With a E-literature piece named Tailspin, you are going to need motion.
The use of a spinning spiral not only entices the reader to pass their mouse over it, but it also gives the feel that the reader is falling through a vortex. The story slowly reveals the a story from the Grandfather’s past. Through the story you do go back in time and the viewer can imagine that they are falling through the spinning vortex into the Grandfather’s story.
The story tells of when the Grandfather went into a tailspin during a war, as it simultaneously talks about the present day. Once you have placed your mouse over all of the spirals on the page, a blue spiral appears in the middle. When you click, on that new spirals appear and the old ones disappear. Different animated objects appear in relation to what the
text talks about. When text appears about hearing aids, a hearing aid will appear. When text appears about the war, a plan will fly across the page and the background will become a sky. All of these animations require motion and motion requires time. As you move your mouse over the swirls the text will dissolve onto the screen and then when you move it away the text dissolves away.
Time and motion is a great way to express lightness. Just as Wilks did in this piece, motion can make things look like they light and flying through the sky. Wilks used both birds and plans and had them fly across the sky, as the blue background with clouds dissolved onto screen. There was also a lightness to the swirls as they consistently spiraled in the same place, just floating on the screen.