Hack My Brain Book

Although #clmooc 2014 has been running for about a month, I haven’t had a chance to play until yesterday. I’ve been getting the emails, and reading some of the tweets, but when #clmooc started I was too busy, and when the school year ended I took two weeks almost totally away from the computer. I’m caught up and rested, and ready to play for Make Cycle #4 “Hack Your Writing”.

As soon as I read about this week’s topic I got excited. There were lots of great ideas shared in the Make Cycle #4 post and by the time I started playing, lots of great ideas had been shared in the G+ community.

I love the idea of taking back the word hacking and using it in a more positive way. I started thinking of ways that I could hack my writing, especially the writing in my Brain Book, where I write down ideas, mind maps, and where many of my posts start.

This winter I read and enjoyed Austin Kleon‘s new book Show Your Work this winter. Shortly after I read it I watched Amy Burvall read it and share her favourite passages and stories of how she was using it with her class on Twitter. Ever since she has been sharing some great images and blackout poems of her own.

I had never made a blackout poem before, but I was ready to try. I scanned some of the pages from my current Brain Book, and then sat down to play with them. I had a great time, sitting in the sun on the back deck playing with PhotoPad on my iPad. There was a little squinting at the screen in the sun. A few times I had to step into the house to see the screen more clearly, but I really enjoyed working in the sun, despite the challenges. I could have chosen some better paint choices if I had a better view of the screen, but I am happy with my first effort at blackout poems.

As I worked on the poems, I knew that the finished work would have them strung together in a video. I tried editing the video on my iPad but something wonky was going on with Splice and I couldn’t get iMovie to see any current photos in the camera roll so I emailed the photos to myself and started editing using Premiere on the laptop. I got the rough edit of the video completed and then rejoined the family.

It was Friday night and we we spent much of the evening on the front porch, watching the sun set between the elms and listening the the evening bird concert. Tom made a fantastic fish fry, and we had a few drinks. Frank came by with the kids and the evening was very pleasant.

This morning when I got up, I finished the final edits on the video and exported it. While it uploaded to YouTube I had tea with my husband and watered and weeded the garden. I also hacked one of the beer bottles from last night.

Before the hack
Before the hack

Before the hack
After the hack

Here is the video


Here are the poems


New Year


New Year
New Year

Key Messages


Key Messages
Key Messages

Stammer


Stammer
Stammer

Storytelling


Storytelling
Storytelling

Collective Storytelling


Collective Storytelling
Collective Storytelling

Footprint


Footprint
Footprint

Sunrise


Sunrise
Sunrise

I am looking forward to Make Cycle 5 next week.

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