Don’t get cocky

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

While waiting for the pending release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, I’ve been working on some Hadley short stories. Those short stories can be heard in a free listen on our Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Story Collection on our Mixcloud page.

This after noon I got together with with my Editor, Christine Piesyk, on Skype. She in Clarksville, Tenn. and me in Chicopee, Mass. (Both in the USA) I had two short stories done and we shared screen to look over them for an edit.

Now I’m used to getting a little beat up by Christine in any editing session. Frankly, I count on her to do that. The longer amount of time that I write, the less that happens. It doesn’t matter how good a writer thinks their stuff is, a good Editor can always improve it. And by now, I’m sort of used to the doses of humilty- to a lesser or great degree -that Christine gives me when we edit my stuff.

But oh man, did Christine slap me around really good on one of those two short stories! She make huge changes. No, she didn’t change the story plot. But she did change how the story was told. It all felt like years ago, when I was first starting out and Christine edited the hell out of everything I wrote. Christine isn’t just my Editor, she and I are also decades-long friends and she was along with me back then. But now, I’m an author who is about the release his 4th novel. I should be past all that new-bie stuff, right?

Not so. Christine made extensive changes to my first draft manuscript of that short story. We actually got to the point where she was writing stuff to add into it. She never does that. In our edits she may change my words, but they’re MY words. She added stuff that were her words. Her original sentences. And I couldn’t deny that her words made the telling of the story so much better. Before we were even done, I told her that I would share the byline on this. Yes, her original writing made that much of a difference and I simple had to give credit where credit is due.

So I was a battered writer who’s ego took a huge hit when we went to edit the second of the two short stories. I was ready for further abuse. Was I getting too cocky thinking that I could just throw some words down and a great story would just happen? I was concerned that I may have gotten to that point. I was concerned that I was starting to write garbage and didn’t know it.

But after a quick look through on my second short story- which lasted about fifteen minutes, a much lesser amount of time than the first – Christine said, “This isn’t half bad.” Allow me to translate that from Editor-Speak. It mean: “This is a good story, well written.” We breezed through that second short story with minimal changes. Humility accepted. Ego on the mend. Single byline intact.

This proved to me, that while I am, in fact, an author about to release his 4th novel, I am still capable of writing garbage. It’s a reminder to keep the cockyness in check. Don’t get sloppy.

Get your copies of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, in paper book or ebook, here:

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Grace and the Author Podcast Number 2!

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Grace and the Author Podcast, Episode number two! The topic? Inspiration!

Yes, we don’t know when to quit. The second episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

In episode one we introduced ourselves. If you missed that, here’s the short version-

My name is Warren Onufer. Under the name W. J. Onufer, I write the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Elizabeth “Grace” DeCourcey is my best friend. Yes, a guy and a gal who are best friends. Grace is an amazing cook. The things she creates in her kitchen are yummy. And I’m a lucky recipient of that. So a writer and someone who doesn’t write. And as my best friend she gets hear me whine and moan when the writing isn’t working out so well. And gets to calm me down when it does. With Vampires. Grace and the Author takes you behind the scenes in all it takes to write, edit, publish and promote the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Click and Clack have nothing on Grace and me. Listen in for the fun.

And if you missed that first episode, you can catch up, by listening to it before or after you listen to episode number two. For free. No charge.

Yes, Grace and the Author Podcast number two! And please, refrain from any potty jokes

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/warren-onufer

Keep your cards and letters coming. Write to Grace and me at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

Like us at: Grace and the Author Podcast on Facebook.

Get Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flubbing and Stuttering

There’a a country singer/song writer by the name of Mel Tillus who reached the peek of his comercial fame the 1970s and 80s. I may be giving away my age by knowing who he is. Not to mention betraying my Heavy Metal music loyalty.

Other than country music, it was well-known that he’s a man who speaks with a stutter. And the amazing thing about that was, when he sang, the stutter disapeared.

I work, part-time at a local radio station. There’s a guy there who also speaks with a stutter. Most of the time you wouldn’t even notice it. It seems to come out more when he’s stressed or pissed-off or when he’s laughing and finds something very funny. And since we’re friends and I sometimes am the source of something very funny or the reason he’s pissed-off, I do see the stuttering come out. But the the guy is a genius in the production studio. He voices comercials, promos and liners. A man who stutters, voicing stuff that airs on the radio? Yes. When the microphone is turned on, the stutter disappears and he comes off Casey Kasem smooth. Like Mel Tillus and singing, an open mic for this guy and the stutter’s gone.

I am not challenged by that very real speech-language malady. But you would never know it by listening to the Grace and the Author podcast. I’m the co-host of that along with my best friend, Grace. Each podcast of not scripted. The two of us are having a conversation. True- we do have a topic and we stick to that topic. But the conversation has an organic quality, mostly because it is a real conversation. And going back and listening to those recordings, I hear that I flub-up and stutter quite a bit.

Now stay with me as I mention something else on the internet that has my voice recording.

As part of the promotion of my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book series, I make a recording of me narrating the first chapter of the each book and post them on my Sound Cloud page as sort of a tease to get people to buy the books. I’ve already recorded the first chapter of Torch. When that book comes out- which should be soon -I’ll post the first chapter narration of that on my spund cloud page as well. But for now, when you listen to the recordings of the first chapter of Beckman’s Folly and The Family Eternal: Part One, there is a noticable lack of stuttering or anything in the way of flubbed-up talking.

So what’s the real me? The guy who sometimes speaks fluent flubbed-up when trying to keep up with Grace’s witty banter on the Grace and the Author podcast? Or the more professional sound of me narrating those scripted first chapters- where this is zero flubbing or stuttering?

