Voice Work Tuesdays and other things

by Doc Coleman on August 6, 2014 · 3 comments

in Voice Work

I know I’ve been silent here for a while. It has been almost a month since I’ve been able to update the blog, and I’m afraid I have to say that not all the news is good. We’ve had more than our share of family drama and it has played out somewhat harshly than we had hoped. The repercussions have sent a bit of a wave through our family and we’ve in the process of picking up the pieces.

I don’t really want to go into too much detail about what happened, the events are still too raw. Back in June, I had mentioned that my mother-in-law was in the hospital, and the prognosis was not good. Even if she recovered from her infections, it seemed unlikely that she would be able to take care of herself afterwards. In July, we traveled down to Raleigh and closed out her apartment with the help of a couple of friends. That was a very long, hot, tiring weekend.

And shortly after we had returned home, my mother-in-law died.

In the past few weeks, we’ve tried to pick up the pieces and get back to a normal schedule. It hasn’t been easy. This has brought up a lot of echos of my mother’s death back in 2002. Hence the long silence.

So, we’ve started with small things. Chores. Dayjob. Like that. We’ve taken some time off from most things, though. One thing I couldn’t put off for long, though: my voice work commitments. I’ve got a delivery schedule to keep with, and even with the understanding of the producer, I can’t afford to put them aside for long. It is a big project, and I’ve got a very large part of it.

To keep on top of the schedule, I’ve added some structure into my life. I’ve set aside Tuesdays to do regular installments on voice work. The plan is to do two chapters worth of lines each Tuesday to get ahead of the schedule and finish the project as soon as possible. So far, it has worked well. I’ve been able to do regular recording and get into a bit of a rhythm. This has helped me push to get other things in motion.

Kee and I are pushing to get the house back into shape sooner. Part of this is practicality: we’re sick of having to dodge around boxes. The other part is that we need to set up a workspace. We need to be able to bring in more money, which means finding ways that Kee can earn money. She’s been out of work since the economic downturn, so unfortunately her skills are a bit out of date for the current job market. This has caused us to look at other jobs she can do. She has done my audio editing for The Shrinking Man Project and the Balticon Wrap-up, and she has good ears for the work. We just need to set up a workspace for her and manage to land some contracts. We hope to have it ready just after Labor Day, but there is still a lot of work to do.

This means I’ve also go to work on putting up a page to sell Kee’s audio editing skills, and my voice acting. This has been part of the plan for a while, but other things have distracted from that goal.

And finally, I need to get back into writing. The edits for Perils have stalled, and I need to get them going again. This post is the most I’ve written in weeks. At least it is a start.

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