OK, first up, not much response on the book trailer. Which of course is devastating, and my self-esteem has taken a beating (big thanks to those who did comment and/or link to it, here and on Facebook; you’ve saved me some money in therapist’s fees). But the lack of comment is also useful information as I think through this trailer-making, book-promotion business. I know the length is a problem and I’m sure a lot of people just looked at it and thought, “4:55? I don’t have time to watch that.” Plus, when I do the final cut version, it will need to not only be shorter, but focus more on the actual plot of the novel — this one has a lot of rambling about what I think the novel is about, the background and stuff, but doesn’t really give you much sense of the story. So, there’s that. I’m still pretty pleased with this one as a first effort but it’s definitely a learning process.
Then there’s the weather. Oh my. I really try not to blog too much about the weather because once you’ve blogged for an entire calendar year and made the epic posts about Newfoundland winter, Newfoundland spring, and the travesty we like to call Newfoundland summer, you risk sounding repetitious if you make the same complaints every year. And you risk having people ask, “Why don’t you just MOVE?!” to which the answer is simple: I love everything everything here except the weather. And I even love the weather when it’s good — it’s the best weather on earth. It’s just that that’s about twenty-two days out of 365. Not twenty-two consecutive days, either.
Still, after several nice days in July when we frequented the pools and ponds, we hit a bad stretch there in early August and have had an almost straight two-week run of rain, drizzle, fog and cool temperatures. It was getting to the point where I stopped checking the forecast online because it was just too depressing.
Yesterday it was still foggy and rainy, but much warmer, and about noon the clouds parted. I met my parents for coffee at Chapters and said to my dad, “There is a great light in the sky. It is trying to burn away the protective layer that surrounds us. I feel fear.”
Sure enough, we got about three hours of sunshine and hot weather in the afternoon, and I had my housebound, cabin-fevered children out the door and into the pool at Bannerman Park so fast their heads were still spinning slightly as we hit the water. I have hopes for a few more days, or even half-days, of summer weather before we have to go BTS (we’re not even spelling out that phrase yet) but I’m still not brave enough to look at the forecast again. Let me cherish my dreams, and my memories of those few golden moments. It’s sunny again this morning, and I’m very resentful of the fact that I promised to go into work to do some intake interviews this afternoon. How was I to know when I made up my summer schedule that August 14 would be a tiny window of sunshine in a sea of drizzle and fog?
Finally, on my list of Random Blog Topics I Must Get Off My Mind, there’s the little question of reading. Now, I know I don’t have readers so avid that they’re battering down the metaphorical door going, “Trudy! Trudy! Why haven’t you posted any book reviews at Compulsive Overreader? Have you abandoned us? Have you given up reading?!” I’d like to have crazy obsessed fans on that level, but then if I had that kind of fan base, I’d probably have gotten a few more comments on my trailer, wouldn’t I?
So just in case you were wondering, no, I haven’t given up reading. Silly! Nor have I gotten way behind with posting reviews (which is more believable, and could happen, but didn’t in this case). I have dedicated my summer reading hours (ideally on the beach and at poolside, though not so much the last couple of weeks) to a massive series: Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome, which is going to take me until BTS to finish ploughing through, I think, and which I will review when I’m all finished.
I have read a couple of shorter novels when taking tiny breaks from Roman history, and I did post three new reviews over at Compulsive Overreader, so you can go check those out to tide you over until summer ends, I finish the McCullough series, and I resume my usual dizzying pace of reading/reviewing.
OK, that’s all that’s on my mind for now. I’m mulling over a totally frivolous blog post about sci-fi aliens, but it’s still in the development phase right now.