Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 53

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 53

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Then Jack whooped.

Nessa stood, brushing sand from her jeans as Jack danced across the clearing. He lurched like a horse with a missing shoe every time his bare foot landed.

Tenspot raised his eyebrows at Nessa and tipped his head toward Jack.

Nessa lifted her hands, palms up.

Tenspot made a circle in the air around one ear and rolled his eyes.

“I saw that!” Jack yelled. “I am not crazy. I am happy!”

Jack stopped in front of Nessa. He leaned close.

She tilted forward, her eyes half closing.

“Yuck! No smoochin’!” Tenspot said.

Nessa jerked back, her face heating.

With his mouth only inches from hers, Jack asked, “Do you know what this means?”

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. This week, we  learned about different audio narrative styles, and realized anew that narration is an art as well as a science. While we can fix most issues with Audacity (a fabulous program), the heart of the book has to start with the narration.

Comments. We’re getting back into Jack’s voice this week, and want to avoid overplaying his accent and style. Tenspot’s voice and inflection comes more naturally to us. That kid is a great character.

Story changes. We added clarification to the written version this week, in the nonverbal sequence where Tenspot is signalling to Nessa that he believes Jack is crazy.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 52

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Audio Installment 51
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 52

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(Show notes are beneath the text.)

Nessa tumbled to the ground as Jack shot to his feet. He covered the distance to Tenspot’s side in one leap and snatched the necklace from the boy’s hand.

Tenspot scrambled backward.

“My lost colgante!” Jack clutched the silver circlet. “After all these years, I have found the Fountain of Youth once again!”

He threw his head back, his dark hair touching his shoulders as he raised his face toward the cloudy sky and laughed out loud.

Nessa gasped. In that fleeting, displaced second, the world tilted; shifted slightly on its axis, and wobbled a bit off course into another time.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in three takes, after fivepractice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. This week, we  are not happy with the way Jack’s voice sounds, although we applied the same effects as in previous installments. Also, we are back to reading the story instead of acting it as we record.

Comments. We’ve been listening to audio books this week in an attempt to do a better job with our own recording (and because we enjoy listening to audio books and so take any opportunity to combine learning and work). However, the difficulty getting Jack’s voice correct continues to be an issue.

Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week. We vacillate between making Jack’s speech formal or relaxed, and have currently settled on the formal mode so we change contractions to full words.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 51

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Audio Installment 50
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 51

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Tenspot walked to the hole, knelt, and started digging with his hands.

Nessa sat beside Jack, trying to breathe. Trying to stay calm. The crackling fear began to ebb. But her fear for Jack had revealed the truth. She could no longer tell herself that falling for him was too soon or too impossible.

What had Cori said after her first date with Charlie? When you find the right one, there’s no question. Your heart knows.

Her heart knew.

“I got your boot!” Tenspot tugged Jack’s boot out of the hole. He widened the gash around the root even more, then lay on his stomach and peered into the pit. “Hey! I see water gushin’ down there. And a shiny circle, like a coin.”

“Shiny?” Jack said.

“Yeah. Shiny and round.”

Tenspot reached into the hole. When he drew his arm back, a silver medal attached to a broken chain dangled from his fingers.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in two takes, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. This week, we were grateful we had written down our notes for adjusting the audio and taken screen shots of the changes to the character voices.

Comments. After an extended hiatus, we’ve forgotten exactly how to recreate Jack’s voice, and he does not sound the same as he did in earlier installments. Once we are finished with the installments, we intend to go back and record the entire book consecutively so we can publish an official complete audio version.

Story changes. Found two typos and eliminated several “it”s this week. One positive feature of audio work is the enhanced ability to spot mistakes.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Top Drawer News — The sound of music

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We found art in the supermarket this week. Read about our experience with musical shelf elves over at WorkingWritersandBloggers.com.

Have you been touched by someone’s art in the course of an ordinary day? Let us know in the comments.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 50

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Audio Installment 49
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 50

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“No scratches, no blood, only water.” Nessa let out the breath she hadn’t been aware she was holding. “When Tropical Storm Kyle passed through, a pool of rain must have collected in the gap left by the tree roots.”

“That must have been the water Harey found.” Jack smiled and took her hand again. His face was sad. “Thank you.”

“When I heard you yell, I was scared.” She gripped his fingers. How had he come to mean so much to her, so quickly?

“Hey, what’s with you guys?” Tenspot asked. “Let’s get movin’. We gotta find Harey.”

“Why don’t you get Jack’s boot?” Nessa said.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after one practice run with the microphone off. We’re not getting better, though. The installment is just very short. 🙂

Technical. Editing was simple this week. We’ve taken screenshots of the changes we make to the various characters and can apply them easily. Since we’re not adjusting the voices of all the characters, having notes makes the work easier.

Comments. Short takes are much simpler, but can also be patience-trying for the listener.

Story changes. We made a few minor changes to Jack’s words to keep the formal tone.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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