Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hello Summer—Let's Play!

I've spent the last few days at Bethany Beach, DE visiting my dad. Way to many kick back moments to write about, so I'm going with the old, "A picture paints 1000 words," philosophy.

I made a movie about "kick back" summer moments using Windows Movie Maker—my first try. Maybe now, I can make my own trailer for my soon to be released novel. It sure would beat paying CreateSpace $1200 for 30 seconds and ten images. Unbelievable!!! The music ends a little too early, but I had fun playing  with it. Let me know what you think.

By the way, the narrative section of Kick Back Moments is short today. I just finished the final edit of my novel before sending it to the printing press. The word bank in my brain is empty. So, let's go to the movies:    

Happy "Unofficial" Summer!       


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KICK BACK BOOK OF THE WEEK:

Since the theme this week is summer, I'll pick Three Junes by Julia Glass.



Since there aren't any words left in my brain, I'll let Oprah tell you about it:

"One of the most soulful books I've read, it's another story that deals with the passage of time—in this case, in the lives of a Scottish bookseller in New York and his father and siblings in Europe. You see the family from three perspectives; the story traces their disappointments, love, challenges, their health and their illnesses—what happens to people over a lifetime and how one generation leaves its imprint on the next."
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/book/Three-Junes-by-Julia-Glass?cat_id=#ixzz1w41QwWya

KICK BACK SONG OF THE WEEK:

The upbeat jazz instrumental you hear as background music on my movie is:  Big Windy Cat by Nick Colionne.

A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA:


"If you're not barefoot, you're overdressed."

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15 comments:

  1. Good news about your book. It has gone so quickly from your first post about it. When are you launching?

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  2. Hi Gwynneth ~ My first novel, A Stop in the Park, was pretty well edited when I posted about it. When I decided to publish it, I had it edited by CreateSpace, and my independent editor reviewed it one more time, so I'm set. I'll wait for the proof copy, review it again and then it goes out for a Kirkus review (Yikes!). It will probably be ready some time in September. What a process (but I love it)! I seriously can't wait to read your novel and will participate in your activities.~ Peggy

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  3. you need shoes because if u step on a porkupine it will KILL YOU but like thats gunna happen so watch out for porkupines and glass

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    1. ...and, yes, I forgot about ticks. I guess we have to keep barefoot walking for indoors. Hope no one steps on a porcupine!!!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your novel and I love your video--you are multi-talented!

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I'm learning how to make a book trailer because I'm too cheap to pay a professional. They are so pricey. I'll keep the trailer short and simple and will buy the photos from Shutterstock. Then again, people can always read the back cover to find out what the story is about. Things are getting so complicated in the publishing world!

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  5. Hi Peggy,

    Beautiful, relaxing video--made me wish i was there, butit's always relaxing on your site so that's my second choice. :) congrats on your new release coming up soon. Make a press release and send it to newspapers, libraries, schools when they open and all your sites and friends. I'll send you mine if you've never done one.

    Hugs, micki

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    1. Thanks so much, Micki. As the release date gets closer, I'll most certainly be contacting you. I'm thinking the novel will be ready (By the way, the title is, "A Stop in the Park") mid-to-late August. I'm nervous and excited. I'd love to see your press release-many thanks! Hugs to you too! ~ Peggy

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  6. Great job, Peggy! So many good images with wonderful variety. You can definitely make your own trailer. Congratulations on the book and best wishes for success!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Linnea. I figure with some practice using Windows Movie Maker and buying professional images from Shutter Stock, I'll do okay. Enjoy the day! ~ Peggy

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  7. LOVE your video! No one would ever guess it was a do-it-yourself project. One of these days I'm going to try Windows Movie Maker myself. I'm looking forward to the release of your book.

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  8. Peggy, just spreading some catnip today. . .I have started a new board on my Pinterest site (Inspiring Blogs to Visit) and yours has just been added! Love your posts! Hope you stop by for a little catnipoflife:>) BTW The video is great! I do quite a lot with WMM.

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    1. Thanks for pinning Kick Back Moments on Pinterest. I haven't done anything with this so far. Your pins will be first look into this. What is WMM - a good place for trailers?

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  9. What a fuzzy feeling! I love the sunflowers and the look of fun and relaxation. Your video is fabulous. I have found a place to get mine made but not for the price you mentioned here! Great job. Looking for your book to be released.

    Many Blessings,
    Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins
    Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler
    http://ExtraordinaryIreland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mamie. My novel will be released mid to late August. It's called "A Stop in the Park." As the times gets closer, I'll blog a bit about it. I enjoyed "Dream of an Irish Traveler" also.

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