Mid-October News and Updates

I’m overdue for an update over on the Magic Spreadsheet. It’s not that I haven’t been writing; far from it, as I’ve made time each day to work on a story outline or put down more words for the early draft of book five for Secret World Chronicle. At the moment, I have no less than three notebooks devoted to separate writing projects, and a few brilliant brainstorming chats have tempted me with the promise of a new world with new characters and new rules. Any lessening of my writing has occurred due to time and a fear to commit to a larger project as exams inch closer and closer on my calendar.

I am determined to do well on these exams this time around. I have cleared time around them, pushing off recording projects until after the exam week. It’s not that I don’t want to record for folks, but getting over this hurdle is extremely important for my dayjob security and my own self-efficacy. I’ve come this far, in spite of so many different challenges and trials. I’m not giving up this close to the thirteenth mile of this marathon, that’s for damn sure.

The dayjob has gotten better, in the sense that it has fallen into the well-oiled routine of midsemester that brings with it predictable lectures and classroom projects. I’ve given my students a hashtag project, with the requirement that they create something to be shared via social media that exemplifies as students from our university. It’s part identity, part public relations, and part fun. My students keep surprising me, so I’m going to keep pushing them to create bigger and better things. After the hilarity of luv-my-nuts.tumblr.com, the sky’s the limit. The tutoring certification program that I authored got the seal of approval for the national organization in control of college reading and learning tutoring centers, so that’s a Big Fucking Deal in my book. Woo.

Audiobooks are going well… like, really well. I’ve managed to work with some amazing authors who write compelling fiction across a variety of genres, and I can’t wait to see more of those titles make it to sale. I took the plunge and registered for Faffcamp, a convention/camp for voiceover professionals. If we’re being honest, I’m horribly nervous and terribly excited (ohmigosh, I’m nervouxited, to use a Pinkie Pie-ism) about the prospect of learning from the bigger names in the industry. It’s a financial admission that yes, I really want to make voiceovers and narration more a part of my career. It’s the opportunity to listen to others and pick up tips and tricks from the pros…

… but wow, just a little scared here about learning that I suck or that I’m not “pro” material. Yes, it’s likely silly. Yes, I have self-esteem issues. That’s why I have a back catalog of voiceover stuffs, to remind me that amazing authors have trusted me to bring life to their work for more than a few years now.

Speaking of which, you all have about six days until season eight of SWC drops. Just going to leave it here in this post, a sort of Easter egg for those who come over here and read. Please don’t be cranky about the length of the first episode, though. The next few stories will make up for it, I promise. And if there’s a delay in the release schedule in January, remind others that the voice artist/producer/site maintainer is also a doctoral student/university administrator/instructor and might be a little distracted with school. Fanart and coffee will be appreciated.

And, completely unrelated: I have so much respect for the ending of The Champion by Scott Sigler. The man pends a good ending paragraph, that’s for damn sure.

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2 Responses to “Mid-October News and Updates”

  1. Anne Elizabeth Baldwin Says:

    {WARM SMILE} I think you’ll make it this time, too. You sound enough like me the two times I didn’t worsen my incomplete record despite nearing an application deadline. So I wish you the very best of luck, and I bet you can do it. {WARM SMILE, take hand, squeeze}

    That convention/camp sounds pretty wonderful. I’ve always loved short courses and professional conventions. They’re great chances to learn, and to meet up with old friends, and even make some new ones. Best of all as far as I’m concerned, they don’t produce a grade at the end, so nobody knows if I messed up while I was there. Why, by a year or two later, even the teachers tend to forget whether the “extra instruction” was to catch me up with the rest of the class, or helping a particularly promising student do more. {wink, Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. Doc Coleman Says:

    Sounds like you have things well in hand. I’m sure that your comps will go well and you’ll be able to move forward with your degree.

    Looking forward to more SWC. I’m sure the new season is worth the wait.