My Vid is Bad/Good

You might have noticed that there's a naked lady on the cover.

You might have noticed that there’s a naked lady on the cover. That’s not me.



It started with a book called Talking2Trees. I wrote this biographical book over many years, pulling stories from my past that all had a common theme: Something unlikely happened. I mean something very unlikely really happened.

I thought it might be interesting to record myself reading one of the stories, so I sat in front of the computer and did a pretty lame job of it. But did I stop there? Oh no. I figured that it might be 20% cooler if I used sound effects. I put an ad on Craigslist for a guy who could make good vocal sound effects and got one response: the guy at the beginning of the vid, so I hired him sight unseen.

I sort of wondered if I’d done the right thing when I opened the door and saw this wild man with a long beard, but I had him sit in front of the computer with a list of the sounds I might want, turned on the camera and left the room to let him do his thing. I didn’t even know what had been captured when he said he was done. When I heard, I was dumbfounded.



Yes, I let this man make weird sounds for my vid.

It turned out that Jaik Willis, the guy with the beard, is a popular musician with a fine arts music education, and a memorable sound and stage presence. He steals the show.

I needed someone to integrate the sounds and I found an Indian production company that looking to expand their market from their Bollywood specialization. Again, a total piece of luck. I think.


I might have been lacking something in the costuming and enthusiasm departments.

As flawed as my performance is, I still like the story. For better or worse, here’s my vid: Yet Another Great Party.

Monica is the award-winning writer of essays, books and screenplays including’s best-selling and Benjamin Franklin Award winner, the science thriller, Dead Mars, Dying Earth, co-authored with physicist John Brandenburg and the Literary-Guild pick, The Fabulous Money-Making Garage Sale Kit. Monica has made author appearances on major television programs including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, as well as The Maury Povich and Mike & Maty Shows. Her work has been featured in many articles including those in The Los Angeles Times and Marie Claire magazine. She has also been the guest on hundreds of radio programs including multiple guest interviews on the BBC and on Coast-to-Coast with the largest listening audience in the USA. Monica is also the co-publisher of Unhinged Magazine.