|Giving "voice" to Traveling in Space|
Me, Peter Lonsdale, and Jeff Cannata
After a long two years of intermittent yet lovely days of gathering with Peter Lonsdale and Jeff Cannata to “expand” my author’s voice by producing, indeed, “handcrafting,” an audiobook of my novel Traveling in Space, we wrapped recording the book on April 2nd. They were days of a certain like-mindedness in bringing the book into this medium -- modern yet ancient; literary yet dramatic; one entering the mind via a different route -- with as much craft, art, and skill possible.
Peter was determined that every 0 and every 1 in this digital landscape would be perfectly placed. Jeff was determined to make the performance of the book layered and nuanced, as he made his performance of each character the same. And I was determined to enjoy the process, to be not only the director, but the first member of the audience.
And afterwards? We allowed ourselves to be a little silly
And now it's packaging the whole thing, adding the front and end credits -- voiced by my lovely wife, Amanda -- some music and sound design, and have it ready to launch at BayCon 2014
over the Memorial Day weekend,
And just in time for my birthday, which just happens to fall on Memorial Day.
It’s nice of all you good people to have a BBQ in my honor.