In the early part of 2006, we will be officially launching The Germaine Truth, an experiment in CyberFiction, based on a fictional town in Eastern Oregon. The website includes a newspaper, a chamber of commerce site, local history and genealogy pages, a chat room and bulletin board.
The heart of The Germaine Truth is a blog called Applegate Trail, written by fictional character Susie Applegate, which provides the main narrative. The serial cyber-novel is part mystery, part soap-opera, and part commentary on the rural/urban divide.
The town of Germaine, Oregon, in order to adapt to the future, has become a center for appropriate technology and organic agriculture. City folk, new agers, old hippies, and eco-activists have begun to move into Wilbur County, seeking to be part of this experiment, but this has caused a lot of tension among the pioneer descendants of Germaine, who, for the most part, are conservative, and skeptical of city people.
Germaine is set in the real-time, contemporary world, so state, national and international news is very relevant the progress of the story. There is room for a number of writers to work on this project, which is interactive in the sense that news stories in The Germaine Truth newspaper will influence the direction of the narrative. Letters to the editor, classified ads, and related web sites are also welcome if you get really into (which we hope you will).
Check out the website in progress, if you like, at The Germaine Truth. or use the link at the top of our page.
*Caution: you will need a good internet connection to view the flash presentation.