Vapor Trails

Greetings, all,

The inevitable hand of Fate has attempted to give me the finger, only to find it broken off at the knuckle.  These things happen, and I’ve learned to roll with them and keep on trucking.  Fortunately for me, I was able to finish the Audible version of Strange Stories, Twisted Tales before life became hectic, and delayed the project yet again.

I won’t begin the recording of my third book, ‘Permutations of Reality’, until after I have set up a new studio for all my creative projects.  Great things often have small beginnings, and despite the turmoil and stress, the events transpiring now are important to my overall life-plan, and should mark the last time I rent before finding a more permanent home.  Once the move is complete, I foresee a massive explosion of creative projects coming on both the writing and visual fronts, and I can hardly wait until that moment arrives.

I have also planned to begin a YouTube channel for my life as a writer and other topics, similar to the one I have for my visual arts projects, and this will also have to wait a bit before I can make that a reality, though it is very tempting to record some videos of the current situation for editing later. Entertainment value aside, I think such a channel would go far in revealing the life and processes of this particular writer, and might even be of some use to those experiencing similar events.  Again, a project I have hungered to begin for some time, and once I have finished this current move, one I will pursue with vigor.

So, lots more to come.  The next month will be trying, to be sure, but once it is in my rear view, I expect to make up for the time I’ve lost creatively for the last several years.  I am anxious to experience such a creative explosion, and look forward to writing my first post from my new studio.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste

Audible Update – New Release

Greetings all,

I know it’s been a while since my last update; I have been working every available hour on projects both creative and otherwise for the last several weeks. and the days have just flown by.  The result of all this work has been the completion of two painted furniture videos for my YouTube channel, and the completion of the audio files for the Audible version of Strange Stories, Twisted Tales, which I uploaded for reviews several days ago.

This work has now passed review, and can be found here.  This volume contains some musical transitions and sound effects, and I was much happier with the final result.I hope any listeners do as well.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste

Audible Update – Nobody’s Hero

Greetings.

After a great deal of trial and error, I decided to change up my recording workflow in an attempt to speed up the process, a move which seems to have been successful.  I managed to record and process ‘Nobody’s Hero‘, the quirky superhero entry from ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales‘,in just a bit over 3 days. The last day of processing was more extensive than it needed to be; a week of overhead painting left me sore and exhausted, and I took a few hours off to regain my energy,.

Overall, the new workflow means a faster overall turnaround time, obviously, but it proves to me that while I might sometimes be slow, I am still capable of learning new tricks, and enjoying that journey, something that has existed within me for as long as I can remember, and a defining quality I hope I never lose.

I have but two tales left to record from that tome, and will continue to open myself to improving the narration process as I go, as I both enjoy the process, and have since childhood, but also for my absolute distaste of AI generated narration, which motivates me to keep going when my butt starts to go numb from sitting in front of the microphone.  I will continue to post updates on my progress as usual, and hope to have this puppy ready for release soon.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste

Audible Update – April 2024

Greetings,

Forgive the lateness of my post; things which start off hectic have increased, and just about every minute of my day is now occupied with one project or another.  Still, I push on, and have finally completed recording all the material I lost from the Great Disk Disaster of 2023.  This means I can now begin to record the remaining stories from ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales’, including my favorite of the collection, which is appropriately titled ‘The Last Story’.

I have been pleased with the results of my latest efforts; this round of recordings have been clearer and more consistent, and the addition of title music and chapter transitions have given the work a new dimension, in my opinion.  I can but hope any listeners will feel the same.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste

Another Orbit

Greetings,

I never know how many people I am actually welcoming; I haven’t posted notifications for my posts on social media lately, though I do my best to remain active on what channels I can.

Things have been moving quickly, and I have had to burn some serious calories in order to keep up, working on a number of projects simultaneously, as I have mentioned earlier.  I did take a day to celebrate another orbit around the sun, as most do, but now it is time to get back to work.  Once I finish recording ‘Easy Prey‘ from Strange Stories, Twisted Tales, I will have finished re-recording stories I lost in the Great Disk Disaster, and will be able to move on to new material.

It has also crossed my mind to take another look at my recording of my first novel, in the event I need to replace that one as well.  The long range goal to make my recording services available through Audible for freelance projects, and the best way to do that is to deliver the highest quality possible.  It is my hope to reach a marketable level by the time I finish recording my third novel.

