JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 100
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Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)
Jack clung to a quivering pine tree and grabbed Nessa’s arm as a gust of wind tried to knock him right out of his boots. The woods were a swirling, thrashing maelstrom of greenery. The purple slicker Nessa had loaned him flapped and caught on the pine tree’s bark. The jelly jar he’d stuck in the pocket clanked against his phone with the impact.
“Did the jar break?” Nessa asked.
“I cannot tell.” When the wind eased off a bit, Jack let Nessa go and yanked the vinyl coat free. He shoved his hand into his pocket, pulled out the glass jar, and inspected it. “The jar is unbroken.”
“Thank goodness!” Nessa held the hood of her rain jacket tight around her chin and broke into a jog, then a flat-out run. “Hurry! The ground’s turning to mush.”
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. Recording was delayed one day because rain was falling outside the Carpenter Country Studio and our sound booth was not enough to block the noise.
Comments. We’ve given up all Audacity adjustments to the character voices and instead use only our own vocal skills to express different tonal inflections. This speeds up post-production and we think leads to a better recording.
Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week. We added an exclamation point to Nessa’s final paragraph because on playback we noticed that was how we vocalized her sentence.
***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****
HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.
Fiction by HL Carpenter:
Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.
The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.
The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.
Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?
Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.
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.
A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.