Michille: Recorded Sessions

RWA 2017So many recorded sessions, so little time. Actually, the second part isn’t exactly true. I have all the time in the world. I’m referring to the RWA National Conference recordings. I bought them at the last RWA Conference I attended with every intention of listening to them regularly for motivation and craft reminders. I thought, oh, I have lots of time because I don’t have to listen to them all at once and was looking forward to parsing out the listening as motivation until I went to the next one.

And I didn’t listen to a  single one. Now, I am prepping to go to RWA in Orlando and have not ordered the recordings. I’m completely ambivalent. I want them, I want them, I want them is battling with welp, I didn’t do anything with the last ones.

My stumbling block is how to listen to them. They are on a flash drive. I haven’t given much thought to how I’m going to transfer these tracks to something more usable. I want something mobile. Something I can listen to in the car or while walking, or jogging, or gardening. I have an old iPod but have no idea if it still works. I haven’t even downloaded iTunes to my new home computer to see if they’ll translate.

Did you get the recordings? What is your plan of attack? What options do you have for listening to them?

And the question for myself is, should I bother with them this year?

5 thoughts on “Michille: Recorded Sessions

  1. Get them. Get iTunes. Import them into iTunes. Put them on that old iPod (my kid has an old one that still works), then plug in and go! It’s really straightforward to do all of that. You might want to reset your iPod to factory settings first, then set it up like a new iPod, but that’s easy to do, too.

    My vote is to get them. But then again, I’ve listened to a lot of them over time (many repeatedly). Clearly, I’m biased. (And I’ll probably be buying them even though I’m not going to RWA this year!)

    • I’ll have to dust off the old iPods (there are actually 2) and see if they work. I also might be able to get them on my iPhone and listen to them if I drive my husband’s car (my is too old for the technology). I didn’t think to buy them from last year’s conference either.

      • They usually have previous years recordings available for sale at a discount at the conference. How is your car too old for the technology? You don’t have to connect via Bluetooth, I listen to stuff in my car with my headphones on. I just put one earbud in one ear and leave the other ear “free” so that I can hear what’s going on in the car around me.

        • It’s illegal to drive with headphones/earbuds in Maryland (it is legal in Arizona), so that’s not going to happen. I’m too much of a rule follower. My husband’s car has Bluetooth.

  2. Sorry I’m so late. I have an old Android that I use as a music player and podcast thingy. I hook it up to my computer and drag-n-drop the files into my phone in the appropriate spot. (I use VLC to play the files, if that makes any difference.)

    The phone also has Bluetooth, and I have a great speaker from Sony that’s a little turquoise cube. It’s very portable, and the sound is pretty good. I haven’t quite got the hang of charging and stuff (instruction manual was in Japanese, and then I misplaced it). But if I keep pushing buttons and prodding it, eventually it does what I want it to do.

    I could really use writing tips to go with my decluttering sessions . . . I’ve got huge piles of old school stuff that needs to be sorted out and recycled or filed.

    There are several free podcasts for SF writers; maybe I’ll write about that for next Saturday (-:!

    (Oh, and about driving: I had an antennae that plugged into my cigarette lighter, and then broadcast the stuff on my phone onto a low-level FM station. That was my old car; I’m not quite sure how I would do that on my new car; maybe the flash drive would play directly. It might have a USB slot in the glove compartment.)

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