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 might be short today.
At least I’m not sitting here typing “I got nothing” …okay, I just did, but you know what I mean.
I finished my latest book this afternoon: a fantasy the title of which I am not going to divulge. The past year or two I have been asked to narrate some fantasies that probably appeal to an audience somewhere but they’re not the kind I would choose to read in my spare time. What makes things worse is that for much of my career I have been given some really, really good books to read. Classics like Dickens and Trollope and wonderful writers of the 20th Century (like the recent Ishiguro) to mention a very few. Books that have been carefully groomed for the market by publishers of long experience.
These recent fantasies are not of that calibre. Which might be okay since I’ve read run-of-the-mill fiction as well from some major publishers but these are self-published and probably haven’t had the eye of a professional editor run through them, nor even a professional proofer it appears. I think it’s the nature of the publishing business across the board these days. A lot of the gate-keepers have vanished and anyone can get their work out there and find an audience. And that’s okay because it’s the ‘democratization of the market’. But they are hard to read and I’m glad this one is done.
I have a short classic to read starting tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. It’s been read before (many classics have multiple versions available on audiobook, so that’s no surprise) but I hope I can make a small mark with mine. It’s ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ by Carlo Collodi. It’s going to be less than five hours long but I’m excited to be narrating it. Of course I know the Disney version well, but was it authentic to the original? – Sometimes movies can get it just about right, but other times the adaptations lose some essential part of (or add some non-essential part to) the story. This may or may not be so in this case, though I’m already surprised to find that there IS a talking cricket – however his name is not Jiminy…
Following that, I have another of those fantasies and then… I’m unemployed. It’s the nature of being a freelance. Sometimes I have projects weeks or months into the future and other times just a few days. It’s not the most comfortable experience but I remain positive that something will turn up. If not, on the plus side, I’ll have more time to spend on the last few of these blogs and they could be really long (and filled with pictures).
Something to look forward to 🙂