An Audio Update and Yard Shenanigans

Monday! Oh, how I have not missed you all that much.

I have a goal to finish all primary recording sessions for Beneath Oceans of Sky this very week! I actually recorded 3 chapters today: a retake of chapter 20 and then chapters 24 and 25. I usually only record one at a time, but I’m trying to get faster at the whole audiobook production process, hence the longer session.

I’m not worrying about keeping up with editing this week. It’s an all-out recording run! I have a three-day weekend and the husband will be occupied for some of it, so I can have an audio editing extravaganza. If I really buckle down, I could actually finish this thing in the next 1-2 weeks. I’m super excited.

A thing that I am not excited about is the spiders I keep finding in my basement. This one was hanging out over my sound booth the other day.

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They gotta go, for real! I like spiders but not when one could potentially sneak out from behind my sound dampening foam and steal a snack while I am otherwise distracted.

In the yard, we’ve had much cuter intruders. Baby robins and baby cardinals! The top picture is one the husband took of the cardinals before they grew up extremely quickly and flew away. Picture number 2 is one I took last weekend. The robins are also growing extremely quickly. They took up residence in a preexisting nest.

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That’s all for now. I should have a post about antique spirit communication devices at some point this week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Various Updates

OMG, today is a great day. I recorded Chapter 20 of the Beneath Oceans of Sky audiobook! 20!!! I usually record one chapter at a time, but today I was so close to number 20 that I just pushed on ahead.

Only ten chapters left! Can you believe it?

I really like recording, and editing is starting to grow on me, maybe because I’m better at it and the process is now less tedious. I think running the Authors Read podcast has really done wonders for my confidence level and skill level.

I’ve found a few parts to fix in the book, too. They’re not a big deal, but they do need a fixin’ and a fixin’ they shall have. So if you plan to read the book and haven’t yet, you might want to hold off for a smidge longer. Once I finish recording, I’m updating the ebook version and then creating the print version. There isn’t one yet.

I’d like to get at least 2 audiobooks out this year. The one I’m working on now and then one for Love and the Dark.

If I still have time after that, I might do one for a novella that isn’t out yet. A novella that is about to ship off to Lady Editor. That might be out around Julyish.

And then, my scifi/fantasy/horror thing that I’m working on right now, that should be out by the end of the year. I’m currently wading through that rough draft, and holy fishsticks, that is a ROUGH draft.

It was last year’s NaNoWriMo project. That’s probably what I get for trying to crank those words out so fast.

Current Favorite Distraction: Dead Space 2

I have to go edit audio now.

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Roboreading

Greetings and salutations! Another week, another round of book-related shenanigans. Audiobook production update: 16 chapters recorded, 10 chapters edited. Yes, I’m behind on editing. I’m working on it!

Today I was listening to a podcast that mentioned using text to speech to create audiobooks. They were excited because someone managed to get the computer to use some inflection. They played a sample. It was…okay.

I’ve used text to speech before because I have more time to listen than to read. While it is functional, after a while, the robo voice becomes abrasive. It’s stiff and unnatural like trying to cover up with a cardboard blanket.

An audiobook is a performance. Good or bad, that’s what it is. I’d rather hear a human read.

The worse part is that I’m sure the robo reader will eventually get to the point that it will be indistinguishable from a human performer. That makes me sad, not just because I’m working on creating an audiobook.

It’s sad because it seems like no industry is safe from automation. These fantastic strides in technology are going to put people out of work. They already have put people out of work. At what point does it stop? When no one has a job anymore? That’ll be fun.

And does no one remember the Terminator? That was a cautionary tale, people!!

Our robot overlords will not be benevolent.

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Back on the Audio Horse

Okay. I started recording a new audiobook today. I made it down to my chilly, makeshift sound studio and got the thing done. I still have to edit it, of course. That’s always the far bigger thing.

I think I lost my narrator that signed on for Destined for Darkness. The book was supposed to be finished by the end of October, and she has vanished into thin air. That’s the 2nd audiobook narrator I’ve lost.

Look, cats and kittens, if you want to get into audiobook narration, that’s fine and dandy. There isn’t much of a barrier to entry for auditioning. Know what you’re getting into so you don’t waste someone’s time getting involved in a contract that someone will later have to beg ACX to cancel. That’s not fun. It causes delays and is, in fact, quite annoying.

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Given that I don’t have thousands of dollars to drop into audiobook production (it typically runs about $200 per finished hour), this is going to come down to me, myself, and I getting ‘er done.

So I’m working on Beneath Oceans of Sky right now. Then when/if…no when (it must be when) that’s done, I’m going to work on Love and the Dark and/or The Blood of Guardians.

I figure one chapter at a time probably won’t be too bad. I just need to make sure that I edit each chapter before I start the next one so I don’t have 1000 hours of editing ahead of me at the end of recording.  *shudders to think*

 

 

Working, Whistling, Cough-Shouting

I’m still alive, I promise. I’ve been getting a lot of work done. Work on my books, work on books by other people. It’s like a work extravaganza! I do have a brief rundown of stuff that should be out and available before the end of this year.

Desmond Winters and the Ghosts of Arbolettis – release date – approximately November, possibly December, possibly near the end of December.

Beneath Oceans of Sky – another middle-grade book – by the end of October or sooner.

Iyrico audiobook – hopefully by the end of September so I can get in on the people looking for ghost stories in October.

Destined for Darkness audiobook – Around the first part of November. I’m not actually doing this one. I have a very talented narrator on ACX working on it.

I’m cutting audio on Iyrico this evening which is one of my FAVORITE tasks (NOT). I found this lovely soundbite in which I was trying to clear my throat and what came out was this strange combination of shout and cough that sounded like a demon briefly invaded my vocal chords. I’ll save your ears, but here’s a picture of the sound levels. Normal speaking voice on the left, demon cough-shout on the right.

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The whistling part of the post title was actually a lie. I can’t whistle…like, at all.