Archive: INSPIRED

  • Good morning!!

    Wow, when is the last time I got a blog up in the am?? I’m on the juice… “crazy juice…” ha
    I went to bed at 11pm last night, in the effort to break my current “night owl” trend. I tossed and turned until almost 1am! I finally fell asleep and forced myself to wake up at 6am.

    I had to laugh because my alarm was crickets chirping and Mike‘s alarm was barking dogs, sounded like we were on a farm.

    I told you about this book I narrated right?

    I got an email from the author looking for donations and/or book pre-orders with proceeds going to an amazing cause… Here is what she wrote:

    Every Donation Helps! I’m collecting pre-orders for The Parent’s Guide for the benefit of Tina Meier, The Founder of The Megan Meier Foundation.  Tina Meier’s daughter committed suicide as a result of her neighbor that set up a fake profile pretending to be a young boy.  If you read the foreword of The Parent’s Guide that was written by Tina, I am sure you’ll remember her tragic story. I’m obtaining donations for her benefit, so when she speaks to parents around the country about cyberbullying prevention, she can give a copy of The Parent’s Guide to those who attend her event. If you can make a donation, please complete the attached pre-order form.  Your order will be processed by my office on Amazon.com on our Internet launch date, which is Tuesday, April 26th, 2011.

    Thanks for your support!
    Shawn  Edgington

    Fax or e-mail your completed
    pre-order forms to:
    925-462-8888
    shawn@shawnedgington.com

    The donation page is attached here: TPG Pre-Order Form FBO Megan Meier Foundation (4)-1

    I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of this book and I wanted to share that with you. Here is my review of the book that I sent to the author:

    “Author Shawn Edgington is breaking new grounds with her latest book, “The Parent’s Guide To Texting, Facebook and Social Media”. It is a must have for any parents who has a teenager. The book discusses the potential hazards, as well as the benefits, of today’s children living in a digital world. This book is an easy read and offers extremely valuable tips and tools on how we can prevent, “One Click Nightmares” (as she calls them) from happening to our children. Throughout every page you can hear Shawn’s drive and passion towards wanting to prevent our children from being cyberbullied and victims of online predators. I thoroughly enjoyed her words and learnt tons from “The Parent’s Guide….”. I was absolutely honored to be selected as the voiceover artist that narrated the audiobook version of this new release. Keep up the incredible work Shawn, the world needs more people like you!”

    Amanda Sellers

    But what would narrating a book be without more BLOOPERS??? haha, have a listen!

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    Oh the joy!

    In other news, I ran with my triathlon club last night! Yay The Right Shoe athletes! We ran at a local track… but oh looky here…it was pouring rain!

    vancouver track and field

    There were huge puddles, but we navigated around them. We did a 1 mile warmup, then we ran 6x400meters. (with a recovery lap between each set). I felt unusually strong and energetic. I should have gone in a faster pace group because the whole time I felt myself wanting to push more… I think I just really, really enjoy track workouts- reminds me of high school.

    I wore my Stormtech XBR-1 and I stayed nice and dry- despite the downpour.

    Do you know what else has a phenomenal R.O.I. and I think deserves more credit??? .99 cent Magic Gloves! RIGHT??I can’t tell you how loyal these little guys are to me. Always there when I need them. In the winter in Van, I wear them everyday. After my run last night, I hung them to dry. Yesterday, we had a moment….

    Good job guys, I’d pat you on the back if I could!!!

    I went for a swim this morning.. We tested out our new head cam in the water…Pretty cool!underwater camera, swimming indoors, triathlon training

    Well, I better get going- busy as usual today. Here is my to do list for today, that I made while in bed last night.. (I always make my to-do list in bed the night before)

    It’s looking pretty messy hey? Remember back in December when I got my day planner? I vowed I would I would keep it so neat…. well it’s almost April and it looks like that dream has been shattered! ha!

    Have an awesome day. Thanks so much for being such an amazing person! (you read this- you must be AMAZING! )XOXO

    :)

  • Hello…hello…helloo…

    How how how
    are are are
    you you you??

