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To NaNo or not to NaNo? That is the question.

I have a really cool problem. I’ve got something that might distract me from writing each day for NaNoWriMo 2018—the Nothing Without Us anthology. It’s a project I’m co-editing with my BFF and sensitivity editor Talia C. Johnson. NWU, as we nicknamed it, is going to be a collection of short stories for and by authors who identify as disabled, Deaf, blind, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage chronic illness. (So stoked!) And it’s going to be published by the amazing Renaissance press! So, because we’re open for submissions until Dec 31, 2018, I might be reading a lot of stories in November.

I’m thinking I might write Life in Another ’Cosm: Jinny from the Blog in November, but perhaps in a NaNoLite fashion. That way, I can still enjoy story-crafting while I keep sharp for evaluating the short stories we get for NWU.

So, I really doubt 50,000 words will be my goal this year. Any word count will be welcome, really. I’m still gobsmacked that I completed my goals for NaNoWriMo2017 and CampNaNoWriMo2018, which resulted in The Stealth Lovers. (It’s gonna be published by Renaissance as well! WHEE!).

The more I think about it, the more a NaNoLite will probably be what I do—a chill method to promote a chill atmos.

Will keep you posted here and on the Twitter!


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Its prequel, The Stealth Lovers, is a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also working with Renaissance and co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)



ID: Space background with a celestial nebula. Text reads: tear space a new one

Announcement: New WIP

Me: I need to finish the first draft of Life in Another ’Cosm!

Also me: But this other idea is an opportunity to clobber space opera with disabled characters!

Inspired by Derek Newman-Stille of Speculating Canada fame, I’ve decided to take his recommendation and turn a short story of mine into a novel. This will be my first space opera where disabled characters dominate the story.

So, this will be my NaNoWriMo project for November 2018. I think it will be fun, and I’m looking forward to diving in.

Follow me on social media and this blog for updates!

Also-also me: EEEEK! Can I do the thing?

(I’m gonna try to do the thing.)

Cait GordonCait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Cait has recently submitted the prequel to ’Cosm called The Stealth Lovers, a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Knightly and Vivoxx Tirowen. When she’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts for indie authors and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also really likes cake.

It Began and Ended with a NaNoWriMo

Okay, I have been converted. As one who once staunchly objected to NaNoWriMo, I get it now. It’s a really good motivator. At least for me.

I was in such a rut last year with personal stuff and couldn’t get out of my own head. All I could manage were short stories. The sequel to my first book was left by the wayside. Against all my internal protests, I decided to try NaNoWriMo 2017, my first ever, with the notion of writing a new project—the prequel to Life in the ’Cosm, called The Stealth Lovers. I knew I’d outline it like a series of short stories. I figured, What the heck? Let’s see what I can manage writing every day. I’d never really tried writing every day before because of my disability, so I decided to break the 50,000 word goal into small chunks. Never did I imagine I’d write that much in a month, anyway. This would just be a test.

I ended up with over 50K in the manuscript. What the actual [censored]?!

Huh. Whaddaya know? NaNoWriMo kickstarted me out the funk. And I had a start to a novel that I fell in love with.

Then real life came back and it was time to edit other authors’ books for several months. I found myself with less time to work on The Stealth Lovers, so I scheduled a two-month break for April and May 2018. My goal was to finish the first draft of my novel. I swear to you, I didn’t realize April was Camp NaNoWriMo. Had no clue! But it was, and I liked how I could set my own word count this time. I chose 25,000 words, feeling this is what I needed to complete the draft. And whaddaya know? I went very slightly over and the first draft is done! Will take the month of May to nurse what I’ve written so I can send a better version to beta readers before I go into intense self-editing.

(A banner with a Swiss Army knife made up of writing tools. Text reads: 2018 Winner Camp NaNoWriMo.)

So, yeah. That happened. Now I can’t object to NaNoWriMo anymore!

Why was I so against it for years? I reckon it was because of how I’d seen writers lament that they’d failed when they didn’t achieve the 50,000 words. One person was upset they’d only written 30,000 words. I was like: Um, dude. You wrote 30K. That’s amazing. It just so happened that I’d been exposed to people with really negative views or experiences of the thing. I felt turned right off.

But when I approached it, I did so as a Spoonie. I wanted to see if I could manage a 1670 daily word count last November. I also knew because of my chronic pain, I would treat myself as winning just for the attempt. Whatever amount of words I’d write, I would congratulate myself for it. I also stopped reading everything about NaNoWriMo and went by the beat of my own drum kit. By knowing my own body and not sprinting, I actually did the thing!

