Friday, May 29, 2020

Old Dog--New Tricks

I spent much of yesterday getting set up to participate in an upcoming podcast on historical fiction from my publisher. This entailed cleaning up my workroom--the quietest and most isolated place in the house-- and figuring out how to use an external mike so as to be ready for a brief sound test at 3. 

Cleaning up, I'm embarassed to say, included putting away Christmas wrapping paper, as well as getting piles of fabric sorted back into their proper boxes and disposing of lots of extraneous stuff. 

But it got done and I draped some blankets and quilts around to cover hard surfaces and provide better sound quality. Then I noodled about with the mic till I found out how it worked.

When it was time for the sound test, I was set. The platform (Zencastr) was really simple and it was fun to hear voices of folks I've only 'met' via email. Bart, who will partner with me on the podcast (his forthcoming book is set in Reconstruction-era Alabama) has a lovely rich accent that makes me remember the Alabama kin of my youth. 

And the sound test went well--now to do the actual podcast. Maybe next week. I'll let you all know and provide a link when it's online.


Anvilcloud said...

New tricks help give old dogs new life as it were.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

How exciting for you!! A great new adventure! Look forward to hearing the podcast! Have a wonderful weekend!

KarenB said...

Please do give us the link; I'd love to hear your voice again!

Barbara Rogers said...

Our church services and choir singing once a month, have all moved to various digital performances. That took a learning curve which is to be expected, including getting some new equipment, and some wonderfully talented folks who knew how to improve things. I'm looking forward to hearing your voice. Enjoy, relax, and just have a good time.

jennyfreckles said...

We're all having to learn fast. I've never Zoomed so much ever! It hasn't made me tidy my office, though it could use some fettling.

NCmountainwoman said...

Can't wait to hear the podcast. Congratulations.