In the course of attempting to raise the standard for my recordings, it has become necessary to redo some of my previous work, both in order to add the accompanying title and transition effects, but for an overall consistent tone in terms of recording levels, which can vary depending on a number of factors. This has not been a disappointment – I rarely see things that way any more – but as an opportunity to improve my craft, one which I have been embracing with enthusiasm.
Speaking of opportunities, it has been evident for some time that I need to make certain changes in my life in order to continue the healing process from the decade of abuse I suffered at the hands of the court system and my ex (a process which infuriates her kind to where they continue to attempt to wound regardless of success). One of these opportunities has arisen, and it looks like certain aspects of my life will indeed improve. Of course, this means I have to have some energy and drive to get through the transition, but it is nothing I haven’t done before. I have given, and continue to give, considerable thought to this process, and have decided to keep my recording schedule as uninterrupted as possible. This decision was made in no small part because I plan on publishing at least one book this year – two if I can help it.
It has been a whirlwind these last few weeks, and I do not see them slowing down any time soon, In fact, I expect the pace to increase significantly over the coming months. I am not sure how things will play out – it is a turbulent time as the world stands on the brink, and I have a feeling the coming year will reach critical mass. I am fully aware of how little control I have over such matters, and can only control what I can do. I have to press on, and do the best to improve myself, both as an author, and as a human being. I have more upcoming projects than time, and it will take a great deal of fortitude to keep things on schedule. I will write more about this in a future update.
Speaking of schedule, I have finished re-recording ‘Boo!’ as well as ‘Groovin’ to the Zombie Apocalypse’, complete with title and chapter audio transitions, and will divide my recording time between the remaining stories, and those I have previously recorded.
I have some book news as well, but that will have to wait until another entry. So many projects, so little time.
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.
Well, after many hours of recording and audio processing, I have uploaded my first novel, Highway Hypnosis, to Audible. The files are in review, and I should get a response within ten business days, according to their website. I will begin recording the various stories in Strange Stories, Twisted Tales within the next day or do…unless I can’t resist getting back to reading, in which case it could be as early as tonight.
It is my plan, hope really, that by the time I get to my third book, that will have become proficient enough at the process that I may begin to do some freelance narration work. I have to find something, after all – my current job is a narcissistic nightmare and both emotionally physically destructive. The damage done to me physically by the results of narcissistic and legal abuse has left me technically disabled, and these effects are exacerbated by the physical demands of my ‘day job’. Narration is not only something I enjoy, but is work that I can perform at my own pace, and around the limitations I face on a daily basis.
I’ll be sure to announce when the Audible version of my novel is ready for purchase. Thanks again for any and all who follow this blog.
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!
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.
It’s been a hectic and exhausting few weeks. I’m not even sure at the moment when I posted last. It’s been some weeks, but the days have a way of blending together when things get intense, and they certainly have been ever since the new owners of my former apartment complex decided to act like complete asshats and not pay me for two months worth of labor. This led to my ending my term as property manager, and having to find a new place and a new job simultaneously. This was a stressful time, and though I managed to do both, this was but the start; I still had to pack up everything I owned into storage while working my new job, and also doing all the rehab work in my future living space in trade for the security deposit. While difficult, this last was a win for me, as I do a better job painting than the normal job done on vacant units, as well as making sure everything was done my way.
I had hoped to finish the first draft of my current novel of multi-dimensional existential horror before having to change my residence, but ran out of time just as I was set to write the next to last chapter, i.e. the climax of the story (the last chapter is just afterglow). I then faced the task of packing the remaining 75% of my belongings and all my furniture in about 24 hours. Unfortunately, my new apartment was not ready yet, so I spent a few nights sleeping in vacant units until the flooring was ready. The end result is I have been keeping a minimum of 16 hour days 7 days a week, and have a bit more to go. As I write this, I am surrounded by a small mountain of boxes waiting to be unboxed, and a few last pieces of furniture to move from another unit I have been using for storage. Although smaller by a slight bit, I think my new place has the potential to be a more creative living environment than my previous residence. it will need to be, because I have lots more books to write.
I have a bit more to do before my place is more of a home, but the finish line for both the apartment and my current WIP is close.