When Islandport asked me to meet with a videographer, to talk about the inspiration behind Cooper and Packrat, I said, “Sure!”
But as the date got closer and closer, I became more and more nervous. What should I say? How would I stand? Where would we film it? And more importantly,
What would I wear!?
The morning of, I still hadn’t finalized all I wanted to say. What hadn’t been said or blogged about already? I found myself awake at 5am, so I headed out in my kayak, determined to find some inspiration.
And there, in the middle of the lake, it all came together.
I remembered why I’d written Cooper’s story. I remembered the reader’s letters I’d received so far, and some of the questions they’d asked me along the way.
Looking back, I need not have worried so. The videographer, John McCain, put me right at ease by asking about all my favorite things. The books, the campground and the wildlife. We took a walk around the campground first and of course, he wanted to film on the lake’s edge.
After we were done taping my talk, Dave and I took John on a tour of the lake to find the loons and eagles. It happened to be a glorious day, and we spent quite awhile out there, enjoying the views.
After I’d said goodbye to John, and he assured me the video would be wonderful, I looked at David and said, “Whew! That wasn’t so bad. But I’m glad it’s done.”
Little did I know, right at that moment, there was an e-mail in my in-box from Melissa, telling me they were sending a photographer in a couple weeks to get “a few photos”.