My name is Karen Eastland, and I am submitting this interactive digital story, Jerrymander to the CQUniversity, Creative Writing department, under the supervision of Dr Nicole Anae.
Jerrymander is an experimental psychological crime fiction story, created in a postmodern context, using cutting edge techniques within a multi site blog, that provides each character with a clear and distinct voice, with video, audio, text, and image formats.
Jerrymander is a 2000 word short story narrative, composed with a limited omniscient narrator form (Burroway, 2011, p. 58), to accompany several first person points of view (Emkay, 2017). Jerrymander experiments with some of the techniques mentioned in Armstrong’s ‘Experimental fiction’ (Armstrong, 2014), and intertwines multiple first person points of view that include, time shifts and direct and indirect, internal monologues (2014, p. 21). Jerrymander shifts along the same lines as the symbolisms found in the telling of Quentin’s watch in Faulkner’s ‘The sound and the fury’ (Faulkner, 1990). Using Faulkner’s extended use of italics, it emphasises spoken word, and internal thought processes in real time (1990, p. 55). The narration has beat and repetition, with a nice twist to its finale. Jerrymander maintains rhythm, or metre, within the words and imagery throughout the website (2011, p. 136).
The instability of the story plays well as a metaphor to the character himself (2011, p. 136), with the external environment depicted throughout being a reflection, and perception from the internal chaos within Jerry’s mind. Jerrymander is set in a vacant block. In a low socio economic neighbourhood used as dumping grounds by local, and non-local, residents. Jerry is a psychologically damaged scavenger of life. He lives in an old car at the different blocks throughout the week in one suburb, Reachville. One night he witnesses a body dump, and forms a fixation on the murderer and his bodies. Two young men have been committing break and enters in the area. They find Jerry with a body and alert the police. All primary characters think they are unseen and carry their own distinct voices and stories.
No-one sees Jerry (until the end), but Jerry sees everyone. He has become a blur between the suburban skyline and the vacancy of the suburbs. Watching life from the darkness, he rarely participates in it. A deeper view into his mind provides a psychological window into Jerry’s past, to disambiguate his present state, like the ‘disembodied voices of technology in Quentin and his watch’ (2014, p. 21).
Jerry is a slave to the haunting symbols his history refuses to expel, becoming an unlikely hero, he is the protagonist and the environment is his antagonist. Jerrymander contains profanity, a little humour, a hint at the sexual and a view into the mind of an individual damaged by circumstance.
Armstrong, J 2014, Experimental fiction: An introduction for readers and writers, London: Bloomsbury.
Burroway, J 2011, Imaginative writing: the elements of craft. 3rd ed. Pearson, Florida, Penguine.
Eastland, K. 2017, Jerrymanders, viewed 27 July 2017, https://jerrymanders.com
Emkay, H 2017, Word hunter: hunter’s writings, viewed 17 July 2017,
Faulkner, W 1990, The sound and the fury. 1st ed. America, Vintage.