Finally Done!!

It’s finally done… I really don’t know how to feel. It’s like having a child the grows up and leaves home… What they call the empty nest syndrome. That’s how I feel… This has been my baby for almost a couple of years and now you will finally see it…

I’ve been going about 150 mph the last several months… From sun up until I would dropped asleep on the computer… (Thank heavens no pictures were taken of me doing that lol) Almost every waking moment not only writing and editing the books but also editing the videos.

Along the way I’ve shared with you all the trials and tribulations that I’ve gone through or felt. The excitement, the emotions and frustrations. The loss of our veterans I’ve interviewed, while some others I was scheduled to interview but unfortunately they had passed before I had the chance.  That’s why I decided to call it Diminishing Generations, because we are losing these veterans more and more every day and we lose their stories alone with them.

These books are the first of its kind. Using Augmented Reality to bring these images and stories to reality right from the books. As Jim Dailey of Digital Delta Design explains, “The Diminishing Generations project is utilizing Augmented Reality technology, which place is digital content between the user and the physical world. In this case, the AR-enabled apps allow the user to “scan” the images of the veterans in the books and provide a direct link to additional content such as videos and photo galleries, sharing more of each veterans story”.

It’s always hard to explain how these books work in just typing about it, because most individuals are not familiar with this technology. And for that matter who could imagine, videos coming right off the pages of a book. But that’s how these books are. You will have the ability to hear and see the veterans tell their personal stories of war directly from the veterans themselves.

So November 14, 2015 the book launch will be held free on the USS Iowa from 10a.m. to 4p.m. From 12-2 will be the meet and great of the veterans in the book. So come and meet the veterans and have them sign their part of the book. Learn some real history from the ones who’ve lived it.

Keep a watch out as there are more exciting things coming your way.

I hope to see you on the USS Iowa on the 14th and if not you can still order the books at http://www.jodichampagne.com under “Books”. Shortly thereafter they will be available elsewhere.

Thanks Jodi

 

 

 

 

AWE 2015

I’ve talked and posted about my project Diminishing Generations being shown at the Augmented World Expo 2015 in northern California. They finally released the video of Jim Dailey of Digital Delta Design discussion the process. Apparently it was a big hit 🙂

I’m so excited and can’t wait for this project to be released.  Yes I’m going crazy because I’m still in the middle of editing and writing and not counting everything else I must do… But when you see and hear these veterans tell their own personal stories you will be amazed…

I’m so proud as I go though editing the stories of the veterans. Even though I’ve heard it being told the original time, for some odd reason it seems more special as I sit in front of my computer privately listening again with no interruptions. Hearing every word they have to say… So much emotions along with some tears… I want to go back and talk even more… I never thought I could learn so much… It really makes me want to learn even more.

Here soon you will have the chance to also hear these amazing stories… We can listen to their stories which is so important to them but we will really never know what it was like to have fought in a war during that generation.

Thanks again for your support.

Jodi

Count Down Time…

Over the years the projects I have done dealt with issues, subjects and life. If you think about it they actually would never end… Unless we either fix the issues or cure the subjects and life is perfect and we all know that is a never-ending battle…

With my latest project Diminishing Generations, it can continue as there are so many veterans to talk too… and as time moves on a new generation of Diminishing Generations will occur from the battles of today…

So I had to make a collection due date as I need to be able to work on this project. Doesn’t mean I won’t stop collecting no matter what because this information is priceless….

Count down time… as I need to edit all the videos I’ve captured… The stories are amazing… I can’t wait for you to see, hear and learn about not only the person who’s telling their story but first hand account of our history… So I will be a hermit locked up in my office working away… I will peek my head out every now and them to catch a breath…. I will share with you pieces of their stories along the way…

Attached is a piece of Sharon Cummings personal story from the Vietnam war… So keep an eye and ear out as it’s count down time to November 14, 2015…

Thank you for your support and following this amazing journey of our Veterans and our history…

Jodi

 

Take a deep breath…

Let me take a quick deep breath…

Life still goes on no matter what you do or what you are in the middle of doing… While documenting this project “Diminishing Generations” I’ve had to deal with my own personal emergencies… Not counting I do have a family… Being a person that doesn’t know the meaning of 100% only 250% that can be devastating… So I’m going to take a deep breath….

While I’m wrapping up the last bit of interviews of some WWII veterans I’ve begun editing the ones I have. It’s fascinating even though I was present at the interview it’s like I learn and hear more… While I’m editing I research things they tell me… the what, where and when… For example Eugene, a Navy man, was on the USS Helena when it got torpedoed… So I research the location of where it happened, the survivors ect… So not only am I editing I’m also learning more in-depth American history. And of course one thing leads to another…

Time is coming close to the release of the book… November 14, 2015. Although to the average person it’s actually far away… But for me lol it’s to close… So I’m not only working on editing, writing, interviewing… I’ve also been working on designing the book covers and preparing for the release…

I want to really thank a few special people who have helped me so much along the way… That is Bob Alvis, Linda Willis and Dayle DeBry… When I need something they are there for me.. Johnny on the spot… Sometimes it’s a short notice but they always come through… I can’t thank them enough!!!

Take a deep breath… Now for some amazing news… Not only is the release scheduled for November 14, 2015.. The release will be held actually on the USS Iowa. You will be able to meet some of the amazing veterans that are in the books… So stay tuned for details coming in the near future…

Thank you for letting me breathe….

