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  • #10629

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    I do want to spend all my time on these modules, but am having to take a slower path than is ideal. It’s “January government tax reports time” which means deadlines that (a) don’t have extensions and (b) if they did, it would only prolong the boring stuff. I have bookkeeping/accounting help, but somehow that doesn’t offload the need to generate data for them to work with.

    So . . .

    (1) The GREAT news is that on the webinar the other day, I got a glimpse of what the SIMPLE initial course I want to develop might be. I usually get hung up in a big vision.

    And

    (2) I’ve also had a request from some folks who have been in real-time workshops to use video material on a particular topic in some teaching they’re planning to do. While that video exists, the copyright is held by the company that produced it. I’m tempted to use this request as a video test for my own future project (s), even though it doesn’t directly relate to the course in (1). The topic is washing wool. I may just set up my little Flip camera (I still have one) on a tripod while I wash wool, and then figure out editing and audio later. I thought about talking while I do the washing/video, but at the moment that’s feeling a bit complex and like a voice-over would be a better way to go (even though I don’t currently have a clue how to do this). I’ll already be setting up a camera to record what I’m doing with wool, water, and a bunch of containers in the bathtub. I think just setting up the camera and turning it on will be worth a lot of points. . . .

    #10645

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Perfect timing with all this. Just stay plugged into the life-force of this community to keep your inspiration high.

    As for your ideas of filming. I recommend doing a few takes of both. Try it while talking with the camera going and try it without.

    Treat it like play (because ultimately, it’s always just practice).

    When we get to Camp Medias you’ll get a lot more creative ideas on how to best plan and shoot your videos.

    For now, get used to being in front of the camera and learn what you like/don’t like.

    #12241

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Loved the initial mapping exercise. Would also love the inventory, but current carpal tunnel issues and the massive quantities of material I’ve already generated have collided to produce a logjam I’m going to move past by leaving the inventory in draft form in two places–the journal and an Illustrator file based on the mindmapping blank.

    Where I’m at is wanting to move forward, wanting also to complete to a polished state, and recognising that physical limitations right now are going to be a barrier–but not mentally.

    What I need is some pain relief, and I’ve got a call in to the doctor.
    What I’m delighted about is that due to this problem I will get to be on the webinar today! (because I can’t take the dog to our weekly obedience drop-in session).

    What I’m going to do is call the incomplete complete, and keep my energy going by checking into the webinar *after* watching the video for the next step.

    #13145

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    In full support of you doing whatever feels best to support yourself Deb. I hope you get the pain relief you’re looking for too!

    #13997

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    #3

    Despite the medical system’s failure to help with the carpal tunnel issues or related pain, I’m making progress here and having a great time.

    Overall, this situation AND THE ADVENTURE STRUCTURE’S SUPPORT are colluding to get me to let go of my perfectionist tendencies.

    I’ve got a topic for the initial course, and am prepared to let it be a trial run.

    I have a rough idea of how it will be structured.

    I have the start of a palette of textures and colors, and ideas of how to both use the framework I set up and diverge from it (I tend to like to set up structures and then push their boundaries).

    What I need is simply to continue taking the steps of the course.

    I’ve been shaping time at the beginning of each day to work on the course, and also at the end, when that’s possible (and it usually turns out to be).

    So here I go back to it: to check off the “vibes” lesson and then perhaps finish up Architekt Forest this evening–or, if I’m interrupted and I may be, first thing tomorrow morning.

    #14004

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    You’re making GREAT PROGRESS Deb… and as I shared in the previous message, I LOVE the direction you’re heading with your course.

    #14112

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    #4

    I titled this “inching forward,” and thanks to the structure of *this* course, that’s what I’m doing–steadily. It’s progress. It’s incremental. I’m grateful, because it sidesteps my desire to figure out everything and do it right the first time.

    How things went: because of the step-by-step nature of the way you’ve laid out the course, I’m able to complete steps and move on in the time I have available. Summarizing the items in Architekt Forest in a sentence or two gave me an overview and a huge sense of progress: pulling things together is often a challenge in the formative stages of any project.

    Where I’m at is prepared to step into the next phase, aware that right now I’m too tired to do that and tomorrow’s another day. At the same time, I wanted to check in here without the need to produce anything specific–so it’s a great time to look at what other people are shaping.

    What I want/need is mostly time, but a fresh supply is likely to appear tomorrow.

    What I’m going to do is celebrate being at this phase, peruse some other projects for companionship and a bit of distance from my own, and get a good night’s sleep before continuing on the morrow.

    Thanks, guys. This structure is working.

    #14426

    Sharyn Warren
    Adventurer
    @SharynWa

    Deb, I just want to express my support and appreciation for your “can do” intrepid spirit. Also, in the midst of all that you have going on, you take the time to read what others have going on and comment. I have most definitely been in my sloppy mess, but am finding that just writing my ideas as I mush my way through–and the feedback that comes as a result–is helping to wash away the muck. Love how you write, and I bet you speak with equal amounts of clarity, practical wisdom, and informed knowledge of your topic. Thank you again for your comments. I know you will get the video thing nailed. (By the way, voice over is ever so much easier than trying to know–i.e,. REMEMBER, exactly what you want to say as you are going and getting the sound right. Especially if you are doing any of your recording outside.)  And wishing you a pain free week–i.e., the numbers come out right and the carpel tunnel sleeps.

