Monday, January 08, 2018

Young woman with eyes closed praying

A few things …

Welcome to 2018 at Spirit my way and my new blog category called A Few Things. This category enables me to communicate a few extra things to you, whenever a few things arise. Spirit my way’s blog posts rotate through different categories. However, A Few Things will be posted sporadically and cover all sorts of relevant topics and musings.

I thought I’d start A Few Things by sharing my new Where The Light Lives Book Trailer with you. For a brief summary of my book, Where The Light Lives, you may like to read the following testimonial by scholar and author, Michael Grosso:

“Where The Light Lives is a beautifully written account of a young woman’s extraordinary visionary experiences. Diagnosed with a painful and humiliating disease of the spine, Linda Cull wanted to die. Without even nearly dying, she then had a series of encounters with a dazzling light-being that transformed her life. Similar to the classic near-death experience, Linda’s sense of being flooded with lessons from a transcendent source awakened her artistic imagination, which launched her on a career as a brilliant painter. Her book is a document of hope to all and should expand the horizons of human psychology.”

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I had lots of fun creating the Where The Light Lives Book Trailer just before Christmas. I really wanted a book trailer for the release of my book back in 2016, however, after all the costs involved with professional manuscript editing, book design, and the development of this WordPress site, I didn’t want to spend in excess of a thousand dollars on a very short video of my book.

Happily, I discovered a free video making tool in 2017 offered by Microsoft called Story Remix which ticked all the right boxes. And, I used Story Remix to create my very own Where The Light Lives Book Trailer

Story Remix

If you have Windows 10 you can use Story Remix too and it’s free! Go to ‘Photos’ and click on ‘Create’. Story Remix is a free, easy-to-use video making tool. It allows for two options. You can 1) edit a new video from start to finish, or 2) view and edit a video made for you.

Further, Story Remix features music, 3D effects, and more so you can make a visually pleasing book trailer that also delivers the essence of your book.

To learn about what makes for a good book trailer simply Google your favourite authors and then carefully view their book trailers. Pay particular attention to the length of a book trailer, when text appears, what kind of text it is, and how the images, text and, music move together. How do the images move? Is there film? Are there still images? Do these rise, bounce, slide or fade into view?

Now, you may like to view the Where The Light Lives Book Trailer (below). Note, it’s my first video ever (and my first upload to YouTube – yes, I’m now on YouTube!) so it’s a bit basic but I think, not a bad effort.

I’ve used a mix of film and still images. I spent $9 on a still image – can you pick which one it is? That was my total expense. Everything else was sourced from Pixabay for free. Note, I also used Canva’s animator (from Canva for Work) to create the movement of still images.

If you like the Where The Light Lives Book Trailer, please do me a favour and share it with your friends. Here is the URL if you’d like to copy and paste it into your favourite social media site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjKJNvWmlFM  

That’s it for my very first A Few Things! If you’re an author or creative type you may like to give Microsoft’s Windows 10 Story Remix a go if you haven’t already. I’d be interested to hear how it goes for you. I’d also like to know your thoughts on my little video either in the comments below or via email. Happy 2018!

Linda Cull is the author of the book Where The Light Lives, visionary artist, and founder of Wilara Press®. Her blog Spirit my way® covers spirituality, inspired creativity and transformative experiences at lindacull.com. Learn more here