Audible Atrocity

Issue 11 of >kill author is here! I must blog about it for three reasons:

1) It is a delicious literary publication – rated one of the top 10 Best Online Lit Mags by Flavorwire. Why aren’t you reading it? Seriously. Go there. Now

2) I am (obviously) very excited to be featured alongside amazing writers with a fine and dandy intro by  Marcus Speh – an author I truly admire.

3) The experience of recording the audio version of my story gave me some laughs and also made me see how ungifted I am in the art of voice recording — unlike my main character Clancy in my >kill author story “The Man with the Sight”.

I started out  browsing through the previous edition full of amazing, silky-tongued speakers (*cough* Marcus Speh *cough*), and needless to say I was feeling quite insecure. But not being shy about displaying my voice for private or public karaoke appearances, I decided to give it a go anyway using a nifty software called Audacity.

And may I just say it was not easy. It took me an hour and a half to get my three minute story read (please don’t laugh). Stumbling over words I knew well, erupting into Freudian slips and pausing at awkward moments got me off to a bad start. However, the worst part of the deal was when I would be one paragraph or even two sentences away from finishing and I would fumble. Like an awkward teenager trying to unhook a bra strap, I just didn’t have it in me. From my mouth curses would flow, the microphone laughing in my face each time.

The best part of the recording session was when my feisty cat Henry made an appearance. Picture this – two sentences away from being finished with the recording, my cat walks in, looks at me and meows. I try to continue, stone-faced, but just can’t pull it off and end up laughing my ass off.

I am not proud of my descent into audible madness. Yet, I can share it with you with this audio clip.   

Listen to or give it the old college try and read the real version here and check out other great, great works at >kill author.

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    Marcus Speh

    February 9, 2011 at 8:14 am

    hey jules, you should absolutely be proud of your “descent into audible madness” as you put it. i just listened to you: the reason why >ka and others move towards audio (i love 4’33” esp – they’re ONLY about audio) is because it does say SO much about an author and her relationship with the work. your reading is GREAT! i listened to hit with baited breath – i especially enjoyed your clear articulation and neutral delivery which i think fits the story. i think we should all get our stories read all the time by different people, too…and thank you so much for your comments on my introduction: this was very fun to write, a new experience for me, but it also wasn’t sooo hard because the quality of the work involved was absolutely smashing…including yours. congrats!

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      February 12, 2011 at 5:26 am

      Aw, Marcus, I so appreciate your comment and the listen to my story. You are way too kind but I will happily devour your feedback.

      As always, thank you.

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    February 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    rock it!

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