Good Grief

A Gantt Chart tracks the progress of a project. It breaks down the project into steps, called Milestones. Each of the steps is then divided up by how many days it’s estimated to take. Each step gets a bar that represents all of the days you’ve given for each step. You can colour in each bar as you finish parts of each step. This allows you to track where you should be on each day of your project.

The red line in the middle splits my timeline into 2 phases. The first half is where I will be learning all the skills that I need to create my podcasts, like recording and editing. The second half is for creating my final project.

I’m about 5 days behind on my project, but I plan to be caught up by early next week.  I know I’m behind because there are five days on my timeline that aren’t coloured in yet, which means they aren’t done.

In the next few weeks, I’m going to finish editing the second podcast. I’m going to finish cutting up and arranging the dialogue, and then add all of the sound effects. After that, I’ll move into recording and editing my third one. After that, I’m going to be starting my final project. The process for my final project is going to be a little different than my first 3 because it’s going to require more feedback than my previous one. The actual story I’m telling doesn’t matter for the first few attempts, however, it does for my last one. I want my story as well as my storytelling to be effective. Once I go through two rounds of feedback on my final script, I will then record all the dialogue, and edit it. Editing will consist of piecing together the dialogue, adding sound effects, and adding music. I will then publish it on SoundCloud once it’s completed.

My timeline has given me a good idea of where I am with my project and how much time I have left to catch up when I’m behind. While I’m not doing great at keeping up with my work, I still have time to get back on track and finish my project.

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World Gone Mad

There haven’t really been any changes to my project in the last few weeks. Everything is still going well, and I’m still on a fairly straight path. I know what I have to do to create my podcast, and so far nothing has greatly affected any of the steps I have to go through.

My project is laid out in six phases. The first phase was what we called the “Pre-Recording Items” Phase. This stage consisted of me working with another student, Liam, to learn how to set up and use Garageband and the microphone to record. I finished that about two weeks ago.

The second phase is where I am now. In this phase, I’ve adapted one of my short stories into a script, and got some feedback on it but didn’t spend a lot of time on it because the quality of the story I’m telling with this project isn’t important. It’s pretty much strictly a learning process. Now, I’m going to create a short podcast with some help from Liam and Maya. Once they’ve recorded the dialogue, I’m going to edit it into a full podcast. When I’m editing the podcast, I will have to break up the dialogue and piece it together so that the conversation makes sense and works well.

Phase three and four are going to be more iterations of phase two using different stories and voice actors. I’m going through this process three times because I want to have a good grasp of the editing and recording processes before I jump into my final project.

Phase five will be the creation of my final podcast.  This phase is going to work very similarly to the previous three phases, but is going to have a much bigger feedback component than the previous three because this time I need to make sure my story is good as well as the editing and recording of the podcast.

Phase six is a fairly short phase. All it requires me to do is export my podcast as an MP3 file and then upload it to Soundcloud which is where I’m currently planning to publish my final project.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be scripting as well as recording and editing my three smaller projects. I’m hoping that I will finish up these phases within the next four weeks because according to my timeline that I had to create last week, that is roughly when I should be done.

That being said, editing could take me a whole lot longer than I’m expecting. While I think I have some knowledge of editing because of the first phase of my project, that does not mean it will be smooth sailing. However, I’m trying to be hopeful that it will go well.

Fake It

My Proof of Concept didn’t go very well. A large part of why it didn’t go well was because I  didn’t plan properly. I put off doing all of my assignments so I could work on my project, but I let it get to a point where I had to catch up on them. because of that, I ran out of time to create my podcast. Another reason is that I learned I know nothing about Garageband and how it works. I never actually got to record any audio, but instead, I made a song with some preset sounds that the software has. The point of making the song was so that I could learn how to use certain features like adding sound effects. While the song isn’t going to help me very much in the end, it was part of the learning process so it was still important.

My project is going to be a podcast that I’m going to adapt from one of my previously written short stories. I’m not going to start there, however. I’m going to work with fellow Propel student, Liam, to create three short, one-minute podcasts instead of just jumping into the final one, because that would be a disaster, especially with my lack of knowledge.

