Tongue Twisters

I never imagined myself being able to say the “She sells sea shells down by the sea shore” tongue twister very well. I always preferred “Rubber baby buggie bumpers” myself. I’ve even started to make up a few of my own: “Ghastly green goblins gagging on ghosts,” “Saint Steigan’s sword standing,” and “The only girl in the world for Arlyn.”

So what’s the point of all this?

I’ve been busy recording The Three Books as an audiobook. I’d love to say that I was nearly done, especially since I’ve now recorded the book three times (a prophecy in the title maybe?) and partially gotten through it I don’t know how many times but at least two more. I thought I had a good recording when I was done with it the second time through, then I discovered this wretched hum over the top of the vocals and trying to get rid of it just mangled the audio. I never imagined that I’d learn so much about audio engineering.

It was supposed to be simple: record the audio, edit it to clean out bad phrases to make it follow the book, and upload it.

Wrong.

Now I’ve never been one for perfection, but cleaning up mouth clicks is a booger. Sometimes I think I push it too far. I’m learning to let go. Let’s just say that I’m to a point now that I can step in my booth, say my tongue twisters, and record a chapter without any hesitation. Editing cleanup work later is the part I’m starting to dread. It takes so long.

Okay, enough of my complaining. I really just wanted to let you know that I’m still working on the audiobook and that it is coming along, just not as fast as I would hope. If I could just keep my tongue from getting all twisted and making all sorts of weird sounds. You just don’t notice them until you attune yourself to them. I recently bought some Thayer’s Dry Mouth Spray. I haven’t yet listened to any of the chapters I’ve done with the spray, but I hope it helps. The dry mouth spray came as a recommendation from Eric Stuart at Anime Oasis. I’m so glad he took the time to answer my question as well as to hear about my silly little project. When you’re doing everything right but still having issues, it’s time to get additional help. Now I dread having a recording so good and so clear in those last few chapters that I decide to go re-record the earlier ones before the throat spray. How many times through would that make?

Yeah, recording an audiobook when you’re not a profession is not an easy thing to do. It takes time, patience, research, and perseverance. I feel like the universe keeps asking me, “How badly do you want this?” Badly! I want to be able to do it myself too, because once I have my small backlist done, I want to be able to keep up, preferably on a daily basis. That thought alone probably qualifies me as insane. Here’s to hoping.

If I don’t lose my mind on this first book.

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How to be perfect in 3 easy steps

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.
   —  G. K. Chesterton

As a child, I was perfect.

Or at least I thought I was. Teacher’s pet, good grades, a class-act writer. Oh yeah, I was good at everything I did and I stayed away from things I wasn’t good at.

That’s step 1: don’t do things you aren’t automatically good at.

Wait! Don’t leave. Keep reading.

If you felt that line was a load of bunk, you’re exactly right. It is. We need to do things that we aren’t good at. We have to start out badly.

There is no such thing as perfection. In fact, ‘perfect’ is a theory.

I remember watching an ice skating competition one time. The skater did a fantastic jump that I thought was perfect. The commentator had a different opinion. He started spouting off how the judges would make it down because it hadn’t been a good landing – apparently her leg wasn’t under her correctly. Nor had she gotten the proper height. Nor had her toes been pointed in the correct direction. To him, it was completely not perfect.

So perfection becomes subjective to each person based on their knowledge and life experience.
We don’t even want perfection, not really.  Otherwise we’d never grown and change. We’d never get pushed out of our comfort zone to do something new. There would be no reason to leave our homes — we’d be perfect there. Why then go and explore the world around us? Why then try to make things that better people’s lives? Why then even live at all?

Living is an action, not a theory. These are our steps. Our journeys. Our stories. Let me ask you this: when you started reading this blog, did you like the hubris or the essense of the story behind my words? 

Go out now and realize that life is your perfect adventure tale.