Two Cases, Two Personalities

The second half of this week has been exhausting, fulfilling and exciting, but tiring none the less. On Wednesday, the three Steadfast Sleuths met up to discuss what had happened the previous week such as Sarah’s poisoning and noir-y’s disappearance as well as the news concerning Shannon Mills’ escape from prison. After our meeting, we searched around for more clues concerning the Jack case while staying alert in case Shannon Mills suddenly showed up to make an attempt on Sasha’s life.

On Friday evening, Sarah and I went out to dinner while Sasha caught up on some work at the Steadfast Sleuths office. When we returned to the office after dinner, Emma was there with ice cream, but Sasha wasn’t with her so we became concerned. After talking with Emma, we realized that Sasha was walking into a trap set by Shannon, so we rushed to the rooftop that Emma mentioned, Emma remained at the office, of course, and we had her call the police. When we reached the roof, Sasha was unconscious and tied up while Shannon cornered us and the mysterious person recording our cases. After Shannon explained her plot, she lunged towards me to push me off of the roof, Jack intervened and in the ensuing struggle, Shannon fell off the roof to her death. I still can’t believe what happened next! Jack is Matthew, my lost little brother! Or rather Matthew became/created the personality of Jack after the trauma we endured as children. Thankfully, Matthew’s getting help controlling the more violent Jack personality and is wanting to be called Mack at the present. Also, Jack was the one who took noir-y and the unicorn has been safely returned to the agency. I hope we’ll be able to catch up soon or at least keep in contact if we decide to take different paths. At least we each know that the other is alive and well, that’s the most important thing.

Alright, I’ve just finished conversing with Sarah and our cats have gone missing! They must’ve escaped out of the office window; now we have to find Bailey and Pluto before they get themselves into trouble!

Mills Escaped!

We just found out that Shannon Mills has escaped from prison! The prison guards didn’t realize she was gone for over a week, probably due to the fact that one of the officers helped her in her escape. Sarah and I are worried that she’ll target Sasha again. Hopefully we’ll be able to solve the Jack case before Shannon appears. We are also still looking for noir-y, but no leads are popping up. It seems like we’ve hit a wall, but we’ll find a break in it eventually. Still no new news concerning my brother Matthew, but I’m still searching.

Who is Jack? (Case Update #1)

Tonight was the first night that the Steadfast Sleuths have been able to meet up because Sarah has been poisoned! Sasha, Sarah, and I went out to dinner Saturday evening in Los Angeles. Sarah and I ordered the restaurant’s special while Sasha ordered a salmon salad. Our specials each came with brussel sprouts as a side, which I didn’t end up eating because I am allergic to brussel sprouts. Sarah and Sasha ate their meals while I avoided my brussel sprouts, and afterwards we all spent the night at Sarah’s home. In the middle of the night, Sarah suddenly became violently ill so Sasha and I rushed her to the hospital. In the morning, the doctors told us that the brussel sprouts we had ordered the night before had been poisoned, but the poison was slow-acting so we had brought Sarah to the hospital before she had reached a critical condition. Because this poisoning coincided with the Sleuths accepting the You Don’t Know Jack case makes it highly probable that Jack is behind this. Sarah is now well enough to help Sasha and I with the case so we’ll begin our investigation in the morning after our initial meeting tonight. We will need to be more cautious as we delve further into this case since we know so little about this Jack character and what he is capable of.


My Resume

This post contains my, Shelley Layton’s, current job resume for the purpose of fulfilling the requirements of the Character Resume Web Assignment and when I happened upon the assignment I realized that I needed to update my resume anyway due to my moving to San Francisco and becoming a part of the Steadfast Sleuths. I created my resume in a Microsoft Word document and embedded the file into this blog post. Updating my resume made me realize how far I have come in the past year and I’m hoping that my career will keep heading in the positive direction it is now.

Shelley Resume

Assignment Value: 3 stars

My Dream Trip

For the Dream Vacation on Pinterest Web Assignment, I created a Pinterest board through Kayleigh’s Pinterest account detailing my dream vacation that I eventually would like to take to Japan. I first became interested in Japanese culture as I was learning the Japanese language during my time as a student at the University of London. Then when I moved out here to San Francisco, I learned much more about Japanese culture that I became interested in, the festivals, popular travel destinations, and the absurd amount of cats.

