My Pac-Man NFT: Behind the Maze
Listen closely, friend, and I’ll tell you why I decided to NFT my short story. My imaginary internal dialogue went something like this…
Me: Behold, all ye whales! The first Pac-Man NFT!
Cryptoworld: Ahem, we’re not so sure about that…
Me: Fine, then witness the first-ever NFT’d short story!
Cryptoworld: Mmm, don’t know about that one either…
Me: Well, damn. How about the first tokenized short story by Ava Lock on Kodadot?
Cryptoworld: Ok sure, you can have that.
Me: Fantastic! BEHOLD, all ye whales, the first Ava Lock short story NFT!
But Why Tokenize a Story?
An excellent question, friend. Most writers want to sell as many copies of a story as they can. Besides, aren’t NFTs originals? Well, kind of, but not really. Non-fungible means it is unique and cannot be replaced. Tokenized means it’s written to a blockchain. I know, NFTs can be a mindfuck. But think of this as an original story authenticated by the author’s signature–like an autographed first edition–very collectible! Read more about NFTs here.
On top of all that, you can mint as many “copies” of the story as you like. You can also price NFTs however you like. So you can mint 500 copies of your story at $.99 each. Or just sell one highly collectible NFT for $499.
Right now, the Internet as we know it is built on a centralized Web 2.0. But the entire cyber world is on the cusp of a paradigm shift called Web 3.0. It’s like the 1997 pre-dotcom boom all over again. So, no, NFTs are not just another fad. Blockchain is not a bubble. What we are witnessing is the birth of a new decentralized Internet. Read more about Web 3.0 here.
So why would an author tokenize a story?
There are several reasons:
First of all, NFTs are all about collectibility. As an author, I have a bit of a draw. Some call that a platform. Some call it brand equity. Whatever you call it, my audience only grows over time (as long as I keep writing). Additionally, I hope that someday owning a tokenized Ava Lock story will really mean something to my readers/collectors.
Secondly, the traditional market for short stories is dismal at best. I mean sure, I’ve had my shorts published in anthologies before. But who reads those, really? Most of the time the writers published IN the anthology don’t even buy it, let alone read and review the entire collection. *Sigh* Sad but true.
What’s the other option? Self-publishing? A short story earns you a whopping 35¢ on Amazon, because you know you can’t price anything that’s not a book over 99¢. And once your short is published, then what? Pay-per-click Amazon ads put you in the hole big time. Don’t advertise? Then you get buried in Amazon listings with zero visibility.
Same goes for poetry and poetry collections.
It’s a no-win situation.
And yet, when you’re waiting in line at the grocery story or at sitting at the doctor’s office, wouldn’t it be nice to just have short fantasy or fun poem to escape the drudgery?
And where would you get such a thing, hmm? Magazines? Do they still print those things?
I know for a fact you aren’t Googling to find short stories and poems. I know how Google Trends works.
Admit it, you just wind up scrolling Twitter.
Well, friend, doom-scroll no more! Not only is my short parody now a Pac-man NFT, you can read it for FREE on Kodadot. That’s right. I added graphics and laid out the short in a lovely retro 8-bit format, then converted each page into a readable JPG. So just by browsing the Kodadot gallery, you can read the entire 15-page story.
What’s the most you’ve ever earned selling a short story or poem through submission? Fifty bucks? A hundred?
And how much time did you spend writing that piece? How much time did you spend researching and submitting? How many rejections? How long did you wait in the slush pile before finally making that sale?
Yeah, don’t do the math. The pay per hour will be turn out to be lower than minimum wage. I know, I know, all that hard work–it’s depressing as hell.
So trust me, you can do a LOT better selling your work as an NFT. It might take longer, but why not get paid a living wage?
Perhaps you’ve heard BitCoin hogs energy like there’s no tomorrow. Perhaps you’ve read NFTs are evil and, in the not so distant future, will burn up the entire Earth. Maybe you like the concept of minting your work–but your conscience simply won’t allow it.
Well, fret no more, my green friend!
To oversimplify, BitCoin is the original blockchain and Etherium is another much older one. There are alt coins on these chains that are somewhat more energy efficient. But Polka Dot and Kusama developers are working hard on improving this existing technology. Their devs know blockchain energy consumption is a serious problem, so they come up with a new structure. And offering eco-friendly minting solutions gives their new platforms a serious advantage.
So now, Kodadot offers carbonless minting for only an extra buck!
Zero-carbon NFTs! Along with their insanely low gas prices (while only taking 2% from NFT sales), Kodadot is the real deal.
Look, I’m a Master Gardener and my hubby works for Waste Management, so we are both acutely attuned to environmental issues. Sustainability was a top priority for me while researching and choosing a minting platform. Not only can you mint NFTs guilt-free on Kodadot, you can do it for under two dollars!
Honestly, I hate what dynamic formatting does to eBooks. I’m a visual thinker with a photographic memory. My stories are maps to the other worlds that I painstakingly build inside my own head. Pac-man just happens to live in a dark 8-bit world. So having the text look the way I see it in my mind… IDK, that’s really important to me.
And maybe, if it’s important to you too, you’ll buy the Pac-man NTF pages. Read on for the details about this amazing collection.
The Story Behind the Maze: a Pac-Man NFT
This VH1-style mockumentary explores the legendary Pac-man ghosts’ rise to fame. Learn how this record-breaking game earned buckets of coin, party with with Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, then watch the infamous yellow icon make a guest appearance.
As of today, I have minted 20 Pac-man NFTs on Kodadot. The latest is the audio short narrated by the delightful Laci Powers. I have 64 NFTs allotted to the entire Behind the Maze collection. So much is still in the works; 2D animation, 3D animation, and original paintings. Check back often, because I mint weekly.
The Pac-man NFT Collection
Maybe you don’t know a single thing about crypto. Maybe you can’t figure out how to buy coin. Maybe you need a wallet address. Fear not! I’m here to help. Just follow me on Twitter and @ me. I’ll be more than happy to walk you through your first mint.