Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11906.27

This week was slow in the space, but it was nice to have a quiet couple of days. I was able to finish one of my program outlines required for the internship and am almost done with my Dread one I am presenting in July. I just need to finish writing the script and creating the characters and I should be ready!

Did some more needle felting and some sculpting this week and also lost a lot of rounds of Mario Kart. I helped out with DnD Club which this week had 10 members come, which was a little chaotic with the normal cap being 8 players. I helped research spells, keep talking to a minimum so others could talk, and help new players talk through potential moves. It is always fun hanging out with that group and I get so excited when I see new players!

That’s really about it. Like I said, it was a pretty slow week.

-George

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11906.23

This blog post is coming a little late because I wanted to include my 8 Hour Comic Book Day adventures!

It has been really slow in the space recently, a lot of vacations or other activities. We are getting a lot of summer camps coming through and I spent some time with a couple of the kids doing crafts like painting, needle felting, and making stickers. Also did some watching of Judge Judy, because why not?

It was also Art Bootcamp this week so I got to help with that a little. The kids came to the space early and sculpted whatever they wanted which was awesome. I spent a lot of time with a teen who was only here for the week visiting family and we made Totoros and talked about marching band.

8 Hour Comic Book Day was fun. I helped with prep starting Wednesday going around the collections and choosing cool looking graphic novels to display. I came for the last 4 hours and it was pretty quiet, but I got to see a lot of cool comic panels being made and just hang out with some regular teens. In preparation for the event I read Nimona, Rat Queens, Moonstruck, and Lumberjanes so I could talk about graphic novels with the people at the event. I highly recommend Nimona, it was incredible.

Final update this week, we finished the Zelda puzzle! Last Sunday there were only 3 teens in the space and I enlisted their help to finish it and we did. It felt good.

-George

Captain’s Blog Stardate 11906.13

It has been very busy in the space this week. Sunday was All Ages Day, but that just meant making 3D pen art with a really cool 6 and 10 year old, both of which only wanted to make snakes. Also Wednesday we came close to breaking the record for most teens in the space and I was tired! There were 65 teens that came in within the first half hour, so a lot of running.

One of the teens made me a necklace and I cried a little. Then I cried a little more because I realized he was leaving for the rest of the summer and I probably wouldn’t see him again. I know it’s been a month and a half (give or take) but I have made so many connections to the teens and it is hard to see them leave. I am not sure how I will hold myself together when this internship ends.

Worked on creating my programs, did some needle felting, made some buttons. The teens were playing exclusively disco music and Weird Al this week, which has taught me patience.

Honestly, not a whole lot to report. While it was crazy in the space getting pulled in every direction for different things, not too much happened on the individual scale. Been updating and reworking my resume and creating a spreadsheet of all of the programs I have been making. Thought I might as well do that while it is fresh so I can have it for interviews. I’m feeling so responsible.

The Zelda puzzle is almost complete! There were 2 teens that sat for 2 hours working on it and almost got it done. So close!

-George

Captain’s Blog Stardate 11906.07

Well, I was just informed that everyone at IU can read my sleep deprived internship rants. So….hello!

Speaking of sleep deprived, I fell asleep twice during my internship this week. Once my boss had to wake me up. The other time I hadn’t realized I was asleep since my dream took place in the space, until I realized I could hear the rhythmic chanting of someone warning me that “she was dying” set to the tune of the the 3D printer. I am going to try to cut down on coffee.

The internship is going well. My boss was impressed by my book list I created and I have finished the script for the program I am doing. The space itself has been fairly quiet, so I spent some time playing DnD, until I was told that I was “too sassy” by one of the other players. To be fair, the character given to me was an emo necromancer tiefling with a raven familiar named Grave Dweller. It would have been a waste of my teenage emo stage to not be, at least, a little sassy.

The DM of that group was appalled that I had never read any books by YA Horror novelist Dawn Kurtagich and checked out a copy of And The Trees Crept In for me to read. It made me laugh that the kids are doing RA for me instead of the other way around, but it did warm my heart to see them taking an interest in reading and wanting to share their enthusiasm with me. As for the book it was a quick read with a lot of really cool ideas, but a disappointing ending.

The kids are really excited about Pride Month and have been creating really cool art and pronoun pins and representing us at different Pride events, including playing rainbow colored bagpipes to drown out the lone protester at Spencer Pride. I, as always, am so proud of these kids and the cool stuff they are doing.

Update about the puzzle, I finished a large chunk of the bottom row and someone has been slowly working their way through the top row. We might just finish it after all.

-George