June 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm #25291
> How things went > Where I’m at > What I want/need > What I’m going to do.
This past week has gotten us through finals and graduation! I managed to get some more notes down on paper and then into digital form during the seemingly endless reading of the names on Sunday. The week since then has not gone as planned, but has had a theme of “letting go” as I reorient now that my days aren’t being driven by my teaching schedule.
On the GEA front, I am getting the story components down on paper and correlating those with the lesson content. It is definitely starting to come together.
I’m going to keep chipping away at it all and plan on a couple (hopefully) uninterrupted blocks of time over the next week.June 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm #25299
Congrats on being free for the summer months!
I can’t wait to hear what your storyline is becoming @waynebuckhanan. Do share the details when you feel ready!
You rock man.June 20, 2016 at 6:46 am #25462
The good news is I have a draft down on paper of the story beats for each lesson!
Bad news for you, Bradley, is that I can’t share them here until I get them all into the computer and that may or may not happen today. Plus, I’m not sure the notes will mean much to anyone but me at this point!
We shall see if and what I talk into my digital recorder while out running errands today.
Oh! And I sketched out a logo that I’m happy with and my daughter loves, too. I think is going to be quite spectacular once I spend the time getting it vectorized and add in the layers I’m imagining. If I have time this morning, I’ll see about getting that off to a Fiverr to turn the sketch into vector art. (And maybe share it here, maybe keep you in suspense until I have it all awesomed up…)
Whee!June 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm #26411
Interesting, started an update yesterday. I must have closed the tab too early. (I probably got distracted by greeting all the people starting up the mountain.)
I’ve been making some progress with pen and paper (new Father’s Day 4-in-1 pen to put through the paces, you know!). I have the majority of the floating head video content outlined and began turning my story beats into a real screenplay. Turns out, I had an idea of what was going into the content segments, but getting the details out took more reflection on what the desired result is for each of the segments. And I felt the temptation to go traipsing off into the waves to explore the wide world of screenwriting, and managed to placate myself with playing in the shallows by reading a few pages to focus on the format and style (and a few extra because of the stories in the screenplays 🙂 ).
And, my 8yo son has started having me record the audio as I read a novel to him. My wife had recorded book 1, so now he thinks it is my turn to record book 2 in the series. Which is awesome because it is practice with the audio recording equipment (and learning how to double check that my headset mic is recording, not the device’s built-in mic!) plus it is making me use different voices for the various characters.
I thought I had been decent at using different character voices while reading to the kids before, but a novel worth of different voices is more challenging than a picture book worth of characters! It also makes me appreciate the screenplay format (and confirms it is a good choice for use with voice actors!) when I started a line of dialogue from the novel with a particularly deep voice only to find out a line or two later that it was supposed to be a woman’s voice. Oops. That’s totally why all dialogue starts with the speaker’s name in all caps in a screenplay. 🙂
So, chugging along.
I’ve had two friends ask me this week if I was going to put deadlines on things since I have lots of tasks that are going to be done “soon.” So, yeah, that’s a thing. And one of my big hesitations on arbitrarily deciding these deadlines is that I haven’t done most of these tasks before, so how do I know how long they will take? And having voiced that, I was able to put down semi-arbitrary deadlines so that things keep moving forward and knowing that I need to be tracking my time so that estimates improve as I have real data to extrapolate from…
I’m wrestling with how much project management I need and am thinking that I’ll add a project to my kanboard instance and give myself swim lanes for the various aspects as they come up. (And if anyone has PM experience and/or production experience from end-to-end, please let me know!) I’m hoping to get a nice cadence such that I could keep producing new edutainment content with the full story and animation pipeline on a regular interval.
I like the idea of new content at the Inner Space Academy every month, fortnight, or maybe even weekly if that’s the pace I can maintain. Yeah … that sounds really appealing to me!June 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm #26618
WOW @waynebuckhanan!!! This is pure magic. You are really rocking this and approaching it in a grounded, systematic way. I really honour that.
I love that you’re playing with recording, characters and voices. This makes me smile. I’m sure you’re great!!
Curious what specifically you feel you need the most help/support/feedback with?June 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm #26656
@bradleytmorris, I think I just need to keep plugging away at it.
There are lots of moving parts that I want to understand and work through for myself. It isn’t even a burden I need to hand-off to anyone else at this point. It is just part of the path I’m walking and I’m happy to keep sharing here as I go. I can certainly see that I’ll be at a point to hand things off soon. And, until then, I’m doing my thing and chugging along.
If I go missing for too long, please follow up. That’s about all I can think to ask for specifically at the moment. 🙂July 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm #27662
Well, I made it through that holiday weekend and wrote a ton on my content outlines — 98% done with the outlines. Since then, it has been a bit slow going with other aspects of life taking priority.
I did manage to snag a new-to-me mac off craigslist and have gotten that mostly set up and imported my story beats into Scrivener. Am using the “Camp Nano” for July as a prompting to write like mad. I set a goal of 18,000 words before August 1 and with the seed that is my story beats, I’m already up to just shy of 5k words. As I get the hand written notes for the content outline into the Scrivener project, that number will jump nicely even before I replace most of the story beats with actual scripted dialogue and actions.
