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“The Tell-Tale Heart” Performance

November 1, 2021

If you missed yesterday’s radio broadcasts of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, never fear! I have the archived broadcast from WQSV 106.3 FM right here for you:

The radio version was edited by Ben Leonard and featured music by Béla Bartók.

As I explained in the production notes, Jay Haynes of the Film Sensei YouTube channel accompanied me as a videographer. He captured the runup to the visit to WQSV, when we had fun with some cinéma vérité method acting. Enjoy!

“The Tell-Tale Heart” Production Notes

October 17, 2021

This morning, I did something I’ve never attempted before: a cinéma vérité performance of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, originally published in 1843. You’ll be able to watch it Halloween weekend online and hear it broadcast on WQSV 106.3 FM Staunton.

It began at my house, where Jay Haynes filmed my ad-libbed interaction with my landlady, Deena Warner. I wore full costume. As a continuous-shot, Office-style monologue, Jay stayed with me during the drive to WQSV, the “police station.” There, station manager Ben Leonard heard my murder confession, Poe’s story.

The WQSV radio broadcast and the film will be aired on Halloween weekend, details TBA. Thanks to Jay for his help, and thanks to Ben and WQSV for the venue!

And now, to get you ready, here is Vincent Price performing “The Tell-Tale Heart”:

Win a 30-Minute Audiobook Production

July 12, 2021

THE WHAT & WHEN

For the second year in a row, I’m donating production of a 30-minute audiobook as a prize to the Interactive Fiction Competition (IFComp). The description is:

A short (up to 5000 words or 30 minutes) audiobook of a story by the author
Includes pre-production, narration (by the donor), and post-production of your story, with music intro & outro, suitable for distribution through Author’s Republic to platforms such as Audible and iTunes. Must be claimed within one year.

IFComp’s winners will be announced in mid-November. See their schedule.

THE WHO (not the group)

The Interactive Fiction Competition is a 27-year-strong contest sponsored by the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the preservation of interactive fiction. Interactive fiction (IF) is the genre of text-driven digital games and stories such as parsers and game books.

Each year, they solicit donations to the contest. These consist of cash to the “Colossal Fund,” which is awarded to contest winners, plus services from the prize pool such as editing, publicity, content creation, gift certificates, games, books, magazines — and, in this case, an audiobook production. There is no fee to enter.

THE HOW & WHERE

A writeup about my process is here: Audiobook Production Tips. Samples of my work can be heard at this link. My latest project was an audiobook of the children’s book, Sizzle.

THE WHY

I’m competing for my second time in this outstanding contest. I would also like to give something cool to the IF community, as well as pad my CV of audio work.

With all that said, best of luck to my fellow competitors, and I hope to work with one of you soon! And to the general public, keep an eye on the IFComp website for this year’s entries, and vote, vote, vote!

New ‘Sizzle’ Audio Retailers

June 27, 2021

I’ve linked up some additional audiobook retailers from the Sizzle book page. Here’s where you can find the book now:

  • Audible
  • Audiobooks.com
  • AudiobookStore.com
  • Downpour.com
  • Libro.fm

Still on the fence? Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes:

‘Sizzle’ Audiobook Now Available

June 16, 2021

The audiobook of my first children’s book, Sizzle: The Cat Hub Adventures, Book 1 is now available on Amazon along with the eBook. I wrote Sizzle last year to entertain my kids. It’s about our cats and an opossum named Sizzle who used to visit our deck last summer. In the story, our cats must help Sizzle rescue his mother from an old man who wants to mount her for display.

Please click here to buy Sizzle for just $1 from Amazon.

In the meantime, here is a sample from one of my favorite scenes:

‘Sizzle’ a Foray Into Children’s Books

May 31, 2021

SizzleAbout this time last year, a baby opossum used to visit our deck to steal cat food. Our boys, then aged 8 and 10, loved it. They nicknamed him Sizzle and enjoyed his interactions with our cats: Moody, Shadow, and Buttercup. We started spinning a yarn about how our cats might help Sizzle find his lost mother. So I wrote it up into a 9700-word novelette for the boys’ amusement. I read it to them one day while their mom dyed their hair — because what else are you going to do during a pandemic lockdown?

I’m not sure where to sell a story of that length for upper-elementary aged children, but the good publisher at MW Publications stepped in to help. You can get the eBook edition of Sizzle: The Cat Hub Adventures, Book 1 for just $1.00. An audiobook edition, narrated by me (in better voices than the ones I used last year) is in the can and should be out soon.

The cover art, featuring a photo we took of Sizzle, and purchase link are attached. Enjoy!


SYNOPSIS:

Sizzle, an opossum, and Mama are foraging one day when a man captures Mama. This man, Crackle Fingers, runs a taxidermy business out of his house, and he plans to add Mama to his collection. Sizzle turns to a family of cats for help. Shadow, a talkative black cat, invites Sizzle to eat from the family’s food bowl on a backyard deck. Moody is a senile but kind tabby, and Buttercup is an overweight and overprotective orange cat. In order to befriend the cats and rescue Mama, he’ll have to rely on his intelligence and ingenuity.

Voiceover Role in “Quantum Stumble”

May 16, 2021

Thanks to Film Sensei of the HitFilm Community, I had a voiceover role in their collaborative short film, Quantum Stumble. My role was Blue Leader Edward “Eagle” Johnson, who can be heard irritably calling out space battle attack formations starting about 8:49 into the film.

Quantum Stumble is a fan film sendup to the old television show Quantum Leap starring Scott Bakula. Enjoy!