October 24, 2010

IMovie, I Love You

Video Camera Pictures, Images and PhotosI was elbow deep in my novel the other day when I was struck with an idea for a book trailer. The idea was so clear in my mind, and I had to put something together before the thought was gone. Problem: how the hell do you make a book trailer? I did what most people do--google.

Initially, I put it together in Powerpoint--mostly because I didn't know any other way to do it. It was just a single image on eight slides and some writing on each, along with some music. My friend Google said IMovie was a good way to go, but I didn't have IMovie on my Mac, and I wasn't willing to buy a bundle package of programs for one single program. Call me thrifty. So, I kept using Powerpoint.

Little did I know that my old 13" Mac has IMovie on it. What a fantastic program. I think I might want to be a screenwriter now or a filmmaker. Within an hour I had my entire trailer done, and I'm pretty pleased with the results. There were some elements I still don't know how to add, but I'm working on it. I am going to post it as is when I figure out how.

Before I go I want to share a link with you. I'm sure there are writers out there who are curious how much money you could make from your first book sale. I found a great site today that gives details for many romance and young adult publishers. So check it out on Show Me the Money!

October 12, 2010

A Little About Me

Even though I like to blog, I don't really like to talk about myself. I can talk about my life: school, my kids, clinical, my back-talking husband...but I don't particularly want to talk about who I am as a person. I have yet to attach my last name to this website. I'm not sure why that is. I guess it makes me feel vulnerable, and I feel safer remaining anonymous. But, today I am going to share.

My first memory:
Packing a garbage sac full of clothes and announcing to my mother I was running away--I was four. I went into the woods and stayed there for what seemed like days. My mother later told me it was about a half-hour.

My favourite thing in the world besides my children:
My Mac. I bought it for a thirty dollar writing program that wouldn't play on my Toshiba laptop. 

My guilty pleasure:
I LOVE giving needles. Love it. Blame it on my inner sadist. 

What I hate:
Politics. Unless I'm trying to fall asleep. It's better than a bottle of Nyquil. 

My favourite Book:
Pride & Prejudice. 

My first kiss:
I don't remember his name--yes, it was that wonderful. We were at a dance and he kissed me at the end of our slow dance. I don't remember the song playing, but I do remember he was wearing overalls and his breath was pretty rank. I was fifteen? Sixteen? 

My first breakup:
This is also related to kissing. I was twelve when I had my first boyfriend, and by boyfriend I mean that we talked on the phone and he put his arm around me when we watched movies together. A friend of mine told me that if I didn't kiss him he would break up with me; so I broke up with him. In retrospect, I don't think he would have broke up with me--not right away, anyway. We had already been dating for a few months and he didn't seem to mind that we didn't kiss. I think my friend just wanted him for herself. 

My worst characteristic:
I am socially awkward. I am blunt and say odd things. I have a talent for offending people and never realizing I've done it. 

My five year plan:
Graduate nursing, finish my obligatory service in the military, finish a book I know is good enough to be published. 

There you have it. Some facts about me.