Now I have a novel. I’m pretty excited about it and can’t wait to get it polished enough for my beta readers. I’ve chosen a good bunch of people, too. This is where the real fun begins!

It also helps that my publisher is looking forward to publishing it, too!

Anyway, I still stand by what I say about NaNoWriMo—don’t think you’ve ever failed by trying your  best. This event was invented so that people could spark themselves into writing—period. If you use it as a tool and not let it be your oppressor, you might find that it can help you meet writing goals, or make you fall in love with writing again. I’m kind of grateful I tried it.

But if it’s not for you, don’t force it. There are many ways to skin a cat.

You know, I’ve never understood that expression. I’ve also never known anyone who skinned cats. And really, would there be more than one way? Idioms are weird.

I’ll keep you posted here and on social media about the progress of The Stealth Lovers. In the meantime, you can read my proposed back blurb and watch the teaser trailer. If you’d not read Life in the ’Cosm yet, you can buy it here (or on any Amazon)!

Cait GordonCait (pronounced like “cat”) Gordon is originally from Verdun, Québec, and has been living in the suburbs of Ottawa since 1998. Her first novel, Life in the ’Cosm (Renaissance) was published in 2016. Her short story, A Night at the Rabbit Hole, appears in the Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland anthology (Exile Editions). She’s currently working on The Stealth Lovers, a prequel to the ’Cosm series. For her day job, Cait is a freelance editor. Some of the titles she’s edited include Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks (Robin Elizabeth), Camp Follower: One Army Brat’s Story (Michele Sabad), Skylark (S.M. Carrière), Little Yellow Magnet (Jamieson Wolf), A Desert Song (Amy M. Young), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn). Cait is also the founder and editor of the Spoonie Authors Network, whose contributors manage chronic conditions and/or disabilities.

I feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python

Whew! Who knew getting a book ready for publication was such hard work? Oh yeah, probably all of you.

It’s been a whirlwind adventure for me this summer. On June 9, 2016 I signed a publishing contract with Renaissance Press, and during the weekend of September 9, 2016, I’ll be doing a reading from my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, at Can*Con. In between these dates I’ve gone through the Editing Passes of Destiny,  proofread the interior design, and approved the cover design. It’s been fast-paced but kinda awesome at the same time. Still, I’m completely pooped and am looking forward to a vacay this month, with my long-suffering husband. I sorta feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python right now.

Renaissance Press could not have made this process easier on me, though. I do enjoy the family-atmosphere of this small press. They are extremely professional, but fun, and I think that makes us more productive. It was also great to have my 793, 478 questions answered so patiently. The best thing about working with a small press, especially when you’re an emerging author like me, is feeling like my opinion truly matters. As a result, I’m so excited about this book.

After I am well-rested from my holiday and adequately plied with cupcakes, I’ll be geared for promoting the book. I’m an extrovert, so people are my thing. I love people. GIVES ME ALL THE PEOPLES! I NEED MOAR PEOPLES! Warning: I might frighten you with my rampant friendliness. I mean no harm.

Stay tuned! The next time I blog will be when the book is available. SQUEE!



Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 


The Book Synopsis, or, Kill Me Now

CGmemes-synopsisAlong my journey into the pitch wars of book #1, I came upon a publisher who wanted a three-page summary of my story. This naive writer thought, “No problem. I wrote the book, I know what’s in it. I surely can summarize it.”

I’m cute when I’m stoopid.

Let’s all shout it together, shall we? One, two, three: OH THE FREAKIN’ HUMANITY, NOT A SYNOPSIS!!!

Thanks. I feel better when I know we’re all in this together. But tell me, what sort of sadistic psychopath came up with the idea of authors writing their own synopses? No, really, I’m asking. It was easier to write my entire novel than it was to condense it into two or three pages.

Where we tend to go wrong

I know authors often make these mistakes when trying to bang out the thing:

  1. Write too much detail—you have to focus on the main plot lines.
  2. Add too many character names—leave it to three at most. (Man, what I would give to make George R.R. Martin write one.)
  3. Forget the ending of the book—check with your publisher requirements. Many want to know how the story ends. It’s all a part of them seeing if your work fits in with their brand.
  4. Ignore the word count—your synopsis will get thrown out the moment publishers see it’s too long. It’s super important to respect their rules. If they say 1500 words, then do that.

Where I went wrong

Oh sure, I did the first two mistakes listed above, but then I drove a Ferrari to the other end of the spectrum. I actually made me hate my book and not want to read it. Yup. I paid so much attention to the word count that I removed all the character out of my synopsis.

