This is a test post for a WordPress Plugin I created to select random story parameters.
Your random selections from Check Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge, posted on the 28th September 2012 are:
|SubGenre||Twisted Fairy Tale|
|Conflict/Problem||Get The Band Back Together!|
|Element to include||A Summoning Ritual|
…refresh the page for a new set of parameters!
The plugin lets you do all this through wordpress itself….see below for more explanation and some pictures of the thing on this site.
One of the other things the plugin will do is dump out the contents of your lists into the post – if you command it too:
|Twisted Fairy Tale|
|A Changed World!|
|A Quest For Someone!|
|A Quest For Something!|
|Enemies At The Gate!|
|Family Thrown Apart!|
|Get The Band Back Together!|
|Haunted By The Past!|
|Heist Gone Wrong!|
|Sins Of The Father!|
|Element to include|
|A Black Hole|
|A Dead Body|
|A Dirty Magazine|
|A Gourmet Meal|
|A Severed Hand|
|A Summoning Ritual|
|A Talking Tree|
|An Ancient Sword|
|Plane (or Spaceship) Crash|
|Some Manner Of Werecreature/Shapeshifter|
|The Restless Dead|
NOTE: Click the pictures below to see the full version! My wordpress theme chops them off at its set column width.
NOTE2: All of the stuff below is done by the blogger behind the scenes on their site – you wouldn’t see any of this stuff as a reader of the blog.
The screenshot below is where basic lists are configured. You can see I selected the “SubGenre” list in this picture….the “List Items” field contains all the entries under the “SubGenre” list. The items can be edited
(one items per line), added and removed. New lists can be added if required.
This next screen is where you’d configure the “Groups of Lists” (shown, confusingly, as “Lists of Lists” in the screenshot). There’s only one example configured in the screenshot – but any number can be setup – each Group of Lists can contain one or more Lists.
This next screenshot shows how you generate a random selection of items from a Group of Lists in a blog post; by typing in the specific pieces of text. The example below, the plugin sees the RANSEED(FF_28Sep2012) text and, after working out what FF_28Sep2012 is (it’s a Group of lists…remember) it replaces it with the randomly selected story parameters – as the page is sent to the user’s internet browser.
The screenshot below is actually a screenshot of this page in the wordpress blog post editor…