I have no particular order in which I would like to do things, but I definitely want to visit each of the places mentioned for a specific reason. Also, this could either be a trip I take alone or Sarah and Sasha could come too if they are interested. In Tokyo, I’d like to go to a cat cafe, go to hanami, also called cherry blossom viewing, and to go shopping for myself and for souvenirs for friends. In Kyoto, I would visit the Infinity Cafe and figure out which types of Japanese tea I prefer. The place I want to visit the most is Fukuoka Island, where semi-wild cats roam freely across the island and it would be so much fun to be surrounded by dozens of cats. There is also a similar island filled with rabbits called Okunoshima. To take a break from the more relaxing parts of the trip, I’m debating on visiting/investigating Aokigahara, the “suicide forest”, where multiple people enter each year and never return alive. If this venture proves to be too dangerous, I also plan to explore Hashima, an abandoned coal mining island off of the coast of Japan, which is a completely abandoned city which once held thousands of inhabitants. Finally, I would visit Kinokawa City to see Tama, the cat train station master and walk through the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan. Of course, this vacation is still only a concept at best and will need much more thorough information before becoming a reality.

Assignment Value: 3 Stars

Watch Patents

For the Patent Pending Visual Assignment, I felt that I would hang some old patent drawings of pocket watches on my walls at my home or in the Steadfast Sleuths office. I found the pocket watch and stopwatch images through a Google image search and used the photo-editing elements of Powerpoint to make the patents look older and newer by altering the color of the paper, making the drawing lines appear darker or faded, and stuck the two images side by side as they would be together in one frame. My parents gave me a pocket watch when I was a child and patent drawings such as these are helpful for figuring out what is wrong with the watch if it’s broken. Also, looking at the intricate work that goes into creating something so small but important in our daily lives is fascinating to think about.

Patent Watch Drawings

Assignment Value: 2 Stars

The Second Adventure of the Steadfast Sleuths

Hello, this is Shelley Layton. I guess I’m in charge of the weekly summaries for ds106 as well. My first week being immersed in ds106 has been a great experience. The assignments this week were manageable while balancing my work load in the Steadfast Sleuths. Getting used to using a computer for my assignments was my biggest obstacle, but I learned how to use movie editing programs in the process and I greatly enjoyed my interview with the ds106 instructors and constructing my answers was enjoyable as well. The Daily Creates were also nice and I especially liked drawing NoirCat Batman.

There isn’t much I would have changed about my work this week, other than unforeseen computer difficulties, but that’s not something you can do much about. I’ve been learning as I’ve experimented more with different programs, so I have no urgent questions to ask or issues with my work to express. The video of The Steadfast Sleuths chronicling our latest case was edited by Kim, Lauren, and Kayleigh this week and it came out really well through them editing the scenes together in the Windows Live Movie Maker program and uploading the final product to Youtube and it is embedded in this post. I believe that the video accurately portrays the highs and lows of our case and the continues the development of the relationships between Sarah, Sasha, and myself. I look forward to continuing my work with The Steadfast Sleuths as well as working in the ds106 community.

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My Interview
Our Agency
Case Progress

Daily Creates:

2nd Case of The Steadfast Sleuths

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Interviewing Shelley Layton

The instructors of ds106 found it to be important to individually interview each member of noir106. I sat down with them today for a casual interview about myself. I feel that the interview went well and that I’ve learned more about the purpose and inner workings of ds106. A few of the questions were strange, but I never felt that they purposefully invaded my privacy or made me feel uncomfortable. I look forward to taking part in more ds106 activities and continuing to work with my fellow Steadfast Sleuths within the ds106 community.

Room to Grow

This blog post is about the Daily Create Your Own Words of Wisdom Inspirational Poster and I came up with this quote on the spot and I believe in it completely. What one person may think of as their limits, another may see that person as having untapped potential and limitless possibilities. I believe it is much easier for people to see the potential of others before they find the potential in themselves. I took this photo on a trip I took to France when I was living in England because I liked the flowing visual of the vines across the shot.


NoirCat Batman!

I don’t know too much about Batman, so I decided to incorporate an recurring noir106 character into the ’15 second Batman’ Daily Create. NoirCat has taken up the mantle of Batman in this quick drawing, and the cat is quite serious about completing its duties as a hero. I consider myself to be adequate in my drawing skills, so I enjoyed the challenge of creating a clearly identifiable character in a short amount of time.

NoirCat Batman