Saturday, August 30, 2014

Working with Soma Games again

A few years ago, I made my first game by voicing the narrator for Soma Games mobile hit "G". Since then, I have moved through other projects , but I have continued to keep in touch with the Soma Games team.  They have announced some amazing projects (like Redwall omigosh!) and I am stoked to announce I'll be working with them again.

"G" is being made into "G Prime" and the game will find itself on a much larger scale than mobile platforms. I will be playing the narrator once again. I can't go too into detail but I can say that I'll be telling you quite the story as you play through  the game.

And one "G Prime" is released, I'll let you know more info!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5 Activities to do with a young reader

My Step-daughter is a big reader. I love that about her! Still, I wanted to get involved past the point of "Tell me about your book?" Or "Will you read this to/with me?" I checked online and most of the resources focused on getting a young reader to read. She doesn't need any encouragement to read. She does that on her own! I wanted to find some creative ways to keep her engaged in books and engaged with us as well.

Thanks to some advice, here are some things we came up with.

1. A local "trip" based on the book. Maybe the latest book was about a girl working on a farm for the Summer. If there's a local farm nearby, take a trip. Talk about the things you see and how they showed up in the book. Compare characters and real life situations. Or, if the book was about a historic event maybe you can take a trip to the museum and talk about the real events surrounding the book.

2. Crafting the book! This is probably my favorite. My Step-daughter is becoming a fan of fantasy fiction. Her latest book was about a silly candy fairy. Obviously, we need to make a house for a candy fairy! No matter what the book is, think of a craft or something you can make to represent the book. It could be a favorite character or event in the book. Get creative!

3. Make some book marks! A lot of kids read on things like the Kindle and iPad these days. That's OK. Sometime down the road, they will read a book where pages need to be turned. Getting together and making book marks is a pretty neat activity. They can even go a step further and make book marks based on their current favorites.

4. Watch the book and talk about it. Did the book become a movie? Great! Grab the movie on Netflix and watch it together. Get some snacks and make a movie evening out of it. Once the movie is done, take a few minutes to talk about the movie versus the book. Did something change in the movie? Do you think the characters were what you imagined they would be? Get some discussion going!

5. Start a book club. Maybe the "book club" is just the two of you. Maybe some friends are involved as well. Either way, starting a book club together would be a blast. Make up a special sign for your book club and hang it on the door when the club is in session. Come up with a schedule for the "club". Pick out the book(s) you will read and how much you read each week/day.

How ULTA lost and gained me back as a customer

In July, I made an order with ULTA.  During this two week long issue with ULTA, they managed to lose my business and gain it back. How did that happen? With a very attentive representative named Sarah who lost the corporate speak and actually paid attention to me.

I won't go into detail on the issue. I will tell you that I went through three different representatives. Two via email and one on the phone. One of them didn't know where I lived, the other didn't understand the refund policy and gave me wrong information, the third didn't know what was going on. All three of them gave me different answers and provided no help beyond an "Oh, sorry."

Then came Sarah. Sarah is a representative with ULTA who was smart enough to do a few things right. Frankly, if companies took this stance more often you would be far better off.

Sarah dropped the corporate speak. She was professional and still articulate, but she dropped corporate speak. Sarah connected with me on a more personal level. She knew I was angry. She would be angry too! Hey, look at that! My feelings are validated! As a customer, that goes a really long way.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer is least for the kids

It's August already? The kids are back in school? Wow. How did that happen?

My Summer has been a very quiet Summer this year. Most of it was spent without the kiddos which made things far too quiet around the house. That's O.K. Both of them had a blast seeing family members, going to camp and having their first plane ride.

This Summer was also a few large changes for me. I continued blogging and writing. Something I have been doing for the last 12 years in one way or another. I also started to focus on expanding that into more content creation with my YouTube channel. The channel is starting to pick up steam and I have been learning more about promoting and keeping content fresh.

I've also gotten a little addicted to getting deep into analytics on YouTube and analyzing that data. No, I'm not any professional analyst. I have just learned some basics. It's become almost like a hobby for me.

Voice overs still remain a "thing" for me. While I don't actively pursue every job I see, I still do voice overs. In fact, I will be announcing a new project soon. I'm pretty stoked about it.

How was your Summer? Are you ready for school to start? Are you ready for the Fall to be here?

Saturday, August 9, 2014


This is the first post for the new blog I set up. I am going to start blogging random stuff I feel like talking about. Things that don't fit on Harps and Crafts or anywhere else. I hope you enjoy what you read.