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March 7th, 2007

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10:42 am - The Wheel of the Year, She is A-Turnin'. . .
Since I put the Wheel of the Year document (WotY) on my CaféPress site in late October of 2005, I've sold 37 copies of it. I made $3.02 off of it before I revised it and published it at cost last July. 15 copies were then sold at no profit to me. I've only once held an actual published copy of WotY, thanks to _crow365__: I don't even own a copy of my own book. It's kinda funny, thinking about how much work I've put into it, and what the return has been.

That return has been amazing.

It's interesting: the monetary return has been so darn low (so low I can't even collect it from CaféPress), but the value I place on the experience and the comments I've gotten back from it has been extremely high. Watching Dedicants use the plan (even if only for a month or two) has been very good, and a fairly solid indication that the program is helpful to at least some people.

My original, stated goal with the WotY was this: "If it helps one person, it will have been worth it."

I think WotY has surpassed that original goal.

The highest validation I got that it was a Good Idea™ was from Ian, who said he saw the next edition of the DP as including the WotY, possibly as an appendix, or even as a "book two". That, of course, was before the newest call for DP revisions* took place.

Now, I'm in an interesting fix. By reformatting the DP into more of a "path" than a "program", WotY faces an uncertain future. I fully support the revisions, but I wonder if there's any room for WotY in that path. More to the point, I wonder if WotY is more problem than solution: it was made unerringly clear that many folks feel we focus too much on "completion", and in my eyes WotY contributes to that.

No one else has worried about this, just me. No one has ever said, "Hey, you know, what you did was great and all, but we're looking to go a different direction." There's no pressure on me to re-think this, to re-work it, or to remove it from circulation.

But over time, if we wish to de-emphasize the idea that the DP is "a program you must complete" instead of "a path you can follow", we're going to have to back off on concentrating on the requirements. WotY, of course, is all about the requirements, and it is a central, driving force in the perception of the DP as a program you need to finish. This, then, puts WotY in a jam.

So now I'm stuck here, looking at nearly two years of WotY circulation, thinking about whether WotY will see another full year of use, wondering if it was worth it to write it and then come to a point where we might scrap it.

And I find myself saying, "Yes, it was."

Who knows, though, what the future holds for the WotY document? I certainly don't, and I'm not making actual plans for it. I'm really just thinking about it, and surprised at how satisfied I am with the six or so months I spent working on WotY, and how obvious it is that no matter what happens, what I decide or what ADF's Council of Lore decides, I'll be very happy with the outcome.

* - FYI: These DP "revisions" don't affect the exit standards, so don't worry about work you're doing somehow becoming obsolete. The booklet is just being cleaned up.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar", -JB

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Date:March 8th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
What Sleepwolf is suggesting is actually how I and some others I know use WotY. I find it useful as a reference for getting started on something, and then I usually just write down ideas in my journal when they come to me in whatever order. People have to work the DP into whatever's going on in their life, be it work or school (or both) so schedules for the DP have to be rearranged. Ah yes, and then depending on when you start it there's the prospect of doing Nature Awareness in 20 below weather. Well, that's one way to create awareness ;)

Another thing that would be helpful is some kind of Step by Step How to Write ADF Ritual and to clarify exactly _how_ flexible the CoOR is. I've been wanting to re-arrange the steps of ritual.
Maybe the Liturgists could pull something together? That's the biggest problem I have, so I keep putting off those rituals. But then I'm used to just going to public rituals rather than celebrating on my own. Never really been much of a solitary, though I'm trying to remedy that.

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Date:March 8th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)

(slightly OT)

A COoR tutorial is an idea that has come up a lot lately, including on the solitaries list. It's also something I personally think we really need, and can create if there's enough buzz. So please continue to suggest this wherever possible!
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Date:March 8th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
ADF has always approached liturgical writing from the (somewhat odd) stance of "if we teach you the cosmology, you will be able to write liturgy." Unfortunately, that's not quite the case :)

brandondedicant is very right: we've seen the call for COoR tutorials, and we're slowly responding.

Re: how flexible the COoR is, well, I tried to get people to write about that in OL last time, but few things along those lines were submitted. I hope to get more into OL over the next few months, as well as up onto the website. A lot of the Clergy, though, are also learning to use it, so it's difficult to say how long it will be before a solid, "this is how you write COoR rituals" document comes out. . . I expect Ian, Kirk, or Skip will produce one, though. And if they don't, I'll write one because, though I might not be the best suited for the job, I'm in such constant contact with the Dedicants that I will be reminded over and over again just how much it's needed :)

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