Slogging the Mire: 8/19/17

by | Aug 18, 2017 | Updates | 0 comments

I’ve been hard at work since my last blog post. I’ve managed to re-write/fine tune a 7,000 word story, create a half dozen original mini-stories (adding up to about 9,000 words), and kicked out 3,000 more words into another full length horror story.

While that may seem like a lot, it’s actually about half of what I’d hoped for. That makes sense though; I got about half as much time as expected. So, in a way, while it’s less than I wanted, it’s encouraging because it confirms the speed and my capability when given the time. The main conflict with my time is that adorable little six year old and her summer break. A few more weeks and she’ll be back in school and my goals should be easier to reach.

Another thing that’s been distracting me has been working on a promotional video for myself. I downloaded and tried several different video editors and had very little success. This is not something I think I’ll need with regularity, so I’m not willing to plop down cash for it. This leaves me with free ones, which has been frustrating. They watermark, export at low rez, or don’t include features like adding text. It’s been a hunt to find, install, and test to find the right one.

But I think I found one. Hitfilm Express has a crap ton of features, allows everything I need, and they’re free. They’ve got all sorts of “bundles” you can add on to do cool special effects if you wanna pay for them. It’s attractive bait, but for me, I don’t need it. Their core stuff is more than enough. The program is a beast and my poor computer (used to wimpy writing programs) groans and complains with the process. But it works.

I shot some nature footage and stuck some relaxing music on it to experiment with splicing, fading in and out, adding titles, adding music, etc… It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it was educative to create, and that was the goal. Here, check it out.

It’s progress. I figure another week or so and I’ll have my promo video up. Then I can share what the hell I’ve been plotting with all this story plotting.

Not long now. Just, you know, relax. Chill. Watch the ocean roll in and out or something.

I’m gonna get back to it. Peace!