A few days ago, a dear Internet friend asked why I’ve been so “quiet” lately online. Well. . .it’s a long story and I won’t bore you with all the details. Let’s just say that I took a little hiatus from blogs, critique groups, machinima, and sorta-kinda from Facebook to take care of a few personal things.
Whew! And now I have. Taken care of things, I mean. I’ve raised a bevy of birds and seen them through a very successful release, finalized a video project I’ve been working on since earlier in the summer, helped my husband develop some cool graphics for a major printing job, and–even though I’d warned him I might not be able to do it–kept working on Bill Weldy’s trailer a little bit at the time.
My payoffs for re-prioritizing are this: last week I was treated to the sight of all four of my baby starlings together at the same time, sitting on the fence in my front yard. All four the same size, all in identical stages of molt–it had to be Melody, Shakey, Big Mac, and Chip. (The nail polish on their little toes has long since worn away.) Melody still drops by every day to eat food I leave out for her and occasionally brings a sibling. This time she brought two. And Chip–well, Chip still lives inside with me. He flies outside from time to time, stays gone a day or two, then comes back to sleep it off just like a partying teenager. That day he flew to the fence and joined his family for a few minutes–too bad I didn’t have a camera handy. That precious group pose didn’t last very long.
My next big payoff was being helpful to my hubby. He can be a tough taskmaster–for me to actually contribute in a meaningful way to one of his projects is actually a pretty big deal. The collaboration between the two of us resulted in some pretty cool designs, if I do say so myself. 🙂
Next, I have practically ALL the content I need for Bill’s trailer meshed and imported. All the motorcycles, the sets, the props. . .I should be able to jump headfirst into filming tomorrow and get this project completed in a matter of weeks. Maybe even days. We’ll see. Hang in there, Bill! I’ll have you a trailer finished yet!
Last but not least, I entered a contest. It’s a book trailer competition sponsored by Amazon Studios, and the prizes are significant. More than that, my credibility as a producer would compound exponentially if I win. Even if I don’t win, the exposure is terrific. It’s for the horror novel Seed by Ania Ahlborn–which is a good novel, by the way, if you like that sort of story. As picky a reviewer as I can be, I would probably give this one at least a 4.5 for character development alone, maybe even 5 stars. The plotting was pretty tightly woven, too. I would definitely recommend this book to friends without any qualms at all.
The contest is judged by the author and there will also be a fan favorite. Viewer ratings and comments are a pretty big part of the package. So naturally I hope some (all?) of you will venture over to the Amazon Studios Seed contest page, watch my trailer, rate it, and leave a comment. My trailer is #21.
Word of caution, though–the website looks simple and straightforward, but it can be a little tricky to navigate. The trailers are compiled into a view list with a clearly marked tab, but each individual trailer has an identical “cover” so it’s hard to tell exactly what you’re about to watch. Mine is, of course, iClone machinima, and it begins with a car traveling down a wooded road. There is a tiny hyperlink below the viewing window that says “ratings and comments.” Once you click it, you then have to register with Amazon Studios, which is simple and requires nothing but establishing a username and password. But once that is done, I can’t find a simple way to get back to the ratings and comments page. My best suggestion is to simply re-click the URL here. Maybe someone more techno-savvy than me will have better luck with the website.
However, I’d sure appreciate your time and trouble if you choose to support me in the contest. My winning would be great, GREAT news for all of us taking a chance on machinima book trailers. If the Amazon community gets on board the idea, book trailers will almost certainly become a successful new cornerstone of the publishing industry.