#WriteTuesday – First Group Podcast Recording!

Yesterday was our very first group recording session for the work podcast.  It went really well!  I wasn’t sure how recording was going to go with only two mics, but very early on we developed a system that worked for us.  So we ended up getting almost all of the big group scenes recorded! 🙂  I haven’t heard them yet (we didn’t have speakers), but based on how the voice acting went, I am very, very excited to hear the final episode when we get to editing! 🙂

Other than that, not too much to report.  How’s your week been?  Anything exciting planned for the next week?

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Interview #75!

The seventy-fourth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live yesterday. This time I interviewed local author Constance O’Connor about self-publishing her children’s book, Every Family is Different.  You can find the interview here.

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#WriteTuesday – More Book Editing and Podcast Recording

Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already!  Where did January go???  And where did the week go?

Well, a lot of the week went towards thinking about the book.  I ended up agreeing to write another chapter for it; that ended up only needing to be a sidebar in another chapter that’s already written, so that worked out. 🙂  In terms of editing, me and one of the authors went back and forth over a chapter; I think it’s in pretty good shape now!

Then yesterday was another podcast recording day.  This one was only me and the lady who is recording everything (Lisa); almost all of the scenes between our two characters are done now (we’re missing one where we need another voice).  Plus all of my character’s monologues are done too!  That means next week the whole group of us will be getting together to do some of the scenes with all the characters.  I’m pretty excited for that! 🙂

Last week I also said I was going to go back to trying to plan out my productivity like I used to in the fall.  I put just a couple of things into my plan for the week (mostly book editing) and managed to get most of them done, so that was a win.  Thankfully I only put those few things in – I feel like I’ve been waaay too busy over the last month; if I’d put any more in I’d be overwhelmed for sure!  So I’ll have to continue with only putting a few things in per week right now until I feel like I have a little more space to breathe.

So that’s been my week.  How was yours?

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January 2020 What Are You Reading?

Well, it’s a new year, which also means a new Goodreads reading challenge!  As I mentioned in Hello 2020, I’m planning on once again reading 25 novel-length books (either fiction or nonfiction).  I’m not really off to a good start so far though – the one novel-length (nonfic) book I read was one I finished at the end of 2019, so it doesn’t count for this year!  I also read the two graphic novels at the end of last year. It was at the point where I almost didn’t read anything new in 2020! But thankfully an author friend, CJ Halbard, came to the rescue; I read his two pieces last week.  Unfortunately they’re not novel length so they don’t count towards my goal.  But that’s ok.

Nonfiction books:

  • Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Fiction books:

  • Spider-Man: Life Story by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti
  • Hearts and Minds by C J Halbard
  • The Island by CJ Halbard

My favourite was hands down Quit Like a Millionaire.  It’s one of the best books I’ve read on personal finance.  I definitely recommend it!  The version I read was borrowed from the library, but I loved it so much that I even bought myself a copy (which I promptly lent to my mom).

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?


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#WriteTuesday – More Book Editing

I’m not going to lie, but I’m a bit proud of myself: last night I managed to finish the edits on another chapter for the book I’m contracted to edit.  This won’t be the last edits for that chapter – it’s going to need some back and forth between me and the author.  But that’s okay – we’re making progress! 🙂

Other than that, not a whole lot else is new.  I went cross country skiing over the weekend (my mom and I skied almost 10 km on Sunday!)  Outside of the skiing though, I feel like I’ve been spending way too much time on Youtube lately.  So I think to hopefully help combat that, I’m going to start making weekly productivity plans again (as seen in my Hello 2020! post).  I fell away from that method due to the book editing in the fall (because I never knew what I’d be doing for the book in a given week).  But at this point I’m mostly waiting for the authors to get stuff back to me, so this seems like a good time to start planning once again.  I’m thinking I just won’t plan *too* much in any given week so I have the flexibility to jump back to the book editing as it comes up.

So how’s everything going for you?  Having a productive 2020 so far?


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#WriteTuesday – Podcast Recording has Begun!

Last week, we unfortunately had someone drop out of the podcast I’ve been co-writing at work.  That meant we had to shuffle the cast a bit, which resulted in me being bumped from one of the side characters (Charlotte) to one of the main characters (Kaitlyn).  And we’re recording some of the Kaitlyn scenes Monday (ie yesterday)!

Cue me freaking out a bit.  I’ve been ready to play Charlotte for months now.  While writing the script, I could picture her voice in my head.  I knew her.  I could nail her dialogue.  But Kaitlyn was written for someone else.  While writing I was picturing her as the other actress, trying to tailor the words to her.  And suddenly Kaitlyn is me!  What do I do???  I’m not Kaitlyn!!!  😨

Well, one of the best things I did in the middle of freaking out a bit was message an actor friend of mine for some advice.  What do you do if you’ve been preparing for one role and suddenly given another one.  He sent me the most wonderful reply (thank you again, Kevin!!!) telling me to find the commonality between me and the character, and make sure I bring myself to the character.  So with that in mind, I spent a few days trying to figure out who Kaitlyn is as a character and how exactly we can connect.  And then I started playing with the dialogue a bit (that was an idea I had based off talking to my friend Scott about how Anthony Hopkins prepared for Two Popes), trying to deliver the lines in a way that is still me (I’m not going to lie, I also tinkered with the dialogue here and there if I had trouble saying something as it was written, too).  Between all of this, by Saturday night, I felt like I had a feel for Kaitlyn’s voice.

Kaitlyn’s character has changed a little bit in the process.  We originally wrote her to be more monotone and sarcastic, particularly with her humour.  But now that I’m the one delivering the lines, especially opposite the other main character, Darryl (who is absolutely ridiculous; he’s voiced by my co-writer, Derek), the monotone sarcasm felt hollow.  I found myself delivering a lot of the lines with a hint of laughter and light teasing instead of sarcasm as I was practicing over the weekend.  So the podcast is going to have a different Kaitlyn than originally envisioned, which will hopefully be ok!

Thankfully recording yesterday went really well.  Lisa, (another co-worker who was doing the recording), said Derek and I sounded really natural – the dialogue flowed well and sounded like a conversation (bonus points for our writing! 😉 )  We actually recorded more than we thought we would yesterday, which was another bonus – I can’t wait to hear the finished product! 🙂

It’s going to be a bit though before it’s available; while the scenes that just feature Derek and me are done, we’ve got a few more recording sessions scheduled.  There will be one for my character’s monologues, a few for a few other character monologues, plus a few involving almost the entire cast!

I’ll post more updates on this project as I have them. 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Slowly Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Alright, so the holidays are over!  Time to go back to regular life.  Now I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find getting back into a routine to be a bit of a struggle.  So I’ve been quite proud of myself, that I’ve managed to fit in some editing over the last week.  I was able to send one chapter back to its author, and now I’m working on another one.

Other than that, I was also really glad to get some stuff done around the house.  I cleaned up my Christmas decorations (as well as my kitchen in general). It’s always a bit sad to put all the decorations away, but now my place (especially my kitchen table, which doubles as my desk) feels a lot less chaotic; hopefully that will also help me get a bit more work done!

Hopefully this week will be even more productive. 🙂


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