Mar. 20th, 2010

Spent three hours writing the opening of the notes and prompts for a lecture class I'm giving next Saturday. I am *maybe* one-fifth done with the narrative, and have 15 pages. My original notes ended up being >25 pages. I have crossed off the topics on two of those pages. You can see where this is heading. To about 190 handwrtten pages.

I need to finish the narrative, scan the material for the slides, teach myself how to use Power Point, write the bibliography (since there is no 'class handout'). All in time to drive to Tacoma on Friday to get there in time to get a decent night's sleep.

I've informally titled this the 'boring git class'. I'll be talking about a subject and process that fascinates me (and that I assumed everyone else went through in selecting visual items for research [to recreate an item of period dress]). I have since found out that no, this is not an intuitive process for most people, in fact, it's pretty much not on their radar. Which could be why there are people using a description in a novel as a basis for an item, and their research doesn't go any further than that (and they wonder what's not working for them at A&S)..

However, I have the nagging fear that either (a) I'll be too abstract to make any real sense and people will be too polite to tell me, or (b) once I explain the topic a little, people will say "What the hell? Do you think we're fucking morons that you need to tell how to do something that's as natural as breathing???" and be all insulted. (b) Worries me the most.

Nagging fear #2: Most clases at this shindig are hands on. You get to make something and take it home with you. That has a great deal more appeal than listening to a boring git go on about how to look at things. Ergo, people will be singularly unimpressed.

So. I'll be checking in with you while I'm writing and putting together the rest of this nonsense. help?

Consumed With Doubt

ETA: Crap. It's after 10:30, and I still haven't done my before-bed stuff or taken my meds yet.



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