Blatherings, Hearing Voices and a Small Rant

Ever hear the story about the video gamer from China that played World of Warcraft so many days in a row that he died?  Or what about those people that watch so many movies that the frenetic scene cutting gave them a stroke?  Hell, back when I used to play video games (before my wife cut the X-Box cord that is, ah-hem), I remember they used to come with warnings about seizures.  Thankfully, those issues don’t apply to me.  No, my punishment (reward?) for my chosen career is a sore back, stiff legs and the occasional fear of carpel tunnel.  Especially when I’m motoring along on a first draft like I am these days.  This morning the Nanny informed me that she had a conversation with me about picking up baby wipes.  I remember none of it.  Of course, the wife says I have very selective hearing when it comes to women.  My old man says it’s in the DNA – heehee.  If that’s the case, my boys are lucky.  Anyway, Nietzsche had it wrong.  What doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you stronger.  It just makes your doctor richer.

While I don’t have any progress goals to report, I do have a piece of good news.  Robinson Crusoe has found his voice!  That is, I have found the right man to narrate the audiobook. After  doing a ton of research and hearing scores of auditions, I stumbled across a voice expert by the name of Malk Williams, who’s done a host of readings for a variety of genres.  For one, he’s British, and I’ve always thought of RC2244 as a British book despite being American myself.  Secondly, the man’s voice is like butter.  Or is it honey?  Honey butter, maybe?  Anyway, it’s very smooth, authoritative with great intonation.  Despite the very limited sample I gave him, he managed to convey the right emotions in the right places.  I can’t wait to see what he does with the whole text.  And, God willing, if sales continue to improve, we’ll be able to do books 2 and 3 together as well.  If you want a listen of his “audition piece,” click here:

Lastly, there’s been a lot of debate in America over vaccinations, especially here in Los Angeles.  I don’t want to delve into the history about the false link to autism.  And truth be told, I’m no expert on the subject matter.  All I know is measles, mumps and whooping cough were all but eradicated and now they’re back with a vengeance.  Yesterday, I vaccinated my kids, as I have throughout their lives.  I trust my pediatricians, I trust my parents and I trust history. If you don’t want to vaccinate your kids, that’s cool, but find a school where your children don’t put our children at risk.  Diseases spread.  Especially of the rendering variety.  We don’t want the year 2244 to look like it does in my novel.  Now, the movie is an entirely different matter. 🙂


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