Closing Credits and Learning Curves

I had a brilliant idea this morning– I wanted to animate my “year in review”!

Scrolling credits! How cool would that be?!
Please note, I have never done anything like this before and the morning of the blog deadline was probably not the best time to tackle it…

I got exactly 78 frames into my potential 500* frame gif before I noticed that beginning back around number 54 my layers were misaligned. WTHH, dammit!

Now, no one is really surprised, honestly, THIS is part of my learning curve. I’m a jump in kind of person. I don’t test the water with my toe– I’m either going all in or I’m not, right? So over my head I am!

Instructions take too long, I want to be doing not learning about doing. I’m a hands-on, figure it out as it comes creator.  And I’m constantly tweaking… the first final is never the final final. There are definitely drawbacks to this kind of process– most notably the lost time and starting over again and again.

Looking at the progress I made–


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makes me want to go back and do it again, finish it correctly. Play with color, add more animation!

And now that I “know” how, I definitely will!

Not exactly the way I wanted to wrap up my 2014 Blog Year, but, hey, it’s cool.
Sets the bar for kicking off 2015, lol.

Comparing my first blog of this year, Resolution Evolution to the year I actually had, there was a lot LESS focus. I went from:




To nutshell my closing credits: I would like to thank everyone who provided opportunities for me to be creative. Everyone who helped with the many projects, workshops and travel plans offered to me this year. Everyone who made this year less sucky.
And especially everyone who made me a grandma! 😉

I’m feeling pretty good about where I am right this minute, and if it took me a shitty year to get here, then I’m okay with that. I guess that’s part of my learning curve, too.

See ya on the flipside!


*I anticipate that it would have taken me five hundred to thank everyone– and then I’m sure I’ll still miss someone. I’m a lucky person to have so many people to thank for a single year’s worth of accomplishments.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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