    Can you hear me from way down in this cave? (aka sound booth)
    ALMOST DONE the audiobook! I’m looking rather ratty right now due to the hours spent on this project in order to get it into the clients hands in time.
    I did manage to go to Tim’s this morning for a coffee. We did the “Sunday Tim’s Ritual” where we buy a $10 gift card at the coffee shop and leave it behind so that we can buy coffee’s for those behind us in line. Click here to see the video we made explaining it!

    The ironic thing is though- that Mike and I get free coffee from the manager because he likes what we’re doing. It’s so clear… “Give And You Shall Receive”… or “Nature Abhor’s A Vacuum”. Regardless I am grateful…. (Thank you Shenan!)Tim's coffee, roll up the rim

    Roll Up The Rim is almost over… but there are still a few cups left! Did I win???tim horton,

    Ummmm NOPE! “please play again”… OKAY SURE!
    Do you use your teeth or your hands to roll up the rim? I use my teeth… grrrr

    I missed my run with my tri group so I could focus 100% on this project. I looked out the window and saw other running groups going by and I felt like a lonely puppy who just wanted to go outside and play:(
    Oh well, I’ve barely had time to eat today, let alone a 2 hour run. I look forward to tomorrow! It will feel like a big, big, big breath of fresh air!
    I made Mike an omelette and myself this salad..
    I ate pretty much the entire salad while talking on the phone with my momma. She’s good, she’s good… she won the door prize at her clothing party, her boyfriend Richard was out of town and now he’s back… AND she got to hang out with her grandson Jasper today! Good job Grandma!
    (I think his parents want him to like baseball, lol) Isn’t he just precious? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…

    Also, I’ve been hoping to make Andrea’s Famous Soup today.

    But I think I better wait one more day and get those headphones back on and keep editing.. HOME STRETCH NOW!

    Hope you had a fabulous Sunday! I will talk to you tomorrow!!!

    xoxo

  • Hey, hey hey!

    What do ya say?!

    I am in the middle of voicing the newly released book, ‘The Parents Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media.”

    The Forward of the book is written by a lady named Tina Meier. The Forward (that I had to read on her behalf) is all about a tragic story of her daughter Megan who got bullied in school, which ultimately led to her death. I don’t want to post the video on here, (makes me really sad) but if you want to watch the story from a CNN interview, click here. I can’t help being intertwined in this right now, since I am narrating the audio for this book right now as we speak. The book is about the dangers and benefits of children using the internet, but along the way they tell some pretty upsetting stories.

    I’m on chapter 3 though! Getting through it!

    Were you ever bullied as a kid? (I know I was)… girls can be so, so, so cruel. I used to have separate recesses from this one girl so that she couldn’t pick on me during breaks. GRRR, I get so mad thinking about it. I’m sure the things I went through back then have shaped who I am now, but seriously what is with people?

    Things that really, really bug me are:

    -bullies

    -people who are jealous of others and cut them down to make themselves feel better

    -negative people

    -people that judge others, without ever walking in their shoes

    I’ll stop there.. you get the point!

    T Harv Eker made a great point about people who make assumptions, without every really living it

    Do you agree?
    I love T Harv! What a guy…

    Moving on… Have you ever looked at how many calories are in Banana Chips?

    160 calories for 1/4 cup!trader joe's banana chips
    You could have a beer, or have this:
    Soooo many processed foods are like this- when you actually LOOK at the “suggested serving”, it’s usually teeny tiny, but super high calories… I’m trying to be more aware of my serving sizes.. I loosely use the “Livestrong Calorie Tracker” on my iphone. I’m trying to get more diligent with it. That app has like EVERY food! Even Tim Horton’s Double, Double (which are a whopping 280 calories! Boo!) Fruits and Veggies are where it’s at- although they are so boring at times….

