The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Week and a Day and Counting... and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 61

        Yes, my son is getting married in a week and a day, so forgive me for making this brief because in six days I have to be finished in my classroom, in a week we're throwing a rehearsal luncheon for 89 people, in a week and a day is the wedding and reception and in a week and two days, I leave for Turkey.

Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book. You choose the genre. Is it a mystery? Is it a coffee table art book? You decide.

Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Blurbs are those enticing bits that prod you into buying the book. Sometimes they're on the back cover of the book. Sometimes they're on the inside front cover. What they always try to do is lure you into purchasing the book.

Lisa Ricard Claro was the original creator of this writing challenge. Currently, she's super busy. She and her hubster sold their house in Georgia and are setting up their new house in Florida, and knowing her, she's also probably busy writing her 72nd novel. 

Include your blurb in a blog post. Include a link to this post. Also, link your post to Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky is easy. If you've never done it, you'll be impressed with how simple he is. And then, check out the other blurb(s). It's interesting to see the different directions writers take, given the same photo.

Here's the book cover, along with my blurb:

A Scary, Hairy Past
Mr. R’s about to become Dr. R, he’s about to get married … the only thing that might stand in his way of enjoying those transformations is a murky (and hairy) past.
His patients and his hospital supervisors adore the handsome Mr. R. His dedication and attention to details, his ability to use humor to put patients at ease make him popular with the nurses. His love of life, his determination, the bond he has with his family made the love of his life agree to marry him.
Now the wedding’s eight days away. His residency is just months away. Unfortunately, someone is threatening to leak damaging photos to the newspapers.
The pictures made his mother fall to the floor in a heap, horrified. If anyone else sees these photographs from his crazy past, will her son get kicked out of med school? Will he get abandoned at the altar? (150 words)

And for those writers who love to work ahead, here's the photo for next week:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Photos to Movies

      Perhaps you're not like me. Perhaps you are tech-savvy, and know how to do everything if it involves a power cord and gigabytes and hard drives.

      Not me. I depend on my middle school students to answer my tech questions at work, and on my husband to get me out of technological messes at home.

They say revenge is best served cold. However,
I've made a movie about my son that's so brilliant,
it's blazing-hot, and  through the movie, I'm going to get revenge for all his
childhood shenanigans. This is not even close to my son's worst hairstyle...

      But if you're interested in making a movie from your photos, I can help you with that.

      Photo Story 3 is a free download. And this time, something free is quite worthwhile...

      I've used this program for many years. It makes it easy to import photos. It's simple to move the photos around from one spot to another. Transitions. Cropping. Voice-overs. Adding music. It makes making a movie a breeze.

      This past week, I've used Photo Story 3 again to make a couple of movies: one about my soon-to-be daughter-in-law and one about my son. I've incorporated baby pictures (and lots of other pictures) of both of them and as the songs play and the images fade in and out, their toddler, elementary, high school and college years will march along until all that is left is their adult selves... about to get married. (We're going to watch it at the rehearsal luncheon.)

     Here is a tutorial if you'd like to try using the program. Here's a You Tube video if you're considering using it. But honestly, once you start with it, you won't need much help. It's extremely user-friendly. And think of how you could use it:

  • a high school/college graduation show
  • a book trailer to promote your book
  • a beginning or end of school year movie
  • entertainment for a family reunion
    The possibilities are endless.

    And since I can make movies using this program, and my dog can make movies using this program, so can you.

     How about you? I have most of my photos all jumbled up in a huge tub.  Where do you have yours, and have you made movies before? If so, what program did you use. Technologically-disabled minds want to know...