Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Episode 23 is Live!

Yay! Better late than never, right? This is a special episode to me both because of the big turning point in the story, and also because of the kitty cameo. My cat Bristle died right around the time I was editing this section of the book, so I modified the description of the cat in the store room to look like her. :o)

Hope you enjoy the episode!

Oh, I almost forgot: The bonus episodes at are in the works, and I'm going to be unveiling the new Dreaming of Deliverance promo in a day or so. Check back soon!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm late!

With episode 23, that is. Big apologies to anyone waiting. I'm working on it and should have it finished soon. I was all set to have it edited yesterday (I usually audio edit the episodes on the weekends), but as I was working through it, I realized that I'd forgotten to record a whole page of text. Doh!

So I set up the tent this morning and recorded that page before everyone woke up. Have I mentioned that the kids have been off school since Friday the 12th? And Dreaming of Deliverance not being exactly kid friendly, I can't record when they are here and conscious.

But I can't wait to have it up and posted because things are heating up even more for Lindsay and the people of Trae! It'll be worth the wait, I promise.

Also, I'm really going to try to have the bonus episodes back up at this week. I have been a big slacker about that, but after listening to Michele Bekemeyer's fabulous Trapping A Duchess podiobook (more about that soon!), I remembered how nice it is to have that little something extra from the author. My only excuse is that I'm still so ignorant about all the technical aspects of websites and setting up podcast feeds. But I'll figure it all out and get it up and running. Plus it allows me to talk to you all some more, and I love doing that!

Thanks so much for your patience! Now back to editing...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I'm ignoring you.

I'm ignoring you. It's nothing personal. You are awesome! But I can't think about you, or anyone else, when I write. If I start thinking about you and whether you'll like a particular character or turn the story has taken, I freeze up. And when my mean, sadistic witch of a critical inner voice imagines how badly written you'll think a phrase, sentence, paragraph, or (most horrifyingly of all) an entire story is, then I become a quivering mass of unable-to-write protoplasm.

So when I'm in story-making mode, I have to push you out of my mind. Please don't take offense. I'll give you lots of attention at other times, I promise!

Although, I just recently realized there's another time when I have to pretend you don't exist--when I'm recording. See the other day I went to itunes and looked up Dreaming of Deliverance. And to my enormous surprise (and immense excitement!) there were two wonderful reviews! It felt great because even though I know intellectually that people are listening--since recording and editing each episode is basically a solitary endeavor--I do forget that there are people downloading and then actually hearing the podcasts.

But like I mentioned in my last Unpublishednotdead podcast, even when good things happen (like great reviews!), there's a downside. And yesterday when I crawled into my tent/recording studio to read, I was super, super nervous! I kept stumbling over words and redoing phrases and thinking about how it all was sounding and not losing myself in the story. I wanted to make it good for you, the people listening. I didn't want to let you down. And by worrying about letting you down, I became so flustered and nervous that the reading sucked and because it sucked, I was in fact letting you down. Ironic, isn't it?

After a little while, I was able to forget about you and immerse myself in the characters, and the reading went as fluidly as it usually does. (Which isn't perfectly fluidly, as Kenn Crawford could tell you. He's the author and producer of the upcoming zombie podcast novel Dead Hunt, which I'm narrating. So he gets to hear my unedited reading, which is no where near perfect, but also not the shaky, stumbling mess that I initially produced the other day!)

I have to ignore you sometimes if I want to make the story as good as I can. It's not you, it's me! I love, love, love that you're listening! I just can't think about it all the time. But that certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't comment and review and ask questions.

So thank you, Min and thank you, Alusha for the fabulous reviews on itunes! I'm thrilled that you are enjoying Dreaming of Deliverance. I definitely want to hear from you. It's terrific! Just please understand that when I'm in writing or recording mode, you won't be at the forefront of my mind.

I hope you understand!