Dream Project: Full Cast Audio Books

I’ve said before that I’ve recently become addicted to audio books. I remember the first one I ever heard. I was in my late teens. It was, of course, a Stephen King novel, as were so many of my firsts. First horror novel (Carrie), first movie that truly scared me (It), and first audio books (Desperation & The Regulators). They were so superbly narrated, adding music & noises for effect. They were actually released under Richard Bachmann, supposedly found by his wife after his “death”. Now, of course, everyone knows he is one and the same. I only wish I could find another audio gem. They are few and far between, let me tell you.

Audible has a few dramatized audiobooks, I listened to a couple. The first was “The Child”, which was very well done in my opinion. It was more of a psychological mystery, but there were a couple parts of it that were beyond eery. There is a character, “the Voice,”  that when you are listening to it in the dark is enough to give anyone chills. Lots of twists & turns, but its about some dark subject matter so be aware. I also listened to Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere”, which was super cute and had a full cast of very familiar actors; Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy, who I know VERY well), James McAvoy (Filth, Wanted, X-Men), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn from the Tudors & now Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones).

I was also lucky enough to stumble upon “We’re Alive“, a full cast zombie podcast. I became immediately obsessed with it and listened to the first 3 seasons (each about 10 hours long). If you are a fan of zombies or apocalyptic events in any form, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s free on their site, or you can get the audiobooks on Scribd, audible, or itunes. I think its available on the Stitcher app, too.  I thought it was amazing. And I went on a search for more like it. There aren’t any that I can find.

After listening to a ton of audiobooks, I found myself thinking, “Sheesh, I could narrate better than half of the crap they have on here.” I even started reading some of my books out loud, seeing how I sounded. I felt really stupid when it came to reading the different characters. I mean, how many voices can a normal person make? And then I started thinking of ways I could make money from reading out loud. I could be a good narrator…… And then a light bulb went off. Ding! Ding! Ding! I know what I want to be when I grow up! (Yes, I know. I’m already grown up). However, I have done absolutely nothing but wasted my youth meeting the wrong person and then spending the last 5 years of my life eating ice cream and feeling sorry for myself.

I have an idea, but it’s not realistic. Not for someone like me (your average plain jane – no money, no originality). But I’m still going to share it: I wish I could start a company that took books and turned them into full cast dramatizations. With music, and sound effects and different characters. Like, a movie in your head. I know its something that I wish I could find more of, so I know there HAS to be other consumers out there like me.

Getting the rights to work with the stories would be my main problem. The fees alone would probably be crazy. Not too mention all the legal mumbo jumbo. And I don’t have any “free” stories to work with. Plus, I don’t know what I’m doing, anyway. It’s not like I have access to sound effects or good music. Or an editing program. Or people to read the different parts for that matter. So, like I said, I know its not a realistic idea. But its definitely a dream worth having.

 

 

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WANTED: Challenges & Weekly Prompts

Searching for recommendations.

Last year, I was part of a weekly challenge to write a story a week based on a weekly prompt. Although I didn’t participate every week, I loved being a part of the small community of writers. I’ve searched for other weekly challenges and prompts, but it’s hard to find the good ones. So I figured I’d ask here to see if anyone could recommend good sites that have weekly/monthly challenges. Flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories….

If you know of any, please make a list in the comments.