I went home immediately after and tried to get ready to record a few sessions of a new Co-Op Let's Play for Silver Stag Entertainment that I'm playing with my good friend and Kung Fu brother, Jonathan. I haven't decided on a name for the segment yet, but I'm thinking "JonSon Co-Opted." If you can think of a better title for it, please let me know!
Following that was a game of Archery Tag with Archery Games here in Ottawa. I've said it before, and I'll say it 'till the day I die, this was the most fun ever! Three friends showed up to play, and then there was a team of eight, and a couple who booked independently. They were all strangers to myself and my friends. Our referee divided us into two teams. They were teams "Long Shot" and "Bloody Arrows!"
I was on team Bloody Arrows! first, and we dominated, winning three of the three games played thus far. Then our referee for the evening switched the teams around, and I found myself on team Long Shot. We played three more games to tie it up. With both teams scoring three games a piece, our final game (we chose to play Medic again. It honestly is the most fun of the mini-games on offer) would be the tie-breaker. Team Long Shot won it.
I'm unsure whether to be thrilled or sad. The team I started on lost. The team I ended up on won. *shrugs*
It was so much fun! And, to make things better, I only snapped the bowstring against my arm once this time around, resulting in a much smaller bruise at my elbow than last time.
Archery Tag had me so pumped, I was giddy by the end. Dinner and drinks with my friends that evening was much appreciated. Gods Saturday was a fabulous day!
Sunday saw the beginning of my foray into recording audiobooks. I'm currently recording The Dying God & Other Stories for release this year. I'm recording with the help of Éric Desmarais, who has both the space, equipment, and software for it. He's essentially my producer and apparently editor on this project. I owe that man so very much!
I'll tell you what, though, it's not easy. I kept screwing up. I didn't even get through the first short story. It took half an hour to read just a couple of pages. Still, I've made a start, and I will be releasing my very first audiobook this year. I'm excited and nervous about it.
In that vein, I am currently auditioning for voices to read poetry. I'm looking for deep, masculine voices and have approached a couple of people already. If you know someone who you think has an amazing voice for poetry, let me know!
...Within reason, though. I can't afford to hire Bendysnitch Crimpingnoodle.
Next on my list of things to do in regards to audiobooks is to find a way to get them onto various distribution platforms (like Apple, etc). It's a lot more complicated than you think, actually. I'll get it done, though.
Immediately following my first ever recording session, was the first ever session of filming for Silver Stag's Night at the Round Table. We're in a new location for this season. It's quieter, there are fewer interruptions, and the sound will be better. At least, that's the hope.
There was an episode from filming last year that I didn't edit together and upload, so that will be the first episode of the new season. It's uploaded and will be live at midday today.
It was a huge weight off my shoulders to be filming Nights at the Round Table again. The feeling of relief was so visceral, I actually felt like I was standing taller. I missed filming. I missed the laughter, the geeky discussions, and my awesome friends who all volunteer for this show. It's so nice to be getting back into it.
With the weekend being as busy as it was, when I arrived home Sunday afternoon, I collapsed into bed and slept for a solid three hours. At least, I tried. I was starving, and the cats were annoying. Oh well!
The week before had also been productive, despite the sadness.
I have finished my first pass at editing Daughters of Britain. This week I will be concentrating on the second and final pass of editing, before I put this manuscript in a drawer for a month or two. I can then concentrate more fully on writing The Third Prince. If it all goes well, in a month or two, I will pull out Daughters of Britain and do a third editing pass before sending it off to my first Beta Reader.
I'm really excited about Daughters of Britain. About two-thirds of the way through writing this book, I thought it was the crappiest thing I'd ever put to paper. It's actually not, and I'm actually proud of this effort, and I'm really excited to submit the manuscript to the publisher. But I must not rush it, even though the end is in sight! It's so close... but so very far away!
So, editing pass number two for this week. I have my work cut out for me, and should really be getting to it.