One More Down, Millions To Go!

Perhaps we should make a Your Stories On Video inspiring compilation film to light a fire beneath the pants of today’s youth? YSOV Greatest Hits? Just a thought…

One More Down, Millions To Go!

7.5.21

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer

Your Stories On Video

I’m super stoked! One more down and a million more to go! I just got off the phone with my favorite client interview so far and it was amazing!

Actually, I didn’t even realize how amazing it actually was until I finished the interview and instinctively Googled her. I mean, I’ve worked in the fine art industry for over a decade, and it’s become a habit to look up peoples’ names when they contact me. Does everyone do this in modern times or am I just the strange one? Be honest.

I won’t put her name here because that’s just a little too personal. After all, I’m a firm believer in client/writer confidentiality. I will say this. She is a retired senator and, man, did she ever have a story to tell!

First and foremost (and maybe a fact I got a little giddy about), she was once in the presence of a man I consider to be my greatest literary influence and idol. The late, great gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The interview nearly went off the rails after she told me about this, but I managed to get it back on track and stay professional. It was tough, though…

Any other celebrity encounters? Of course there were! She also met Helen Keller and got to shake hands with Judy Garland at a concert. Of all my celebrity encounters (mostly horror icons. I’m a horror fiction writer and attend conferences with several celebrities. I like to pretend I am one as well), I can’t imagine what it would be like to be face to face with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz!

Still, the celebrity encounters ultimately weren’t the most impressive parts of this lady’s life. Not by a long shot. No, the most impressive part was that she grew up in a children’s home because her mother was unable to raise her and her siblings without assistance from a dead-beat father who’d run off and ultimately went to jail. It was so bad, in fact, that the other children in school used to tease her and call her ‘Jail Bird’. To make matters worse, she attended school during World War II and some of her friends were dying on the front lines.

Rather than use these experiences as a sort of crutch or sympathy ploy throughout her adult life, she went on to graduate college, get married, have children, and become a U.S. Senator!!! I don’t believe this sort of thing happens too often in today’s times. Most are obsessed with the attention this type of childhood would bring them on social media platforms and use it as an excuse to accept the failures of their adult life. Not this lady. She picked herself up, dusted herself off as well as the dusty ones around her, and achieved greatness!

It was an inspiring phone call and I hope to be a part of many more in the near future. Perhaps we should make a Your Stories On Video inspiring compilation film to light a fire beneath the pants of today’s youth? YSOV Greatest Hits? Just a thought…

(On a positive note, she eventually gained the respect of the teasing boys by kicking all their butts in baseball!)

Showdown At High Noon: The Ranking Of The Splatter Western Series!

It’s insane the things you find floating around on social media. Just a few moments ago, I realized that someone has actually ranked the first 10 Splatter Western books from Death’s Head Press! Where did our favorite girl Starving Zoe end up? Read on by clicking the link below…

0318 – Amazon Screwed Up! Human Shaped Fiends by Chandler Morrison!

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0318 – Amazon Screwed Up! Human Shaped Fiends by Chandler Morrison!

Books and Smack! We Talk Both…

Author C. Derick Miller And Graphic Artist Sam Cloud-Miller Offer Random Thoughts On Books, Film, Music, Today’s Topics, And Life From Bishop Arts District!

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The Path Ahead

C. Derick Miller

Head Writer – Your Stories on Video

7.1.21

The Path Ahead

Here at Your Stories on Video, we focus mostly on the past. We ask questions like “who was this person”, “how did they impact the world around them”, and “how can we help them pass on their wisdom to the next generation”. Today, I want to take a moment to focus on the future. Not just my future or the future of our clients, but the focus of every person on this planet. Let’s get hypothetical.

The generation we are currently covering at Your Stories on Video may very well be the last great generation. They’re a generation with stories to tell, miles beneath their feet, and experienced both hardships and joys the likes of which you and I can only imagine through use of some of the greatest minds in cinema. In other words, if we wanted to understand exactly what our grandfathers and grandmothers are talking about, we’d have to go see a movie. Do you agree?

