Ava, Alex and Bonnie on vacation at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.

“Breaking Into TV News”–All Done! And Two Weeks Of Vacation

Published On April 29, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Books, Daily Diary, Greyhounds, Naked Filmmaking, One-Man Newsman

Ava, Alex and Bonnie on vacation at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.

I can’t remember when, if ever, I’ve taken two weeks off and didn’t go any place. Believe this is now referred to as a “Stay-cation.”

The time off was necessary because I’d built up so much time at work that if I didn’t use it, I would lose it. Hmm. . . . Whattaya gonna do?

The first few days were spent putting the finishing touches on the Kindle Edition of the new book Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer. Making a Kindle version of your book is extremely simple — and if you’re converting something that’s pure text, such as a novel, it’s a breeze. However, Breaking Into TV News, as well as my first book, Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less, are both very visually-oriented books. The both involve multiple types of type faces and graphics, as well as hundreds of photographs. And all of the photos have to be added individually — one-by-one. So this took a little time. Then you have to test it several times to get it right. So the first couple of days of the vacation were still working.

I’m happy — correct that: I’m absolutely delighted to announce that both the 8×10 soft cover print edition & the Kindle edition — both in full-color — are 100% completed and have been available on Amazon for a week and a half.

Also, the Look Inside features of both editions are now fully viewable on the Amazon pages.

Once the Kindle edition was done and posted, the job was done. Nothing to do now but start spreading the word. But first, I needed a break. My mind was mush. I took a few days to just do nothing, which is harder than you think.

In the past I’ve taken weeks off to shoot a film, as I did with Nightbeats, taking three weeks off to shoot 20 days of night shoots with Bonnie’s daughter Lori Foxworth.

I’ve taken other weeks off to devote to editing Nightbeats and Year into shape.

In more recent years I’ve taken weeks off to work on the books, editing them into shape.

When I’m working on a project I have drive and focus. But taking time off after a project was new to me. I could have jumped right into writing, either another film script or book. And I have done some pecking at the keyboard. But I decided to give myself some time off to let the head clear. Think about what I’d like to work on next.

One of the best days of this time off was when Bonnie and I loaded the kids — Ava and Alex — into the Toyota mini-van and drove to Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

Years ago, when Ava was found, gaunt with starvation, along this coast. When we took her back to the beach she was ecstatic. She bounded and wanted to jump into the surf! If we could have we would have let her off the leash to run up and down the water’s edge — but we would have never gotten her back!

It was a wonderful couple of hours. Here is some video I shot with the Canon 7D

It was great getting up every morning, synching up the iPod and taking the “kids” out for long walks.

The rest of the time was spent reading. I’ve read nothing but non-fiction for decades. I wanted to explore fiction again. I don’t know when I last read a novel. But During this time off I’ve read two The Night Buffalo by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Peros, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) and The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn Jr., which I read in a morning and an afternoon. I’m picking through two more, which I’ll post later provided I make it through them. I must confess, I’m drawn to classic popular novels written in the sixties and seventies. One of my favorite authors is Leon Uris (Exodus).

Bonnie was wonderful, indulging me, encouraging me to be lazy after all the work put into the book over the past many months. I spent a delightful couple of afternoons just stretched out on the back patio reading, turning page after page.

I think I could get used to this . . .

But I think I’d drive Bonnie CRAZY!!!!!!!!!

In closing, for anyone who’s reached the end of this post, here’s a few final pics. Back to work this week. And, for once, I’m looking forward to it.

(So are Bonnie, Ava & Alex!!!!!)

 

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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