Troop ship limped into port– soldiers clomped to pubs or homes. Entering his home, the general finally allowed his shoulders to slump. The fire of conquest was replaced by a hot bath, then stew and homemade bread. Sitting at the oak table by his wife, he felt that he was a different man than the one who left months ago.
Sylvie’s parents said, “You should make a list of all the books you read this summer, so when school starts, you can see how many books you’ve read.” Sylvie thought that was a nice idea, but instead of writing a list of books (which sounded boring to her), she decided to stack the books she read.
While reading, Sylvie had adventures in fantasy lands, fought evil dragons, helped good dragons, soared in a hot air balloon to a tropical island, solved the mystery of a missing key, flew to a space station near Jupiter, went up secret stairs to a laboratory. She stacked book upon book upon book, making a tower in her bedroom. Books she had received as presents, books bought at bookstores and yard sales.
She climbed the stack, worried as it wobbled, and sat at the top to read each new book. She liked looking down at her bed and toys and chest of drawers, seeing them from a giant’s point of view.
At summer’s end, she didn’t bother counting the books in the stack, as she just liked looking at the tall tower and remembering the many adventures.
I dipped my toe into the audiobook world by narrating four poems from my book The Dancing Fish.
This is something I’ve wanted to try and see how it goes. A different way of experiencing the poems. At first recording (using my cell phone), I sounded dorky and stilted. Then practice, practice, practice. Until I sounded more natural. And narrating became more fun as I relaxed more.
The four poems that I read on the video are:
“The Dancing Fish”
“Quirky Miss Q”
“Xob of Chocolates”
If you’d rather see the video on YouTube, click here. If you watch it, please remember that I’m not a professional audiobook narrator 🙂