I’m getting better. I’m still the same.

Let’s see. Have I touched base with you since I got back from Maryland? I don’t think so; not really.

We’re in Day 6 of National Novel Writing Month–or NaNoWriMo as the natives know it. This is probably my seventh time in the past ten years doing it, and I have successfully completed it five of those times. Success, for those who don’t know, is measured by writing 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November. On Day 6 I am just shy of 10,000 words, so I am slightly ahead of schedule. I’m not putting pressure on myself, since I am more concerned with the book than I am with the month. This one is the start of a new series, which is the spinoff of two other series I have written. I’ll tell you more in days to come.

Saturday the boys in my department and I are doing a road trip to Houston. It seems that we–Mike Agee, Kyle Portbury and I–have been nominated for an Emmy. It’s for an animated project our department did and aired on our small TV station here, and it’s just a regional Emmy. But it looks just like the prime time Emmys you see, so who’s to say they’re any different. Anyway, we’re nominated, and we’re going down to sit in on the festivities Saturday night. Who knows? We might come back with a statuette each. My biggest concern is fitting into a suit that somehow has gotten a bit smaller over the years….

And I think I’ve already mentioned that I was taking a class in Audio Production this semester. My intent was to learn how to produce audio books from my already published books. I’m getting better. In fact, let me share my latest creation. It’s an audio rendition of the first chapter of The Champion:

There’s also a version that I merged with a graphic novel, but we have some copyright issues, so I am not making it public just yet. Anyway, I’d welcome any comments you might have. It’s fun, but takes a lot of time.

I’ll be telling you more about my writing project, and the Emmy in days to come…