Star Wars day! From the moment I first discovered it, I loved the idea of May the 4th (May the Force) belonging to the movie franchise celebration. As many people around the world, I too have watched the latest edition The Force Awakens. I love that the main character is a girl! Finally. I’ve always loved Princess Leah, too, but I have also felt the lack of other female characters in the series. With the ratio of women usually surpassing the ratio of men in the world, do you not agree that there should be a greater balance between male and female roles in the movies? Even in this film there is only Rey and Princess Leah.
So let this day be a call to sex equality (feminist movement for those of you who did not know): May the 4th be with you!
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Now that’s out of the way, I have an announcement to make: Yesterday, I went back to school.
I’m studying Digital Publishing and Production at Ryerson. The course is taught by David Ward and Shannon Culver. Most of my classmates are ladies, there is only one gentleman, and somehow I volunteered to be a Class Rep. After Sheridan College I said: “Never again!” But there you have it. It should not involve too much work, and I just could not NOT volunteer when the lady from the CESAR (Continuing Education students Association of Ryerson) was standing right in front of me.
Yesterday, the class mostly involved getting to know each other, getting to know the course and our instructors, and being tested on our computer abilities. I met my row of lovely ladies consisting of Carol and two Irenes.
I have already learned some things: most of the eBook customers are women between ages 35-55 (I never would have guessed this, I believed eBooks were read mostly by students); HTML programming is called “Markup” in the publishing industry (or is it called “Markup” in every industry); and there is a new classification for books–New Adult (YA with more risqué content).
Our diagnostic test was quite a challenge, and boy did I scribble all over it. I think I may have lost my touch for taking tests. I remember my papers were sickeningly neat in high school, but then again I do not think that I have taken a test since high school… In college we mostly submitted work for marking… Maybe in the Animation History class with Kai Pindal?
In the classroom we have MACs with enormous monitors–I think those monitors are way too large. I feel as if I need to move a row away to look at the entire screen at the same time.
Next week we begin studying “markup”. I can’t wait! It looks as if this class will teach me how to build eBooks from nothing, so that maybe I can program my own books with less code, resulting in a smaller file. Since I’m mostly a PC lady, I’ll need to download Notepad++. In class we will be using TextWrangler.
I’ll keep you updated regarding these lessons.
Regarding my Schoolism lessons, I have decided to skip Assignment number 6. I’m not inspired by it, and since I’m not getting marked by anyone, I may as well work on something I need to, rather than waste time on something I feel I know: rhythm and balance.
That’s it for this post. I feel as if I have been sending my words out into empty space, so if you are reading this type a quick comment to let me know you’re alive.
Until next time:
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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.
Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.
Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.
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