Well, it is Friday night at 10:13pm and I am still in my office. This is a wonderful thing. It means I am actually doing what I need to do in order to get this piece done (or at least done enough to obtain approval from my master's committee). I have every single bit of audio I collected for this piece all snuggled up in my Pro Tools session. Everything is in its section: courtship, before, cracks, divorce, post, now. Using the transcription done by my amazing Transcription Brigade, I have everything in the audio session reflected in one fat Word document. Twenty-six pages. Over the weekend, I am going to (literally) cut up that Word doc and do a paper edit. I'm sure chunks of paper will be all over my floor. Then, I will organize everything into that order in a new Word doc. Then, I will make my Pro Tools session reflect that Word doc... resulting in my first official rough cut. Oh, and I have to give this to my master's committee by Tuesday. I can do this. Right? (I feel like I've been asking that question a lot lately.)
I finally digitized the tapes I found of my Dad talking to my Mom from his mission in the '70s. I have come up with some really awesome ways to use this archival sound, and I REALLY hope it works. I'm thinking some of this would be amazing as the connective tissue / transitional material between sections... kind of a my-father-as-a-twenty-something commenting on the lives of his future family. This might not make sense on paper, but I think it could be amazing. I'll try it.
Backed up my work on Dropbox, on an external hard drive, and on DVD. I'm not messing around.