I also managed to test spike with Toon Boom on this mac. It is very cool software and I can tell that I’m going to be both sourcing out a lot of the work and doing a fair bit of it myself. I’ve got a bit more testing to do before I feel like I understand the process enough to hire out some of the character art and rigging. I’m hoping that what I’m learning in @jescantonelli‘s drawing class will be helpful in storyboarding and roughing out backgrounds.
The thing I need now is for a little less insanity in other areas of my life so I can put more time into writing, animating, and sketching! 😉 In the meantime, I’m still plugging away and making my way forward, slowly but surely, one foot in front of the other on the trail up the mountain.
And I’m missing the level of interaction I’d been maintaining around the campfires. Hopefully after next week’s deadlines, I’ll be more present on the mountain again.August 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm #29579
> How things went > Where I’m at > What I want/need > What I’m going to do.
Howdy, folks. Rumors of my death have been slightly exaggerated.
The “real world” has had a lot going on this past month and my head is now above water. I feel like I’m almost treading water and will be able to play more here soon.
Even with my background in human development, it is amazing how our whole outlook can change with a few simple decisions. In this case, I’ve decided to get out of a toxic environment, set some personal boundaries, and started making real plans for the next stage of my family’s life.
It is looking more and more likely that I am done with my current teaching position as of December 31st, 2016. So, my priorities are finishing up a longstanding project locally, doing enough prep to start the school year in a month, and then focus on what we’ll be doing in January — and where! (Over the last week, my wife has been shopping on Zillow for houses across the country and pondering when, how long, and in what order we’ll visit New Zealand, Hawaii, and Costa Rica among other places…)
So, my focus still hasn’t been on my ISA course, but I’m freeing up a lot of energy — some of which will almost certainly end up on ISA materials. At least I’ve been able to continue supporting Lisa and prompting more progress on her ecourse!
Hope all has been well here on the mountain while I’ve been off and away.August 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm #29581
Dr Wayne, you have been supporting me indeed…
(For everyone else’s benefit, he managed to solve a domain architecture issue I’d had which had been seriously keeping me stuck platform wise, and now I have got everything installed and am playing with the early stages of an actual, real live Career Avengers Academy, for REALS. Dr Wayne is a legend…)
Also, seeing the patience you have given to an extremely toxic situation has been a humbling education in the art of applying the ‘process’ and having patience for it to run its course. Thank you.
When you are ready to continue with ISA you know I’m here ready to be called up to the space station to serve in whatever way’s most needed. I’ll be humming the Red Dwarf theme tune in the meantime…
You got this buddy. Can’t wait to see the magic that happens when all your energy gets laser focused back on the mountain.
😊August 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm #29586
I’m new to the Mountain, but it hasn’t taken long to see how much you have/are contributing to others here! Best wishes as your family transitions to a new stage over the next few months, and I look forward to seeing how that evolves with your ISA course.
WendyAugust 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm #29588
I appreciate the thought. I’m looking forward to having the time and energy to spend more time on the mountain again and get to know what you’re doing!
And, Lisa, I’m glad to help — whether as an expert, an example, or a warning to others! 😉August 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm #29632
Dr. Wayne, thank goodness you’re alive. I can still cancel the flower arrangement for the memorial we had scheduled for you and not lose my deposit! Oh, and it’s ridiculously awesome to hear your typing voice around the campfire again! Been too long. I hope you’ve been growing a beard in your absence.
Sounds like some huge liberation happening in your life good sir. I am stoked for you and your family and the big adventure that lies ahead. If there is anyway your mountain friends can support you through the changes and completion of an era, let us know!
You’re doing a rock star job of supporting your adventure buddy Dr. W! You’re such a team player. We’re so fortunate that you picked the lock on the gate and found this mountain.
Looking forward to having your presence with us more in the coming nows, days, weeks, months, years, decades and millenia.September 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm #30041
Life has been a rollercoaster lately!
I just signed my teaching contract for the coming school year, so we shall be here in Napa Valley through June 2017. We’re going to the Midwest in a couple weeks to shop for houses since it makes financial sense to get that moving sooner than later.
Lisa emailed asking if I’d fallen off the mountain. I *had* fallen off the mountain when I was planning what new things I was moving on to come January 1, 2017. Now that I can’t count on doing any multi- or even full-day training engagements in person until June, I am circling back to the GEA mountain to work on my ISA course.
So, we are flying from San Francisco to Chicago Sept 13th and back on the 20th with house hunting and visiting family in between. Classes start Sept 26th and I’ll need all the time between flying back and Monday’s classes to prep (and I don’t plan on doing much prep until then…).
Once I settle into the school year, I’ll be back to working on ISA. I’m looking forward to making huge progress in October!September 5, 2016 at 11:03 am #30055
Wow, that’s a lot of fullness Dr. Wayne. Happy to hear you’ll be back at the campfire come fall as the cooler weather sets in. We’ll all nestle up to the fire to keep warm, keep each other inspired and get these courses ready for the world to receive. Thanks for the update!December 5, 2016 at 10:10 am #32765
Plot twist: I have no more teaching responsibilities through June 2017 and a new Uni teaching gig lined up to start July 2017! That means I should have more time to be back on the mountain over the next 6 months. Huzzah!
In the meantime, I have a ton and a half of open loops to close before the end of the year and all the open questions of where we will be moving and when and how much of my junk I’m willing to part with and …
I’m feeling a Springtime sort of energy just starting to poke up through the snow. Looking forward to trading in the layers of stress that I’ve been wearing (for way too long) and entering a new season of growth!
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