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For anyone needing help navigating life under quarantine, this video is a recording of Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine , written by Eileen Feliciano, a NYS Psychologist.
Renovation is always a mess
Building the studio we have now, took a year and a half. We were still recording, and we had to keep asking our contractor to go do other jobs, so we could record. Got it done, though. We dripped sand into the cinder block walls, to create a better sound barrier.
Equipment - a Twitter thread
Click on the photo of the ADAT machine to read the thread on Twitter!
In a Twitter post:
"Fun fact: we recorded the first 8 WOT books 1996-1998. On this machine, an ADAT. VHS tape formatted for 8 tracks. If the machine ate your tape on the last track, you lost the entire thing. Just looking at this is triggering."
Awards and Nominations
There are many organizations that nominate narrators for awards.
One of the most well known awards is the Audie, given by APA, the Audio Publishers Association. Every year there is a gala evening, everyone all dressed up, medals for nominations clanking around the necks of the fortunate ones. Then a mad dash in a taxi to a bar to celebrate the Naudies, a less formal gathering with many of our colleagues.
Audie awards* and nominations:
2019 European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, by Theodora Goss
2018 The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, by Theodora Goss*
2017 The Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson
2015 Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson*
2015 My Life in Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead
2014 The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
2013 Breasts: a Natural and Unnatural History, by Florence Williams*
2013 Savages, by Don Wilson
2011 Dead Aim, by Thomas Perry
2011 Book of Spies, by Gayle Lynds
2010 Bellwether, by Connie Willis*
2010 The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
2007 The Painted Veil, by W. Somerset Maughm
2006 Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
2004 Blow Fly, by Patricia Cornwell
1999 Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume
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Michael's profile here
PW is a trade publication for publishing. Their award is called the Listen-Up. We have both been recognized by PW over the years. Here is a link to their 2010 awards.
Michael was selected for Savages, by Don Winslow, for best fiction.
Kate was recognized as a Reader of the Year for Private Life, by Jane Smiley, and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, by Lauren Willig.
The Stabby Awards
In 2017, we became the proud owners of a pair of daggers, bestowed upon us by the good folk at Reddit's r/Fantasy group. So cool! See them here.