Monday night, I was very, very excited to receive the proof copies of the Call of the Crane book, the book designed for the ADF Order of the Crane (totally not approved yet, but I totally don't care). I've been having so much fun doing this particular bit of work, and I have to say, the damn thing looks wonderful.
I am, of course, catching typos and issues left and right, but the nice thing about proof copies is that you can write in them and mark them up all you want. It's about 54 pages and small, and I'm starting to see how it'll fit in with other training materials that I'm likely to develop. It may nearly double in size before we're ready for release, though.
I'll be bringing a copy of the books to both the Druid Moon rite tonight and to the Clergy Retreat next weekend. I admit, I can't wait to show it off.
I also started updating the ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year (WotY) document. I'm kind of sad because I suspect that this will be the last major update to that book for some time, but I've been throwing new things in (like a complete "first oath" ritual and other such things) while I've been doing the more mundane updates.
As I go through it, I see that I'll be developing a second WotY, one that is crane-focused. It'll be more of a "working" book than the current WotY is. And then, once that's done, we will find an IP WotY appearing that's Crane focused, as well. What I'm starting to see is a pair of books (so far) that will lead one along the path of the Crane from joining ADF, through the DP, through the IP, and possibly through clergy training.
seamus_mcnasty, we'll need to create a "Crane Journal", too, I think, after reviewing the proof of this book.
I've been involved with a number of discussions on "what's an Order" through a variety of media, which is somewhat entertaining to me: I've been watching it come together since the notion was first presented, of course, and gone back and forth about their utility and their place. I'm excited and pleased with the way it's developed, mostly because so far everything makes sense, and discussions about the direction have only cemented that feeling more and more strongly in my mind.
The best part, of course, is that we've had the opportunity to do the work now for months to see how things work prior to approval. With months (or a year in one case) under the belt of a couple of groups, we have seen different experiences and different developments (and radically different approaches). I've been very pleased that since the policy discussion was moved to the MG, everything seems to still proceed from the original intent, and that nothing has changed that has brought up any of the current (known) working groups to need to change their approach. It's been nice to see that the MG members seem to be taking all discussions and existing work into account.
I hope to put out a call to "interested parties" for the Order of the Crane to ADF-Announce shortly, probably right after the Clergy Retreat, and get the work even more steam.
On a completely different thought: it occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that if everyone in ADF was as professional and polite as the zombies in Re: Your Brains (video | lyrics), some of us might not feel so personally beat up upon. Plus, the song is so darn uplifting. . . in a "I'm going to eat your brains" sort of way.