Audiobook #3!

Looks like this audiobook thing might actually work out for me! I got hired for a big-time project (HarperAudio) for a beautiful story set in Montreal. After my sojourn in Kabul with all the accents, it’s a nice change to just focus on 1, Québécois!

This was my first book with a deadline. It’s a new experience to work with daily uploads, contact from a production team and help with research and audio.
We turned the guest room/my office upside down and put the mattress against the window to dampen any sound. There is a lot of construction going on in my neighbourhood, so this helped keep the noise at bay!

I’m thrilled with the final result. You can pre-order already! The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman.

The Joys of Recording

Since coming back from a truncated birthday trip in March (thanks Coronavirus…) I’ve been working on my 2nd audiobook: The Finest Supermarket in Kabul by Ele Pawelski.

It’s a challenging one for me as it is 1st person with 3 narrators…2 of whom are male. I’m learning more about audiobooks each time I take on a project. Right now, it’s less about the editing…I’m getting pretty good at that! It’s more about labeling! It’s pretty easy to mix up files and not know which file is the ‘latest’ version. In my first foray into audiobooks, I just erased each old version. The problem with that is that there isn’t a ‘safe’ copy to go back to if I’ve screwed up and over-processed things.

This time, I’m keeping old copies…but they pile up! Soon I will move everything onto a new storage drive and then I’m hoping I will over-label and know exactly where everything is.

I also recorded a new commercial demo with KH Casting. I’m still waiting for the final product (it’s been 2 weeks…. I think they forgot. The engineer is on vacation now! I wanted to record from home but that is when we discovered my very noisy computer fan. Time to switch to a laptop.

Sailor Moon Rising

I am a member of ACTRA. To become a member, you get a few ‘apprentice credits’, and when you get the required amount, you become a full member.

I had started working with an animation company singing on some cartoons. I was called in because they were dubbing a cartoon into German and needed people with language skills. From there, I started singing for other projects and one of them was Sailor Moon. I actually knew this show and realized that this work could get me my ACTRA status. So I got my apprentice papers and was off!

I had a great time singing for cartoons. I loved listening to the original, and then based on that and a translated lyric sheet, creating a new song. I would have loved to be a character as well, but that didn’t seem to happen for me. What also didn’t happen was credits on the show. I don’t know why, but only the speaking actors were credit for their work. Singers were not. So I lived in humble obscurity, occasionally petitioning IMDb to add my name to the credits…to no avail.

This weekend I got an amazing email, right here to my website. I didn’t think anyone even saw this site here! Corza Moon decided to follow up with Sequence Productions, the studio where Sailor Moon was produced, to fill in the blanks on some of the voices used in the show. And that’s how I finally got recognized for singing on Sailor Moon. I’m over the moon about it all! Check it all out here:

I did get to do some screaming as the Snow Angels in the Sailor Moon movie Hearts in Ice- that was fun!

The new world

I just got back from a truncated vacation to Florida. The trip was supposed to replace our plans to go to Vietnam to visit friends. That was cancelled because the Coronavirus was just getting started in that end of the world. Re booking to Florida to visit the in-laws seemed like a safe choice. We were even going to have a side trip to Aruba, to make up for that destination being cancelled on a previous trip. Now, it seems like Aruba will never happen. That’s twice we’ve had to cancel going there!

Needless to say, now that Covid-19 is a full on pandemic, all travel is cancelled and staying home is the thing to do. After spending the last 5 days of vacation in Florida mostly in isolation, it’s funny how fast one gets used to the new normal. It kind of reminded me of life on the farm as a teen during the summer. There was nothing much to do but chores and reading, and watching tv. By the time we got to the airport, I was actually hyper aware of how close people were to me. It was odd to see so many people sitting so close together!

Now that I’m home there is lots to do. I will be working on my home recording studio to get ready for new online work! I already have one audiobook to record as a profit-share, and signed up with a company to do more! This isolation thing might actually turn out well for me to get into more voice work like I always wanted to!

I DID IT! Audiobook released

The audiobook has been released! My little home studio project is a success! Now that I know I can do this from home, I will be looking for more projects. Ideally getting paid for these jobs is the goal.
I do have a second book lined up (more on that later)
So far, I will say that Book #2 is a fiction-based-during-real-world-events, and for adults. I want to make sure I have a range of books to my credit.
It’s a nice way to start the decade.

