Test recordings of sadistic voicemail system

Hello, readers! I’ve mentioned before that, just for fun, I wrote a short audio play about a sadistic voicemail system, and it plays homage to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m learning how to record it, just for fun, and so far I’ve managed to figure out how to amplify the recordings I make on my crappy headset microphone (I have a very soft voice) and learn how to make audio recordings on my computer. I wanted to share with you one of the test audio clips, but alas, I can’t seem to upload audio to this website. If you’re curious, write to me at bent dot elizabeth at gmail dot com and I can send you a test clip.

This was a difficult process for me since my office is not particularly soundproof and not only did I have to deal with passing traffic (airplanes as well as cars), I had a curious cat investigating the ducks outside through the window blinds.

Have a great day!

What I have been up to lately

Hello, readers!

I’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks wrestling with my own psyche (unfortunately, this can happen to bipolar people a lot) and just trying to get healthy again. This is the first day in about two weeks that I’ve felt more or less like a normal person. So good, right?

It’s sidelined me from focusing on my story Infinity and my other writing projects, but I’ve managed to put together a short script (I plan to record it some time, whenever I figure out how audio recording and sound effects work on my computer) in which a hapless customer encounters a sadistic voicemail system. The script is something I threw together and I’m likely to change it, and it is not something I’ll try to make money from since it is essentially an homage to Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. But I feel better for having produced something during my bout of illness. The reason I decided to write an audio script was that recording it will force me to deal with my fear of performing/reading aloud.

Before I became ill, my hubby and I went to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a very fun day, and I picked up a cookbook and several pamphlets about historical cooking. I had the idea to make a family cookbook a while ago, and this cookbook and its interesting recipes have cemented my desire to come up with something that is partly cookbook, partly prose. Only I have no desire to actually do all the difficult work of investigating the history of food. One of the recipes I will be presenting is from a friend whose last name is Roberts (as a joke, we refer to him as “Dread Pirate Roberts”). I plan to invent tales for each recipe as to how I came across them, with the first tale being how Dread Pirate Roberts gave me his recipe for lamb stew while I was vacationing in Bermuda. I’m really looking forward to putting together this book. It’s due to be finished in November (I hope to self-publish it in time for Christmas this year).

I hope you have a fabulous day.