New Toy

Guess what. I have a thing! I’m super excited because I am 99.9% sure this is going to fix the issues I’ve been having with the audiobook recording. I gave it a test run earlier, and so far, there is much magnificence. AND it’s pink!

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I’ve been fighting with Audacity for quite some time. I’ve cruised forums, watched youtube videos, downloaded like 10 plug-ins, learned how to use Nyquist code, etc. It turns out that I had a hardware issue the whole time. I’m still pretty new to the audio game, so I’m still feeling my way around. Learning is always good!

I’m on a bit of a writing break at the moment. I might do a short story here and there, but I need to step back, disengage, regroup. I haven’t done that in quite some time. My writing might be suffering because of it.

I have been reading, though! If you have anxiety and/or your brain won’t shut up (like mine), this book might help. It’s about inner peace and meditation and dealing with the stress that comes from fixating on problems. I’m a bit over halfway through, and it has already helped me a lot. I will say that it can be repetitive at times, but the read is definitely worth it.

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In which the author was informed of shortcomings

Okay, so apparently, my writing has some somewhat slow patches. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I might improve…well, everything, so this is a good time for the you-kinda-suck meteor to hit.

I’ve officially entered slash and burn mode with my scifi book. There’s too much of it. The feedback I’ve gotten from test readers has been about 95% negative. Most of the complaints were about pacing.

When I think about where I might’ve gone wrong, it was likely in my initial notes. I plot out my novels pretty thoroughly, but then I neglect to read the notes before I start writing. I read them as I write, of course; that’s what they’re for.

But what I need to do is a note edit between the writing of the notes and the writing of the book. That’s definitely happening in the future.

I also need to focus on cutting almost all the scenes that don’t involve people running for their lives. I have grossly underestimated the importance of constant running. There are authors who can get away with a slower pace. I am, apparently, not one of them.

I’ve actually gotten similar feedback on my writing once before during the edit of my first middle grade novel. I ended up halving the word count by the end of it, and the pacing was better after that. Turns out, the thing that was wrong with that book is also a thing that’s wrong with at least some of my other writing.

But those are things I can fix.

I will have to make an effort to keep the action from being repetitive, too. I don’t want to end up at a point in which readers are like oh, good, another shootout. We didn’t have one of those like two pages ago.

This book probably still won’t be constant running, but I can definitely make it more consistent running.

/Takes out red marker/

Today’s Stops

Here are today’s blog tour stops for the Wild Spirits of the Hollow. Fun times!
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Chapter 1 Excerpt plus giveaway on Paranormalists

 

Chapter 1 Excerpt plus giveaway on Triple A, Amazing Author Association Facebook page

 

Chapter 1 Excerpt plus giveaway on FUONLYKNEW, Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews

Bookity!

Hey-o! Though I have been absent, I yet live.

This book is out. I have a creepy story called Carnival in it.

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Here is the link.

A longer thing that I wrote will be available soon. It’s $1.99 while it’s in preorder. The price will increase after the book comes out on 8/28.

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Link to the preorder on Amazon

I am currently busy working on too many things and plan to return to the blog on a somewhat regular basis in about a month or so.

Oh, I DO have a blog tour lined up for some days in September, so I will post links for those stops once they are up and running.

I set it up through Bewitching Blog Tours, and I have to say that I am very impressed so far. Roxanne really has her stuff together. Here’s the link for Bewitching Blog Tours if you’re an author and you’d like to check it out. And no one paid me to say that. But, you know, if someone wanted to offer a discount in the future…  🙂

That’s it for now. I’ll return around the 28th. Party on, Wayne.

A Downward Spiral and a Smallish Absence

Greetings! I am currently caught in a downward spiral of perfectionism (which, regrettably, never actually results in perfection).

The bad news: I basically trashed my entire audiobook recording…again. I can’t help myself. Here’s the deal: so I switched out my recording equipment maybe…halfwayish? The new mic was way better than the old mic, which presented 2 problems: inconsistent audio quality and the better mic picked up more room noise, ie a slight echo.