Initially, I thought my intention with this project might be learning a new skill since I know absolutely nothing about recording or editing audio, or podcasts in general. However, after having a conversation with Mr. Hansen where he suggested that the skills I’m learning might just be a vehicle for improving my communication skills. Shamefully, I must admit that he was right. I want to find a good way to communicate my thoughts to the world.

Last year, was about improving my writing skills, which I did, but it was also about learning how to effectively communicate what I wanted to say. This year I’m trying to get my writing out there because effectively communicating my message is only half the battle. I need to put my writing somewhere people will see it. That’s what I’m going to do with my podcast.

Oblivion

I started my second semester in Propel three weeks ago. For lack of a better word, it feels weird to be back here which isn’t a bad thing. It feels like we’ve built a community here already, even though we’re only a few weeks in.

Over the last week or so, we’ve been having conferences with our teachers to figure out what our final project is going to be, and what our Proof of Concept is going to be before we start working on our actual projects. I decided my project is going to be recording an audiobook of one of the short stories I’ve written previously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my Proof of Concept, I’m working on creating a 30-second audiobook of one of my stories that I’ve previously written. I don’t know a whole lot about audio recording on Garageband, however, it doesn’t seem to be too hard to figure out. before I can get to actually recording anything, I’ve been listening to storytelling podcasts and making a list of what I did and didn’t like about the different styles so I can decide how I want my project to sound. I’m hoping that my Proof of Concept goes well, unlike last year, because I really like my current project idea and I don’t want to end up feeling like it’s not going to work out.

Next week, I’m going to start working with Garageband and learning how to add certain elements like sound effects. After that, I’m going to move forward with recording my audio. By October 15th, I will have a completed rough draft of my project.

Overall, I’m looking forward to what this semester has in store for me and classmates.

 

How I’m going to use my Winter Break…

If I get a chance while I’m on winter break, I’ll write my final health assignment because then I won’t have to do it when I come back since I’ll be really busy working on finishing up my project.  I’m also going to make sure I’ve logged all my fourth credit hours because I’m way behind where I need to be to get my credit, which isn’t good and is honestly stressing me out…but that’s not the point of this post.

Anyway, so the work I do over the break will be secondary tasks which because I won’t have a whole lot of time to do them when I get back and it’s just easier if I do them when I have two whole weeks of free time. I’d rather not waste those two weeks by doing nothing and then regret it later.

Staying Organized…Or Not

A few weeks ago, we were given the task of finding some organization strategies. That worked well for us. I started organizing my tasks by level of importance (i.e. due date). I was getting tasks done on time and all was well.

But that didn’t last very long.

In the last two weeks or so, we’ve been given a lot of B tasks. On my to-do list I currently have nine assignments I have to do that are all due by the beginning of next week. My strategy is no longer working because they’re all due around the same time. It also takes more than a day to write an entire presentation from scratch, especially when you’re me and restart every time you don’t like something you create.

While looking at my project timeline, I’ve determined that I’m about 3 weeks behind on my project. That’s probably because it’s about that long since I actually worked on my project. Now, this is probably a different blog post, but I’m very sure all these B tasks are going to affect my project actually being finished. But as I said, that’s a different post.

So at this point, the only complete assignments I have from my time in Propel are health assignments and blog post.

What I Learned…

So this week, I started by writing a story. This story wasn’t really based off of a writing prompt I found. It was more just my own creation. I was pretty happy with it which is good but anyway, that isn’t the point of this blog post.

After I wrote my story, I went and read Mr. Hansen’s lesson titled ‘[Foundation 1] Main Idea’ which talked about starting with a Central Idea as opposed to starting with a topic when writing. It covers different art pieces and discusses what their man ideas are or what they could be interpreted as.

What I learned from this was that writing with a central idea in mind is better than writing based on a topic. A central idea allows for a more creative outlet because it is open to interpretation which, can be a very important part of writing.

With this knowledge of Central Idea and topic that I now have, I’m going move away from using a topic when I write as it leads to more interesting stories.