The podcast-my-novel project is full steam ahead. But I hadn’t realized, when I started, that it would be so multi-media. I mean, duh, right? But here I am performing, doing visual arts, music, sound editing, not to mention major behind-the-scenes tech. Some of the things that I expected to be hard have been tricky, yes, but it turns out some things that intimidated me have actually been kind of easy—and some totally no-brainer, EASY, things are turning out to be the challenges.
For example, I really enjoy swearing. I have since I was a kid. I could swear with the best of them by the fifth grade, and why not? I had made a formal study of it. I fear that my children’s ears are totally corrupted because, although we tried for the first few years, and I still do make an effort to tone it down, both Paul and I can not seem to keep our language clean for their benefit. Honestly, I don’t care if they swear, but I have given several Informative Talks about when and where one can swear without negative consequences. Especially if one is a little kid. Sophie and Luc seem to grok this pretty well. At least there have been no embarrassing incidents yet.
But here’s the thing: despite my laying on a liberal helping of f-bombs throughout my day, I find myself hesitating, just a millisecond, but still hesitating, every time I have to read another ‘fuck’ while recording my novel. The key word there is recording.
What is it about a mic that changes all the rules? I could care less if I say fuck a dozen times before breakfast, and my characters swear with the best of them, pussy cock dickhead shit piss motherfucking asshole buttwipe, whatever, I’m down with that, but if I have to swear into a mic, apparently, I’m shy.
Who’d a thought?
To counter this, yesterday I practiced swearing into the mic. That is, I recorded a long, flowing, stream of creative cussing. Now that was funny.
Hopefully, such desensitization training will allow me to record my fuck-laden manuscript without audible flinching.
Here’s a hard thing that turned out to be easy: I recorded some drumming for the intro. That is, I learned a voodoo drumming rhythm from youtube (how cool is that? they have voodoo drumming on youtube!) and I recorded myself drumming it, several times, laying the tracks on top of each other so it would sound like a group. Fun! Hey, look at me, I’m a voodoo drum band! Who would ever have thought that would be easy?
Here’s another: I made an image, a ‘book cover’ if you will, for the project. I’m still tweaking and fiddling, so I’m not ready to post, but I had several small victories with photoshop and I’m fairly pleased with the result, so, hey…Go Me!
Creating music and visual art to accompany the text, no problem. But talking louder (I mentioned this one in an earlier post), or swearing with gusto, or how about this one, not squeaking in my chair! Impossible! Or getting the pop filter (a mesh on the mic that keeps one’s ‘p’ sounds from exploding in your ear on the recording) to stay where I put it…tricky! Or getting the laptop fan sound far enough from the mic so that it doesn’t sound like I’m reading in a wind tunnel….these are the real challenges to podcasting a novel.
Not what I expected.
Anyway, I have to record an intro and an outro, lay them down with the drumming, and slap them onto Chapter One (already recorded), and I’ll be done with episode one. I need to speed the process up—I want to be making an episode a week—but I’m climbing a steep learning curve, so I’m pretty pleased with how it’s all going.