Another busy month!
- Lots of narrating (juggling four different projects – see below)
- Learned quite a bit at Johnny Heller’s virtual workshop!
- Quick weekend road trip to see family (outside and from a distance)
- Phone banking weekly to battleground states ahead of the November election! Talked to lots of great people in spots like TX, CO, OH, FL, and NV!
- Plus, we enjoyed a few more sunny and warm afternoons at the (dog) beach before the official “fall weather” descended here in SoCal! Never realized the Huntington Beach dog beach was so ENORMOUS – holy cow!
And yes, that’s Paz in his car harness. (It’s one of the few, if not ONLY, safety-tested products on the market—the animal just won’t be protected in a crash otherwise. Ok, ’nuff said.) We only use it for longer trips and he’s quite amenable to it, usually just lies down and sleeps. But when he’s ready to get out, his sitting position just kills me—I never knew dogs could sit like FROGS until I met Paz…
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and any other comments you have – leave a note below!
And now for a quick look at recent adventures…
HEADED TO RETAIL: H’ray! Both my grandfather’s novel ICY CAPE and the military suspense/romance FIRST SPOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES by J.R. Strayve, Jr. have been submitted to Audible! Despite the lengthy recent wait times, I hope they’ll be on the market by the end of the year.
RECENTLY NARRATED: THE KICK-ASS WRITER by Chuck Wendig. This was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time (and good advice too). I had to restart several times because I’m laughing so hard. 😂 Good times. This new book combines the best of Chuck’s eye-opening writing instruction with all-new insights into writing and publishing. Here’s a great example of the writing… It’s an explosive broadside of gritty advice that will destroy your fears, clear the path, and help you find your voice, your story, and your audience. Looks like this will also be out by Xmas, so get your digital stockings ready!
CURRENTLY NARRATING: COPS AND WRITERS: Crime Scenes and Investigations, Book 2 by Patrick J. O’Donnell. It would be a crime to botch the important details about police procedure in your next novel or screenplay! Let Sgt. O’Donnell take you behind the yellow tape, into crime scenes with the officers and detectives who investigate them. Through O’Donnell’s jaw-dropping personal accounts, you’ll get up close and personal with processing a crime scene, crime trends and patterns, interviews and interrogations, and what it takes to get inside the head of a criminal to get a confession. A fascinating look into this world, as Hollywood does NOT always get it right!
HEAR ME IN THE MACHINE STOPS: Even in the Zoom world, I got to be part of a Halloween radio play, written in 1909 and eerily prescient of our modern world! You’ll hear me come in soon after the beginning (around 30 seconds) as, very fittingly, THE NARRATOR! Enjoy!
WORKSHOP: thanks to the Maryland Writers Association for a fantastic session this past month on acting your next public or virtual reading—excellent questions, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the topic. I’ll have to add this to the rotation! Currently planning the next talk with a group in California. Stay tuned!
More ahead! Be well and keep in touch!