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!
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.