Friday, May 23, 2014

Going Indie: Ripcord – A Netflix Game

In the shadow of a calling I found myself . . .

Welcoming Spring with open arms and anticipation.

Musical Moment ~ “Why You Treat Me So Bad” Club Nouveau

Yup, that's me skydiving - Right after the ripcord was pulled.

I missed last week’s blog because I was in New Orleans attending the RT Convention with over 3,000 book lovers and writers and the weekend before that I was at the New England’s Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators conference. My brain and body are too pooped to do anything other than think of rest and relaxation, so I thought I’d give you all a fun new game to play at home.

About a year ago, my husband and I were watching Netflix scrolling through all the movies we have in queue and all the new ones we wanted to add to it. We looked through hundreds of titles. Some we weren’t in the mood to watch, others meh...the pictures looked interesting, but the blurbs about them were not so enticing. While scrolling through the new releases, I accidentally played a movie. I had no idea which one – no name, no blurb – until the movie came on. I think it was an independent film and there was a lingering male crotch shot as the first shot. No problem, but the storyline was not interesting enough and my husband said in a very confused voice, “No”. Without hesitation or discussion, I stopped the movie, no questions asked.

Thus the Ripcord Game was born.

The next time you are watching Netflix. Look at the movie cover picture and just hit play. Don’t read the blurb. Just watch the screen. If there are multiple people, you get one “can we watch it for a few more minutes...just in case it gets good”; otherwise, you pull the ripcord and go to the next movie. The single “just a little bit more” works well with just the two of us, but if there are more people watching TV, set your own rules. (One small caveat, if someone likes the movie makes sure you add it to the queue so they can return to it at a later date when they can watch it solo.)

You will get through your queues as well as a ton of other movies. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Watch genres you usually pass up. You never know what gold movie nuggets you will find out there.

By now you’re asking yourself, “What does this have to do with Going Indie?” Quite a bit, actually. Going indie is a lot of work. A lot of work– research, website design/upgrades, manuscript revisions/edits, deciding on your book cover -finding an illustrator, graphic designer or, if you’ve chosen to create your own book cover, a lot of time looking through stock photos or drawing/painting. We mustn’t forget about blogging, networking, attending conferences, creating a marketing plan, etc. Frankly, it’s exhausting, but that’s what you must do if you want to launch or continue a career as an indie author.

Treat yourself kindly throughout this process. Give yourself breaks. Go on walks. Don’t ignore your family and friends as you focus on your Going Indie. The Ripcord Game will provide you with moments filled with laughter, wonder, confusion, and maybe even anger (some of those documentaries are amazing and thought-provoking). You may also be inspired to write a new novel, short story or even poetry. The Ripcord Game can be a part of your creative process as mind candy is some of the best candy out there. Plus, you more than receive what you pay for using Netflix service and since this is Memorial Weekend, what better time to play. Enjoy!

Next week, we’ll chat about the benefits (and craziness) of attending conferences.

Do you have any games you play to relax and have fun? Please share and don’t hesitate to share this post. We all need more fun in our lives and movies are just one avenue to a new adventure.
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