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Quick Hello - I'm in the middle of some massive workshop research...

Quick Hello - I'm in the middle of some massive workshop research...

We're working very hard on a fun bookie presentation but we have to do a really good job on the research because there's going to be a massive amount of links in the next book club post. Turns out the editor we are fascinated with has influenced a lot of our authors/reading purchases so we've been hunting down her interviews on-line trying to figure her out. She's pretty complicated and the advice is fascinating but we have to make sure we have the right person/editor if we're going to link back and attribute the writing advice quotes back to her.

A lot of websites did not post her picture (sigh)... A good number did not bother to link back to her social media accounts either (duh?) so we're hesitant to use any of it but very curious because we have a lot of questions we'd like to find the answers to.

We know where Diana Gill is now but we're not sure where she was previously. That's why we are taking our time and working backwards by researching the author acknowledgments we know are related to the correct person. Think of it as a reverse public relations search anal retentive researchers periodically engage in. That is another blog post in itself so don't ask - not telling today (LOL).

Then there's the side notes regarding our silly, personal preference squabbles of which books to showcase for the post/Youtube review. We might not be able to do them all... We want images with the Kindle tag attached because it's a Kindle centric post. We need the images to clearly be associated with Amazon.com because we're all Amazon affiliates and use their flash widgets for our websites. 

We're making new music and want to float all the author/title/website information on the image time-line panels so I have to ensure that everyone sticks with Amazon for the project (because the website allows Amazon affiliates use their product images for sales and reviews). If you do this it has to be done well and within the confines of the acceptable use agreements...  

This project is about doing a massive book review of what's in our book club's Kindle collection. We're about to have a literary love fest so I am going to be very busy with my artistic crew for the next few days. This is me apologizing for ignoring some of you in advance (LOL).

My book club bookies are going to be using the eventual YouTube embed created for their bookie posts on their websites so they want animated titles and images, not just simple fades and dissolves. I have to peel, flip and spin images, scroll quotes, make letters change colors and work 12 hour days for crazy people who want pretty Amazon book cover eye candy for their blogs (LOL).

At least they feed me as partial compensation for the creative grief... Yeah, I really do work for food... You can get a lot out of me for Hagen Daz. Zagat dining works too but I will settle for pizza (I like pizza - seriously - LOL). ;-)

Creative differences aside, at least the music is going great... That's always mad fun. Looking forward to updating my iTunes catalog with this latest bit of mischief and flipping the new tunes in Jango soon.

Everyone agreed on rocking out the trip-hop jazz, which is a wink and a nod to author Vicki Pettersson (LOL). We're mastering "Amy in D," "Celestial Vicki" and "Jaye and Tequila." If you don't read them then you have no idea of which blogs/tweets inspired the track names (too bad - they were fun conversations - LOL).

I have to do the R&B string tracks tonight (before the gang kills me - LOL). The sax work was fun. I had sex on the brain for a couple of arrangements (Dude, there is actually sex in urban fantasy sci fi books - duh? - music has to match the virtual personality - LOL). Most of the bass and drums are done so I gotta go because I'm about to twist the synth on those puppies (LOL). I am the programmable keyboard junkie - it's what I do (among other things - LOL). 

Vicki's new book/series is entitled "Celestial Blues" so we have to live up to that moniker and go blow some minds in the studio. Insert evil grin here (LMAO). ;-)

Notice not a single link? It's because I am MAD BUSY trying to get this project done. I did say quick hello, didn't I? I have to finish "Jocelynn in D" and "DeZellar Blues" (plus I'm being instant chatted in FB about creating a "Kimi Shimi" - which is soooooo happening for this weekend - LOL). Hey... at least we have fun at work. ;-)



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