I just finished putting together a very short story utilizing telescopic text. It’s inspired by a guy named Joe Davis, who did one about making tea. It works like this: there are occasionally words with a light gray background that you can click. When clicked, those words will reveal more words. So a simple statement like “I made tea” can become “I made myself tea” and then “Yawning, I made myself tea” and so on.
I wanted to make one that began with vague characters who gained dimension and shape as more of the story is revealed. Though my end result is nothing award-winning, I think it succeeds in shifting the expectations of the reader. It’s also a pretty cool example of how a writer’s revisions to a simple piece can change it dramatically.
Here it is: “He Looks at Her” by me.