You see, I write comic science fiction. What’s the main thing about that genre? Oh yeah, it’s funny. My synopsis? Not so much with the funny. My husband, a former editor, told me that my synopsis was so sterile you couldn’t tell it went with the humorous story I’d written.


Where I got a wee bit better

Honestly, I cannot say I got writer’s block through the entire process of writing my first book. It went swimmingly, like having a first child who only cries when she wants to be fed or changed. The synopsis? That was like having a second child who you are convinced is some sort of alien spawn.

My writer’s block was horrific. I walked away from my desk so many times, and hated sitting back down at it again.

Finally, I thought about the characters in my book, and the zany things they say. Next thing I knew, I started borrowing from their dialogue as I described my story. Ohhhh, that’s much better. I can’t say I’ve written the best synopsis in town, but when I handed it to husband-editor, he said, “Now that sounds like your book.”

OK, so I have an idea where to start for next time. NEXT TIME?! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

The funny thing is…

I found writing the one-paragraph “back matter” summary-synopsis way easier. Maybe it’s because I knew it had to be sort of a trailer, without the ending mentioned. I also imagined a guy with a deep movie-trailer voice reading it. (What? It worked for me.)

Anyway, if you hate synopses, I get you, baby

To this day I scout for publishers who don’t ask for one. Even though I sorta got through the exercise, me no wanna do eet no mores. Sigh, I know, I know, sometimes you have to suck it up and go synsopsising. Especially if you want to be traditionally published.

But it doesn’t mean I hafta like it!

What are your synopsis-composing trials or victories? I’d love to hear about them. Post a comment!



Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is being sent to the universe. She hopes the universe likes it. (The second book has begun and a third will happen, too!)

What I learned about self-editing

So, as many of you who follow me already know, I’m in pitch-mode with my first novel, Life in the ’Cosm. I wrote until my Chromebook caught fire, turned a first draft into a beta-reader draft, got comments from readers, and then put myself in self-editing jail for several weeks.

Afterwards, I started to send the manuscript to a few publishers. Yeah, that was a mistake.

You see, as thorough as I thought I was, I missed one vital step. In my zeal to hit open-for-submissions deadlines, I had no time to put my book down and then read it again.

You must, hafta, really, I swear, read your book aloud one last time, before you submit it.

This is what I didn’t do. And you know what? After about a month after self-editing jail, I picked up my manuscript and pretended like each chapter was an actual reading. I found stupid mistakes, and dialogue that didn’t flow with the cadence I enjoy.

Wow. While I did take a break from my book in the summer when my beta-readers went through it, I forgot to take another break after I edited and prepared the manuscript for submission.

I now know this is a no-no.

Set up your stuffed toys from childhood (that even includes now) as your audience and read your book to them.

My devoted listeners

What? It worked for me. Angry bird laughed, Rainbow Dash wanted me to change a few things, and Grumpy Cat gave me a dirty look. Perhaps comic sci-fi is not Grumpy Cat’s thing.

I took my pretend readings seriously, and let myself experience the characters and the storyline. It not only helped me vet my story, but it also made me fall in love with it again.

While writing my book, I had Celia (my British Chromebook voice) read my book aloud to me. That was great as I developed the story, because Celia helped me catch things that weren’t right. I needed someone other than my own voice to force me to pay attention to my book. There are so many times you can read your work before you go blind to the screen or paper.

But once all the heavy lifting was said and done, my voice’s emoting and portraying was just what I needed to make ’Cosm submission-ready.

Try it, I double-dare ya!

Why not give it a whirl and let me know how it goes for you? I don’t think you can do any harm with one more look-see, and reading out loud is good practice for when hundreds of your adoring fans flock to their local book store in a mad frenzy just to hear their favourite author speak.

I dream in glitter and rainbows, what can I say?

Good luck, fellow scribes!


Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is being sent to the universe. She hopes the universe likes it. (The second book has begun and a third will happen, too!)

10 things I did to get my manuscript ready for submission

Me, if I were a cat.

I cannot believe I’m finally writing this article, but the day has come at last. This week my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, has gone out into publishingworldland. That’s right–I submitted my work.

It was no easy ride to get here and if anyone says writing is simple, they need to stand still while I wallop them with my Whacking Pillow. Don’t get me wrong; I’m totally loving this journey, and had a blast putting ‘Cosm together. However, getting the manuscript ready for submission took stamina. It’s a long way from the beta-reader draft to the submission-ready draft.

So, here’s what I did to get there. Perhaps you’ll find it helpful. (Or maybe you’ll point and laugh. That wouldn’t be really nice, by the way. Shame on you.)

