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how to audiobook with severe hand injuries

Oh covid!  You scamp!  You came for my hands – you didn’t realize that I’ve had hand injuries since my 20s and I HAVE KNOWLEDGES. That doesn’t mean, dear readers, that things are resolving quickly….this looks like it will be a long haul.  And thus I have created even more hands-free editing tools for myself. [how…

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cello is good for my soul…and my chronic illness

My hands are getting stronger!  I was able to play my cello for hours tonight, it was glorious! I have extensive hand injuries, several destroyed ligaments, EDS making the ligaments too lose, and permanent joint scaring. When I take on a new hand-oriented thing (like rowing or cello) I have to go verrrry slowly, with…

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Libro.fm – an Audible-type subscription platform for audiobooks, that GIVES MONEY TO YOUR LOCAL BOOK STORES! like bookshop.org, but for audiobooks!

  OH MY GOODNESS OMG OH MY!!!  When Chad Musick and Cinnabar Moth Press told me about findawayvoices.com , and how we’d be distributing our audiobooks through them because 1) they offer international distribution  2) they distribute to LIBRARIES!  and 3) they get us out from under the amazon/audible monopoly distribution and their [truly abysmal]…

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Unplugged: reading from The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. leGuin

I have never ending awe and wonder at Ursula leGuin’s writing, and The Dispossessed lives deep in my heart.  Enjoy my adoration 🙂

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a day in the editing life – a very very rambly post, with visual aids!

Today, I edited!  Many editings! There are a lot of steps to editing, and they vary from project to project – but I thought it might be fun to show some of the my steps and explain what they are and how they help get to a finished audiobook 🙂  Everyone has a different workflow,…

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Gracie & Zeus Live the Dream – it’s a hilarious romp! it’s a mystery! it’s a celebration of NA brains! and it was super fun to narrate :D

This book has been an absolute blast to narrate 😀  Full of fun voices that get to be played (largely) very broad; full of neuroatypical brains – which I also have in my skull; is full of musicians, which I am as well; and a mystery that’s just so weird you’re going WHY ARE YOU…

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if you could ask me to natter on about something…what would it be?

reposted from a tweet-thread: Filed under ‘random but looking forward to it; send help’ A few months ago I had the fun task of scaring up a lrg/med diaphragm USB mic that might remotely match my *cough* expensive mics so that there could be a reasonable match of 2 people in 1 audiobook. I researched…

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Notion, guys. Notion is The Shit.

Phew. Thank goodness for Notion helping me keep track of my progress on Current Book (on the last 3 books, actually) – because I am so natively INCAPABLE OF THINKING IN AN ORGANIZED WAY.  I’ve tried everything I could find over the years to help me keep track of and be reminded of my scheduled…

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deep cello rambling

In my most recent blog post, I lead with a photo of a cello. A couple of photos of a cello actually LOL  As I noted, it had been quite a long time since I had last played – life had happened, cello fell out of my brain and it was…just something from my past….

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hello and cello!

  Hello blog! Well, it appears I’ve got JewelWing.net up and running!  Almost mostly!  I do stil really loathe the WP CMS, but at least I found something that I can work with – and that has music players and podcast players when I want them, and allows for embedding from other audiobook/podcast/music streaming sources…

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building in WordPress is the worst for the dyslexic!!!

WordPress is, to the way my mind works, utterly baffling.  I miss Concrete5 so so much – the CMS I have used for the last 7 years, but which DreamHost has dropped as a one-click install (meaning when my ivytarablair.com site got sporked, there was simply no way to fix it, no recourse. So, here…

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oh dear lord thank goodness for iZotope; again

Man, there is nothing more frustrating than being IN FLOW narrating, acting, a really beautiful intense inward story, only to listen to the file and realize something in the studio was clicking, and there are random clicks throughout the recording.  Was it my headphones? they can be a little clicky.  Was it my glasse frames…

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Podcasts! ‘Unplugged’ and ‘Faces of the Tsunami’

Links to both my ‘Ivy Tara Blair: Unplugged ~ Quarantine Edition’ and ‘Ivy Tara Blair: Unplugged ~ Faces of the Tsunami’ podcasts are available on the main page (with links to google podcast, apple podcast, youtube & stitcher *pantpantpant*) I’m having a great time with these podcasts – and had multiple reasons to start recording…

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When I first started narrating…what advice would have helped me most?

Today a lovely fellow who usually does a radio show, but in this time of freely and joyfully given creativity, asked me if I had any tips on how to read an audiobook.  (audiobooks are markedly different from radio)  …and off the top of my head, here were my answers: 1. I think the two most…

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Ivy Tara Blair: Unplugged – Quarantine Edition

As I type this, tens of thousands of people have contracted COVID-19, the coronavirus, and literally millions are in some state of ‘shelter in place’ or full on quarantine in their homes.   I am joining the many many artists of every stripe – audio, video, visual – who are reaching out to those who are…

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