Will do better

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 that’s not easy, managing to find the time to write, edit and design a blog every single day (I spend a lot of time on the pictures when I include them) is forcing me to adjust my lifestyle (poor me!)…

Yes, I did mention some of the things I am cutting back on in an earlier blog: napping in the middle of the day, watching TV, drinking wine in the garden as the sun goes down, playing video games, wandering through the darker corners of Facebook… and so on. But I have still found time to enjoy myself; Jack is not a dull boy. But I’ve felt a tad over-committed.

So, the benefits? I think the most obvious one to me is that I actually have more time available for working on projects than I had been aware of. What I need to do is make efficient use of this ‘new-found’ time.

I hope one of the beneficiaries of this space in my schedule will be this very website. I designed it with help from my friend Bradley (yes, the same Bradley who wrote the book ‘Every Single Day’ and may be said to be responsible for this whole thing). We put it together quite a long time ago (I just looked – it was May 2010) and so after seven and a half years an update is well overdue. I think the needs of website visitors have changed and I should simplify things – seven years is more than a lifetime in internet years (feels like CNN have updated their website 3 times in that period!).

I used to put up a post every time I finished a book, but I’m now about 3 years behind in that department – I only post award winners now. I was going to do a video every month or so – but as you can look back and see I only managed 14 in three years (and none since 2013). I’d like to reduce the pages on the website while still keeping the parts that are essential. I do need to do regular blogging, more of the useful or entertaining kind, just maybe not every single day 🙂

Since you are reading this on my website, and I know there is a hard core of supporters checking in here as I navigate the every single day blog thing, if there’s anything you’d like to see on this site then let me know. Once I’m done with this I shall spend more time exploring my colleagues’ websites to see what I like or don’t like but, if there’s already something you’ve seen elsewhere that you might like me to try, do send me a note.

Okay, I’m done. Late nights have taken their toll and I have this fantasy book to finish tomorrow – Let’s chat some more then.

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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5 Responses to Will do better

  1. Nancy Peterson November 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    I am amazed that you can write a blog, period! I just read the one you posted today and it was heartening. Regarding the “unemployed” bit, I get it. My husband calls himself “self un-employed” and it is remarkably accurate!

  2. Audiobookfan November 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    I hope you’ll keep the blog and post as regularly as possible. I agree with Barbara (above): Once a week would be very good if you could manage that. Being blind myself, the photos and videos aren’t so important to me, although I’m sure some of your fans appreciate those as well, but if you can manage to write a few words each week, that would be great. Thanks.

  3. Jan Johnston November 7, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    I miss your videos very much. I’d be very interested in the topic of the process you go through step by step in narrating a book. If you’ve already done this, I apologize profusely, but DO IT AGAIN!! Add a lot of pictures of you in action, your studio, etc….

    Oh, let’s see. Your favorite recipes would be GREAT!!!!! My fav things to do in retirement are sleep as late as I want, take a nap EVERY day possible, knit until my thumb tendons can’t stand it anymore, and COOK. Oh, yeah, and stay up as late as I want because I can sleep in as late as I want. Yippee! Retirement is wonderful!!

    And on the topic of time… how do you fit in exercise? That could be a topic! My PCP would appreciate that kind of encouragement.

    This is too long, but I keep thinking of things. Do you ever have time to read for your own pleasure? Book reviews from you would be GREAT!

  4. Deborah McCorkle November 7, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    Write about what it is like to act all the characters of a Bond book. Expound upon what it took to make Bond’s character come alive.

  5. Barbara Harris November 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    Oh Simon….I completely understand this day’s blog. You are a busy, talented actor/ narrator…. But I so enjoy your writings! I’ll be happy for once a week. How about that? You started something I don’t want to give up…..

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