1. Got some distance from my book.

Sometimes you and your book should agree to see other people. When my book was ready for beta-reviewers, I walked away from it. Eventually I was able to read other author’s stories and when I felt like writing, I began a second book. As the weeks went by over the summer, I had enough distance from my manuscript to look at it with a fresh set of eyes. By September, my beta-readers’ comments rolled in and I was ready to work.

2. Re-read the manuscript while wearing fuzzy socks.

Never underestimate the power of fuzzy socks. I put them on, cozied up in bed, and read my book as if I’d just purchased it from Amazon. I became a reader who enjoyed the story. At the same time, I discovered my inner editor. An interesting dichotomy arose, between loving the book and slashing it to bits. (Man, am I tough. Editor Cait needs a chill pill.)

3. Paid close attention to my beta-readers’ comments.

I highly recommend having beta-readers review your manuscript. They become your cheerleaders and harshest critics, and they are invaluable. I sincerely appreciated their feedback, and it was great to have unbiased opinions on the work. Some essential changes to the manuscript came from beta-reader comments. Thank you, folks!

4. Incorporated my edits until I wanted to punch myself in the face.

The beta-readers were mild compared to Editor Cait. I found over 100 nit-picky things in my “fuzzy-socks reading” step of this process. After I made those changes, Editor Cait went into Dalek mode, and started exterminating words like they were timelords. (Yes, I love Doctor Who. You have a problem with that?) For the first time in my life, I could say I truly, truly, truly hated myself. Don’t worry, I made up with myself again.

5. Got rid of useless words. Why, oh, why were there so many useless words?

I never knew I repeated myself so much. I never knew I repeated myself so much. We writers know the vital few useless words we should avoid, like they, really, very, that, and so on, but I had a few more. For some reason, now was everywhere. I felt like the general in Black Adder Goes Fourth. My writing was also full of the words now, well (which often went with now), oh, ever, and still.

And then there were the was statements. I wanted to bury myself underground when I came to that part of the editing process. Thankfully, Vladmir Nabokov saved my bacon. Did you know he had 1515 uses of the word was in the book, Lolita? From this I derived the Nabokov Quotient. If your “was statements” are less than 1515, then you’re book is lovely. Feel free to use this as an argument against your editor. Let me know how it goes.

6. Proofed one last time, but with help from Celia.

Celia is my best friend, and maybe also the British voice on my Google phone. By this time, I could no longer read my manuscript. The only way I could do the final proof was to listen to it. Google Play’s Read Aloud feature helped me immensely. There’s nothing like having a voice unlike your own read your book to you. I caught so many typos, or rewrote sentences that didn’t sound right. I love you, Celia!

7. Formatted the manuscript according to industry standard.

Thank goodness for the internet. I found the article, Format Your Novel for Submission by fiction writer Beth Hill, on Editor’s Blog. It provides key information about how a professional manuscript should appear, including what to include on the cover page.

‘Nuther tip! Make sure you do not add an empty line between paragraphs. Editors don’t like that, either. Format the style of your paragraph to allow for proper spacing.

8. Cried a little.

OK, maybe not cried, but I was kinda sorta nervous to send my first submission. I felt like a teenager wanting to ask the school hunk out to prom! I’ve over 20 years experience as a professional technical writer, and have spoken to and written to people all over the world. My documents have been slashed so much by editors’ red ink, the whole thing looked like a crime scene. Why so scared, Cait?

I suppose writing your first novel is not the same as publishing a user guide about a software application. My book is a part of me, and it’s a vulnerable thing to put yourself out there. Thankfully, I didn’t let the fear weigh me down.

9. Sent my manuscript off into the world.

Yup, I clicked the Send button three times this week. It felt fantastic.

I also remembered to double-check that I met the submission requirements. It’s vital to follow them to the letter. The last thing I want to do is tick off a publisher before they’ve even met me! I desire a business relationship with them, and one that is based on mutual respect. The least I can do is meet their requirements. It’s part of the first impression. Why be rejected for not giving publishers and agents what they ask?

10. Baked some muffins.

You better believe I did. I ate five, without shame. After all, they’re vegan muffins, so practically a fruit salad.

OK, so maybe that was a list of nine things, with the 10th thing being a pig-out reward. Stay tuned for more of my adventures and possibly misadventures in writing. Thanks for stopping by!


Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is being sent to the universe. She hopes the universe likes it.

Cait is also Madam President of her consulting company, Dynamic Canvas Inc., Chief Crafter at Cait Cards, and works part time as Assistant to the Executive Director at H’Art of Ottawa. 

(Image, “Kitten Sleeping On The Printer” by Apolonia)

The Accidental Writer

“That’s good, dear. So, what are you writing?”

