Vocalizing My Own Writing: Audio Recordings From 10/6/2021
My goal is to become a voice actor (preferably in video games and anime, but I am up for other opportunities too). One way I am working towards this goal is by reading and recording my own writing in order to practice and improve at the recording process. These pieces that I have turned into new audio recordings include a Bible journal for Nehemiah 13:11, and also the third chapter from the first arc of my fantasy/sci-fi series "New Adventurers: Enter The Pirate & Crew!" Please listen and enjoy via the links below, and I welcome and appreciate feedback!
Nehemiah 13:11 - Restoration (Bible Journal) - https://audiomack.com/roses311sublime/song/nehemiah-1311-restoration-bible-journal
Original written post: https://theprose.com/post/443158/nehemiah-13-11-restoration-bible-journal
A Nice Pirate Walks Into A Bank (Chapter 3 of New Adventurers: Enter The Pirate & Crew!) - https://audiomack.com/roses311sublime/song/a-nice-pirate-walks-into-a-bank-chapter-3
Original written post: https://old.theprose.com/post/409460/a-nice-pirate-walks-into-a-bank
Sitting on my deck this morning with keyboard and coffee at my fingertips, I reached a milestone, wholly arbitrary though it might be. I have (I think) written half of a novel.
I sketched out the first rough plan for The Ghosts on the Glass a little over a year ago, so that I could get something together for the Trident challenge. I outlined 24 chapters and estimated 50,000 words, which was too short, so I magically bumped the number to a still-short 70,000 words and crossed my fingers that I’d find them along the way.
I’ve got 45,000 words right now, and with my updated, more precise outline, I think I’ll land around a respectable 90K. It’s chapter 20 I just drafted. I hadn’t counted planned chapters in a while, but as I ticked through them, it looks like I’m presently slated for 40. All of which is to say, if my novel follows my plan precisely (it won’t), I’m precisely halfway. I’ve only attempted one novel before, years ago, and I didn’t make it nearly this far; this time, I’m really going to do it.
The unwritten pages no longer feel like a yawning void. I pick through my notes once and again and add to them, inserting fragments or tying future chapters to earlier threads. They’re slivers, but I have a feel for those chapters, and their emptiness no longer intimidates me.
That’s what I’ve learned the most about during this endeavor: working through the emptiness. Starting a fresh chapter, an empty Word doc feels vast, and copy/pasting my piecemeal notes helps only a little. I think through more interactions and narration and jot them down, come up with a line of dialogue or six, and I rearrange and remix it all until there’s a basic flow from start to end. Hopefully one of my drafted phrases can open or close the thing, but if not, I’ve learned not to worry about it. My first job is to fill the pages. I can perfect structure, phrasing, and transitions later. There’s no need to torture the newborn paragraphs to extort meaning: nuance emerges as I revise, organically. Michelangelo said the form already existed in the stone so that he only had to bring it out, but I’m no Michelangelo and I’m not whacking a chisel with a hammer. My writing requires shaping and smoothing and occasionally wholesale remolding just to find the form, and that’s alright.
Several of you in Proseland have mentioned an interest in reading the novel, and I appreciate your encouragement more than I can say. It’s not ready yet, but I’m working on it.
Free Chapter from “Orange Socks”
50 years ago, I left Vietnam after serving in the U.S. Navy — fixing radios, playing Ping-Pong, and sweeping floors. I wrote about my experiences in “Orange Socks & Other Colorful Tales." It's a collection of funny, sad, and poignant stories. Here's a link to a sample chapter:
Vocalizing My Own Writing: Audio Recordings From 9/12/2021
My goal is to become a voice actor (preferably in video games and anime, but I am up for other opportunities too). One way I am working towards this goal is by reading and recording my own writing in order to practice and improve at the recording process. I am going to try to record and share a couple of my audio pieces each week. Please listen and enjoy, and I welcome and appreciate feedback!
Setting The Stage For An Unknown Plan - For Now (Chapter 1 of New Adventurers: Enter The Pirate & Crew!) - https://audiomack.com/roses311sublime/song/15135514
Original written post: https://theprose.com/post/409028/setting-the-stage-for-an-unknown-plan-for-now
1 Corinthians 15-19-20 - Words For Doubts (Bible Journal) - https://audiomack.com/roses311sublime/song/15135537
Original written post: https://theprose.com/post/435772/1-corinthians-15-19-20-words-for-doubts-bible-journal
Doctor Sic's Plot- Pirating The Pirate (Chapter 2 of New Adventurers: Enter The Pirate & Crew!) - https://audiomack.com/roses311sublime/song/15135559
Original written post: https://theprose.com/post/409168/doctor-sic-s-plot-pirating-the-pirate
Literary Gem: “Inciting Incidents”
It’s a beautiful morning … The sun is out … Birds are chirping … Husbands hug wives; Moms kiss their kids … A perfect day. Then “BAM!” Flight 11 hits the World Trade Center—the first domino has fallen.
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Let’s say you’ve a written a story, but something seems missing. It could be the “Inciting Incident”—that first domino.
In “Hamlet,” a king is killed, starting a chain reaction that leaves Denmark in ruins—and a bunch of people dead. “Romeo & Juliet” ends even worst. Ah, that Shakespeare guy. What a writer.
But it’s not just the Bard who knew how to ruin somebody’s day.
In “Die Hard,” John McClane wants to reconcile with his wife. If Hans Gruber picks another building, John and Holly might reunite without incident. End of story.
How about “Star Wars”? If Darth Vader doesn’t stop Leia’s space cruiser, she delivers the Death Star plans without incident. End of story.
Want more examples?
• Bruce Wayne’s parents don’t get shot: No Batman.
• Bruce the shark goes to Brazil: No “Jaws.”
• Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and Peter never visit Narnia: No Lion. No Witch. No Wardrobe.
But wait, there’s more. What if …
• Harry Potter never learns he’s a wizard.
• The tornado doesn’t take Dorothy to Oz.
• Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth never meet: No Pride. No Prejudice. No nothin’…
So, writers, do yourself a favor: Ruin somebody’s day. Start a chain reaction by knocking down that first domino and let the others fall where they may.
Ker-plunk. Ker-Plunk. Ker-Plunk!