Hey, Ho! Here we go…

Well, well, well. It’s been a while since I put pen to paper in this grand cause of blogging (or two clumsy fingers to computer keyboard, to be more precise). People with a long memory may recall that for a while I had as my by-line up above “Audibook narrator, actor, and blogger” – I’ve allowed the blogger bit to fall by the wayside over the last few years (which is why I removed it). Well… I’m back!

Now, this blog is going to be a little different from what I had planned in the past. Bear with me on this and I’ll try to pull all the influences together that have led me to start afresh.

Some few of you with those long memories may remember that in June of 2011 (“audiobook month” that year) I posted a single short video on YouTube for every single day of the month (and a couple at the end, just for fun) that highlighted what I was up to that day (and you can still see them all if you search ‘SimonJIAM’ – here’s the link). I enjoyed the discipline of that. A number of you may also be aware that November is known to aspiring writers as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – here’s their link) – a fascinating movement that requires those who commit to it to write every single day towards the target of completing a 50,000 word novel by the last day of the month. I have no grand novels squirreled away in my mind but I do have a hankering to expand my horizons by seeing what I might be capable of if I only stretch myself in some new directions.

You see how this is leading to some sort of ‘every day’ experiment?

Also (yes, wait, there’s more) my good friend Bradley Charbonneau (we met working in the same office almost 20 years ago in Berkeley) has just written and published a book called “Every Single Day” (it’s on Amazon – check it out here) which encourages people who may have been putting off committing to their passions for any number of reasons to simply commit to doing something EVERY SINGLE DAY… hence the title (but I think you twigged that).

My life over the past three or four years has been a bit… well… bitty – Traveling a lot up and down I5 between SF and LA and keeping houses in two places, both with studios and…and…just stuff. But I’m settled now – having just bought a house with my wife in Altadena, north east of Los Angeles. I’m doing a lot of new stuff here, I have a lot of interests, but I’m not sure I’m doing the right stuff for me overall.

Don’t panic! I’m not going to give up narrating audiobooks.

I just want to ‘clear the tubes’ a little, if you like. Open up my creative pathways and gain a better perspective on who I am and where I’m going. You know, before it’s too late (I’m just past 60, there’s plenty of time, but…).

Does any of this make sense…? I haven’t finished my friend’s book yet so that may yet guide me somewhat – really it’s one of a number of catalysts for this new beginning. Maybe it was the tipping point – thanks, Bradley! So what I’m going to do is write a new blog every single day, for the next 30 days to begin with. I’m not sure if what I have to say will be on interest to everyone who gets notified about these, but you can always ignore or even pull out of the notifications – I won’t be hurt. But maybe you and I can learn a few things. I’ll let you know a few audiobook and actory things along the way – like what I’m working on right now, etc. – and I’ll provide links to things I’ve found of interest so that this blog actually might be more than just me talking about me…you know, so that it contributes to ‘the greater good’ (a Hot Fuzz reference there – it’s a movie!).

I’ve said enough to start things off now and I’m just going to go find a pretty picture or two from my collection to make the page less ordinary. Like this one of our cat, Sebastian – if he looks sad, it’s because his sister died a month or so ago… we’re all a bit sad about that. But life goes onward and upward – as I hope you’ll see over the coming days.

Take Care
– S.



About Simon

Simon 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.

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3 Responses to Hey, Ho! Here we go…

  1. Vivien Plesmid October 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    Best Wishes, Simon! So glad to hear from you and know that you are starting up a new venture. I for one will be sure to follow along. You are an inspiration, and whatever you share will be most welcome.

    I also am sorry for the loss of your furry friend, no matter how long we have them, it’s never long enough.

    Listening to your narrations is always an honor, and hearing about what helps to inspire you, can only be of great interest to the rest of us. I have often started a campaign of “writing in the Journal every day,” perhaps following you will give me the added nudge that is needed to keep it going.
    Thanks again, happy reading!

  2. Jan Johnston October 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    Good to see you online again! Sorry about Sebastian’s sister. I’m the lady who sent you the picture of my cat Lucy who LOVED your voice!! She’d come running when I’d start up my Kindle and lay on top of it and purr purr purrrrrrr! Lucy has since died, also. Liver failure at the age of 20!!!!!! So now I just have one cat, Sylvester! Named after the character Syl in The Sopranos because he’s black with a shock of white hair across his face. I tried to post a picture, but it didn’t work.

    Simon, all the best luck with whatever you endeavor! Please don’t stop narrating, though! I’m listening to “The Traitor’s Story” now. Next is the Boleyn Trilogy!

    • Simon October 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      Good to hear from you! My cat, before we embraced these two, lived to 20 – that’s quite a ripe old age in cat years! No, don’t worry, I’m not giving up on audiobooks – just too much fun!

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