More Comicon Stuff

So many tasks left this evening, so little brainpower remaining. I have a couple of other comicon pics to share. I meant to post them with the other ones, but I forgot. Such things happen. But first…an audiobook update.

11 chapters recorded (double digits!!!), 8 chapters edited! And after I go answer some emails, that number may grow by as many as 1 more in the edited category today.

On to Comicon. It was a fun time. It was our first time going, actually. We had previously gone to Gencon because it was the closest thing we had to a comicon in the area, but that’s more for the gamers (and not really for the kind I am).  This one had far more that we were interested in seeing.

They had some decent guests. Jonathon Frakes (aka Commander Riker) was there. I would’ve loved to get a picture with him but his photo time slot was over by the time we got there. I probably wouldn’t have had the patience for the line anyway. There was a LOT to see, and waiting in a line on top of all that walking and looking at stuff probably would’ve put me to sleep in the middle of the thing. Do I sound old yet?

My favorite dressed up person (not really a cosplayer?)  was an elderly man dressed as Boy George, who carried around a boombox that was playing Boy George songs. I got to hear Karma Chameleon. It was pretty much the best.

There were some AMAZING artists there. Like, for real. And so many of them. They were the kind of people I was jealous of back in art class, the ones with more skill and patience than I could ever dream of possessing.

There were some pretty cool panel things/activities, too. There was a lightsaber academy, during which they taught you one of 3 fighting styles. I might do that next time if they offer it in the future.

Okay, here are aforementioned pics. I thought I took one of an aisle, too, but I don’t see it on my phone. Oh, well. I guess we’ll just go with these!

 

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Okay, I’m off to see the wizard. Don’t forget to back up your files, kids.

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The Podcast

I don’t know why I insist on doing things that give me mini-panic attacks. It’s like I can’t help myself.

I started a podcast. I’ve been thinking about doing so for several months. It’s called Authors Read, and if all goes as planned, if people actually want to be on it, it’s going to consist of authors reading short excerpts from their books.

I’ve been working on the first episode on and off for the last month or so while I’ve been tweaking my whole recording environment and process for the audiobooks. I made the mistake of doing the first episode myself, which kicked off a fantastic downward spiral of nitpicking of every little thing. Sometimes I wish my perfectionism actually resulted in perfection.

Anyway,

Here’s the link to the episode on Podbean

If you’d like to be on it, the contact form is at this link.

The podcast isn’t on itunes quite yet, but it should be once they appprove it.

Halloween pics

I have pictures! None of these are of me, unfortunately. I didn’t plan ahead and I got home about 15 minutes before trick or treating commenced. The boy was a t-rex. The husband was Pennywise, which made for much hilarity. It turns out that children, even those too young to have seen the movie, are scared of Pennywise.

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The boy danced at the end of the driveway.

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Mermolade (Merlin) and the girl came for a visit.

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And Bleu was sad that we left him inside.

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Happy Halloween! I’m off to watch some Stranger Things, season 2.

Orchard Snaps

Today I have pictures! Fall is awesome in Indiana, probably because it’s one of the few times of year that the weather isn’t broiling hot or 9th circle cold. We went to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville recently.

It was a good time. Apples were purchased in both raw and cobbler forms. Here are some pictures!

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I also bought this delightful Day of the Dead decoration. It pleases me greatly.

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Clicky McClickerson

I’ve been working on recording an audiobook version of Love and the Dark. Holy crap that book had some editing issues. I do have someone edit for me but I have a tendency to monkey around with the book once I get it back, so you know, my inability to leave things alone is one hundred percent of the problem. The issues will be fixed shortly.

Anyway, recording the audiobook has been an interesting experience so far. I had to figure out which software to use and then how to use it. I now know things about sound that I didn’t know before. I also learned that once I get past the weirdness of hearing a recording of myself, my voice is actually kind of soothing.

The worst issue I’ve had is my mouth drying out. After about 10 minutes of recording, my mouth gets dry and starts making these little click sounds that are undesirable in the audiobook world. Not only do they sound bad, they distract me. In fact, the whole dry mouth thing is so aggravating that more often than not, I end up quitting for the evening before I intended to.

And the audiobook I’m recording has an estimated finished recording time of 7 hours. It’s a lot more than 7 hours of labor once you factor in all the retakes and editing, etc. At this rate, I’m gonna be fifty years old by the time I finish.

I looked up the clicking (mouth noise) and apparently, this is a common audio recording problem. I’ve seen the following suggested solutions.

  1. Get a better microphone to filter it out. That’s fine and dandy but if the mouth noise is distracting me as I’m reading, then the fanciest microphone in the world isn’t going to help.
  1. Water – This was the first thing I tried. Do you know what water does? It rinses the saliva out of your mouth. I drink so much water as it is that it’s probably causing the problem in the first place.
  1. Vaseline – ew
  1. Lemon – Wouldn’t this be drying?
  1. Talking while holding a pencil in your teeth – What?
  1. Get someone else (a professional someone else) to record it – Like I’d give up that easily. Do you even know me, bro? The clicks aren’t stopping me, not yet, anyway.

I did try keeping a glass of milk next to me. That helped a little, but it definitely wasn’t a cure. It was skim milk, though, so maybe milk with fat in it would do a better job.

This evening, I bought some mouth moisturizing gel. Sounds pretty gross, right? It’s clear and sort of minty-ish, not as minty as toothpaste. I’ll give that a go later. I also considered coconut oil. I may still try that if the gel doesn’t work.

Oh, the glamorous life I live! 
Here’s a picture of Bleuberry (aka Bleu, aka Mr. Baby, aka Jerkface).

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a sad garage door and assorted shenanigans

The last couple of weeks have been crazy and not in a good way. I won’t go over it all because nobody likes a whiner. Let’s just sum it all up with this picture of my garage door from this morning.

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Uh, yeah. That’s about right.

The garage door is fixed now. Yay! As for the rest of it…time heals, I guess.

I have a book that’s 99.9 percent ready to go. I’ll probably put that up this weekend. If you’ve been following along for the last month or so, it probably looks like I write really fast. HA! No, no. I just put the finishing touches on these two things at times which were very close to one another.

Once I settle on the description, I’ll slap it up on the internet. If you want to see the cover, it’s on my brand spankin’ new facebook page. Here’s the link to the page. The book is called Love and the Dark.

What else is going on. Oh, the book pages on the blog (above) are under construction. I’ve been doing a lot of clean-up as far as getting things on various websites to match and rearranging.

You might notice that I now have one page for grown-up books and another one for kid books. I have a middle grade title or two that I might get out this year, so that’s why those are there. I actually have one finished, but I’d like to release two at the same time. Hence, the delay.

Current AnnaBeth word count is 35380. I’ve been a little slower lately due to various distractions, but I am feeling better now, so we move onward!

the nsa does not surprise

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Is it wrong that I don’t care if the government pokes around my phone records? I understand why other people care. If people want privacy, they should have privacy.

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t all that shocked when the “dirt” came out. The government has kind of been doing what they want all along, so uh, yeah. I just kind of assumed they were watching everything anyway.

And why wouldn’t people assume they were watching? I mean, think of all of those movies and tv shows where the first thing criminals do when stuff gets real is ditch their phones.

If big brother is paying attention to me, they really aren’t getting anything exciting. That’s another reason I don’t care. The most interesting thing about me is probably the weird stuff I write and draw, and as you can see, it’s on display.

Honestly, I’d rather have some government lackey or program sniffing around my hey-will-you-pick-up-some-milk text messages than keep them private and have some crazy person blow up my babies. I’m probably in the minority…