I received the first couple of chapters of the Year 12 audiobook, and let me just say HOLY CRAP! Corey Snow captures the book perfectly. I’ve heard a lot of vocal artists… some are actually pretty bad, some are all right, and some are actually pretty good. Then there are the few like Corey who are in another league. The man has the timber, the cadence, and the inflection to bring the words on the page to life. There are just a few who can do this, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with two of them. Joy Nash, who voiced Streets of Payne, and Corey Snow, who has done all of the Half Past Midnight titles so far.
I’ll let you all know what’s going on as the project draws closer to being ready for release.
In the meantime, I’m also still working on Crazy Larry, and the story just keeps on growing. I honestly thought it would have ended around 20k words, but I’m already past that point, and am finally beginning to believe it will come in longer than The Road to Rejas. Possibly as long as 30k… we’ll just have to see.
Pangaea Exiles – I haven’t heard any more from the publisher on this one. As far as I know, I’m waiting on the final round of edits. Again, I’ll let you all know as things progress.
Payne and Suffering – And here it is… I finally broke out that manuscript for the second Amber Payne novel today. This has to be the one I hear the most questions about, so there will be a few of you out there who may actually be happy to hear that I’m gearing up on it.
But I’m not yet jumping in with both feet. The rest of this week is going to be mostly dedicated to working on the 48 Hour Film Project I discussed last week. Tonight is another meeting, and then Friday is the beginning of the actual project. That means I need to try and get some extra sleep over the next few days, because I’ll not likely get much at all over the weekend. In addition to the writing part of the project, I learned at the last meeting that I will also be a “grip” for the team. For those of you who are like me, and don’t really know what that means, it’s pretty much a glorified gopher (as in “go for this” and “go for that.”) Last meeting I got a crash course in setting up lights (“striking”) and breaking them back down again (“going dark”), as well as how to set up various light adjustments like “barn doors”, and “soft boxes”.
Yep, filmmakers have their own language. I mean, who would think that “hot sticks” is a warning that someone is moving the camera? But there it is. And this is going to be a great learning experience.
What I’ve been reading / listening to –
I mostly listen to audiobooks these days. It’s so much easier to pop an audiobook into my iPod and listen while I drive anywhere. Over the last few weeks, I’ve listened to the first five books of Terry Mixon’s “Empire of Bones” series. It’s a military sci-fi series written by an author I am happy to call friend, and he’s done a wonderful job with this series. This is a story of the far future, where the Terran Empire has spread across the galaxy, fallen, and is beginning to rise again… only to find that the reason for the fall 500 years earlier is still lingering in wait. Terry has done a wonderful job with the characters of the expedition sent to explore for the New Terran Empire, as they clash with undreamed of obstacles during their mission.
I’ve also listened to the second book in Dennis E. Taylor’s “Bobiverse” series (For We Are Many). I listened to the first one (We Are Legion, We Are Bob) about a year ago, when it first came out. It’s the story of a software entrepreneur who is killed, and his brain is frozen. He awakens in the future, as the artificial intelligence piloting a spaceship. As things get increasingly complex, Bob discovers how to create new versions of himself from software backups. But each new iteration of himself takes on a personality of it’s own. I can’t wait for the third installment (All These Worlds), due out next month.
And that’s it for now. I still have things to do before tonight’s meeting, so I’m going to cut this short. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time.