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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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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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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eta: criticism of new acx post [whooo! The Lost Children is on its way to ACX!!]

ETA: well, i’ve pondered whether to type up an eta on this post and thought i’d let myself cool off from my intense irritation at the time (and this also spares a lot of cranky detail)…but the long and short of it is, between the last book I’d done for ACX and this book, they’d…

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Over Jordan….or why I bombed my entire website and rebuilt it in 2 days

Ivy On her Own by Ivy Tara Blair   When I decided to do a short run of podcasts to see how that format worked for me, I knew I’d need intro/outro music for it…. music that reflected the ‘unvarnished first-take’ quality that was the theme of the whole ‘Ivy Reads’ podcast.  And then suddenly,…

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