The Pen Is Mightier?

The Pen Is Mightier?

8.2.21

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

Your Stories On Video

We’ve talked so much about who I am during these blogs, yet I believe I’ve failed to mention what I do with most of my time during a regular Monday thru Friday nine to five. Almost all full-time artists have a day job, which means we all really need to work two full time jobs if we ever want any of our creative work to see the light of day. It’s not an easy life, nor is it often rewarding. Still, we do what we do because we want to live the dream…and our brains won’t shut off long enough for us to live quietly otherwise!

My mild-mannered identity of Chad Dereick Cloud-Miller (yes, that is my real “legal” name) spends his time as a logistics coordinator for a fine art corporation. What does that mean? Well, let’s break it down into a very simple explanation. Have you ever visited a museum or sculpture garden? If so, did you ever wonder about where the art came from, how it got there, and who put it together? No, of course you didn’t, because neither did I until getting involved with this field! A professional must pack it, move it, and install it at the museum where you saw it, right? It doesn’t just magically appear there with the snap of fingers, or the wrinkling of a nose like in Bewitched. A professional art handler performs all this work. That used to be me. Now, I’ve been doing it for so long that I sit in a cushy, little office and tell others how to do it and where to take it. Make sense?

My point is, now that I’m considered to be a professional, others outside this field of expertise have reached out to me for my advice. Recently, a lawsuit came to be regarding a rather ugly backyard sculpture. Yes, I’m aware that art is subjective to interpretation, but this particular sculpture is ugly. End of story. No doubt about it. Just plain ugly!

A family purchased a home in the high and mighty section of Dallas, TX known as Highland Park. For four years now, they’ve accepted this monstrosity as part of their property and thought little of it. Now, the original owners of the property have poked the sleeping bear, wanting to take the sculpture back into the possession. So, who does the art belong to?

Well, I’ve heard my entire life that possession is 9/10ths of the law but there are always exceptions. Usually, those exceptions are determined by whoever has the most expensive attorney, so I wish them all the best of luck. Where I come in is when the legal teams need cost estimates and details on moving the sculpture off the property. Oddly enough, my expertise in this field is considered to be some high dollar information within a courtroom. Who am I to deny the legal system this knowledge? I’m no one, that’s who! Still, I needed to present these legal teams with an updated CV (aka resume) to show the suit and tie people that I know what I’m talking about. Man, what a wakeup call that was!

I honestly hadn’t updated my resume in nearly a decade because I never really planned on leaving my day job field! No, my dream was to make it big as a writer, do something outrageous and unexpected on my way out the door, and never need a list of qualifications again. No, the bookstore (remember those?) would be my CV. Now, it’s Amazon instead, taking the place of many brick and mortar bookstores in the modern age. Just type in my pen name and you’re whisked away to a list of my accomplishments. Don’t you think that’s all they’d need? Obviously not, because the legal teams involved in this case wanted so much more from me.

I broke my CV down into two different sections of expertise comprised of my professional career and literary accomplishments. That’s where things began to get impressive to me. I don’t believe I’ve ever looked at the bullet points of my writing career on paper like that before. Where in the heck did I ever find time to write all those books, articles, and songs while still being able to pull off the duties of a day job, of a husband, and of a father and grandfather? More importantly, how am I not dead? I should’ve collapsed from pure exhaustion five years ago!

The bottom line is…I refused to stop until I had earned my hometown’s most interesting headstone. Yes, this is a literal requirement of mine. I want to leave the type of legacy that my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will brag about to complete strangers for decades to come. To leave my mark, so to speak. I mean, in the end, isn’t that all any of us want? To be remembered.

This line of thinking is what made Your Stories On Video become a reality! Not mine, necessarily, but it was the brainchild or our founder and CEO. Now, his reason for creating the company is way less narcissistic than mine but, it’s all the same dream. What if your family had YOUR legacy caught on film for all future generations to see? A resume of your lifetime to be shared again and again!

