On The Other Hand

For lots of reasons, mostly beyond my control, still have not produced an audio book.  Was in the process with Santa Fe Mojo but that fell apart.  Have some discussions going on about Dog Gone Lies; and, hopefully, in a few months that ends up with an audio book version. 

One of the steps in this latest process was to ask for auditions for a narrator.  Somewhat overwhelmed by the response.  Not only was the number of respondents large, but the overall quality of the narration auditions was amazing.  There are some very talented people narrating audio books. 

I’ll keep you informed as this moves along; and hopefully, will actually end up with a real audio book.


I have beat this drum before.  More “reading is good for you” thoughts from the Healthline web site.

“Research shows that regular reading:

  • improves brain connectivity
  • increases your vocabulary and comprehension
  • empowers you to empathize with other people
  • aids in sleep readiness
  • reduces stress
  • lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • fights depression symptoms
  • prevents cognitive decline as you age
  • contributes to a longer life

That’s an impressive list.  And, of course, as a bonus you might enjoy whatever your reading.


Just finished reading an author interview (no reason to mention his name), who was bragging about being able to write a book in a week.  Besides being an annoying individual, he seems to think he has accomplished something of value.  Let me be clear, I have not read this guy’s books, and it was not clear in the interview if these are 5,000 word “books” or if they are 70,000; but the idea that streamlined books produced in a matter of minutes has merit felt wrong to me.

I have mentioned on several occasions that the best path to success in the e-book world seems to be to have a large number of books all in one series –by large I mean 40, 60 or more.  So the annoying author in the interview is using his speed writing skill to take advantage of a market—I should admire him more, but I don’t. 

I’m a fast writer (when I can stay focused on one project) and would consider it an accomplishment to write a whole novel in two to three months; I can’t imagine how you can write an entire book in only a few days.  Of course, if you can, more power to you; but I don’t think I would brag about it.


I have not read much about this, but as I was listening to auditions for a narrator for Dog Gone Lies, it crossed my mind:  would I have written differently if I was writing just for an audio book?  Reading a book out loud seems to change the feeling of the narrative.  Sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad ways.  Thinking about incorporating reading my new books out loud as part of the editing process.  I think some authors do that; but I have not.  On the other-hand, if the book was written with a focus on how it sounds, would it become more of a play with author notes than a book?  All I know for sure is that the book sure sounds different with someone reading than with my voice in my head.


One of the benefits of reading, as listed above, is “empowers you to empathize with other people”.  Understanding flawed characters in the context of their world does expand our sympathy for less than perfect humans.  In most of our lives there are very few people we get to know well enough to know their inner faults and still care about the individual.  In books, that is almost all characters of interest.  It gives us insight without the pain of dealing with a flawed friend. 

I have mentioned this before, all of my characters are flawed.  Not because I think all humans are like that; but a character in a novel would be very boring if they were perfect.  The flaws make them real. 


Good to see March roll around.  I can definitely say I’m tired of winter.  Besides falling and breaking my arm while shoveling snow, I have been unusually blue this winter—and that is not smurf blue.  Very little writing going on.  When I’m not engaged with my writing everything seems slightly off.  Maybe warmer weather will lead to a productive year after all—and a more upbeat blog.

My goal for the year is still the same; two new fiction books– Durango Two Step (Vincent Malone #4) and a surprise second book along with a non-fiction business book.  Also very excited about the possibilities of some audio books for all of you non-reader readers (or is that listeners).  By the way those health bennies for reading are probably not the same for listening—but you could be jogging while listening, which would be a major health benefit.

Thanks for being a reader!

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Ted Clifton, award winning author, is currently writing in three mystery series—Pacheco & Chino Mystery series, the Muckraker Mystery series and the Vincent Malone series. Clifton’s focus is on strong character development with unusual backdrops. His books take place in Southwest settings with some of his stories happening in the 1960s, 1980s and current times. The settings are places Clifton has lived and knows well, giving great authenticity to his narratives. Clifton has received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award and the CIPA EVVY award--twice. Ted is also an artist. Much of his work, digital, acrylic and watercolor, has been inspired by living in New Mexico for many years. Today Clifton and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado, with frequent visits to one of their favorite destinations, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

One thought on “On The Other Hand”

  1. 1. Anyone who says they wrote an entire novel or whatever in a week or a month is full of $#!+. The only thing they can claim to have done in that time is to produce something that reads like it was written in only a week or a month. That is not a good thing. And don’t try the “I spent days on end at my laptop, etc.” bit. The only people who buy that line are the same ones who are dumb enough to offer a contract for such crap.
    2. Yes, you should write as if your work will be read aloud, always. Consider that many authors perform readings of or from their works as part of their promotions. Those writers know that the first time they do a reading is the wrong time to find out their prose doesn’t come off quite like they’d prefer. So, reading your work to yourself, out loud-ish (you can cheat by mouthing or whispering so people you live with won’t think you’re any crazier than they do already) is necessary.


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