Before I answer that, allow me to say a little about people who create audio entertainment. As an author of a couple books, it’s been my good forture to make the aqauntance of some people who create world-class audio content. One of those people is Eric Busby of Eric Busby Presents. He’s most well-known for the Byron Chronicles continuing audio drama. My little Vampire gal, Hadley Price was a guest character in three Byron Chronicles episodes. I and Eric wrote the scripts. I also had a bit voice part in one of them. Eric is a great writer and producer and has some amazingly talented voice actors on his team. The unmistakable voice of David Alt as Byron. And voice actor Natalie Van Sistine did a great job as Hadley. And through that, I’ve gotten an apreciation of professional sound mixers, producers and professional voice actors. They make it all look easy.

It isn’t.

I found that out when I did the narration of those first chapters. Yes, I do have some experience with radio announcing and production. But I soon found out that I am not an actor. Any attemps just came of really stupid. And more than that, I found out that it was nearly impossible for me to record something that is several pages long without making a mistake- ruining the take of the whole thing. Try it sometime. I imagine any of those talented voice actors associated with Eric Busby Presents productions could do that. But not me.

So how is that there’s no mistakes (no major ones anyway) and no stuttering or flubbing in the narration of those first chapters that I recorded? Mel Tillus had singing. My buddy at the radio station had a mic switch in the on position. Me? I cheated a little. And I used technology to do it.

I diced the copy into pieces that are only two or three paragraphs long. I record those pieces. It may take more than one try on each piece. But if I make a mistake, I only blew that three paragraph section- not the whole thing. Then I digitally edit all those pieces together and it sort of sounds like I’m semi-professional.

So that’s my trick on that on. I cheated. It sounds like I read the whole without mistakes. The truth is, most of those pieces were done in one take. But man, there were a few that were stubborn. So I just kept doing take after take until I got it right.

In short, I edited out the stuttering and flubbing. But I can be a flubbing and stuttering kind of guy. And you get the full unedited version of that in the Grace and the Author podcast.

So what’s the real me? I’m both guys. Just don’t take away my audio editing software.

Check out the band new episode of Grace and the Author podcast. We’re still new at this. It’s our second episode. Give us a listen. Email us at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

The first episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast!

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An Author! A Chef! And Vampires!

The first episode of the Grace and the Author podcast is now live. Click on the link below to listen. It’s free. No charge.

What’s it about? Grace and I discuss the glamorous world behind the scenes of all it takes to write, edit, publish and promote my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book series. Yes. Glamorous. With Vampires. Or sometimes not-so-glamorous.

This first episode is available on my Soundcloud page. Going forward, that and future episodes will be available on my Soundcloud page and other online locations.

 

Give us a listen. Tells your friends. Keep your cards and letter coming. Write to us at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

Like us at: Grace and the Author Podcast on Facebook.

Get your copy of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

 

Grace and the Author Podcast!

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A brand new Podcast from the bubbling cauldron think tank of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books promotional department!

Introducing- Grace and the Author!

A Podcast about the humorous shenanigans behind the scenes in all the things we do to write, edit, publish and promote the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Books. It features yours truly and my right hand gal, Elizabeth “Grace” Decourcey. Yes. I’m an author and I play one in a Podcast.

If Vampires are your thing, give us a listen. If novel producing interests you, check us out. Or if you just need a good laugh from a Vampire podcast version of Click and Clack, come on down!

The first episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast will be posted a week from today.

Grace and the Author Podcast! Episode# 1. Next Saturday, December 10th!

The Vampire Hadley Price in The Byron Chronicles

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

My little Vampire gal, Hadley Price, is a now guest character in the popular online audio drama The Byron Chronicles: A Year in the Life. Series producer, Eric Busby and I wrote the script. The episode is call The Hand. What happens when two formidable characters come face-to-face? Click on the link to listen or download to find out.

http://ericbusbypresents.com/the-byron-chronicles-a-year-in-the-life-part-2-the-hand/

 

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The Vampire Hadley Price and Byron the Paleman of Portland

 

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The Vampire Hadley Price will be a guess character in Eric Busby’s The Byron Chronicles

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A major announcement!

All of us here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price are totally psyched to be part of very exciting, one-off, side project. Truth be told, I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a couple months now. It’s been everything I could do to not say anything about it.

But now I can.

Eric Busby, the genius behind the fantastic Byron Chronicles audio drama series approached me and asked if I’d be interested in writing an episode of the Byron Chronicles. Now understand, to my way of thinking, Eric is the Steven Spielberg of the audio drama world. And I? I’m just a writer who put out his first book less than a year ago. Eric’s been producing great Byron audio dramas for years. Hadley and I are still new to all of this.

To say it was a big deal for me is a major understatement. After I recovered from my heart attack and scraped myself off the floor, I told him, yes, I’d love to do that. Two days later I sent him the script. There was one big thing that I was concerned about as I waited for him to respond. The story I wrote for him had my main character, the Vampire Hadley Price, in an encounter with his main character, Byron, the Pale Man of Portland. How would that fly?

As it turned out, he liked my script. The inclusion of my main character wasn’t an issue one way or another. He generously allowed Hadley into Byron’s World.

Hadley insists that she allowed Byron into her world. And since I wouldn’t want to piss-off Hadley or Byron, I won’t confirm that.

In either case, an Eric Busby audio drama production of my story will be posted soon. It features David Ault as Byron and Natilie Van Sistine as Hadley. It’ll be the next story the Byron Chronicles: A Year in the Life series.

Many thanks to Eric Busby.

Here’s a link to the first story in that series that was released just a couple days ago.

http://ericbusbypresents.com/podcast/