    #15454

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Thanks so much, @SharonWa. I’ve been off for a few days dealing with Stuff (i.e., pain management–seeing doc for new tricks).

    It’s good to be back. Happy to hear encouraging words about voice-over. Figuring out how to do voice-simultaneous clearly while working in a bathroom with running water and managing trays of wet wool has been a daunting prospect {grin}. Simply figuring out where to place the camera to show what’s going on is step 1. There are some videos on YouTube, but they’re terrible. Informal is fine. Terrible is not–!

    #15495

    Sharyn Warren
    Adventurer
    @SharynWa

    FYI, I have a mac and use screen flow for video editing. I think the pc equivalent is camtasia. Am sure Andy will have great suggestions for you. With screen flow, I import my video, and then it is easy to record as the video moves along. Even add text, or splice the video and add ppt slides, still shots, etc. And can cut out stuff that no one wants to see! Create you intro. that you can use in all of your videos, pop that in, as well as cta at the end. Easy. My tech capabilities are a “C” at best–not a smidgeon of geek-ability here. I pass this along to say that it is do-able, and once you get a few things figured out, follow-up videos are much easier. Re: cameras, I use either/both my iPhone 6 or my iPad mini. Both have really good cameras. Without knowing what kind of contortions you have to do, you can get tripods similar to this that help get into challenging places/positions:  http://www.amazon.com/CELLer-Universal-Adjustable-Smartphone-including/dp/B00OQMZRXS/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1454459636&sr=8-18&keywords=ipad+tripods

    Great news about “terrible” You Tube videos. There’s a market and all you have to do is make something decent and will be at the head of the class. And I think “inching forward” is just about the perfect way to go. That way if you don’t like where you are going, course correction is easy peasy.

    #15502

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Thanks, Sharyn, @sharynwa, (sorry for misspelling last time: my cousin’s name slipped in {grin}).

    That Octopus is cool. I have a Gorillapod, similar. http://joby.com/gorillapod-original

    And I have a sturdy tripod with an extension boom.

    Cool about Screen Flow. I know Andy has mentioned it elsewhere. I will undoubtedly get it, although at the moment I’m investing in adaptive technology to keep my hands going while the medical system snails its way along. When I have something to edit, I’ll know where to turn.

    Your link to the Octopus reminded me that I have the Gorilla, and gave me a crazy idea about seeing whether I can secure the camera to the fixtures on the tub. . . .

    I mentioned elsewhere the iOgrapher, which I’m also very interested in. http://www.iographer.com/apps/productbuilder/iographer-pro-kit-builder

     

    #15619

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    #5

    I’m working on Creatora Heights, breaking down lesson outlines. Interesting: I teach this material in person, and I’m finding that I keep wanting to break down items into smaller and smaller units here. The chunks are different in this new environment. My shift is in large part due to recognizing how well *this* course is going, guys. I love being able to check things off in a reasonable amount of time. In person, there is the momentum of the group and in-person chat to give a sense of progress and shape to the experience. Plus I can read where people are, and give individual attention. Here they need to be able to provide a lot of their own emotional support.

    I’m glad we have until February 8 before the next module opens up. That’s giving me the opportunity to deliberate a bit on these steps, which is important (not least because I’m reshaping for a new medium, but also because I’m practicing with a lot of new technological tools to end-run the repetitive strain injuries I’m dealing with).

    Anyway, I’m appreciating the encouragement to step down the delivery pace. I’m also leaving some blanks to be filled in later.

    For example, when I teach in person I give participants a set of record cards to take notes on their fiber observations. I’ll likely use a modification of that card in this class, which will be used over a series of lessons (JUST had a hit that this could be a mini-gamificiation project).

    Also I’m going to need to work out how people can obtain fibers to work with as they are going through the class. I have a connection with an established retail outlet that may (probably will) be interested in packaging kits that people can order. There are two hurdles there, probably not insurmountable: (1) will they have appropriate fibers consistently available? and (2) will there be a path for people who want to use materials that are already in their stash? (Stash is a technical term for the amount of fiber already packed into closets and under beds and so forth, whether fleece, prepared fiber, or yarn.)

    #16353

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    #6

    Grateful for more time in Creatora Heights, because I’m having the opportunity to feel out the shape of the course–and have just modified the units on the basis of what’s happening with the individual lessons. I’m pretty sure I have two courses here.

    #19212

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    #7

    Wow, titling has stalled me out for a while. Grateful for feedback at the campfire. What I have as a working way to move forward is:

    A Wool Lover’s Guide to Fleece Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right fiber in the right project

    I’m also going to backtrack on progress reports and add in the shape of the course in another entry.

    #19269

    Penny Claringbull
    Adventurer
    @pennyclaringbull

    ‘A Wool for All Reasons’ made me smile. I guess I am betraying my age and English nationality there 😉

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