I guess you can thank my friend Carey for my summer project.
See, school ends after this week’s Saturday program, so I am in pursuit of something to do over the summer. I did score a nice gig as a theater teacher for a kid’s summer camp, but that’s only for a week. I took it mainly to pay for my trip to Salem this Autumn. That leaves several more weeks with little to do. I intend to find a few more jobs to make a little extra cash…maybe babysitting or home care or something. But my big project for this summer is the seed that Carey planted.
Carey is my self-proclaimed biggest fan, in that she would still like my stuff even if she didn’t know me. And she LOVES when I share videos on TikTok. One night, after reading my book, she came over and said that she wanted me to read it to her someday. She said that the poems are good on their own, but spectacular when I bring them to life with my voice. I simply took this as a lovely compliment and moved on with my life, and didn’t think much more of it…until I got similar compliments from other people. I also was coming of the high of a good open mic night, and the wheels started to turn.
See, I have a background as an actor. In fact, if there is a job to be done in the theater, I have done it. So, when I read my poems, I’m not just reading them, I’m performing them, and that makes a lot of difference, apparently. Then I read this article about using Audible for publishing audio books, and pieces slide into place.
It’s not too hard, and it’s not too pricey, and it’s a great way to expand on what I already have with A Lovely Wreckage. So, I called in the troops…Sahar came to the rescue by donating funds to buy equipment needed, and Kevin will be directing and recording. A lot of articles say not to voice your own book…I don’t care about that. I’m not just a writer; I can hack it. Also, narration is the biggest cost in the process, so I am cutting that one right out, right away.
I annotated the book, and will be offering this special edition only through Audible. It shall also contain an extra poem or two, written since its release, as bonus material. I don’t expect to make a lot of money, but I do hope that my friends and family give it a listen, as it has, in my opinion, more depth and interest with the annotations…but then, I am a sucker for annotated poetry. I guess I’m hoping you are, too.
So, that is my plan for the summer months, to turn my words on paper into a song for the ears. I hope you will enjoy it…I know Carey will.