Reading with audio: Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech

I've always seemed to struggle reading a lot of books. I look around at the number of books some people read a year and I'm blown away. I used to credit it to being a slow reader, but I later proved that wasn't the problem. I just didn't understand why I struggled with reading books so much. That said, I read a lot. All the time. A lot of non-fiction in short form, like articles or blog posts. It was books, and especially fiction ones, where I struggled most. It was always so frustrating because I love reading and always want to be reading more.  My son, who is autistic, has been amazing at reading but over the past few years has transitioned to reading mostly with audio. Some of it is confidence I think as reading out loud can be embarrassing or what have you. But his struggle and transition to audio made me realize maybe that was part of my problem.  Audiobooks.  I first started with trying out audiobooks. I read through several short sto

Writer's block on a school assignment

Man, I have been going nuts trying to pick something to write about for this assignment. Finally picked something after almost picking something multiple times. And finally got half the assignment done. Progress is a plus.

Making a plan, Stan

I haven't quite developed a plan for blogging yet but I am working on it. Some bloggers post daily, others weekly. Others monthly still. I want to do at least weekly, I've decided. But that doesn't mean every post is going to be a well-executed article. Some will be short and to the point. Like this one. 

Starting a new blog after 15 years

On February 7, 2007, I started the Tales from Babylon blog. It was to be my author's blog and has been good to me for 15 years. In the beginning it started as a Blogger blog but I moved hosts a lot, always maintaining the content I had created. I never started over.  But after 15 years, I've decided to revamp and start over. I'm excited, but it's bittersweet to be saying goodbye to the old ways. The truth is I had always struggled with a direction in how to go with my blog and my posting had always been haphazard. Part of the reboot is to remedy that without having a backlog of confusion. Some of the old content is truly evergreen and those posts I will look to repurpose and share here. But moving foward you will hopefully notice a more personal and organized blog. I want this rendition to be very social and I've tried to design the blog so it feels that way naturally, so feel free to reply in the comments as we go. That said, welcome to the new blog which you can f

The Inner-Voice Lies

PROMPT: Name one thing you have lied to yourself about. Why did you do this? I suffer with bipolar and anxiety, I lie to myself all the time. I lie about big things, like about whether I'm worth anything. I also lie to myself about trivial things; like about how grievous it is to make my own sandwich verses buying one, or how taking a shower and shaving is a long and tedious task, and I don't have time to do such things. It's not easy, but it is super important that no matter how many lies our inner-voice tells us, we use another inner-voice to shout they are not true. It's important to remind ourselves to be in denial of the lies. Otherwise we will let our lies consume our every waking thoughts and lives. We are worth a damn, it's easy to make a sandwich, and we feel better when we look our best. Lies were created to hurt, truth uplifts and breaks chains.

New Mercedes Masterson website, blog

I'm working on some new things. The first thing is a Mercedes Masterson website that I am getting help on and should be really amazing. I don't wanna give too much away, but we will be working on an interactive map and some other cool things. Fingers crossed it will rock your world. That will be coming in the near future, so stay tuned here. New blog The second is a new blog, right here, and I hope to be more proactive on it. As I move Mercedes to a new home on the web, I hope to make my blog a more social experience for me. I want to short updates and Weaver's Deep Thoughts posts, as well as full-blown blog posts. The aim is to keep it simple and update it often. I'm also gonna try and get back into short and sweet writing prompts that we can all take part in, not just myself.