Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Backstory: Ear Candy

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Yesterday, another writer asked me where I get all my stuff that I do, in addition to writing. So here's part of what I do and the other part, you'll have to visit my other blogs :):

If you haven't visited Quick and Dirty Tips, you should. Tips on everything have different expert hosts and the podcasts are super info-packed. My introduction to QD began with Mignon Fogarty, the creator of Grammar Girl. I enjoy her podcasts while traveling, plugging in my iPod to the car's stereo.

And you wonder what I do when not writing. :) Here's more on QD and on other stuff, valuable to everyone and writers in particular:

NOTE: On QD, be sure to use the See All Episodeslink to get all the podcasts. There are Mommy tips, Money, Green, etc. and the experts podcasting usually have other sites to visit, or books they've written.

Digital Marketing expert Aliza Sherman is also on QD, podcasting in The Digital Marketer. Some of her podcast tips include:
Social Networks for Business
Marketing with E-Newsletters
Fast and Easy Audio Podcasting Tools
Six Ways to Use Twitter for Your Business
Five Digital Networking Tools for Business

The Public Speaker podcast is done by Lisa B. Marshall and is good. They're ALL good. :)

I'm recording some children's stories for family and found that Audacity, a free audio software program, works just fine. I'm combining it with small bits of music. To get to the MP3 stage, Lame is needed, also freeware. I know these work on a PC, but uncertain about Macs.

To get free music bits, Partners in Rhyme.

Podbean.com and others provide podcasting services, including the necessary players, but for family, all is needed is the MP3 file saved somewhere in their computers where they can access it.

I have a reader whose eyesight is failing and have thoughts to write a short story and record it, just for her. That day is likely to be a long way down the road, but for now, I'm enjoying playing with voice options. Much of my articles and posts are dictated into Dragon Voice; however my stories seem to need to flow from my fingers. :)

If I can manage, I'd like to try to post sound here at Daily or Not, but don't hold your breath :)


Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Great resource, Cait. I'm going to check out some of them. Thanks.

lisabmarshall said...


Thanks for the plug! Oh and I use audacity on MacBookPro. It works fine and also requires the LAME plug-in. Lisa (aka The Public Speaker)

Caroline said...

Hi Cait, thank you for all the wonderful information. I've already signed up for the Publishers Lunch. Way cool, thanks...

Cait London said...

Hi, Lisa. Your whole crew at QD are just great.

Marie-Nicole Ryan: Best of luck. Let me know how they go for you.

Caroline: You'll enjoy Publisher's Lunch, but also sign up for free mediabistro's GalleyCat, etc. very interesting.

Avria Leighton said...

Audacity works just fine for my Ipod as I listen to some of inspirational podcasts.

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Cait London said...

Avria, how do you use Audacity with your iPod? I've only recorded on it, but does it download to your iPod?

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