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Callaloo

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I can’t remember when I have had so much fun in a class.¬† It’s inexplicable, really, given how slow I am at all of this technology business.¬† It is such a struggle.¬† Yet, when I finally get something right, the reward is tremendous.¬† There is so much one can do with these storytelling tools.

I have a very fertile imagination and have always been stymied by not having a creative medium to work with.  I have great compositions in my head, but can not play an instrument or write a score.  I see beautiful images in my mind, but can not transfer them to paper or canvas.  This is different, though.  I am finding digital storytelling lends itself to all kinds of expression.  I can express myself visually, even though I can not paint.  And I can master sound without playing a note.  Oh, my!  What fun!

Our DS Radio assignment¬†was to come up with a five minute segment for a one hour program.¬† The only guidance we¬†were given was the connective theme: The Dog Days of Summer.¬† It took me a minute to figure out what to do with such a loose theme.¬† My thinking process went something like this.¬† “The dog days of summer… Well it’s hot. Huummm.¬† What else is hot?¬† Hell is hot.¬† A kitchen is hot.¬† Hot. Hot. Pot.¬† Oh!”¬†¬† All of a sudden I recalled a very funny tune by the Mighty Sparrow–Witchdoctor.¬†¬†Before I knew it I had a storyline compelling enough to keep a woman cooking in a hot kitchen on a hot afternoon.¬† Once that was done, I had to insert myself¬†into the¬†story and become my character. I had to hear what she is hearing so that I could choose the sound effects.¬† I had to feel what she is feeling so that I could deliver the narrative.¬† That’s all I am¬†going to say about¬†Callaloo for now.¬† Hopefully, I’ll get the mechanics¬†worked out and have it turned in by Sunday so that it can take its place with all the other DS106 stories.¬† I can’t wait to hear all of yours.

Well it’s two days after the deadline and I finally have my segment ready for you to listen to.¬† I had to drop the music because the monologue itself was five minutes long.¬† Never mind.¬† I think you’ll get the point.¬† Hope you’ll enjoy this tale of madness in the Dog Days of Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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