Farrin is one of the most prolific members in the history of the Shadow Academy staff. In his six months as a Magistrate, he has written -- from blank page to live course -- ten courses and exams totaling more than 20,000 words. On top of that, he is an exceptional editor with an eye for fine detail and a drive to keep correcting, revising, reworking until the finished product meets his own high standards. He is also a valuable adviser, not afraid to tell me when I am pushing a project along too quickly or wandering down the wrong path. In short, Farrin is impressive.
His first and largest assignment was to aid Aabsdu in a total rewrite of the Department of History Studies. Aabs got the ball rolling, but the project really picked up momentum when Farrin got involved. He jumped right in and largely took the reins of the project, spending days pouring over source material on Wookieepedia, the Brotherhood Wiki, and the original course notes. He crafted outlines for each course, ensuring that all key points in Star Wars history would be addressed, and then spent weeks synthesizing, analyzing, and writing. He took feedback eagerly and incorporated comments into his work, never allowing pride of authorship to interfere with crafting the best possible courses. Moreover, he finished the entire project four months ahead of schedule -- it launched in August rather than the originally-planned December. The total History rewrite was a project unlike anything the Shadow Academy has ever undertaken and it could not have succeeded like it did without Farrin’s hard work and dedication.
Farrin then turned his attention to the oldest courses in our catalog: he rewrote the Sith and Krath COREs from scratch. As a result, two of our most convoluted, patchwork courses (sources of common complaint) have become excellent examples of high quality writing and organization. He also spent hours revising the Light Side CORE courses and Dark Brotherhood Basics, fixing difficult-to-read notes and glaring content errors. More recently, he has edited the Leadership Reports, Leadership Rewards, and Leadership Management courses. The last of those, Management, has been transformed. I supplied Farrin a rough outline of changes to make, and he rewrote the course notes almost entirely from scratch (which seems to be his specialty) in an afternoon. Thanks to his quick turnaround and precise style, the Management course is a completely different, significantly more useful course than it was before. Once again, Farrin created a high quality course from little more than loose direction and source notes.
Finally, I have to thank Farrin for being a steady hand and a dedicated staffer. When I ask him for thoughts on a course, he does not hesitate to tell me if it needs work. When I want to push something out before it’s ready, he pumps the brakes. Most of all, when something needs to be done, I know I can trust Farrin to tackle it and succeed. He is my secret weapon. Thank you, Farrin, and congratulations!
Master Dacien Victae, 2014-12-01 14:28:01 UTC