Five Parts Dead is about to turn one year old. Here’s my D-I-Y book trailer, as requested by a school I am visiting again soon. Better late than never!
My brain has gone into summer shutdown mode so I’m not sure I’ll have any meaningful insights into the writing life today. However, I would like to thank everyone who has purchased Game as Ned, borrowed it from a library or even borrowed it from a friend to read. If you liked it, please spread the word.
Thanks too, to those fearless folk who have been willing to read drafts of my current manuscript, to those who invited me to speak at your school and to anyone who has come along and checked out this blog or my book trailer. I wish you all a laughter-soaked Christmas and adventurous, fun-filled 2009.
Here are a few random musings on the year that is fading into memory:
Album of the year as far as my ears go, was Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. Others I’ve listened to a lot include Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘A Book Like This’, Goldfrapp’s ‘Seventh Tree’, the John Butler Trio’s ‘Grand National’, Josh Pyke’s ‘Chimney’s Afire’ and Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’. At present I’m chortling to CW Stoneking’s ‘Jungle Blues’ and about to dive into the highly acclaimed Fleet Foxes.
Not a great year for cinema in my opinion. I enjoyed ‘Juno’ and ‘Iron Man’, but ‘The Dark Knight’ is the only flick that stands tall in my memory. I had high hopes for the new Indiana Jones but it couldn’t live up to my teen memories.
I’ve just finished Maureen McCarthy’s ‘Somebody’s Crying’, which I really enjoyed. It’s not often these days that I dream about book characters but the lead trio in this murder mystery clearly made a big impression on me. I’m now plunging into the much-praised ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham … not very festive, I know.
As to other favourite YA books I read in 08, I’d pick John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’, James Moloney’s ‘Kill the Possum’, and ‘Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight’ by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow. My son and I are also loving the junior fiction ‘Samurai Kids’ series by Sandy Fussell.
Titles I want to get to over the break are Tim Winton’s ‘Breath’, Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Unknown Terrorist’ and Alan Moore’s ‘Watchmen’.
And the rest
The first book trailer I ever viewed was for Richard Flanagan’s The Unknown Terrorist. I was hugely impressed that a publisher would invest so much time, effort and funds into a promotional website for one book, let alone give it a cinema-style trailer. It worked on me. I went out and bought the book.
I’ve seen several book trailers since and, despite the nay-sayers, I reckon they’re a great way to give a quick and tempting taste of a story. So, while I wait for a verdict on my current manuscript, I decided to have a crack at a trailer for Game as Ned. Please have a squiz and let me know what you think.
Many thanks to the very talented and generous Ash Davies for the use of his track Stormclouds, from the album Ned Kelly.