A Fond Farewell: Looking Back At It All

Dear The One Above All,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard from you last. It was an uplifting change of pace to hear from since I wrote to you when you set out to rectify the decline magical statue of the world of Arganee, and I’m glad to hear that it was a success. I’m sorry to hear that you did not live up to the expectations that you set for yourself during all this time, though, unfortunately, I can relate in that area. I had expected to show my skills in a particular class that I am in the process of completing but time just got the better of me. As the saying goes, “expect the unexpected”, and there certainly was a lot of expected and unexpected dealt my way in this short amount of time. There were a lot of twists and turns during that made me uncertain as to what I was doing for said class ad if I was doing it right, and I still have doubts as to whether or not I was performing at the set standard. I’m glad that you were able to achieve your end goal of restoring Arganee, though I cannot say for certain I was able achieve mine. Let me tell you about my adventure up to this point.

What I could gather from this class was that we were expected to implement our variety of writing and technological skills to the best of our ability in digital in a digital setting to craft compelling and eye-opening forms of media. In addition to that, through our own creations we were to attempt to attract attention and connect with those that were interested with our work and  Unfortunately for me, in addition to me lacking in skills in the technological department dividing time between taking care of an uncle, being a fulltime student and working can be quite taxing. Being divided in such manner took away from my devoting myself to my classes, and thus, for this class, improvement in areas that might have propelled me in my attempts at more creative and diversified digital alchemy. If only there were more time in the day, in the week is more like it, I feel so much more could be accomplished. I feel that you can sympathize with me in that area. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t find any excitement/pleasure during my time in this class, as I did have enjoyable moments during a number assignment when anxiety wasn’t looming over me.

Given the number of assignments we were given, both in and out of class, there were a number of which that felt like less of an obligation to complete and partake in versus others that came across as someone difficult given my initial knowledge. For example, the studio visit that I took part in that highlighted on civil discourse within our society was something I particularly enjoyed. Being a part of a sort of round table discussion that invites the input of a number of unique minds regarding a unique topic is an activity that I loved being of because, while I love to talk and give my side of the story, you’re also potentially learning from others in how they see things. I also enjoyed one of the earlier DDAs that we had the choice of completing. The one that I am referring to was DDA#36 where I was given a random prompt to do a short story on, and though I do not remember the exact prompt, I do enjoy writing a unique and original story. Many of the other DDAs that we had the option of choosing from were also enticing, but for some reason they just didn’t stand out as much as this one. Perhaps it was the challenge of a random theme that grabbed me.

What most surprised me about his class was how the input from the both the teachers, outside acquaintances, and the students is what served as the teaching for the the curriculum of this class. The open and free exchange of ideas on the topics we discussed made it so there was no singular source of info, thereby giving variety to the info provided. Honestly, going into this class I  would have liked a concrete mission statement to tell me what I would I would come out of this class with as I still don’t feel like i’m walking away with with much new information that’s relevant to my future. What was most difficult for me was making time to craft audio-based digital alchemy, as working with audio is not one of my strengths. I tried to deal with this by reaching out to Alan both in and out of class, but failed to implement what he advised me on into my work given a number of other obligations that served to deter me. What I learned from this experience is that I need to better sort out my priorities and, as mentioned earlier, expect the unexpected in terms of assigned work. So try and make extra time for assignments that might involve your learning new skills to complete.For future alchemists that aim to take this class, my advice for them would be to learn a variety of ways (more so electronically) in which to incorporate your writing/thoughts into.

I can’t say that I learned much from our interaction with outside sources for class. Aside from taking away from  the occasional studio visits that I mentioned earlier, much of the information that was conveyed during the bus tours and other video chats during class was somewhat general knowledge given the topics that we discussed. I would say the the studio visits that I took part in, including the video records of them, were insightful given their topics. Honestly, no one person really stood out to me as being an overwhelming influence,so that leads me to believe that they were equally influential. I can’t honestly say that I will come back to the community of netnarr or argaanee in the future, as depending on the line of work that I become of a part of, as well as the hours and amount of work that will be assigned to me. Responsibilities are only going to increase as time goes on, so I am not going to make any promises. In addition, aside from possibly creating, dedicating, and publicizing blogs in the future I don’t see myself implementing much else that I’ve used in m assignments in y future, though certain future expectations might change that.

My life has been a quite a journey up to this point, but it has basically been mapped out up to this point, with a minimal amounts of high expectations and repercussions tethered to them, though that will surely change soon, so best get to work on improving on my flaws and building up my skills. Perhaps the field of work I get involved in will bring me back to form of networking, but there’s no way of knowing for sure as there are no guarantees in life. You are not alone The One Above All, we all have our own ruts we have to work our way through and I’m sure you and I will do just that. Until our paths cross again, best of luck to you.

Your fellow alchemist,

Alex  Grimes

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