Archive for July 24, 2007

Book review: The Other Wind

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Ace Books, 2003

Every Earthsea novel has its principal protagonist (not necessarily the s/hero); the one through whose eyes we see into the world of the isles (Earthsea is made up of hundreds of islands and isles with various regions, cultures, languages, beliefs, folklore).

The Other Wind spreads itself out over several characters. I think this weakened the strength of the story a little, there not being enough development of the newly introduced characters to get us to care particularly for what they experience. This story follows Alder, Tenar, and Lebannen at a point of great change in Earthsea.

Alder is the reluctant herald of this change. A village sorcerror with a talent for mending objects, he has no great powers of wizardry. But he regularly has frightening dreams about the souls of the dead who call out to him from across the wall that he sees in his dreams; a wall that divides the land of the dead from the land of the living.

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Digital Storytelling Program – Basic editing finished

I spent most of Sunday in San Francisco helping others to complete a digital media project, the same one i had posted that i’m fundraising for. Mostly, i was helping people use computers – most of the transwomen receiving training in digital storytelling had little experience with internet and no experience with film editing applications. I was surprised how quickly i picked up the basic functions of the editing software – i had taken a course using the same program about 5 years ago, but not used it since.

Towards mid-day, a few people became very vocal and cranky and a loud argument with personal insults took place in the training room. I tried futilely to calm them down and was myself really too tired to put much focus on that situation. Those involved apologized and forgave each other after a break period. I got there at 11:00 am and did not leave until almost 8:00 pm.

One of the rewards of volunteering on that day was being able to see the rough cuts of the various stories. It was positive to witness folks’ experiences, as the arc of all the stories ended on some kind of positive note.