The Light at the End of the Tunnel

 

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Disclaimer:  I feel like I’m often complaining in these posts, but I think it is somewhat cathartic to be able to put my feelings into words, so I go just with it…

Here we are, nearing the end, in the final module of the class. What seemed extremely daunting on the first day, now actually seems doable. I am proud of what I have accomplished in this class. I am happy with the stories that I have done, they exceeded my expectations, which, I guess, is not that difficult when you set the bar as low as I did…   The support from everyone in the class, with these projects has been amazing!

While I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, I still have a lot of work in front of me and I am trying really hard not to get stressed over it. I am taking 2 additional classes as well, so at times I do feel a bit overwhelmed. I often spend hours a day working on assignments as the summer slips by.  I constantly remind myself it’s worth it because on the bright side, these are my last 3 classes and I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree! So that’s very exciting and definitely makes the light at the end of the tunnel even brighter! (In case you’re confused, when I did my selfie for the class, I mentioned I had one more class to take in the fall, but since then, I was able to add that class to my summer schedule – WOO HOO!)

I’m looking forward to working as a team on the final story.  I think it will be fun to be able to have creative input from others.  I am a little worried though, (I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t) that it will take longer to complete than I would like because we will have to wait for each other’s input.  On the other hand, with my other classes, I can always find other assignments to work on.  So for now, after a rather productive Saturday morning, I can scratch one more blog post of my list, close my computer for the moment, and go spend some quality time with my daughter.

 

 

Guess What?: My Digital Story

For my digital story, I used a website called StoryJumper to create a children’s book.  The one great thing about this website is you can add narration to your stories. Being that this is one of the criteria necessary, it was a perfect choice.

While the website offers a library full of scenes and props to illustrate the story, at my daughter’s insistence, I illustrated it myself.  Please excuse the minimalistic illustrations and lack of background scenery.  I am not an artist!

Be sure to click the play button to hear the audio and click the bottom corner of each page to turn the pages.  I hope you enjoy!

 You can read the StoryJumper privacy policy here.

Book titled 'Guess What?'Read this free book made on StoryJumper!function(){function d(){“undefined”==typeof SJMakeBookOpenLightBox?–c>0&&setTimeout(d,100):SJMakeBookOpenLightBox()}function e(){/in/.test(document.readyState)?setTimeout(e,9):d()}var a=”https:”==document.location.protocol?”https:”:”http:”;if(“undefined”==typeof SJScriptLoaded){window.SJScriptLoaded=!0;var b=document.createElement(“script”),c=10;b.src=a+”//www.storyjumper.com/script/storyjumper-embed.js”,document.getElementsByTagName(“head”)[0].appendChild(b),e()}}();

” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>My Story

Platform:

I used my laptop and the website StoryJumper  

Setting:

There is no specified setting in the book.

Script:

Guess What?

Cover: Title page

Text: “guess what?”

Written and Illustrated by Kathy M.

Page 1

Text: Guess What? Written and Illustrated by Kathy M.  For my three inspirations, Casey Lauren, Patrick Daniel and Madison Rose.

Page 2

Text:  Lauren was the oldest child.  She thought being the oldest was the worst thing ever!Danny was the middle child.  He thought being in the middle was the worst thing ever!Rosie was the youngest child.  She thought being the youngest was the worst thing ever!

Page 3

Illustration: 3 frowning children

Page 4

Text: Lauren always got into trouble for everything her little brother and sister did wrong.  Mom and Dad always said, “Lauren” in their angry voice, “you’re older, you should have known better!” Lauren always had to help take care of her little brother and sister. This made Lauren mad.

Illustration: Angry Lauren

Page 5

Text:

Danny always got into trouble for everything his younger sister did wrong and for touching his big sister’s things. Mom and Dad always said, “Danny,” in their angry voice, “Leave your sister’s things alone!”  Not only was Danny stuck in the middle, he was also the only boy. Ugh! He was always surrounded by girl things. Yuk! This made Danny mad!

Illustration: Angry Danny

Page 6

Text:

Rosie always got into trouble for pestering her big sister and big brother.  Mom and Dad always said, “Rosie,” in their angry voice, “Leave your sister and brother alone!”  Rosie was never allowed to do anything fun, because she was just too little.  This wasn’t fair!  This made Rosie mad!

Illustration: Angry Rosie

Page 7

Text: Lauren fought with Danny! Danny fought with Rosie! Rosie fought with Lauren!

Illustration: 3 sad children.

Page 8

Text: This drove their Mom and Dad NUTS! Mom and Dad ALWAYS told them they loved them all the same.

Illustration: 3 smiling children.

Page 9

Text: Lauren, Danny and Rosie didn’t believe them.

Illustration: 3 frowning children.

Page 10

Text: Lauren knew they loved Danny the most! Danny knew they loved Rosie the most! Rosie knew they loved Lauren the most!

Illustration: 3 angry children

Page 11

Text: Every night in bed… Lauren wished she was an only child. Danny wished he was an only child. Rosie wished she was an only child.

Illustration: 3 frowning children.

Page 12

Text: One morning at breakfast, Mom and Dad said they had something really important to tell them. They were smiling really big. Then Mom said..

Illustration: Mom and Dad

Page 13

Text: “Guess What?”

Page 14

Text: We’re having a baby!

Illustration: Mom

Page 15

Text: Rosie smiled, because she would no longer be the youngest.

Illustration: Wide grinned Rosie

Page 16

Text: Danny smiled, because she would no longer be the middle child.

Illustration: Wide grinned Danny

Page 17

Text: Lauren realized she would ALWAYS be the oldest child, NO MATTER WHAT! Then…

Illustration: Frowning Lauren.

Page 18

Text: She smiled

Illustration: Wide grinned Lauren.

Page 19

Text: The end.

 

Works Cited:

“#1 RATED SITE FOR CREATING STORY BOOKS” StoryJumper. www.storyjumper.com, accessed 29 June 2017.