Jodi

 

AWE 2015 – Digital Delta Design

I’m excited and honored that Digital Delta Design is collaborating with me on my project Diminishing Generations. Jim Dailey will be discussing this project at the Augmented World Expo 2015. Last October 2014 in Munich, Germany when this project was in the early stages Jim had released information about our collaboration and the project. I am proud to say this project is nearing the release in November 2015. Please read Digital Delta Design’s blog and if you have the opportunity to stop by the expo please do. Discover what the world of Augmented Reality is really about.

http://digitaldeltadesign.com/awe2015/

http://augmentedworldexpo.com/

Thank you for your support in making this project happen.

Jodi

Reality of war…

When we are brought in to this world as Americans we are naturally groomed to earn the rights to the American dream. Never ending education, meet the perfect spouse and raise a family and then retire and grow old together… In today’s society we are so consumed with getting from point A to point B the quickest and most direct way. Most of the time with blinders on not really knowing or seeing what’s going on around us. All you have to do is watch “Watter’s World” and you will understand what I mean. Until something so tragic like 9/11 happens then we are stopped in our tracks. Unfortunately, for only a short time or until the newness (lack of a better word) goes away. But what’s left in the wake of something like 9/11 is our military personnel. Although I am a firm believer all youth should spend at least 2 years serving their country out of high school, but these individuals who do go into the service really go in never thinking they would actually go to war.

As technology has grown over the years so has the technology of games. Out goes the “Cowboy and Indian” or “Cops and Robbers” play to the military special forces like the “Call of Duty” or “Gears of War” games. Specially with boys, having these games with powerful guns to shot and various types of things to blow up what could be better… It builds them up with the real lack of understand of the “reality of war”.

I feel our government does not take care of the needs of our veterans of today and specially of yesterday. Our soldiers are trained in “Mind, Body and Soul” of how to fight for their country. The reality of war puts them in a position to have to exercise their “Fight or Flight” mentality. It’s something as a civilian we hope to never have to experience. The reality of war stays with them.

Now our soldiers return home as veterans forever changed by the loss of innocence. The well-trained “Mind, Body and Soul” sees the reality of war… Although proud to be an American and will fight for their country and better yet their fellow-man, brother, friend again and again even knowing the reality of war… We as a society that doesn’t really know the reality of war needs to take a step back, listen, learn from our veterans from the past and present. Because they are the ones that had fought for our freedom and the freedom of others and continue fighting for you today…

Diminishing Generations is a project that brings history to you. Reality of war… Really learning what “Fight or Flight” mentality really is.. Here is a piece of a story from a Vietnam veteran, William Auten. This was his reality…

Diminishing Generations is a project that brings these stories to life with Augmented Reality. They are personal, powerful and raw with some stories never been told as the veterans have talked with me for the first time.

So please keep watch as Diminishing Generations will be released November 14, 2015.

Thank you for reading and following.

Jodi

 

I’ve Been Away…

I feel if you are a true artist your projects never end no matter how big or small. The drive to create something is so strong you will always find a way to make things happen. I’m sure you’ve heard not only myself but others say… “This will be my last project”, meanwhile already making planes for the next one. For me I tend to leave myself open for all possibilities as I’m a student of life. As I always say, I’m a firm believer things happen for a reason. People are put into our path whether it’s for 5 minutes, few hours, days or even a lifetime for reasons we may never know.

I’m not a writer… I am an artist… My writing in this blog will not be perfect grammar and punctuations but it will be from my heart with compassion and emotion. I want to share what I see and how I feel… Some of my projects will always be continuing because they mean something special to me… There is a deep purpose for what I show and do. It might not be for all but it will be for some… the right some for that purpose.

I’ve been away for a while diligently working on an amazing project called Diminishing Generations. I feel I’ve gone back in time learning about the past first hand. Hearing stories from the people who’ve actually lived during the times we call history. In this specific project you will hear the stories of our veterans that served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars. You will hear first hand account of each persons perspective during their time in war. The good, the bad and the ugly from Pearl Harbor survivors, POW’s, women in war, pilots, medics, infantry, sailors, soldiers just to name a few. For me doing this project I’ve had the pleasure of learning more in-depth about the veterans and their families. Which I will cherish forever…

Towards the end of gathering the interviews I was finally able to get to Baton Rouge to interview a some veterans. I had the pleasure and wonderful time with amazing hosts, Bill and Barbra Auten. Not only did they take good care of me they had treated me to a wonderful day at the WWII museum in new Orleans as well as other amazing ventures. Until that day I really didn’t understand what I had gathered with the WWII veterans. Being at the museum had finally put everything in to perspective. As I walked around seeing images with captions I was blown away… I turned to Bill and said I know the whole story about that image as I had interviewed a veteran on that ship. As we continued on things like that kept happening. Then and there I knew how I had to layout the book.

I am close to the end gathering stories from these veterans. Then it will be a task editing and writing for the books. Yes, books… There will be one for each war. As for the writing, it will be correct as I will have an editor. 🙂 Now the chores for Jim Daily of Digital Delta Design and myself for the next several months will be long and crazy as we get moving on completing this project. I really can’t wait for you to meet these amazing veterans.

So stay tuned…

Thanks
Jodi