Today, as I write, it’s Veterans Day here in the US. In the UK tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the agreement to end fighting during the First World War in 1918. 99 years past. The Great War. The war to end all wars… Well that didn’t work out, did it? I don’t mean to […]
About SimonSimon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.
Hi… I’ve just sat down with less than an hour to go before I should be preparing to leave for tonight’s event with the author Mira Bartók (the book tour for her novel The Wonderling reaches Book Soup in Los Angeles and she’s asked me to read) and I have no idea what to say. […]
Let’s chat about character voices! I’m told I have a knack for incorporating a goodly range of character voices in those books I narrate that need them, and I was thinking about this as I passed the halfway mark in my narration of Pinocchio (with an endless stream of weird and wonderful creatures). It also […]
Before I start in on today let me go back for a moment to yesterday. I was clearly in a bad mood! It probably began when I woke from a bad dream – that’s never a good start and it affected my mood through the day and made work just that bit harder. When you’re […]
Okay, it happened. I just spent about an hour writing this blog and then decided I didn’t like where it was going (or where it had been, to be honest) and deleted it to start again. But I don’t have a lot of time so let’s see where we go with a restart – this […]
I’ve been thinking about the benefits of this challenge. Especially after an incredibly busy weekend when the ‘benefits’ were the furthest thing from my mind. Seriously, finding an extra 90 minutes every day takes quite a bit of effort. I thought coming up with subjects to write about would be the hardest thing but, while […]
Yes, I said ‘Butt” music. And it is music from a butt… written on a butt, I should say, in the 15th century by the Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch in his painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. (Wikipedia link here) Before I go any further let me say that I had a wonderful evening last […]
[no photos today – thought I’d change it up a bit…and I have less time anyway] I really considered skipping today. Just to see, in the same way that actually achieving an ‘every single day’ target would have an effect on me, how I’d feel if I deliberately chose not to write every single day. […]
I’m in grave danger of missing one this weekend… I’m referring to my challenge to write a blog every day for 30 days. I’m at two weeks in right now. Two weeks! That’s a whole fortnight in proper English. Thing is, it got complicated earlier in the week when my iMac went belly up for […]
It astonishes me that I only stumbled on the last ten minutes of this year’s World Series on television last night by accident. I used to pay much more attention. I’d say it’s a sign of getting older (and busier), but I’ve waxed and waned in my support of all sports over the years (decades) […]
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