“Well, I should not have thought it strange
That growing causes growing pains
‘Cause the more we learn, the more we know
We don’t know anything.”
The writing desk I have set up in my room…all thanks to the pens.
After a week or so, though, I was starting to find myself disappointed in the pen. It was beautiful, but I was having problems writing with it. It would work really well for the first 3-4 minutes I was writing, but then the ink would stop flowing. It would skip for the first stroke or two of the pen, leaving no ink on the paper at all. I was getting frustrated. Any pen that cost that much money should work a little better, I thought.
Different pen types, different filling mechanisms, different nib widths, materials, and formats, different inks in every color of the rainbow, and different kinds of papers. The amount of time, thought, and money that some people put into using their pens is staggering and, quite frankly, fascinating. I stumbled across http://inknouveau.com, a blog about fountain pens, with dozens (if not hundreds) of hours of video reviews of everything from $300 pens to $5 notebooks, and everything in between. I spent hours and hours on that site and others, pouring over videos, reviews, and products. I found myself lusting after, longing for these writing utensils that, two weeks previously, I had never give more than just a passing thought.
The epiphany, however, was a realization about how common the experience of discovering a whole new world of knowledge can be. It has happened to me several times in just the last year. I cancelled my cable television service a couple of months ago, and have largely run out of things to watch that I can keep on in the background. One day, out of sheer boredom, I booted up Hulu and the show Project Runway was on the front page. Not having anything else to watch, I decided to give it a go. And while I am exceptionally tired of the worn-out tropes of “reality” television, I was completely engaged by the process of designing clothing.
Getting into audiobook market brought about another epiphany, and a new adventure into a heretofore untraveled world. After all, how hard can it be? You stand in a booth and read a book into a microphone. Then you sell the recording. Easy, right? So, so, so very wrong. Recording an audiobook well is exceptionally hard: Pacing, breathing, mouth sounds, editing, distribution, marketing, pricing. The marketplace for audiobooks is exceptionally complex, and it’s always changing.