Tomorrow night is a big night for me.
One of my stories, For Bella, was awarded third prize in the Muskoka Short Story Contest that was held earlier this year. Tomorrow night the top three authors will be reading their stories at a meeting of the Blank Page Writers Group in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
So tonight, as well as pimping my holiday story over at Land's Edge and happily reading comments, I've been practising reading For Bella. After a while I thought, hey, I'll record it, then listen to how it sounds.
Mark Kerstetter over at The Bricoleur was chum enough to tell me how the whole thing works so I trusted him, opened up Garage Band on my mac, found DivShare online and voila! Done like proverbial dinner.
Only with me, there's always a catch, isn't there?
The house was nice and quiet. Everyone was in bed. It was just me and the built-in microphone and a few sheets of paper.
I started reading and it was going pretty good, you know, other than the fact I have a cold and sound like Minnie Mouse at the best of times. But, it was going good. I was feeling happy.
That's when it started: "Rrrrretch. Rrrettttch..."
One of the cats was puking up a hairball!
At first I wanted to stop recording and chase the damn cat around, but I realized it was going good, so I continued.
So did the cat.
It was everything I could do not to laugh.
Here I was, reading this serious story, and the cat was puking.
To make things even better, Dave got up to get a drink of water or something in the bathroom.
I was just waiting for the damn toilet to flush!!!
No wonder people have recording rooms!
Anyway, let's see if this puppy works. Tell me what you think. Honestly. No, be nice. And be sure to listen to the cat puking.
Oh, and wish me luck tomorrow night. I'm gonna need it...