February 17th, 2010

“Doing King Lear in a closet”

Audio books are a special beast. The Telegraph looks at how voice actors approach audio books. One marks up the book with different colors. “Each character’s name is written in a different colour felt tip. That’s 16 different colours – and his choice of colour is important. ‘When I see lavender, I know it’s Aunt Connie. The Duke of Dunsforth is a brownish sort of colour. Like his suit.’ When Jarvis recorded David Copperfield, he made Uriah Heep green – like his teeth. 'The colours on the page do something to my brain a nanosecond quicker than if I was just reading a normal script.’”

The article also says the sales of audiobooks are also going up - wonder if that’s true this side of the pond as well? And it says that downloads have led to fewer abridgments.

Read more about audiobooks here.

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Who's up for an Audie Award? We are!

Speaking of audiobooks, late last night I learned that Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) was up for an Audie Award.

Look at these other nominees in the fiction category:
- The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe, Narrated by Joe Barrett, Blackstone Audio
- Face of Betrayal, by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, Narrated by Pam Turlow, Oasis Audio
- The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell, Penguin Audio
- The Pigman, by Paul Zindel, Narrated by Eden Riegel and Charlie McWade, Graymalkin Media
- Slumdog Millionaire, by Vikas Swarup, narrated by Christopher Simpson, BBC Audiobooks America

While I wonder if The Pigman (a YA I read back in high school) really belongs in this category, that is some cool company to be hanging out with!

See the full list here.

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Killer had a knack for writing "dread and suspense"

Amy Bishop, who killed when she was denied tenure, was in a writing group. The Boston Globe says, "other aspiring authors recalled that the biologist-writer was talented but awkward. Bishop had penned three dramatic novels - a suspense thriller about an IRA operative; a tale about a virus that made all women barren and ended mankind [Hm - wasn't that the plot of Children of Men?]; and a book she titled “Martians in Belfast,’’ which recounted the life of a girl growing up during the Troubles of Ireland, according to Rob Dinsmoor, a member of the Hamilton Writers Group, which Bishop attended in the late 1990s."

“She really had a knack for writing character, dread, and suspense,’’ Dinsmoor said. But, he said, she sometimes felt ill at ease in the academic world. “She didn’t know how to interact with them. She would just say what’s on her mind, and that would get her in trouble.’’

Read more about Amy Bishop here.

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Sci-fi writer lives life on "Mars" for two weeks

Photo by David Levine and gakked from the Oregonian

Since 2002, in the deserts of southeast Utah, the Mars Society has conducted simulated voyages to the Red Planet. Portland's own David Levine, a Hugo-award winning science-fiction writer, just returned from two weeks at the Mars Society's desert research station, "where he lived and worked with five others in 23-foot-wide cylindrical habitat with a failing electric generator and nonfunctioning showers."

Read his interview with the Oregonian here.

At first I was going to say I would never go that far out of my way to do something related to my writing, but i am going to spend three days in September at a police academy training course that they are opening up just to writers.

At least I don't have to wear a space helmet.

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