On the writing front, I may have to delay the production of my next book, a non-fiction work aimed at male victims of domestic abuse, until I can move to a more habitable environment. This may not be a significant delay, if any, if events continue to move at their current speed. I also have my next two fiction novels planned, and will give more details on those as they develop.

All in all, it looks as if this new orbit will be an interesting, and busy, one.

Until next time,

~Namaste

Happenings

Hello all,

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  Life has converged as it has a way of doing into a high energy state, and I’ve had to burn a good number of calories in order to keep up.  This has had the unfortunate side effect of leaving no time for recording for the last week. With luck, I’ll be back to finishing ‘Easy Prey’ for Audible by the end of next week.

In addition to the audio work I am doing for my written work, I have begun creating videos for my artistic work, which has made it necessary to learn the software needed in order to produce them.  I enjoy the process, though I do wish I had more time in order to perfect these aspects of my platform.  This is the goal, of course, for regardless of the form, I’ve always done better, both financially and emotionally, when I have been able to work for myself. Despite the setbacks, this remains, and I work to bring that goal to reality.  This means that the coming year is going to be a busy one, and I am looking forward to the many positive things to come.

Until next time,

~Namste

Audible Update: Easy Prey

Greetings,

As it turned out, I did not feel the last recording of the vampire entry in ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales’, measured up to the newer versions, and decided to rerecord the story rather than simply add the music effects.  I am still working just about every night on this project, despite adding more work to an already crowded schedule, but my determination remains strong to deliver the best work I can.  I have less then twenty pages of the story left to go, which will make the track a little over an hour and a quarter long, by my current estimate.  Most of the stories fall into this category, with a few longer exceptions, such as “Boo”, and “Roadkill”, which I have already completed.

Once I have completed ‘Easy Prey’, I will have replaced all my previous work I lost when my computer died, and will move onto the second half of the work.  I am looking forward to being able to announce the book’s completion soon, and will continue to post updates as I complete more of the stories contained within my second effort.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste

Audible Update: Polymech pt. 2

Hello all,

I just wrapped the recording and processing of ‘Polymech’ from ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales’ to release on Audible. This second project includes various title music and chapter transition sound effects, and the result is as eclectic in spirit as the original book, though time will tell if this is indeed a good thing.  I plan on taking my time with this project, and will burn the completed work onto CD’s for a few beta listeners, and hope for some good feedback.

Meanwhile,I believe the sound quality is good enough on the next segment, ‘Easy Prey’ to add the sound transitions without having to re-record the story for the third time, without sacrificing the quality overall.  A good thing, I would think.

Despite things being as busy as they are, it seems I have been able to update both my writing and art site blogs on a more regular basis. Amazing the things one can accomplish with the right focus.  Now if I could just have something other than a hate/hate relationship with my bodily health, I might actually get some real shit done.  Just sayin’.

Anyway, more to come.  Until next time,

~Namaste

Audible Update: Polymech

Greetings,

Well, I have wrapped recording on ‘Roadkill’ and have begun ‘Polymech’. the third entry in ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales.  I have twenty more pages to narrate on that weird little tale, and then I can see whether ‘Easy Prey’ can be salvaged. So far, this has not been a detriment, as it has led to what I believe is a more enjoyable and professional recording. I have found some interesting and (I believe) entertaining sound effects for this work, and look forward to reading the other stories in this volume.

I am now actively adding entries to both this and my art site, and have more to do than I can shake a stick at, but I will continue to give updates on the progress of this project whenever possible.  Until then…

~Namaste

Audible Update – Roadkill

Greetings!

I have finished recording “Roadkill“, the second story in “Strange Stories, Twisted Tales“, for Audible.  Again.  I say that with humor, because although I have done the story a total of three times, the quality of the recording has improved with each iteration.  This version is complete with title music and sound transitions, a process I began after recording several stories for the Audible version.  Thus, several of the later stories have already been finished, along with the sound effec5s, but the idea did not become firmly implanted until I was about a third of the way through re-recording the book after losing my hard drive.

I do enjoy the learning process involved in this work, and look forward to bringing the remaining stories to life.  I am doing my best to remain patient, despite my desire to finish and release the book, as I want to continually raise the bar in order to bring the best of my work to the public.  Only time will tell if I will be successful.  In the meantime, I will continue to work and learn.

Until Next Time,

~Namaste