The good news: I revamped my booth with better insulation. Foam is out; mover blankets are in, and that has helped tremendously. I already rerecorded the entire book. I did that in a week plus a weekend, so I guess that tells me how lazy I was previously being. I do need to edit those files, which I’m getting ready to go work on.

Due to a super heavy, self-inflicted workload, I might be absent from the blog for a bit. I have a lot that I want to finish in the next 2-3 months. I will definitely be on during mid-late August and early September for the Wild Spirits of the Hollow release. I will also still be running the Authors Read podcast.

I might pop in here if I just can’t help myself.

Catch ya later, percolator.

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Moving and/or Shaking

Alright. I was mostly absent from the blog last week because I was CRAZY busy. Did I even post? I don’t remember.

So, I’ve got a few things going on. First, I got the proof for Wild Spirits of the Hollow.  Wheee! Here’s a picture.

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I couldn’t get a clear picture with my phone because it’s being annoying. It probably wants more light or something.

Anyway, I was super happy that the cover art looked okay. You never know what might happen with photos. I was worried it would turn out too dark or too blurry, but it did not. As of right now, this is the only print copy, unless someone at Createspace took liberties.

What else. Oh, I did release a new thing that is not really a new thing. The prequel to Pestilence Rising received a fresh round of editing, a new cover, and a slightly altered title. Llewyn’s Faith is now Llewyn and is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers and $1.99 if you’re not.

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Link to the story on Amazon

I’ve been poking around my backlist to see if there was anything short I could line up for audiobook narration. I decided to do this one, so that was the reason for the fresh round of editing, etc. As I was in the process of giving it a makeover, I noticed that I really half-assed it the first time around: the editing, the cover art, the description. It was just kind of a mess.

The story was a promotional thing for the novel that goes with it, so I didn’t value it like I should have. I was also impatient.

I should add that in the back of the story is a link to subscribe to my email list and get a free download copy of Pestilence Rising.  So basically, you could get the story and the book for $1.99 instead of dropping $4.99 on the ebook. But don’t tell anybody.

In August, the book below is coming out, and I have a story in it! The story is called Carnival and is creepy, I hope.

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I’ll post a link once the book is available.

Minor less exciting updates.

Beneath Oceans of Sky audiobook: Editing bits have been patched in, and I’m about to start my final round of listening. Next step, uploading files and dancing with ACX quality control people. Gosh, I’m looking forward to that.

Echoes (abbreviated title because the real title is so cool that someone might actually steal it) – This is my scifi/fantasy/horror novel that has a tentative release day in November. I finished the first read-through/rewrite today! Quite exciting. Hopefully, the next round of edits will be easier.

I think that’s all for now. Time to go work.

 

 

The Listen Edit

I am so excited that today is Friday! I don’t have any real plans for this weekend, except for book working, which = much productivity!

During one of my last few posts, I mentioned that I was going to have a robot voice app read my most recent book to me. I did this with the hope that I would hear typos. My eyes skip over things and autocorrect for my brain, which is all well and good when I’m not trying to proofread.

Typos were found, but that wasn’t all. I heard unintentional repetition, perspective switches, all kinds of stuff.

The listen edit was life-altering, for real. I’ve never really 100% trusted human eyes or spell checks. While extremely helpful, I realize now that more was needed.

This week, I listened to the book I have coming out in August and started on Love and the Dark because that’s my next audiobook project.

I found so much that I needed to fix, more so with Love and the Dark, which was disconcerting because that book is actually out. No worries, though. I’ll fix it right up and publish updated versions before I record the audiobook.

If you write books or stories or whatever, I highly recommend that you do a listen edit. There are free apps. Robots don’t autocorrect when they read. What is on the page goes directly into your ears, for better or worse, and as long as you’re actively listening, you will hear things that don’t belong there or things that are missing.