Getting Busy

Things are getting busy around here. I just sent off the contract for my second book, Paranormal City. I'll now have to wait to see what their next steps will be. In the meantime, I received the proofs for my first book, Shuttlers yesterday. So, I'm going to be knee-deep in checking everything out there. However, I won't have to worry about the cover art; they told me that the version I created for myself is fine, and they'll be using it.Read more

Originality

This is not one of my posts but something I am cross-posting from Edgeverse with their permission. It says something I've long suspected and have been saying for some time. I remember reading an interview with Frank Zappa in NME years ago. Despite its claims to the contrary, he said, the music industry was not looking for "the next great thing". Instead, they wanted the previous great thing. When the Beatles hit the scene, every label wanted a band with multiple guitar players. Boy bands were a non-starter until the first one became…Read more

Computer Voices

I've been doing some experimenting recently in connection with a project I am working on. I discovered software that will allow me to enter text to create computer-generated voices. I am thinking of using them to make short training audiobooks. Three of the voices appealed to me for various reasons. One is British, the other two are American with different accents. I have a personal preference, but I would like to know what other people think. To this end, I used the software to create recordings of last month's blog post, "Becoming a…Read more