Now, for the real question. What about the path ahead? Our modern generation, for the most part, lives a very meaningless life in my opinion. We wake up before the sun, sit in traffic for at least an hour during the morning commute, try not to fall asleep at a tiny desk in a cubicle, grab some processed lunch from whatever “restaurant” is nearby, and then repeat the process of the morning until we go home too tired to talk and fall asleep. I’m not saying we all do this, but most of us do! I can’t help but find it saddening.

When it comes time for us to pass on our knowledge and experiences to the next generation, what will we share? When the next (younger) batch of employees at Your Stories on Video comes to interview us, what will we tell them? Will we tell them about the time that the printer broke down and we had to call a specialist to come and fix it? Will we laugh on camera in regard to the number of times we heard a particular song while stuck in traffic on that bridge over the reservoir? Honestly, I don’t think it’s fair.

You see, our parents and grandparents have entertaining and enlightening life experiences to share with each and every one of us and, through the magic of Your Stories on Video, have a highly professional, valuable means of doing so! When it’s our time to be in the hot seat, will our children and grandchildren want to hear these mediocre stories from our lifetime? I wouldn’t. To be quite honest, I’m slightly upset that I lived that way. I think that’s why I tried to concentrate on my writing so much over the last decade. I wanted my children to be able to hold up a copy of one of my books to the camera and say “My dad wrote this. Dammit, he didn’t get rich…but my dad wrote this.”

Legacy. Our generations from the past all had it and it led us to where we are today. Now, where will our legacy lead the generations to come? Think about that before you ignore that dream for one more day. I know you’re having it. Probably every night. It drives you crazy. I know because it drives me crazy too.

Take a deep breath. Jump.

Don’t make your grandchildren and your great grandchildren watch a boring Your Stories on Video film about you spending an hour a day indulging in “Kar Karaoke” while stuck in traffic. Don’t let them know that the highlight of your day was burying your face in a cubicle with only a tasteless box lunch as your only means of joy.

Show the others with similar dreams that it’s possible to break the mold of modern society and live that fantasy of being in control of your own life. I believe in you.

Nervous?

Nervous?

By C. Derick Miller

Head Writer, Your Stories On Video

6.29.21

Are you feeling a little nervous? I know it can be a little tough sometimes talking to a complete stranger, especially when you’re telling them your life story (and possibly a few secrets no one else knows about you). Have no fear! As the Head Writer of Your Stories On Video, I tend to get a little nervous too!

So, just to loosen you up a bit, I thought I’d put myself in the hot seat, just so you can know a few things about me. Sounds fair, right?

Let’s give it a shot! Here are just a few of the questions that I would ask your loved one during an initial interview.

Where were you born and where did you grow up? What was it like growing up there?

I was born and raised in the town of Greenville, TX. Summers were the best! My friends and I rode our bikes and skateboards all over town and I spent most of my time in a videogame arcade called Diamond Gems in the Crossroads Mall. Sadly, neither of those places exist anymore.

College or military?

I chose military. I couldn’t imagine myself sitting in a classroom for four more years! I did my basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and my AIT school at Fort Gordon, GA. I studied to be a telecommunications repair technician. I made many friends and I still speak to most of them today!

What do you think is the meaning of life?

Companionship. Even though we are surrounded by billions of people on this big, floating rock that we call Earth, it still seems like we are all alone. Sometimes, we settle for companionship out of loneliness and that is the wrong thing to do. Life is precious, and life is limited. Every day you spend with the wrong companion is wasted. We can’t get those days back! Find that right person, take that adventure, and share what this life has to offer! It’s just more fun to do everything with someone else.

See how simple that was? All I did was type out the first things that came to mind with truly little thought. We’re not asking you to invent a story, we’re just wanting you to tell us YOUR story. It’s a story you already know by heart! Now that you know a thing or two about me, I want to know some things about your friends or loved ones. Do you have someone in your life who has a story to tell? Someone who you’d want to share with generations yet to come. If so, email us at info@yourstoriesonvideo and let’s get to know each other!