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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Robin
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 12:30:22

    When these are all up, you have to put them together into one piece — sooooooooo fabulous!

  2. RfP
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 12:55:29

    Very nice.
    Was that an earthquake? She drinks, she stands, her glass wanders around the table intriguingly. (I’m not criticizing–the quake is charming.)

  3. Jane
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:03:43

    Nope. No earthquake. Stop motion animation is the splicing together of hundreds of photographs. The lego figure is moved incrementally and then a photo is taken. Sometimes we bumped the table when we were moving Sophia and we just guessed at the location when we took the shot again.

  4. RfP
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:10:54

    I was teasing. Should have used a smiley.

    Can’t wait for part 3!

  5. DS
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:12:47

    You may not care but Amazon has just introduced allowing customers to post Video reviews. It’s nearly the 15th, Amazon has to have something new on site.

  6. Jane
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:17:16

    Hmm. I don’t know. I might be embarrassed to post it over at Amazon. We are really amateurs, you know.

  7. Angela James
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:25:51

    How much time did it take to make the Lego videos? They’re brilliant but if you’re talking hundreds of pictures, holy crikey!

  8. RfP
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:35:40

    Jane, part of its charm is that it’s a labor of love, not a slick corporate marketing thing. (Though seriously, it’s way beyond what most amateurs would do.)

  9. Janine
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:37:32

    < claps hands >

    Well done Jane and Ned!!!

  10. Jennifer Estep
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:43:29

    I’m torn between whether I like stick figures or Legos better. :grin:

    Regardless, these are so clever! Keep up the good work guys!

  11. Ann Bruce
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:55:38

    Awesome! So much better than the book videos out there! Claudia Dain should be paying you and Ned for all this publicity.

    And the song was awesome. :)

  12. Meljean
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 13:56:43

    lol! I love this.

    *prays there is a Lego-Love scene*

    It took me a while to figure out the pink thing on Ashford’s side of the table was a cup, though, and not an “FU” (I thought it was like a permanent thought-bubble on his part).

  13. Sandra Schwab
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 14:30:43

    Wheeee! Those Lego mannikins are adorable! And the butler!! The butler!!!!! Can’t wait for Part 3. :)

  14. Katherine Kingston
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 15:05:12

    This is Fantastic! I was laughing so hard my sides hurt.

  15. Jayne
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 15:42:09

    I love his bow. Do we get to see Lego dancing?

  16. Keishon
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 16:27:43

    Awesome! So much better than the book videos out there!

    Couldn’t agree more. Awesome work guys. You know, I need to go find a copy of The Holding. I’ve never read Claudia Dain. Later.

  17. Angela
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 17:44:54

    How cool!

  18. Kristie(J)
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 18:15:19

    That was a riot. And the fact that you and Ned spent all that time putting it together makes me go “aaawwwww”. Now I can hardly wait to see the third installment!

  19. sherry thomas
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 18:31:17

    Oh God, too cool! I need to learn how to do it. Could you tell me what were some of the tools and programs involved?

  20. Ann Aguirre
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 19:58:40

    Genius! I love it.

  21. Rosie
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 20:57:31

    This is just the best. I can’t believe how much work you put into it. As a veteran of all things lego I don’t know how you had the patience to make all those moves. Thanks for entertaining us. You guys rock!

  22. Charlene Teglia
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 21:17:37

    I’m with Meljean; Lego love scene! This is hysterical. You and Ned are evil geniuses.

  23. sula
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 21:44:28

    omg, that was awesome! I love Legos. Now I want to go read this book. :)

  24. Ann Bruce
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 23:03:01

    *prays there is a Lego-Love scene*

    Just please don’t turn it into the puppet porn scene in Team America.

    Well, actually…

  25. Jane
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 23:14:35

    Sherry – we use a cheap web cam, the software that came with it, Powerpoint and Windows Movie Maker. Our rudimentary process is a) taking the picture b) adding the text using powerpoint c) importing all the slides into WMM and adding the music. It’s very amateur. Other people use framegrabbing software but I really didn’t understand what that was and didn’t want to learn.

    We are being influenced here though. A love scene might be in the offing.

  26. Kristie(J)
    Sep 15, 2007 @ 09:19:20

    Oh that does have me chuckling at the thought!

  27. Kristie(J)
    Sep 15, 2007 @ 09:20:17

    OK – that quote thing didn’t work. I’m chuckling at the thought of working on a love scene with lego.

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