GUIOPERA: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | WELLY STORY
The Graphical User Interface Opera is etfiction’s showpiece, which runs annually, beginning on September 5th and climaxing on December 25th each year till 2020. The GUIOPERA incorporates many ideas the web has made possible in its storytelling process. Its blog like presentation—with hyperlinks to music, news, and information built into an actual story that can stand on its own without the cyber thrills—sets the GUIOPERA as a fiction serial apart from all other online textual stories. Conceived as a blockbuster type product among the eBooks and other etfiction products, the GUIOPERA even has its own unique format which aesthetically differentiates the way the stories are told or written. The three-part chapter offers the writer and reader multiple ways of telling and consuming the story, using past and present tense in the immediacy of conjoining paragraphs as an accepted norm.
When it’s all said and done, the GUIOPERA is an intriguing read as its written and published live like the news. It tells a story that history will remember for its creativity and the means by which the author roused interest in his story-about-the-story-being-told.
GUIOPERA I (2008)
First we met John Lazoo, the illiterate but magnetic figure whose idea for a stage play became the modus operandi for the Tongue Murders, for which he was charged and tried, and then mysteriously able to walk away from. The love of a woman was enough to take center-stage in John Lazoo the book, thus introducing Genisis Jones, a worthy adversary by plot, but also the valued prize whom Lazoo eventually wins. In book II, WIPE, Polina Rada supersedes the potential global phenomenon of a video game with her wish to be part of a family. Afamasaga the narrator, Lazoo the poet, Metofeaz the writer, and Jon Le Mac the producer, otherwise known as LMLA-ink (for Lazoo, Metofeaz, Le Mac and Afamasaga), come close enough to telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth in the GUIOPERA.
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GUIOPERA II (2009)
In 2021, the woman in her prime reaches for the phone as she looks out over the blue ocean. Missy Evon heads LMLA-ink and the family’s investigation into the disappearance of John Reyer Afamasaga. The trail of events has led her to Samoa in the Pacific. The call from the FBI—it too has someone on the paradise island—says what she is not yet ready to accept. “He’s gone; maybe he’s gone into one of those dimensions your kind go to…” The agent’s mocking tone makes the writer want to scream. She tosses her hair, hangs up the phone, wipes her eyes, and makes a call....
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GUIOPERA III (2010)
The clock ticks over and into December 24th, 2010. Polina Rada, the twenty-one year old sits on her bed. She watches the home video of her and the only parents she can recall on their first and last Christmas as a family….
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GUIOPERA IV (2011)
Johnny has been banished from the AMD, a mecca or heaven for the entity who has risked life and limb in the battle against evil that began after the Crucifixion in the MMD. He finds himself in a shell of his former self in the dream dimension or the SFD.
On earth in the MMD, where dreams create life in the SFD, the Novice writes his story—the GUIOPERA. His readers take away with them inspiration from his story, which is an attempt by the Novice to start a new life.
The novice writer has had many lives, some of which he’d rather forget, and others he hangs onto.
He must find the path to his destiny, which is well known in the Network. In completing this year’s GUIOPERA, he can intersect the dreams of those in the MMD, helping Johnny to regain his entity. All the Novice needs is the perfect distraction….
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GUIOPERA V (2012)
WELLY STORY (FEB '12)
Up for grabs are three tickets to be a character in a story that’s being told on the New Global Realm….
Hone, fresh out of school, comes to Welly in pursuit of his dream of forming his own band. He meets Lunar Bois, who can make things happen...or so Lunar tells young Hone.
Aleisha, who’s arrived in Wellington following the latest quake in Christchurch, takes a job as a receptionist in an advertising agency in hopes of leaving her life as a stripper behind her.
Lunar Bois is well aware of the fact that he’s on his last warning at the agency. The last time the once-feared creative director did anything of note was a while ago now. And even that didn’t get off the ground in the end. Lunar lives of his reputation. “WELLY STORY,” a GUIOPERA style serial, is about the city Lunar loves. JRA, a player whom Lunar knows well from back in the day, has approached Lunar, who works for an agency that frowns on what John Reyer does—to be the “Ad Man” in his story about a story being told….
WELLY STORY is an uplifting tale. The backdrop is the streets of Wellington, New Zealand. The quirkiness and cool style of the “Capital” threads its way in and out of a fantastical story that’ll have readers in fits one minute and tears the next.
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