It’s Me…Yikes!

I’m an INTROVERT. I recharge when I’m alone. I have no problem spending days reading and hanging out at home…maybe that’s why I’m a writer.

I get kind of freaked out about calling people, or stopping by work when I’m not on the schedule, or being in big crowds. (Anyone with me here?)

But I’m running a Kickstarter for my latest book, The Adventure, and it’s worth me peeking out of my writer’s cave to say hi, to introduce myself, to actually show my face to those willing to back the project.

So here it goes…EEEEK!

Blessings,

Jennifer

P.S. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter in case you’re interested =)

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Why Book Trailers Boggle a Writer’s Brain

You need a book trailer for The Adventure…say what!?

Yes, that’s right, a movie-esque trailer…for a book. I mean, it’s words-on-paper-to-fuel-imaginations type of technology, not a movie for crying out loud. What do you even put into a trailer? More words on a page? That’s lovely…and totally boring without the actual book in hand.

But even Kickstarter encourages everyone to have a video, so I put it on my list of things, completely unaware of the massive project it would be.

So, when my calendar plan for The Adventure told me to write the outline for THE TRAILER, I wrote an outline, video reel rolling through my head with ideas. “Yeah, that’s totally possible,” I told myself. This shouldn’t be so bad. I mean, writing’s my thing, so getting the outline figured out was easy peasy…

But then I needed to do something with that outline. *Gulp*

I had in my head a flame sparking and then a match burning behind a DEEP MALE VOICE saying ominous things. This required three things that my writer’s brain hadn’t really figured out.

  • One, music behind the voice, something to set the mood.
  • Two, I needed a video of the match burning.
  • And three, and most importantly, I needed the voice for “ominous things”

And this was just for the start of the trailer…

Music is a tricky thing and music rights even trickier, not to mention scary. Let me just say the Free Music Archive is amazing and super helpful. That’s where I found Cold Noise and the promotional music for the trailer. Thank you to Jaroslav Vyhnicka with Cold Noise! I love the music. (This took me days, nay weeks! to research.)

First part down, second part…um…

Filming is definitely not in my wheelhouse, but I know this amazing woman who’s like a pit bull once she gets an idea in her head. She’s called my sister, or, to the rest of the world, she’s Lucynda (Cindy) with Funsnapshots99 (I guess creative pursuits run in the family=). I mentioned my apprehension about filming the match burning. She started researching. On the spot.

And she ran with the trailer from there. I’m not even sure I actually asked her or if I was just venting at the time…can’t remember now…but she dropped everything and began digging into how to set up the trailer.

I couldn’t be happier that she did.

I think she spent well over 50 or 60 hours on this project and the trailer went through at least 8, if not more, revisions. Like I said, I had no idea the monster of a project I was taking on when I wrote it on my calendar.

Cindy’s hard work shows. Aside from the book itself, this is the one thing I’m most excited to share with everyone because it turned out absolutely amazing!

Check it out:

Two parts down…Part three…

DEEP MALE VOICE.

You might notice in the trailer that the voice isn’t a DMV. There’s a reason for that but this is a connection I want to dig into because it’s the coolest of them all.

However, this blog’s getting really long, so I’ll dig into that connection, and the reason the voice isn’t a DMV, Thursday. Check back and I’ll explain everything.

Until then, blessings,

Jennifer

P.S. Please share this! It’s such a great way to introduce people to The Adventure. Or, if you’d like to support The Adventure, click the link =)

The Adventure Kickstarter!

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Ready, set, here we go!

Today launches The Adventure Kickstarter.

My excitement knows no bounds! My poor husband is dealing with me jumping up and down like a child on Christmas
morning. Seriously, since January, I and those amazing people who have agreed to help me throughout the year have been working toward this.

And now I get to shamelessly promote The Adventure. This isn’t something in my wheelhouse. I’m a self-proclaimed hermit most days, but The Adventure’s worth stepping out of my cave and shouting to the world.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, here’s the rundown.

Kickstarter is similar to gofundme, except it’s for startups, for entrepreneurs, for creatives to get their work into the world by presenting it to those who might want to invest in each project.

And there are rewards for those who support the project depending on what level you support it at, including, but not limited to, your name in the acknowledgements of the book. (Yes, your name will be in print!)

