Below: the view from my perch in Kabby Sound's studio.
The unabridged audio book will be available soon, probably early in December. Amazon, Audible, and iTunes will distribute it.
I've been recording, listening, editing, listening. I am learning about the quirks of English, and about how many ways a simple sentence can be read. I am learning a great deal about language, and about how many ways a simple sentence can be read.
In the recording studio, consonants I wrote without a second thought trip me up.
You may think RSTST an unlikely combination of letters, but it's right there in the words first steps. We were weathering is another tough phrase to make come tripping off my tongue.
When I am ready to splice in a sentence that didn't come out right on the first take, I listen to what we already recorded, so I can imitate my own voice. That sounds strange, but when I read dialogue, or letters, or scientific journal excerpts, or simple narrative, my rhythms and tone are different. I need to match them to create a seamless story.
Kabby Kabakoff, the recording engineer, is an ideal partner for finicky me. He's a musician with a good ear, and we work together until the recording sounds right.
I hope this unabridged audio version of Climbing Back will allow many people -- those too busy to sit and read as well as some who have suffered a brain injury -- to share the experience and insights of our family's journey.
Elise Rosenhaupt, author of the memoir Climbing Back, writes about her work as a patient's advocate and other experiences that cross her plate.
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