The Small Stuff

Yikes, has it really been so long since I last posted? Ack! Well, it’s a good things, in that i’ve been pretty busy lately. I worked on several audiobooks, including Pride and Prejudice, The Last Valkyrie by Dietmar Wehr which I recorded for Audible Studios, and book three in the Dark Queens series by Jovee Winters. I recorded The Tinkerer’s Daughter by Jamie Sedgewick for Tantor Media, which will hopefully be coming out in a few weeks. Oh, and I recorded two more titles in the Ministry of Curiosities series by C.J. Archer, which again will hopefully be out in a few weeks.

I also got to attend an animation workshop with Bob Bergen, which I helped to plan. It was exhausting but so much fun. I still have to go through my notes, because there was so many little nuggets of information, and I can only retain so much of it. All in all, it’s been a good but busy few months.

Right now i’m getting ready for a big conference, and I have to admit, it has stressed me out. Y’see, i’m so used to living in my TARDIS that meetings large groups of narrators and publishers can be a little much for me. It’s left me snapping about stupid things, like what bag to bring, or the fact that the beautiful TARDIS business card holder I ordered never arrived. And then I got a little reminder today that this is just all small stuff. Yeah, I’m not booked out to the end of the year yet (like I was by this time last year) and I’m behind on my blog, but it’s not important. What’s important is the people you meet, the experiences you have, and the memories you take with you. I don’t know about anybody else, but I don’t want to waste another second worrying about what bag to take. I’m gonna go enjoy the sunshine with the people I love. And so should you!

House Gremlins

This title should probably be “house gremlins” because these gremlins were everywhere. It’s just been one of those weeks where no matter how focused or on track I attempt to stay, something happens to take away my focus. First there was my contact lens that mysteriously disappeared leading to an hour of cleaning out the trap under my sink and scouring the floor, before finding the lens improbably sitting in the same side of the lens case as my other lens. I won’t go into it, but the series of unlikely events that had to have occurred for that to happen is astounding. But at least I didn’t have to shell out for a new lens.

There’s also been the issue with Twisted Wave which occurred now and again during the previous week but ramped up this week. Every other time I try to use my punch and roll script, it wants to do a cross fade. I suspect this is a side-effect of my upgrading to Sierra, but it is annoying. Luckily, I think I’ve maybe got it figured out, so it only happens a handful of times an hour.

Then today, my trusty Sennhesier 201’s decided to fail. It’s most likely an easy fix, but one I didn’t have time for this morning, so I ended up recording with earbuds, and will be getting replacements in the next day or so. For the record, I love the 201s. I know people love the Sony 7506 but these Sennheiser’s are comfortable (I wear them for 4-5 hours a day), they give a flat response for monitoring, and yes, they’re cheap. But durable! I’ve had these for nearly 4 years, which isn’t a bad run at all, especially since a little soldering should make them good as new.

As for what I’ve been working on, I’ve been busy this week recording a new scifi space opera, which I’ll have more info about soon. In the meantime, now is as good a time as any to talk about a new audiobook that will hopefully be out in the next few weeks. It’s a narration I’m doing of Pride and Prejudice. I have to admit, I’m very nervous about this production. This book is beloved by so many that I really hope I got it right.

One thing I know for sure, however, is that the cover (by Emma Lysy) kicks butt. Wouldn’t you agree?