For the last month or so I've been tuning into a daily periscope show I found on Twitter. It's mostly political complaints from Majid M Padellan in New York, or as he calls himself 'Brooklyn Dad Defiant'. And yes I agree with a lot of his views, but this blog isn't really about that.
Mr. Padellan has a fun clever picture book where he tries to explain the current happenings in Washington as a laughable manner. He tends to do a live reading of a page or two every weekday around 5:00pm cst. (OK, I'm sure it's supposed to be 6:00pm est., but I'm watching in Texas)
Now recently, I've been auditioning to read audiobooks but with all of this Corona Virus craziness some people are just not getting back to me about what I've tried out for. Leaves me a lot work I supposedly said I could do with no actual word about if the writers want me to get it done or not.
It has gotten to the point, I've just stopped auditioning for new ones because if somehow I got chosen for all of them I couldn't get the work done in any reasonable amount of time.
So to amuse myself I started taking apart Brooklyn Dad's periscope videos to make an audiobook of his book. I've told him about it, and he's not mad. Says he's prefer to get audio from Hillary Clinton or some celebrity for the official audiobook. I've stopped my audio work on it, have 11-12 pages out of 44.
But I have offered to work on the .mp3's if he can get the audio he wants for it. And so this weekend I put together a website for making audiobooks: Noesis Books. I chose the name as a joke to myself because Noesis is what the mad scientist Nigel Hunter from a couple of my self published books called his company. Putting together files of another person's voice is enjoyable.
Today I've been editing the sound files for the audiobook version of my short story If You Believe in Love At First Sight. Got to thinking that it was somewhat ironic that this was the book of mine I'm working with right now. Mainly because a lot of it came about from my love of The Stand.
If you don't know, The Stand is an awesome Stephen King book about the world falling apart in the face of a terrible plague. It Is where I fell in love with the evil character Randal Flagg years before I ever heard of The Dark Tower. Now my story is nothing like any Stephen King book I've read so I can't claim my books are any fair comparison.
It's just that when I first wrote The Speed of Darkness I had recently read The Stand, and so the idea of setting my story in Nevada amused me. now The Speed of Darkness is the name I've given my convoluted werewolf series because it somewhat describes the super-power my nerdy hero Nigel Hunter controls. You can read about him and the start of the series in The Illumination Query
If You Believe in Love At First Sight Is surely nothing like The Stand, it's actually quite short. I don't have much of The Speed of Darkness written down, but my idea for the fourth book (I do plan to write them all eventually) somewhat came from my other favorite character from The Stand, Larry Underwood. Rereading The Stand not long ago made me decide that my series needed a musician, and my character Joel Shine was born.
I actually have a little USB microphone connected to my Chromebook now. I was in the middle of editing the files for the audiobook I'm working on now (The World Beneath Trilogy by Rebecka Georgia) and I guess my Chromebook 11 is a couple years old now, the internal mic went out. And trying to record on my cell phone does not give the same sound quality.