As you may know from my previous post, my computer’s hard drive bit the Big One, and died a horrible death, a fate fitting of that of a horror writer, perhaps. Undeterred, I managed to get a good deal on a new system, and have been working to restore my programs. This meant I had to begin anew on my production of the Audible version of my second book, ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales’. I have just finished the sixth entry, ‘Easy Prey‘ (one of my favorites) and have begun recording ‘Message in an Electromagnetic Bottle’, (which is not, but a decent effort nonetheless). I cannot as yet give an estimation of when the Audible version of this work will be available, due to the demands of my job and other factors, but I am moving forward in the effort to deliver the highest quality recording of which I am capable – something which is sure to improve as I continue to learn and hone whatever talent I may possess.
I will continue also to provide updates whenever time and energy allows, and will have more news on my next entry.
As is par for the course, life has been throwing its share of curve-balls my way, but I’ve managed to navigate them with my usual Aries stubbornness, and continue to record tracks from my second novel, ‘Strange Stories, Twisted Tales‘. I am currently working on recording ‘Easy Prey‘, and those familiar with the history of the story, know I never intended to write a vampire story, and wrote it intending it to be a jab at Twilight. Somewhere in the writing, however, this changed, and I found myself enjoying the characters and events that flowed from my pen, which was my only available writing instrument at the time. Recording these stories allows me to reconnect with the characters, and I find myself tempted to stop and write more about the adventures of what has become an interesting figure to me, but I stop myself. All things in time, I say.
All things in time.
It might take longer than I anticipated to record this second work, however, as some of the aforementioned curve-balls include the need to find better employment and a new place to live, both sizeable tasks on their own, much less together. I have faith I will be able to handle these as I have before – it’s not my first rodeo – and plan to build myself a dedicated space for recording in the process.
My first novel, Highway Hypnosis, is now available on Audible, and should be available on Amazon and iTunes within the next few days. I am now working on narrating the third story from Strange Stories, Twisted Tales. The stories in this volume are something of a different challenge in terms of recording; the tales contained in that volume contain some passages that will require some audio effects in order to deliver the proper tone, and I am enjoying the learning process. It is my hope to open myself to narration of other works on a freelance basis in the near future, I have found I enjoy both sides of the process, and look forward to being able to create a home studio in order to deliver an even better listening experience.
So, if you are into audio books, stop by Audible and give my book a listen. If you listen at home, you might want to keep the lights on.
It’s been an intense few weeks, with the promise of continuing to be so, but I cannot resist keeping my blog updated for my audience. For those few intrepid souls, I salute you.
Anywho…I understood when I began my writing it would be a learning experience – as all things in this life are -and the writing journey, along with its narration counterpart – has not disappointed in this regard. There have been some bumps along the road, but I have gained knowledge along the way, and it has been a rewarding process creatively, if not financially. One such bump has seen the delay of release of the hardbound versions of my novels, but it appears I have overcome that particular hurdle (and learning in the process), and the revised hardbound additions should be available on Amazon soon.
On the Audible front, the audio version of Highway Hypnosis should be available sometime on or after June 10, 2023. The files have all passed the ACX check on my software, and are awaiting QC approval. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed.
In the meantime, I have begun recording the Audible version of Strange Stories, Twisted Tales. The first story, The Minstrel, has been recorded, and I have begun work on Roadkill. I find I enjoy the recording process immensely – the audio processing not so much – but am determined to learn as much as I can on both ends of the process in order to produce the best result I can. I have a lot of irons in the fire on any given day, and plan to add even more, in the form of a video blog, in the near future, but I am confident the results will be well worth the effort.
For the last several weeks, I have been endeavoring to record my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, for release on Audible. As thus dealt with a field of technology with which I was previously unfamiliar, I expected the learning curve to be high, and though this has turned out to be true, it did not deter me; i have always enjoyed learning new things, and this was no exception. I knew my present day job would slow the process, and I accepted that as part of the dues one must pay, and it did not affect my enthusiasm.
My environment, however, is another story, Apparently, I have a pair of were-hippopotami living in the apartment above me, who seen to take delight in stomping around 24 hours a day. This has become a source of great frustration, for the usual soundproofing available to an amateur is ineffective against the sonic boom footsteps emanating from above. It is the one thing that cannot be solved by increased study or practice; it can only be solved by changing the location of where I live, or creating a remote recording booth where the sounds of stampeding feet will not interfere. At present, neither option is readily available, but for every problem, there is a solution…although in this case that may take the form of a harpoon (kidding). Even as I type this, at after 2 am, my ceiling sounds like it is about to collapse, not the best environment for recording. Or sleep.
I’ll continue to press on, however, I will not allow such things to prevent me from releasing my work on Audible, and will continue to update my progress. so stay tuned.
I have officially begun my first attempt at narration, recording my first novel, Highway Hypnosis for release on Audible. It has turned out to be an interesting process, and this has given me a clue to just how much work goes into video and sound production. The learning curve for the software end has not proven difficult so far, but that cannot be said about the actual voice work. I am not a stranger to narration, having recorded books for remedial reading students back in the day, but it is not as easy as it appears. I have confidence I will improve with time, however, and look forward to gaining experience in this new endeavor. Should this go well, I may even hire myself out for other work in that field on a freelance basis.
I have five chapters completed so far, with another twenty-three to go. Upon completion, I plan on beginning the second book immediately. With luck, this project will be finished in time for me to begin compiling the manuscript for my next work, which will be a non-fiction account of the my struggle against narcissistic abuse, not something in line with my usual work, but something I feel I must complete for both personal healing and to help other men who may be in similar situations.
Stay tuned for progress and release updates. There is plenty more to come!
Just a quick post to let my intrepid followers know my first two books have been formatted and submitted for the hardback editions, and should be available for order on Amazon soon.
The new book should join them in the next few weeks, so stay tuned, as there are many things in the works for the future!
Even though I have completed the new novel, it does not mean I get to take any time off; there are still a good number of tasks requiring my attention, projects left undone or to further my visibility in the marketplace. I have recently revised the formatting for my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, in preparation for an e-book release, and this should be available soon. I will also be releasing hardcover versions of all my work in the future, so be sure to stay tuned for news and release dates.
So much news!
The manuscript for my upcoming novel is completed. It will weigh in at 634 pages, and a bit over 169k words. Cover reveal coming soon! I’ll be announcing the publication date soon.
I have solved my previous problems with WordPress, apparently, so I’ll be keeping this format for a while. I will be working more on the mobile version once the new book has been published.
I am also working to start a Youtube channel, basically a video blog of this writer’s life kind of thing. More details will be given as this project progresses.
Also, after some positive feedback from a good friend, I will also be working on making audible versions of all my work.
So, a full plate, it seems.
For those few loyal readers, stay tuned…it’s going to be a busy year.