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Bunnies hate summaries

I HATE WEEKLY SUMMARIES. I HATES THEM, PRECIOUS. Nasty, fat, stinky summaries... I think part of it is that it feels like I’m just cutting down and re-hashing all the hard work I did throughout the week, which for me is super frustrating. I already DID this stuff, I don’t wanna do it again! At the same time, some of my best thoughts and analyses of what ds106 is achieving have come through weekly summaries. Maybe it’s one of those “it tastes gross but it’s good for you” things. Maybe I need to find the metaphorical/creative cheese sauce to make these veggies worth eating. We shall see!

For now, THIS WEEK IN AETHERBUNNY’S BLOG: We laughed! We cried! We watched the Doctor Who season finale and wept as if a beloved family pet had met an untimely end! Oh, and we made some stuff too.

Blitzed out

I was a little worried about completing the 20-minute photo blitz since all I have in the way of a camera right now is the crappy little thing in my cell phone. It can’t even upload pictures directly to a computer without a bit of a backdoor hack.

While I know it’s the photographer who makes or breaks a photo, not the gear, I was still apprehensive (that’s one of those adages that’s easier to say than believe), but I found the time limit to be kind of liberating; it forced me to be as creative as possible and try a bunch of different shots, angles, compositions and light sources without worry about perfectionism because I simply didn’t have thetime. Ultimately I think some of these are up there with the best pictures I’ve ever taken.

Below is my favorite from the set, and the rest are under the cut. As with any art form, I’m always open to critique and criticism! Feel free to tell me what you think. : )

Weather

Create through the crap

I LOVED having the chance to listen to Ira Glass discuss his early work in radio, and then hear an example of how stilted and awkward he was even eight years into the business. What he said about beginning any creative endeavor with good taste, about knowing that the work you’re producing isn’t up to your own standards, really resonated with me. I dabble in all kinds of creative crafts–crochet, drawing, singing and songwriting, playing the guitar, photography, digital art, poetry and prose, even cooking–and in all of them I run across roadblocks when I look at what my favorite creators are producing and think, Look at this stuff I just made. It’s NEVER going to be as good as their stuff! or the even greater pitfall of, Why isn’t my stuff as good as their stuff right NOW? It’d take so much work to get there, I might as well stop trying.

Once upon a time…

… on a fairly new website, a blog post about storytelling started out with a ridiculously cliched title.

The author of said blog post squinted at the screen. An -ly adverb? I use way too many of those, she thought, that’s lazy writing right there. Augh! Did it again.

Typical, too, getting bogged down in ‘traditional’ storytelling format when there were scads of forms to choose from. Coolest thing about telling stories, right there–the form a story took could be tweaked, recreated, refreshed, even invented, so long as somewhere in it there was a message with movement.

Maybe, she thought, that’s at the heart of what storytelling is. ‘A message with movement.’ Catchy! Her fingers twitched over the backspace key. Crap. One more -ly for the list. There’s not a decent replacement for ‘catchy,’ though, unless I want to get all thesaurus…y. 

What the rabbit said

Basically. I’ve no excuses here, save that I broke the First Rule of ds106, which is DON’T GET BEHIND IN DS106! Part of that was family coming into town unexpectedly, part of it was the fact that I’m pretty terrible at managing my time and staying on top of my work. I suppose if there was a time to learn this lesson, it’s good that it was early on. I am fully prepared to run extra laps around the obstacle course and come back better, faster and stronger for next week. TEN-HUT!