You could say I rolled a 7-9 and scored a mixed success on this week, if you were a nerd.
Things were going well on Monday. I’d been working on my archiving task, while also getting to know the staff better. Having compiled a good collection of “interesting visual memories” – i.e. photos – from the theatre’s past, I spent the day writing the text to go along with them (75 words per page, and I’m likely to have 4 or 6 pages to play with). I’m essentially going for a series of words and images illustrating the variety of performances Cumbernauld Theatre has produced and hosted over the years; the ways they engage with the Cumbernauld community; and the interesting history of the cottages, without getting too sentimental before the move to the new building.
Tuesday and Wednesday offered a break while I returned to Dundee for a flat viewing and a job interview. Thursday I returned to the office, ready to start compiling my text and matching images into a document to be sent to the graphic designers to prepare for publication, but disaster struck! Long story short, some electrical problems have resulted in me being locked out of the theatre’s servers, which means for the past two days I haven’t been able access any of the files I was working on!
My supervisors seem confident I’ll be able to catch up on the missed work once I’m back online, so, rather than sit and worry, in a rare show of proactive reasoning I’ve been using this unexpected time off to write more of my play. So far it’s coming out…strange. A vague plan, loosely inspired by the set of Kennedy’s Children, to have a piece set in a gay club (and featuring characters based on people I’ve observed in my own local gay club) has (de)volved into more of a 20 minute angry monologue about LGBT+ issues that tend to be put aside, offering no solutions, but at least some acknowledgement. It’s a departure, but we’ll see how it works out! Don’t worry, there’s still jokes.
Next week the Summer Youth Academy starts, so wish me luck!
Been rather busy with my interview out the way and have visited London on Friday 25th January for the Impress Publishing day. I got some interesting insight into Kickstarter and will be writing up about this to pass on to you all. I also helped Rhoda finalise the social media and if you see her post all the links are working and the facebook link is active for those who love to FB.
I updated my older blog entry https://blog.dundee.ac.uk/wps/2019/01/21/vaultedmarvels/ to show the move to “Vaulted Marvels” as we are covering a range of books in the archives and not the Brechin Collection only. Also, this morning I donated to the PayPal link as it is active to take any amount large to small! Paypal to me is the best option because 100% of the money you give will go to the project.
Rhoda is fully set as the social media mogul and my job is done in that area. I will now focus on my role in Caithness in March.
Rhoda’s update can be found here: https://blog.dundee.ac.uk/wps/2019/01/27/reshuffle-or-re-shuffle/
Well, it’s all rather exciting as small tasks start to bring together the pieces that will eventually make the whole.
Having helped Rhoda set up Twitter and PayPal, please look out for the facebook link to soon follow from Rhoda. Already the marvels this book collection holds will begin to start the transformation of the old into the new and I am rather excited to see this as I have loved working with the few images provided to me to set up the basics for Twitter. Speaking of Twitter this can now be located at www.twitter.com/VaultedMarvels. Also, if you have a PayPal you can be one of the first to donate any sum large to small via the PayPal portal at www.paypal.com/VaultedMarvels
Paypal is very easy to set up and once you have it you will wonder why you never had it all this time!
Rhoda is looking after all the social media and PayPal from now on, so follow on Twitter/Facebook for more up to date details on the Brechin Project.
Even more exciting for me, is that I have to now leave you and start to prepare for my writer’s interview on Wednesday with Alastair McIntosh www.alastairmcintosh.com