I like the story. It's a nice 10-minute read from a tree's point of view. If I was more discerning, I could have figured out how many years had passed.
A 2215-word short story made from start-to-finish in under 3 hours for Trijam 70.
This short story was written for Trijam 70, with the theme: Seasons
This short story was made with Twine. It has no branching paths, but I wanted to use Twine to tell a simple story about the passing seasons.
I had originally intended to cycle through roughly ~80 years in the narrative, each of which represented with 4 brief passages for the 4 seasons each year, chronologically. However, unsurprisingly, due to the 3 hour time-constraint with the Trijam, I was unable to write 80 * 4 = 320 passages. The final version made in the jam has 44 passages, going through 11 years in the narrative.
I may make an addition to this short story, elongating it with those intended passages (though I had intended for them to get a lot less dense, with many of the passages being only single sentences as time flew by later on). I also wanted to include some very minor elements of branching narrative or choices for the reader, but I had to cut those ideas for time as well. I am unsure if I'll do this expansion, but it may happen.
The entire 3 hour development / writing process for this short story was recorded. I will be publishing a time-lapse of its development soon.