News from the Sound Mines

by Doc Coleman on September 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Asides, NaNoWriMo, Short Stories, Tales from the Archives, Treasure Island, WIP

Great merciful Elisabeth! It’s been three weeks since I’ve had a chance to drop a post over here. That’s way too long in my opinion. Then again, I’m not sure how much I really have to say about what is going on. Our main push is still getting the audio version of “Northern Mist” finished so that we can turn the audio over to Tee and Pip and they can finish it up and release it on Tales from the Archives, and we can stop using the code word “Northern Mist” and start using the real title. But progress has been slow due to health problems, insane schedules, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Perhaps I need to adjust my priorities…

If you’ve been following along with the progress bars at the top of the right hand column of the site, you may have noticed that we have been making progress finishing up the audio on “Northern Mist”. The story is broken up into seven distinct scenes, and we’ve now finalized the audio for five of those scenes. Of the last two, one is a short scene that is mostly done and may be finished later today. The other scene is the big climactic scene of the story, the largest of the sections, and the one that needs the most audio depth. We’ve hardly begun on this one. I *think* we should have the sounds we need to go forward, but Kee is the genius when it comes to wrangling audio. The goal is to get it all done and off to the Ministry before the end of the month. We shall see if we can get it done.

A big problem in all this has been our health. Kee has been having lots of issues with her knees. Some days the pain has made it impossible for her to work. Other days she’s been seeing doctors and therapists to see about relieving the pain. We’ve just joined a gym so that Kee can have access to a therapy pool, and that has led to more time at the gym for both of us to try to get into better shape. This is an investment in time that will pay off in the long run, but in the short term it has really tangled up our schedules.

And since we’ve put “Northern Mist” on the front burner, everything else has stopped. That was probably a mistake, but I’ve been trying to focus on one thing at a time in order to get things completed. Instead I’ve essentially run into one roadblock and had everything slam to a halt while I try to work around it, instead of putting time into something else until I can clear the roadblock. There are a ton more Balticon special podcasts I need to put out, and I’ve hardly gotten started working with the audio. But I’ve only got Kee and myself to do the audio editing, so that limits how much work we can get done.

There has been some activity on the writing front. I’ve begun collecting notes for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. There is still a lot of work left to do on it, but I’m hoping to get some help. It also looks like I’m going to be part of an anthology coming up, but that may end up meaning that I’m going to have to write a story for the anthology at the same time I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo. Argh! It does mean that I’m probably going to have to turn down the invitation I got back in June to be part of a Steampunk Anthology. I’ve been thinking about this opportunity for a few months, but I just haven’t been able to come up with a story to tell in that world. This is really cool that I’ve had these opportunities come up for me, but juggling all these projects has really left me strapped for time.

This has also meant that I’ve been unable to start on the second draft of The Perils of Prague. I know I’ve got a ton of editing to do, and some new elements to add into the next draft, but right now it looks like I won’t be able to get started on the draft until next year.

The worst casualties in all this have been the audio productions. The re-boot of Treasure Island and the production of Taming of the Shrew haven’t gotten anywhere. They’re at a dead stop and probably won’t be going anywhere until spring or later. I’m fairly invested in Treasure Island, as I’ve already done a chunk of the narration, and I really want to see that project completed. Taming of the Shrew may be in more danger of getting dropped depending on how things progress with my writing and other projects.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Hopefully I’ll be back next week with good news. Thanks for staying with me and following my progress.

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