October 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm #3092
I thought having one thread to keep track of to-do lists, stuff I’ve done lists, and hours seemed like a good idea.
Hours to date: 78
I’m looking into e-book distributors now, so I should have that information by the end of the day. I began to draft the introduction to Alison (and am I doing one for Eran too?) but don’t really know what I’m saying in it. I remember you mentioned a few things over the phone, but I didn’t get them down at the time; it’d be helpful to have an idea of what to say simply because I’m not particularly familiar with the type of event.
As for interviews, when can we reschedule the interview with you for?
October 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm #3465
Hi Rachael, thanks for posting this info. I’ll need more definition on how and where the 78 hours were spent — does that make sense? I hope so — I really have nothing written to date.
We’ll talk soon.
October 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm #3466
These hours are mostly covered in the email I sent to you previously:
I’ve done a lot of research on joint replacement care and found that most sources seem to say essentially the same thing, which, unfortunately, is not very much (hence, I suppose, the need for a more comprehensive Owner’s Manual). I’ve also looked at different medical manuals and a couple of owner’s manuals for general appliances to try to figure out how they’re generally organized and how it might make sense to put together the one we’re working on. From that, I’ve written a loose outline. In my mind, the Owner’s Manual will consist of both information gathered through interviews and research. I also feel like the interviews will point me toward where I should be looking for the research. I’ve been researching and studying interviewing techniques. I put together a list of questions that I think will be a good outline for interviewing patients and I’m working on one for health care professionals. I’ve also looked over the script for the documentary a few more times and I’m starting to think about how I would put together a presentation for that as we discussed earlier. I’ve thought a little about grants and where to look to apply for them, but I’m a little bit lost there–I don’t even know where to start looking.
My next thoughts are that I’d like to start interviewing people soon. If possible, I’d like to look over some of the interviews that you’ve done in the past, such as for the film–I feel like that will help me get a stronger feel for what I’ll be doing specific to this project and your past work.
I had also watched a few of the videos you have posted here with clips of the interviews, but wanted to focus more on what I’d be doing for my own since they were interviews with experts and I’ll be focusing primarily on patients (I’d still like to do a few expert interviews if possible, though).
Since the time that I sent you this email, I’ve revised my interview questions and made myself a bit more comfortable with the list for when we start doing interviews. I’ve also looked over the things you sent me–the script, your powerpoint, and the essay you sent more recently–a bit more, they were helpful when I was writing my questions. (It seems every time I read them, I have to look up a bunch of stuff again to really understand what’s going on! I get it at the time, but later it’s much more difficult to explain, even to myself, the more complicated medical things–but I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of a lot of it.)
I have a few questions that I need answers to:
[*]Does posting my hours weekly–let’s say on Mondays, since that’s when I posted my hours to date–work for you? As we discussed, I can include a list of tasks done with the hours, and now that we have this board it seems like it’ll be easier for me to write things up as I’m doing them.
[*]I know you wanted me to write an email introducing myself to Alison for the November 5th event; as I said, I’m a bit lost on what I should say in it. Can I get some guidance in that area?
[*]I had a family thing come up for tomorrow evening. Would it be possible to do our Thursday phone-meeting during the day rather than at 8pm? I should be available until around 6.
[*]Most importantly! When can I start interviews? I’m excited for them. (I’m also available for that tomorrow, if you have time–I picked up a recording device that seems functional.)
Let me know if there’s anything else you need me to do!
October 20, 2011 at 12:18 am #3467
Hi Rachael, thx for the update — tomorrow is good anywhere between 11:00 and 2:00 Is noon OK? Then we can review your update…
October 20, 2011 at 12:24 am #3468
That sounds great. I’ll give you a call tomorrow around noon.
November 1, 2011 at 5:05 am #3484
Week of 10/18 to 10/24: 16 hours
-Researched e-book publication and distribution requirements, wrote up summary
-Familiarized self with interview questions; practiced interviewing
-Performed two interviews
-Did preliminary transcriptions of two interviews
Week of 10/25 to 10/31: 15 hours
-Performed two more interviews
-Did two more preliminary transcriptions
-Researched topics mentioned in interviews
-Reviewed interview questions for further comfort and flexibility
-Looked at film script again and began to plan presentation
The preliminary transcriptions of all the interviews we’ve done are just about ready to send. They aren’t always in complete sentences or exact quotes; I went back and forth between taking notes and pausing to get the full thought of the interviewee. (And some bits of recording are a bit fuzzy.) I was typing quickly, so I have to look over them for typos or anything I want to fix before I send them off to you, but you’ll have them soon!
Total hours to date: 109
This means I have 71 hours left to fulfill the hour requirements for Lesley, which looks very doable–it averages to 14.2 hours per week if I consider both Thanksgiving week and Finals week to be only half-weeks (so, five full weeks left, or four and two halves).
If you’d like, I’ll look more closely into how that 71 hours will need to break down by comparing syllabi and scheduling so you’ll know which weeks I can do more and which weeks might be difficult for me to get much done.
November 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm #3485
Thx Rachael. For clarification, what is this item:
Going forward, if you can put on your writer’s hat, think about how to “map” the content of the interviews to the outline of the book.
More when we catch up…
November 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm #3093
That refers to the presentation that we discussed me doing and filming as an introduction to the film. When we talk, I’d like to touch on how you want me to approach that–my instinct would be to keep it brief, mentioning what the film is and what it’s meant to do, along with some prominent themes, without putting in a big summary or a ton of information that’s then going to be presented again in the film and letting the film speak for itself, but I’d like to know what you have in mind. (I’m actually thinking of it as a slightly more in-depth version of how I’ll explain the concept of the film to people at this weekend’s event.)
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