Narrating on hold, but storytelling is still fun! Have you heard of storium?

Due to circumstances I don’t want to go into, my narrating is on an indefinite hold.  While that certainly is sad, I have still been able to scratch my storytelling itch.

I’ve said before that I don’t have much of an imagination. That is true. And frustrating.  Because I want to tell stories, I just can’t think of any.

Enter Storium. In their own words, “Storium is the online game that lets you and your friends tell stories together and play in imaginary worlds of your own creation.”

https://storium.com/

This weeks PodCastle is a Miniature and it’s narrated by ME!

I am honored and thrilled to share a story I narrated for the wonderful people at PodCastle! It’s a flash piece, which means it’s a very short story. The ticker on the episode shows it’s 11 minutes and 36 seconds. Shorter than my commute!

It’s a very pretty story titled “Wing” and it’s written by Amal El-Mohtar. She’s a Lebanese Canadian living in Scotland, and she’s awesome. This is her fifth story on PodCastle. Well, as author that is. She’s also narrated quite a few stories herself! I, for one, am always glad when she is guesting at the Ole ‘Castle! You can read her blog here: http://amalelmohtar.com/

So anyway, check it out if you wish… http://podcastle.org/2014/01/09/podcastle-interlude-wing-miniature-78/

Hope you like it!

A look ahead and a glance back

To all of my friends and family, acquaintances and colleagues:

May 2014 kick some serious ass.

To rephrase that…

If you are in any way unhappy, may 2014 bring you joy and peace.
If you are struggling with anything, may 2014 bring you solutions and success.
If you are staring down the barrel of anything unpleasant at all, may 2014 be the year that things GO YOUR WAY.

I have a very dear friend, Cindy, who has set a very reasonable and obtainable resolution for herself this year and it’s one we can learn from. (She has also been such an incredible inspiration to me this year; she’s a big reason why I was able to lose 35 pounds in 2013!) Her resolution? To knit more. Now, Cindy is a wonderful person. She is a fabulous wife and a mother to 2 incredible kids plus she also works full time. She’s obviously a very busy woman. However, knitting is something she loves to do, and she’s resolved to do more of it in 2014. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

I’ve made a resolution to bring more happiness into my life. The past few years, Brian and I have really hermitted ourselves. Well, 2014 will be the year that I rekindle the friendships that I’ve let slide, and maybe even make some new friends. Everyone can use more friends, right?

Happy New Year, friends.

Podcasts, auditions and birthdays

On the eve of a big and round birthday, my latest narration is up at Cast of Wonders! The Surfacing, by Kurt Newton, is a story of an 8 year old girl who is desperate to help save her daddy after a bad accident.  You can find it at http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/12/08/ep-107-the-surfacing-by-kurt-newton/. I truly love this story and feel it’s one of my best narrations to date.

Regarding Cast of Wonders, have you been listening to the weekly installment of the production of “Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching” by Chris Lewis Carter? If not, you should be! Each Wednesday a new chapter is released. The story, of a summer camp for over 120 races of mythical creatures, is really very entertaining and, it’s being done as a FULL CAST PRODUCTION featuring some incredible talent. I had been having some trouble with my recording studio when the production began this past summer so I was, regrettably, not able to be a part of this when asked. However, it is so well done that I am not too heartbroken about it. (Just slightly heartbroken!) You can find the Cast of Wonders Camp Myth page here: http://www.castofwonders.org/camp-myth/

In other narration news, I submitted an audition yesterday for an ACX project, so my fingers are crossed. I have had some offers from a few different authors for other projects recently, but I didn’t think I was a good fit for any of them so I’ve had to decline, but this one seems to be a good match. Wish me luck?

Lastly, but certainly not least, today is the last day of my thirties. That means that tomorrow, a MONDAY, I will be turning 40 years old. Yes, it’s true. I will be celebrating 4 complete decades of life on a rainy Monday. Getting to spend the day shopping with my dear mommy, however, is enough to sweeten it for me though. I certainly don’t FEEL as if I’m “old” and that’s what matters most, right?

A day of Thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans and Happy Hanukkah to my dear and beloved Jewish friends.

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And, here is a beautiful song from Poi Dog Pondering about being Thankful for even things that are less than ideal. One verse from the song, “I owe my soul to each fork in the road, each misleading sign. ‘Cause even in solitude, no bitter attitude can dissolve my sweetest find”, says it all. Enjoy.


I started to write a story today…

I used to like to write, when I was in high school and college. Unfortunately, I suffer from an acute lack of imagination, so I haven’t really written anything creatively in about 20 years. I did do well when assigned topics, I seem to recall…

Anyway, with the recent PodCastle flash contest, I have had the bug to try writing again. I’d been trying to come up with an idea for a short story when I came across a post on a popular internet forum site where someone talked about using old photographs as inspiration for creativity. As soon as I read that the flood gates opened and today I got down almost 500 words. I’m not nearly done with the story, but the fact that it’s been started is immense to me.

Oh, and did I mention that I also submitted my latest narration to Cast of Wonders and that it is my favorite narration I’ve done to date? Or that I’ve lost 30 pounds this year?

Excuse me whilst I go and knock on some wood. Life has been good lately and I hope it stays that way…

Back in the booth!

Happy Daylight Savings time! As someone who wakes up before 6AM on weekdays (and on unlucky weekends too sometimes,) I love Daylight Savings time. Tomorrow morning, assuming it isn’t raining, instead of feeling entombed in a dark chamber, I will wake as the sun does.

As for today, I just finished recording a new story for Cast of Wonders by Kurt Newton and am about to edit it. I am always so grateful when asked to read for them! When it’s a good story like this one is, I enjoy it even more.

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