    I ate  probably 4 servings of banana chips (1 cup) BUT I did go for a 10km run10km run, seawall, vancouver

    Like the tights? hee hee. (I am wearing my Stormtech long johns)  It’s my new look since I really dislike my other running pants. Soon it will be nice enough to only wear the shorts…. It was raining a bit this morning…

    Any plans for the weekend? I am most likely in the sound booth all weekend. Might visit with friends tomorrow night if I can make a big imprint in the script, but other than that….just work, start to make our video from Frostbite 45 and then run with The Right Shoe Sunday…

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend… Spring is in the air…..

  • How To Narrate a Book in 4 Days…

    I HAVE NO IDEA! ha.

    I finished up my other projects this morning and I went to Kinko’s to print out the book I’m narrating, (rather using all our ink- with big projects- kinko’s is a good option) Cost me $23 to prink off 208 pages (I will use the other side of them when I am done.)

    KINKOS broadway

    Some things I am thinking about before I get in the sound booth to record this book:
    -relax
    -understand the content
    -speak slower than I think I need to
    -keep in mind the audience
    -it’s a daunting task- but just get in there and start
    -relax..did I say that already? lol

    Neat tip I snagged from voices.com
    “Don’t let punctuation dictate all that your voice must do. Use inflection to colour words well in order to authentically express what the author has in mind.”

    Alright, I am feeling a bit better;) I know I can do it. It’s about 150 pages, so I will try to read 50 pages per day and then on Sunday- finish up the editing. It will be a lot of work, but it is also comforting earning rent and bills in 4 days!

    Here are a few pictures of the last of my Yellowknife trip. Our last night in the NWT’s we went to a popular fish and chips place called Bullocks Bistro..

    Marianne and Craig at the front of the restaurant..

    bullocks bistro, yellowknife
    Quaint and comfy atmosphere..bullocks bistro, yellowknife
    Mmm, beers…
    bullocks bistro, yellowknife
    Sure, I’ll have one of those..Sure, I'll have one of those beers!

    There are pictures and writing everywhereBuns were goood
    Mikey likes em! Cutie.
    Really pretty view
    I think this was right after Mike and I asked Marianne and Craig to be our MC’s for our wedding! Woo Hoo!

    They said YEP!

    And lastly, I capped the evening off by leaving my mark in the Great White North

    It was a glorious event.
    Now for the next 4 days it will just be pictures of me in the sound booth, flipping pages.. exciting! haha… But please come back- I’m sure I’ll find something fun to say…..

    Have an exceptionally wonderful rest of your day! You ROCK!

  • Hey!

    Wow this day is flying…  I just got caught up on 3 voice jobs, and then… I got 3 more… one of them being a 150 page audiobook. I am the official narrator of this book:

    This book was just released a couple days ago. I had a pow wow on the phone with the author this morning and I’m good to go. I’ve never been the narrator of a new release audiobook. Feels pretty cool. But ya…gonna be BUSY this weekend…..

    What else?? oh… this is how I flew home from Yellowknife yesterday:
    “Hey West Jet, how do you say UNCOMFORTABLE in french?” Mike and I checked in late, so we both got middle seats… UGH!

    The last bit of our trip was A+… I met THE Snow King… He is famous up North. Every year he makes a castle out of snow. Bands play in it, there is table and chairs, super neat-o mosquito… (no mosquito’s in winter… so I’ll say Neat-o Penguin-o)
    The King…snow king, yellowknife
    And his castle
    Table and chairs
    Guard dog (kinda felt bad for the little guy…tied up with an extension cord??)
    Inside ice ornament
    Checking out all the rooms
    Take a look outsideSnow castle, yellowknife

    Here is a statue of the Snow King, made out of snow;)
    The sign says..watch out, the arm might fall off,haha
    The Snow King’s house is actually a house boat…Yep…the Snow Castle is on a frozen lakesnow kings house boat, yellowknife

    Look at me in the middle of the Arctic, only my eyes exposed, carrying around ski doo helmets… haha
    So long Snow Castle!

    Sorry for the late blog today! Just getting caught up on a billion things! Going good though- smiling ear to ear all day long…

    Hearts and love and hugs and butterflies!

    xoxo talk soon