The new year is full of promise and I am well into a new endeavor. My new schedule has my alarm set for a 3AM wake-up call. It will take some getting used to, but it is not too difficult of an adjustment. So, why would I be so crazy to voluntarily get up at 3AM if I am self-employed? Simple, this is the year that I really commit to audio book production.
I already have my first full-length title under my belt with DEAD: Snapshot–Portland, Oregon. I am now getting ready to start work on DEAD: Snapshot–Leeds, England. I actually struggled with the decision to narrate that title simply due to it taking place in England. I had myself convinced that the narrator needed to have an actual accent that matched the locale. However, I then realized that I won’t have a German person doing a German city or a Japanese person narrating the Tokyo edition of the Snapshot series.
Still, that doesn’t quite explain the 3AM wake-up. Well, as you might know, I have a pair of African Greys, two Border Collies, a 7 month old Newfoundland, a wife, and a 21-year-old daughter living under this roof. It is not fair to require their absolute silence during my recording sessions. So, I now get up at 3, take the dogs out for a little potty break, and then dive into my studio for a couple of hours. (I quickly learned that it was a bad idea to try and record for 4 or 5 hours straight…nobody talks that long at a continuous level.)
After my session, I take the dogs for an early morning walk, then I go to the gym and work out. When I get home, some mornings are then enhanced with a 5K run training session with my daughter. After that, it is into my other office where I am hard at work with a pair of That Ghoul Ava titles and the next Snapshot (Liberty, South Carolina). Also, I usually have a handful of reviews to write for assorted products that I am sent by companies on Amazon that are trying to build a review base, these blog posts, and then toss in a little housework.
By 3PM, I have put in a 12 hour day of sorts and it is around that time that I start preparing dinner. Of course there are a few other things that are on my current docket. Freyja is in her second phase of AKC Puppy classes on Tuesday and then has conformation training on Thursday evenings as she preps for her first trip into the show ring later this month!
And guess what? I wouldn’t trade this for anything!