I’m playing Santa, myself, through January 1, 2023:
In otra news…
Welp, it’s almost Christmas. I’ve been making good progress on recording Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic as an audiobook, and I’m truly glad I’m doing this one myself, for a couple of huge reasons:
- Ideas! Ideas for book three come flooding in as I revisit where the characters were in book one. I look forward to recording book two for the same reason. Yes, I know it’s making my timing for book three sort of drag out there, but you know what? I’m trying to enjoy the process of writing in a way that I haven’t been able to for over fifteen years. The last time I really REALLY took my time with a book was… *counts on fingers*
(I mean, don’t get me wrong. I always try my best. This time, though, I’m trying to downshift away from the all-too-common trend of writing more, faster. In the past, I’ve given up on stories before because I felt like there was no way I could get them finished fast enough. Essentially, I branded the books as failures before they even got a chance to be read. Now that I have played the field in so many different genres and settled back on witchy/fairy/magic stuff, I just want to relearn how to love the process. That love of getting my hands dirty got lost along the way. It feels good to take my time.)
- Quality control! I’m finding issues with my manuscript that weren’t caught by editors or editing software, and weren’t flagged by helpful readers. As I read this book aloud into a mic, you better BET I notice these. By the time I listen through the post-production copy of the audiobook, I hope to have finally caught ’em all, Pokemon style.
Typos! Gotta catch ’em all!
Ironically, I have told writers more than once to read their work aloud, when I’m certain they are going to catch their own mistakes that way. I suppose from now on, I’ll record my audiobooks (or have them recorded, if I choose to go that route again) before I publish the ebook/paperback. It would just save so much time and embarassment. Hopefully.
In otra otra news, I’m still creating shows on AMP. It’s a lot of fun. I don’t know if I will slow down, but if I need to, I like that I control my own schedule. Right now I’m working on a playlist with the theme Wight Christmas. Definitely want it to be metal AF.
Tomorrow I should be able to do my 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show. Dec 21, I have a Solstice show planned. I’ve also got a show featuring famous drummers lined up. My most popular shows so far have been theme at my imaginary Indie Bookstore, as well as the I Miss Art Bell shows, and the Dr. Demento-inspired shows full of silly songs.
Rock out with me on the free AMP app, or listen live via your Amazon Echo device by saying, “Alexa, play Leslea on amp.” Listen through your browser at Live.onamp.com/Leslea