Hanging By A Thread
by Elaine Taylor
tell us about yourself:
I am currently working as an information technology (IT) tutor on
the BBC bus visiting the communities of Cumbria.
We provide help to members of the public in using the many IT facilities
available on the bus. I face a computer challenge most days.
I have worked
in various professions since my first job, including graphic design, teaching
primary age children and providing IT tuition to a wide spectrum of people
in an equally broad range of environments ranging from casual home pc
users to business 'power users'.
enjoy being a mum when not at work, pottering around, helping my young
daughter achieve masterpieces which would put Picasso to shame.
your story about?
My story focuses on a skiing holiday I had a few years ago where I experienced
almost every emotion going in seven days.
I have always
had a problem with heights, so I knew the ski lifts could be a real issue
for me where my legs would be dangling above giddy heights on the way
up the slopes. Not only did I have the heights to contend with, but also
the method of getting on and off the lifts with dignity.
was also the worry of falling off them and plummeting to the slope below
before we reached our landing area.
there was a really high and steep slope which I was not prepared to confront
until my husband broke his arm. This meant he could no longer ski and
I felt so sorry for him I agreed to attempt the big mountain, thereby
facing my fear of the long, steep climb up. But on the way up, I realised
going down was going to be much worse.
you choose to tell this particular story?
Because my fear of heights is still with me, as will be my fear of ski
lifts when I next go skiing. So although I conquered that particular mountain,
the fear is still with me. However, Ive proven to myself I probably
can face other similar challenges in life.
the experience of making your digital story like?
I enjoyed exploring the literary aspect of it as I am much more used to
working with stills than words, so had to apply my brain in a different
It was curious
listening to the difference between how I thought I was emphasising words
and how they actually sounded.
It has been
a revelation to become aware of my own voice and how to explore voices
further in the future with digital storytelling with other people.
in relevant places felt quite natural for this story, but I started seeing
the holiday through another pair of eyes after a while, as if I was watching
someone elses story.