In fact, it’s coming along much quickly and much more interestingly than I ever could have anticipated.
Using Twine as a means of representing the process of reading zines in a network as moving through a tunnel-like network with no map, I discovered that the process could also be mapped the other way. Twine has a storyboarding function that enables you to look at the whole map of your story and the connections between passages. So I’ve been importing metadata I collected from the Girl Zines Collection into Twine, and now have 451 unique passages–each representative of a zine.
This is an image of some clusters. The squares in the center represent zines, and the squares surrounding them represent zines that they mention or that mention them–usually the former. Many of the surrounding zines aren’t zines that are in the Girl Zines Collection. Thus, there are few connection points in the clusters, and mainly clusters will connect when two “hub” zines mention the same zine.
But when more zines in a cluster are zines I have access to, the map quickly develops more crossover between clusters, and the crossover becomes more and more complex.
Ideally, there will eventually be many fewer hubs and clusters, because most zines attached to a hub will have a web of connections of their own. To be honest, it’s hard to imagine how that will look right now.
I’m about three quarters of the way through importing my data from the Girl Zines Collection, but I still don’t have the “mention of other zines” data from all of the zines in the collection. Yesterday, I went to the Girl Zines Collection and listed the zines that the zines in Box 1 mention–this grew my map tremendously. The more already cataloged boxes I do this with, the more this map will grow. And I only have four boxes cataloged, out of a collection of eighteen boxes. As the database continues to grow, so will this map.
What’s exciting is that the more data I’m putting in, the less I remember about each zine, and the more surprising connections emerge without my expecting it.
I’m curious–does Twine ever limit the size of their storyboards? If so, I may have a problem.