories or books an author has already published somewhere else. And their submission response time is only 4 weeks.

Oh, yeah — they pay their authors, too.

So I should hear good news or nothing at all from them by the end of November.

Author: Sue Ranscht

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10 thoughts on “TimeJump”

    1. Thanks, Laura. The idea grew out of the peculiar fact that I’d sent a text to a friend at 6:36, and her phone showed she received it at 6:35. What if my phone was a time machine?!

      I do like my expectations to be realistic. And while I agree with Neil Gaiman about general reader feedback — “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” — I think trained readers might carry slightly more weight for writing in their field of specialization.

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      1. About the cell phone thing: hubby and I get a kick out of the quirkyness of the weather app..we punch our city’s weather at the same time in the same place only to find out the weather is at one and the same time – clear (my phone) and rainy (his phone)
        Go figure!
        I love the idea of our phones being time machines!

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        1. It would be fun to explore the possibilities — as long as it didn’t create utter chaos to the timeline!

          I’ve had some interesting readings from the weather app I use, too. Like a predicted nighttime low of -9999 degrees. Time for a second — or 23rd — blanket!


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