The Capital Steps It didn’t take long, about as far as the front edge of the Reflecting Pool, before his upper lip started to drip, causing him to dab at it with his already damp handkerchief. He intended to walk down the Washington Mall from the Capital, but he could see trucks parked along the … Continue reading End of Truth (Excerpt #4)
Jennifer Whispered Jennifer whispered in his ear, her lips caressing his face as she spoke. It was like being kissed by a shy little girl, one too young to know what effect she had. Michael turned, looked into her face and pulled her to his lips. It was one of those encounters so engaging that … Continue reading End of Truth (Excerpt #3)
Politico Across the room, Michael spotted him. It was easy enough because Tony in profile presented a unique silhouette, his pregnant abdomen preventing any close contact with someone standing in front trying to have a private word, as Michael was about to do. Anthony Ricardiscio was a heavyweight, the local imprimatur stamp, at … Continue reading End of Truth (Excerpt #2)
PROLOGUE He looked up as the boy approached, an eyebrow raised in anticipation of a troublesome problem of youth, one that only an elder could answer in his detached, worldly view, a straight answer shorn of moralizing. Peter Robsin took his pipe from his mouth and turned his head stiffly to face Michael. One … Continue reading End of Truth (Excerpt #1)
It’s my great pleasure to announce the release of the audio version of Memory Gap on Audible.com as of today. It will shortly be available also on iTunes and Amazon. The narrator, Janel Ridenhour, brings out the characters in the book so well that when I listen I scarcely believe that I am the author!
This version also has a number of sound effects and musical additions which markedly enhance the story and narration. We were careful not to overdo it, but as you will hear, a bit of additional sound in the right places makes a more impactful presentation.
At one time, I had an idea of going much farther with sound effects but discovered that a talented narrator such as Janel can create the illusion of being there for the listener, and too much additional sound is unnecessary, even distracting. We believe that we have found the right mixture, but you are the final judge, and we would be interested in hearing your response.
A heartfelt thanks to Janel Ridenhour for the hard work and talent she invested in making Memory Gap come to life as she has done. I look forward to several more projects with her in the near future.
P.S. Listen to this sample of Memory Gap.
sample Memory Gap
Using myself as an example, all writers are influenced by previous, or even current writers. You don’t write without at least a silent comparison to what you have read and admired. And your tastes change over time, like moving from a preference for reds to magenta. Like everything else, increased knowledge leads to sophistication, even … Continue reading Read O. Henry Lately?
Fowl Language A glow of the early morning sun coming through the closed screen door of Budgie’s room alerted him to the beginning of a new day. He fluffed his feathers, then cocked his head in various positions, looking over his surroundings rapidly, as birds often do. Sidestepping to the small mirror adjacent to his … Continue reading Fowl Language
The Fraidy Cat It’s funny how comfortable an automobile’s back seat feels until you have to sit on it for hours. And, of course, there isn’t much to do back there but look around at the passing trees, wishing that, somehow, you could have just stayed home instead of traveling through the night until dawn … Continue reading The Fraidy Cat
As a last comment on building our sound booth and recording as well as editing the sound track, I wish to share our settings. After much experimentation, we have settled on a simple set of three audio filters using Apple Logic Pro X software. When we started, I had an idea that our narrator’s voice … Continue reading Logic Pro X Filters
It’s one of those things I have to get off of my chest, an admission, a coming out, and it will surprise even you, my dear readers. I am troubled by cords…they are out to get me, and they have, many times. No, I’m not talking about musical chords. No problem there. I’ve made friends … Continue reading Cords…They Hate Me
I promised that I would discuss equipment we are using for recording our narrator’s voice, and this is the correct time to do that. After completion of the audio version of Geminknot, we have learned a few things that I want to pass along. First of all, the size and design of the sound … Continue reading The Learning Curve