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7th-Aug-2011 06:08 pm
writercon magic

I  woke late on Saturday and found an email  informing me of the arrangements that had been made at The Event

I was able to 'attend' the talk on the importance of doing research; The Devil Is In The Details, thanks to Skype and the equipment set up by Audio_n_Video.

Then it was lunchtime and I had a good view of the room in which the Event has been held for the past four years (there's the new banner I had printed for this year's change of name).

While everyone was out to lunch, I moved the laptop to a downstairs room in readiness for the afternoon session.

The first session was a really excellent presentation on vidding which covered both the artistic and technological constraints of making a music vid. Note to self - checkout Beat Sync software.

Next up was a presentation on Fanpoetry. This programme item revealed a flaw in  Skype that hadn't been considered when the equipment was set up. The video image is really small and I found it impossible to read the poems on the white screen. Even when the poem was read, I didn't have the text to follow the discussion followed and couldn't really take part in the practical part of the workshop. Note to self - make handouts available to 'virtual' Event members in future.

After the teabreak, the video link had been adjusted so that I could zoom in. The first workshop was Coming Up Roses:: The use of scent in writing. 

Some of the smells suggested for the prompt 'Pub' are pictured left. This was a vast improvement in what I could see on the video link earlier in the day.


I really wanted to take part in the art workshop and was very grateful that one was set up for me. Sueworld talked about light which is something in which I am particularly interested.

"Light introduces emotions, meaning, atmosphere  - you name it"



This Skype experience has opened up new possibilities for WriterConUK. I'm quite excited at what may  happen in future years' Events.

Look - I'm there, at The Event.  In reality I was somewhere else altogether. Just like The Doctor, I travelled in time and space. The magic of technology and WriterConUK working together.

7th-Aug-2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
It was fun to have you there in spirit if not in body!

I do hope you're feeling better soon though - you did look and sound, a bit peaky.
10th-Aug-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Being there in spirit was remarkable.

The first loit of antibiotics didn't work too well. It took another 7 days of Erythromycin to reallly get to grips with the infection.

7th-Aug-2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful what we managed to achieve - so much more than I was thinking when we talked about it!
10th-Aug-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
It was remarkalble.
7th-Aug-2011 06:50 pm (UTC)

I do hope you feel better soon.
10th-Aug-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
On the mend nicely now, thanks.
7th-Aug-2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
It was great to be able to see and hear you even though you were miles away - and to hear Ron joining in too! Technology is a wonderful thing. I went to Kazzy-cee's 'icon making' workshop (see icon!) but wished I'd been able to see the whole of Sue's presentation too.

I hope you're feeling much better really soon.
10th-Aug-2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
On the mend nicely now, thanks.

wished I'd been able to see the whole of Sue's presentation too.
It might be possible. The wonderful K has podcasts planned for the website.
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