Would you want your image and voice to live in a way that your family can experience it whenever they please? A comforting, memorable presence at their disposal to watch with loved ones? That is where we come in, ladies and gentlemen. We create the CV of your life and make it way more interesting than a boring piece of paper shoved into filing cabinet. We make “You: The Film”, and we do it in the most informative and respectful way imaginable.

Sure, the pen is mightier than the sword, but film always wins in the end, right? That’s why movie theaters always beat bookstores when it comes to sales!

I’m anxiously awaiting the day when YOUR film script slides across my desk as I help create your legacy. Wouldn’t you like to be immortalized on something more than stone?

Let us know at http://www.yourstoriesonvideo.com

And Hell Followed – Audiobook!!!

Here is a little something that snuck up on me this weekend. Death’s Head Press has released the audiobook of And Hell Followed, the number # 1 bestselling extreme horror anthology that won 2020 Splatterpunk Anthology of the Year! Get yours here!

Under The Weather

Under The Weather

7.29.21

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

Your Stories On Video

It’s currently a blazing hot summer day in Dallas, Texas (just like every other summer day in Dallas, Texas), but I’m watching the sun slowly disappear behind clouds outside my office window. The fact of the matter is, North Texas weather is completely unpredictable, often going from boring to life threatening in a matter of minutes with very little warning. Could there be a storm on the horizon, or is my home state teasing me once again?

As my blog followers already know, I’ve been lucky enough in life to travel everywhere within the continental United States. I’ve witnessed all kinds of weather events in every part of the country during all seasons and, let me tell you, I think the Pacific Northwest and New England run neck and neck for the nicest weather year around. What I wouldn’t give to have four individual seasons rather than January…then summer for eleven months!

I’ll honestly never forget my first New England autumn. The turning leaves in Massachusetts can really test the limits of modern cameras no matter how technologically advanced they get. Walking through Central Park on a breezy October Sunday? There’s nothing like it! Wayne Newton singing the lyrics to Danke Schoen tipped me off to that decades ago and I couldn’t wait to share in the experience. What? You didn’t think I listened to Wayne Newton?

I also remember my first rainy spring on the Interstate 5 corridor between Redding, California and Seattle, Washington. Pop culture wants us all to believe that the Portland/Seattle area is nothing but a rain forest but, I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there during droughts and massive fires! If I’m not mistaken, they’re all enduring one of the worst ones on record right now! Still, rain, rain, rain in Seattle until you can no longer take it. Quite the experience for a Texas boy who wasn’t used to such things. Pleasant experiences, in my opinion.

It’s the extreme weather months that drive me insane. I’ve survived many a southern summer…but I’m not the biggest fan. I’ve also completely sank into snow banks in Detroit and don’t have many nice things to say. Still, it takes all kinds to make the world go around and each individual person seems to have their own favorite season and region. That’s one thing I’ve noticed throughout life and my work here at Your Stories On Video has just verified that fact even more. No two people are exactly the same, especially when it comes to the weather. Why do you think it’s one of the first things we ask one another during communication? Wait, people still do that, right? How’s the weather? Maybe I’m just out of touch!

This is the discussion that brings me down to the question of the week. What is your favorite kind of weather and where did you experience it? Are you one of the lucky ones who lives in the same place where your favorite weather does, or did you have to travel for it? Was it a cool summer night on a tropical beach or a snowy afternoon by the fireplace in the mountains of Colorado? We want to know!

Several of our clients have shared memories of weather, both normal and extreme. Some have lived through devastating tornadoes that endangered their entire town. Others have fond memories of splashing through puddles as a child on a street near the house they grew up in. If you think about it, we all have some type of memorable moment relating to weather. Guaranteed! What is your weather memory? Does it make you smile when it touches your brain or cringe at the danger it put you through?

Let us know at http://www.yourstoriesonvideo.com

Zoe Hits 50!

Know what this means? Probably nothing lol. It’s been rumored for years that Amazon will use your product in marketing materials if it reaches 50 ratings. No one has ever been able to prove this. Still, this is the first solo work of mine to ever hit this mythical number on Amazon so I’m slightly proud of myself. Thank you, readers, for showing her love. You’re appreciated! I know this is nothing to some of you but, if I don’t celebrate the little achievements, who will?