Finally Over!! – Journal (day9)

So, this week was the seminar and it was great. The holiday didn’t hurt as much as it felt like it did the week before and we got what we needed. All my speakers came on time, everything was prepared and well presented. My moderator was also prepared and really fit the aesthetic of the topic. She captured the essence of each speaker perfectly and transitioned smoothly. There was, of course, little audience and little interest from some faculty from the reactions my photos got at the entrance. It showed me though, that maybe the conversation I started, needs to be continued. Hopefully I reach I wider audience this time round.

It feels good to finally feel the finish line.


So Over It… – Journal (day8)

It’s the last day of the holiday weekend and I wish I had enough time to get my printing done. But, I’m not sweating it. My speakers have showed that their ready and I am not worried at all. This will be a short post as there isn’t much to say. However, I have discovered the difficulty of printing at home now, so there will be one more thing added to my list to printed tomorrow.

Otherwise I’m in good standing. Excited, but already feel like I’m finished with the extended holiday and time to rest.

Getting closer to the date – Journal (day7)

It’s a few days before the seminar and a few days after the show and I’m trying to force myself not to relax too much and forget what I need to do. However, this holiday doesn’t really help the situation. Nowhere is open. I have quite a bit to print and the lack of business practice going on is frustrating.

That’s why there’s always a Plan B. We print as much as possible on Tuesday and get the final prep out of the way. I’m not stressed – I’m trying not to be. Just hate the fact that all the seminars are being held up for a few days due to this holiday weekend. But, as I’ve come to accept, ;This too shall pass’.


There have been a few things happening recently. Though I’ve been  trying to keep up with the journal entries for both the Mic Check Exhibition and Tattoo Seminar, but with so much happening so quickly, this overall update was needed.

Firstly, I spoke to the person-in-charge for Art Stock about selling copies of my book there. Ms Morrison, the one in charge, was thrilled at the idea and even suggested a reading take place at the store as a means of introducing the book to an audience. I thought this was a great idea and will do so after the show, maybe in April, or even at the start of the new semester.


Speaking of the book, I’ve already started the recording for the audio aspect of the Exhibition that the dancers will be performing to. Of course, I couldn’t afford a big professional studio, so I opted for a make-shift one that someone has in their bedroom.


DSC_0124.JPGSo far I’ve recorded four poems and they sound pretty good, considering I don’t like the sound of my own voice. However, this experience is a lot more comfortable and the poems do turn out the way I would like them to. There is a problem with outside sounds affecting the recording, but that is outside of our control.


Also, I have finally been able to go through the layout and design of the venue for the exhibition. It has become a lot more work than I expected, but that was mostly due to the lack of availability of the space at the time. Now that we have a better understanding of the space and what we will need, we can better plan for those things.

At this time, I have hit a great milestone in the progress of my show and I am quite proud. With the help of my sister, who designed most things, I have completed some prints for the show!


Programmes, flyers, business cards and tickets have all been printed. Waiting on shirts and invites before everything is complete, but it’s still progress.


Now on to the seminar. I’ve taken a look at the room to further develop the layout and design of the venue, got two out of three speakers confirmed and have a mediator confirmed for the seminar. It’s not as much progress as I would have liked to have made, but it’s progress. Now I will be working on the printing of the equivalent material needed for the seminar. Once that is done, I think I’ll be in a good place.


A few more weeks and these two projects will come to life. Honestly, I can’t wait, but I’m also a bit overwhelmed by the volume of work I need to do and the lack of help I’m getting from those I’ve put in place to help. Still, the help I am getting, is more than enough to keep all of us afloat. Not to mention, I’m learning a lot about who to trust for help.

Thanks for the support and patients of everyone around me.

So Far… – Journl (day6)

I’ve barely done anything, that’s just due to a bit of stress from doing the show and seminar at once. Measured the seminar room so I can make sure my décor can be better planned. I got one more speaker and a moderator for the seminar. Trying to find contact info for Campbell but that is just not working. Can’t find him anywhere online. Again…I digress.

I do, however, have someone interested in being moderator for the seminar – Ms Deiter. She has expressed her desires and requested to meet in person to get a better idea of the seminar and what she will be required to do. I will also be taking this opportunity to speak with Dr. Campbell before that meeting as it has become known to me that he should be on campus at that time.

So this seminar thing is coming together better – Journal (day5)

Another tutorial with my adviser sent me on a better path for the direction of the seminar. There were many things I still wasn’t sure about; like the best ways to develop the seminar, what to name topics and how best to arrange the topics so they flow. But, after weeks of doubting and being unsure, I have finally fixed my seminar theme and subsequent topics. Now I just need to get persons to speak on these topics. I also thought of what the space should look like, but since we are once again confined to the Seminar Room, any previous plans have changed. However, while changing my plans for decor isn’t so bad, the space will be difficult to change to suit my vision.

A lot of thought will have to go into the further preparation of this seminar.

Well…this is why a focus group of peers is so important – Journal (day4)

Finally, I have met with the full class for the seminar and they seem to be well on board with the idea of a seminar on tattoos. Topics and a new title were suggested and ideas were just flying that day. The final topic chosen was, ‘The Body As A Canvas’. This would look at a myriad of other sub-topics like: Tattoos in the workplace, Tattoos in society, The family and perceptions of tattoos, The culture of tattoos and Tattoos in fashion. The best part of this is the need to now narrow down my options for the sake of the time limit of the seminar.

Now to have the tutorial that will help with all this and to start contacting the persons that will be fit for these topics.