Digital Solutions

Devices are not dangerous for literature. People can be dangerous for literature. People, for example, who do not read.

–László Krasznahorkai

E-Book Coding

Like a lot of bookish kids who grew up into bookish adults, I can never have enough books on hand. No matter how old I get, I can never talk myself out of carrying far too many books to reasonably read on a weekend vacation, filling my luggage near to burst just in case. What if I don't like it? What if it makes me irrevocably angry? Or sad? What if my favorite character dies and I need a break? Or what if I suddenly gain superhuman reading abilities, suddenly allowing me to read six full books a day?

But it's more than indecision that makes me love e-books. To me, ebooks were an inevitability, but they are not a bad development. As accessibility goes, they are the other side of the coin to audiobooks—generally cost- and space-efficient, with lightweight reading options and flexibility for those whose vision is perhaps not what it used to be. As a disabled veteran myself, there have been times where having access to digital books saved my sanity, and knowing how to create ebooks helps me pay that forward.

I generally do not accept freelance work for XML/HTML coding of ebooks without a full design project, but both are nevertheless invaluable skills in my publishing toolkit. If you'd like to see my files in detail, please download the file below and contact me for the password.

Audiobook Narration

I love audiobooks. From the first time Rose Daniels entered the recording booth in Stephen King's ROSE MADDER—the catalyzing moment where I realized audiobook narration was a real job—I've circled the notion of voice performing, even as life took me down different and circuitous paths through a variety of careers and experiences. As a former vocalist and a natural mimic (who can assure you they're not mocking you when they adopt your accent), and a vocal advocate for accessibility to literature, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I took a chance on narration.

My first full-length recording session—and indeed my first time in a formal recording booth at all—was recording IDITAROD NIGHTS by Cindy Hiday for Ooligan Press. It was a challenging book to read, as we were working on a short timeline further condensed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Still, we finished recording two days before the first CV19 casualty in Seattle, just a couple hours north.

Rigorous, time consuming, and physically exhausting, completing this audiobook is something I am extremely proud of and hope to pursue more in the future. For now, you can hear select samples below and find me over at Librivox.org, helping bring new life to books in the public domain.