Websites can be difficult things: I would very much like to throw a lot of money at a found web genius and have them somehow, perhaps telepathically, understand exactly what it is I want and need and have them do the creating. Of course, there are several problems with this kind of wishful thinking, not the least being my not exactly knowing what it is I want and need. Money and telepathy might prove problematic also.
So, here it is! I could delay until everything is perfect, but I know that might take a while. In the meantime most of the site is operational so feel free to look around. I figured that anyone who came to my site was probably looking for me because of my audiobook narration… and maybe they wanted to discover what else I had narrated over the years (something like 500, maybe 600 books in all – I didn’t keep track early on and I’ve been narrating for more than 25 years beginning with the RNIB Talking Book Service in London).
You’ll find a list of books recognized for their quality under ‘Winning Books’ in the menu above. Hover over it and two choices present themselves: Audies and Earphones. Hover over each one of those and I’ve separated the books into the years in which they were recognized.
Next to that there’s a link to the books I’ve just finished, the one I’m working on right now and the books I’m looking ahead to (if I know and can tell you). To the right of that in the menu is ‘My Blog’ – which is what this is! I’m hoping to allow myself a little free thinking here and not just talk about audiobooks and so on. I’m trying to be more proactive in the world of social networking here so please feel free to click on the comments tag and tell me what you think… about almost anything – maybe we’ll have a conversation! Of course I’ll be moderating the comments, but I’ll not censor unless it’s truly offensive (or irrelevant… as in spammed comments).
In the top menu bar you’ll see an item for ‘Book Search’. I’m very excited about this as it’s a searchable database of all the books I do have records of. You can select by ‘Title’, ‘Author’, ‘Genre’ and ‘Keyword’. The results will (eventually) also give you a link to where you can purchase/download the resulting titles. As you can imagine there’s a lot of work involved here – so it might take a while before every book provides that ‘link to purchase’ option.
You can see there’s a video in the top right of the page and I’ll be bringing you something new here at least every month (that’s the plan, anyway). Below that are some useful links, including an invitation to follow me on Twitter (facebook will be coming soon), that I think audiobook peeps like yourself might be interested in. Then you can see the latest comments left in response to my blog, and below that a random selection of favorite books of mine.
That’s it for the introduction – I’m off to do research on my next narration task. In the meantime I should thank Bradley at Likoma for a great deal of the help with getting this particular WordPress theme to behave as I wanted it and for his technical knowhow. And I’m very grateful for the extra impetus provided by my friends Julie and Lee at All-Ears Audiobooks in San Jose. Their enthusiasm helped to lift me off my butt and get to work on the site so it would be ready for the release of ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ – as that seemed like a good marker to recognize.