This is like a preorder option, but with goodies that go along with it =)

More details can be found on the Kickstarter page here. (Be sure to check out the book trailer! It’s awesome=)

Hope to see your name in the book.

Blessings,

Jennifer

P.S. Word-of-Mouth (text/facebook post/tweet and any other form of Word-of-Mouth), is the best and most valuable way to support a book. Even if you can’t support The Adventure financially but you love reading, please support it by sharing the Kickstarter with others.

The Adventure Kickstarter Starts Soon!

(Update: Now that the Kickstarter has launched, you can go here to check it out=)

My sister tells me I should do one scary thing a day. This might be my scary thing for the next year!

This Thursday, a 30 day Kickstarter starts for The Adventure book.

But anything worthwhile is difficult and scary and rewarding all bundled into a tight ball. The more rewarding something is, the scarier it usually is to accomplish.

As many of you know, reading was difficult for me as a child. It took until 7th grade until it actually clicked. They tested me for all sorts of reading problems, but never figured out why this one thing was such a struggle. I still don’t know why.

When my brain finally decided reading was okay, a whole new world opened up for me. I went from a third grade reading level to post grad in about a year. Like a sponge, I couldn’t find enough to read. The Choose Your Own Adventure stories grabbed my attention because there was so much to explore in them. Although the stories were short, the detail to each ending, the possibilities to be found fascinated me.

Perhaps this is why storytelling is so special to me. It opens worlds of magic. It builds imagination and adds a certain splendor to the world.

I’d love to add to that magic, add to the wonder that exists in the world. As we’ve discussed, drawing isn’t an option for me, but writing is! And I’d love to encourage young readers to enjoy that world of magic too. (The Adventure is a 5-6th grade reading level.)

So if you’d like to join me in this journey, stop by Thursday and see what the Kickstarter is all about. I look forward to sharing with you!

Blessings,

Jennifer

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First Editor

Mom...My first editor =)Better late than never! Here’s a post that should have rolled on Sunday.

There are those who support in words, and then there are those who support, encourage, and cheer by actions. And it’s the actions that speak the louder. When I was younger, this sort of difference wasn’t clear to me, but as I look back, it’s what shaped and formed my passion and confidence.

Of course this is a Mother’s Day post (albeit a few days late =(…) but as I sat back to write, I realized something. I’ve very few memories of just my Mom. Not because she wasn’t around but because she always was (and still is.) She’s always served in the background, always been there to cheer, to sing with (don’t get me started on her voice. I love it!) Always supported her family in a beautiful, quiet and unwaveringly loving way.

Those few memories I have of just her and I are old, faded around the edges like a worn photograph. They’re memories of walking to the post office or grocery shopping. These memories are worn because, most of them, are from when I was very young.

The memories that haven’t lost their crisp edges are the ones that still touch me today. Let me explain. She read every one of my school papers, marked the grammar and corrected my tenses and word choice. This isn’t a one time memory, this is a life choice that imparted to me lessons I now live by. She helped me improve at the same time as she told me she loved every word in my papers, all with that sparkle in her eyes that told me she said true. I’ve never doubted her praise.

When I went to college, I was lost at first because I didn’t have my live-in editor. How was I to know my papers were up to par? Who would catch my spelling and grammar issues?

The magical part, though, was her corrections were there, silent supports in my mind guiding my words and keeping my writing to the standard she taught me. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in large part because of her. One, because of the work ethic she showed me and two, because of those silent corrections in my writing.

Those two things still guide me as I continue to write.

I’m not sure I’ve ever said Thank You. That’s sad and wrong of me. Her quiet but formidable spirit hides in the background, easy to take for granted, but she’s always there. Today, I bring it forward and say Thank You, Mom.

And to those Moms who struggle because they’re buried in the chaos of every day, keep at it, your dedication will pay off. I’m not a Mother yet but I can admire your strength and the beauty of all you do. Whether it’s correcting school papers or you child is fascinated by something else, that sparkle in your eye when your child strives to attain that goal means the world to him or her. That sparkle will be the ballast for their spirit down the road when they must ‘adult’ in the world. I guarantee it.

Blessings until next time,

Jennifer

P.S. My mother has also Beta read The Adventure for me. This beautiful woman still keeps me in line =)