I definitely did not expect it to be quite so tough. We had to mark up three text pieces and answer ten questions in an hour and a half. I tried to pay so much attention to detail on the first piece that time ran away from me. This happened to a few of us from what I can gather, regardless of all that practice beforehand. And what seemed like a sweet children's story about fluffy bunnies evolved into an alarming tale of twisted cannibal critters!
Our first assignment piece is also due in this week from digital product design. Together with my partner Karly, I came up with a digital app proposal that took elements from the book Monsters in the Movies, by John Landis, and turned it into an interactive media Monsters in Motion. The pictures from the book come to life in video clips and the information from the book is broken down into bitesize chunks. We also added a social media element with a photo manipulation platform that would allow users to transform their friends into vampires, werewolves and more. Perfect for those mourning the end of the Twilight trilogy (and even for those celebrating the franchise's demise!) Now we just have to work out how to format the proposal into a PDF and submit it.
My editorial group is off to a great start as well, with effective division of the tasks. My weekend will be spent writing a hypothetical online dating guide chapter, to compliment the current trend for the phenomenon. Our biggest dilemma is understanding why the gap in the market seems to be so vast. Even the Dummies guide is nearly a decade out of date!
I've also applied for a publicity internship with Princeton University Press which looks like a very exciting opportunity to learn about a vast spectrum of the publishing industry from marketing to rights. Now it's the waiting game to hear back from them.
Good luck to all my fellow MA students who are about to tumble down the rabbit hole into assessment wonderland. We're all mad here, after all!