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A Fine Noise

After almost a month of waiting, the audiobook for TOA (The Other Alexander) is finally available here. has set the retail price at $19.95. Am I bovvered? That's less than 4 cents a minute. If you listen to it more than four times, it's practically free, innit? I don't know why I'm suddenly doing Catherine Tate. It must be her red hair. Anyway, I've placed a link to the Prolog at the end of this sentence so you can hear some of Andrew Randall's fine work. Podcast

So it's January, and that means New Year's resolutions, right? Nope. Sorry. Haven't got any. Wouldn't live up to them if I had. Although I have promised to complete the final book of the
The Bow of Heaven trilogy by the end of 2014. Yes, well, good luck with that. I rested about three days after completing AMOM (A Mixture of Madness) before striking out boldly, or should I say stumbling feebly into book three, whose title I have tentatively changed to The Archer and the Arrow.

I am having a rather difficult time of it, for two reasons. First off, I realized that AMOM was a better book than TOA, so now I have performance anxiety. How do I know it's better? A few reasons. I'm reading more widely, thanks to Stephany and her highbrow book club, and this of course means that I am hating more authors, whose talent, wisdom and brilliance with the mother tongue really frosts my cookies. Some of it must be rubbing off, which is not quite plagiarism; more like dusting the dandruff from the shoulders of those who came before me. People I trust are also telling me it's
Tallis Rack
better. I hope they are not equating "better" with "longer," because it's certainly longer. Practice may not make perfect, but I have to trust that there is still some talent left to hone, that there is yet some way to go before I reach that inevitably humbling stretch of road where I think I've got tread to spare but everyone else in the car knows those tires went flat ages ago.

Secondly, I left so many plot strings dangling at the end of book two it looks like I'm wearing a tallis. So now I not only have to write well, I have to be clever. I am not known for being clever. I am known for having a bad memory. I don't see how that is going to help. Pray for me. (Tallis optional.)


His Master's Voice

A strange and highly unlikely event occurred awhile back, something akin to bagging a rainbow trout the first day fly fishing. (I have fly fished many days, and never "bagged" anything beyond a soggy pb and j for lunch.)

I received an entreaty from ACX, Amazon's Audiobook Creation Exchange, to have
The Other Alexander produced as an audiobook. Amazon has this rather nifty gizmo called Whispersync. Here's what it does:

"…the new Whispersync for Voice functionality allows customers to switch seamlessly between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding, professionally narrated audiobook across devices without losing their place. Audiobooks will also be eligible for the new Immersion Reading feature, which allows customers with the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices to listen to a professionally narrated audiobook from Audible as the text of the corresponding Kindle book is highlighted on the screen."

I can't afford that! I thought. Narrators charges thousands of dollars to read an entire novel. But what the hey, it didn't cost anything to post a call for auditions. Months passed, then lo and behold, and you know where this is headed, I got a nibble, then a bite, then a British gentleman by the name of Andrew Randall landed flopping (forgive me, Andrew) in the net. (another subsidiary of gorilla Amazon), in order to promote this growing segment of the market, is paying actors a stipend to get more audiobooks out there. Bless their little hearts. And bless Mr. Randall. So keep your ears peeled—in a week or two, book one will be through the approval process. When you have a chance, go to Amazon or iTunes and give a listen!