SIX audiobook on Google Play

The scary bit…

So… after a lot longer than I intended…my very first audiobook is recorded and proofed! Next step is to turn it over to a sound engineer to master it so that it can be posted to ACX for sale!
This is the leap and faith portion. So far, most of this has been a solo enterprise that hasn’t cost me anything but time. Proofing was done by the brilliant author J.S Veter (my dear friend) and my darling hubby who is frighteningly detail-oriented, and therefor a great proof-listener and tech support.
I’m going to use Fivver for this project to keep the budget low as it is a labour of love.
Once that gets back to me…it’s off for ACX approval. Stay tuned!

Looking for feedback on my Audiobook project!

Welcome to my project! I’m creating an audiobook from my good friend JS Veter’s book SIX. It’s such a lovely story about a dog who finds adventure and family. It’s a perfect fit for some of the crazy voices in my head and my love of telling stories. I’ve recorded several chapters, but it occurs to me that I should start getting some feedback. That’s where you come in!

Please give the chapter a listen, and answer the poll questions. The project is still underway and there will need to be editing and mastering yet to come.


SIX Chapter 1

SIX Chapter 2

SIX Chapter 8


Come to my wedding!!

Stage Door News

Toronto: Glass Hammer Productions presents Andrew Batten’s “The Sad Blisters” April 12-27

Friday, March 29, 2019

Serial monogamist Joanne is getting married – AGAIN.

AND she wants her sisters to wear their bridesmaid dresses from her previous weddings.

AND Aunt Sara’s been getting free samples from the bar. What could possibly go wrong?

The Sad Blisters is loosely based on the family dynamic of the playwright’s wife, Debbie Batten, who has four siblings.  One of her sisters, like Joanne in The Sad Blisters, was married three times to men with the same first name.

The Sad Blisters masterfully balances comedy and drama, with wonderfully nuanced characters and a keen understanding of the female voice.  Andrew was heavily involved in the casting of the play, the selection of the creative team and in choosing the music.  These women are funny, flawed and full of courage and heart.  You’ll be delighted emotionally by the performances of a stellar cast and you’ll also be intellectually stimulated by (both subtle and overt) references to the work of Anton Chekhov.”  – Victoria Shepherd, Director

Andrew Batten was a former playwright in residence at the Blyth Theatre.  He described himself more recently as a “reformed lawyer and recovering teacher”.  His previously produced plays include The Accelerated Theory of HotnessRomeo and RosalineThe House of the Rising SunEven As Also I Am KnownJellied Salad and Or Not To Be.  Batten was also an accomplished actor, and in the last 12 years appeared in numerous productions for Toronto groups such as Alumnae Theatre Company (Hedda GablerSylviaA Woman of No Importance), Amicus Productions (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), and Village Players (Tainted Justice).  Andrew was fond of saying that “people listen when you tell them your stories”.

Glass Hammer Productions is very proud to present the world premiere of

The Sad Blisters, which we lovingly dedicate to Andrew.

Written by Andrew BattenDirected by Victoria Shepherd.
Featuring Bonnie GrayAndrea LyonsAnne McDougall, Cate McKimEsther Thibault.
Producers: Andrew Batten, Debbie BattenTina McCulloch
Stage Manager/Lighting Design: Liz Currie
Assistant Stage Manager/Fight Captain: Jamie Fairfoull
Set Design: Alexis Chubb
Sound Design/Music: John Stuart Campbell
Fight Direction: Ryan Armstrong
Poster Design: Vic Finucci

 VENUE: The Commons Space, 587a College St. (west of Bathurst), Toronto. 

Venue is on 2nd floor and is not wheelchair accessible.

SHOWTIMES:  April 12 – 27, 2019.

Performances are Thu/Fri/Sat at 8pm; matinees Sat & Sun at 2pm.

RUNNING TIME:          Approx. 80 mins.  There is no intermission.

TICKETS:                      $20 regular; $15 student/senior/Arts Worker.

Cash only at door (reserve seats at,

or purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets: 


TWITTER:                    #SadBlistersTO