“A novel, well, maybe a novella. It depends how many words I get down and when I feel the story’s ended. Or maybe when I think the first instalment ends. I don’t know if there will be a sequel. It might be a trilogy.”

“You sound confused, dear.”

(From Life in the ‘Cosm)

I wrote these words from Chapter 2 of my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, as a reflection of what I was thinking at the time. I wasn’t sure if I was going to complete a novella, novel, trilogy, or series. This project was supposed to be just for kicks. Well, it was crazy fun, and it became fantasy novel. Whoo-hoo!

The way the story ends provoked me to begin a second book. Not a sequel, but another story with a new protagonist. When the last chapter of that story came to me right away, I realized a third instalment was in order. I also gots an idea for a prequel novella. Holy cow, I think I have the rest of my 40s and some of my 50s booked. (There’s a pun in there somewhere.)

I never intended to write a novel when I started. It was an accident. The second story was also an accident. And coming up with an idea for a third and so on, well, you get the picture.

Only about six people in the world have read Life in the ‘Cosm as beta readers, so the rest of you have no idea what I’m on about. Heck, I’ve not even published the first story. Who is this Cait person who claims she’s a writer anyway?

Hopefully, I’ll look back on this blog post and laugh, after I’ve had several novels published. Dream big or go home, I always say.

In about a week I’ll start preparing my draft of Life in the ‘Cosm to be submitted to publishers and agents. Figure I hafta try or else I’ll hate myself for never trying. Self-publishing is always an option. But first, the wind-up and the pitch!

(Please let me score a home run. Mama wants to hold a book in her hands.)

Now please excuse me while I accidentally write some more.


Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is with beta readers and she’s accidentally writing her second in the series. She didn’t know there would be a series. Huh.


My first reading. Sort of.

“And later, you can give us a reading of your book,” enthusiastically said Almost Author’s husband, much to her terror.

readingI gave my first reading. Sort of. There was only an audience of four, and I was related to them, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. We went to see our parents for Easter, hubster and I, and Bruce suggested that I read the first chapter of my book after supper. I was incredibly nervous. My mother-in-law and my parents are in their 70s, and not really readers of fantasy or bonker-silly fantasy, like I’m writing. You would think that because it was family, I’d be relaxed, but I wasn’t. I was nearly apoplectic.

A little background. I am a singer and musician. I’ve performed in front of hundreds of people, even original songs. I’m comfortable being in front of an audience. This was different. Reading a novel is way different from singing a song I composed. Maybe it’s because I can hide in the comfort of my instrument and melody for a song. Sharing my book was not like being physically stark naked, but like my soul was naked!

The hubster had everyone sit down and I walked into the room and he said, “You’re on. You have a captive audience!” Normally extroverted and expressive, I felt at once like I wanted to hide inside a couch fort. Maybe I am more like my protagonist that I realized. Thanks, Virj, you’ve made me an introvert. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

It was either sink or swim, so I started reading my chapter and metaphorically flapped my limbs in the pool of adventure. Poetic, eh? I like words. To my immense relief, they laughed. Then they laughed some more. In all the right places, they laughed. At the end, my mother-in-law clapped. That was nice. My Ma told me I was imaginative. That’s as great to hear when you’re 45 as when you’re 5. Gosh, where would we be without our mothers? The men in the room, my Da and my hubster, just smiled and looked proud. Even silence done with style lifts the spirit.

Chapter 1 of Life in the ‘Cosm is what I’d previously considered reading in public. I hadn’t spoken any of those words out loud to anyone before last Easter. I learned a few things from that experience, too. I am a performer, and I should use those skills to act out the dialogue. I mean, I know what the characters sound like, so why not?

Funny, you absorb all these tips about inflection and writing notes in the margins, but actually giving a reading, even to an audience of four, brings it all home. And then some. I’m really looking forward to doing it one day in a book store or event.

It should go well.

My Ma thinks I’m cool.


Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer in high tech and government organizations. She is currently a Web Developer consultant for Dynamic Canvas Inc., and assistant to the Executive Director at H’Art of Ottawa. She also enjoys her crafting business, Cait Cards.


Listen to your book. Literally.

I’ve written about this before, but after going through the exercise several times, I had to say it again. There is nothing like listening to someone else read your writing to you. I find it does the following:

  • Lets you know if your story flows from one chapter to the next.
  • Validates the rhythm of your dialogue.
  • Catches typos you’ve missed a thousand times because your eyes can’t notice them anymore.
  • Gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling when you’re wrapped in a furry blankie.

listentobookSometimes I read my work out loud just after I’ve composed some dialogue or a paragraph I’m unsure of, but when I really want to sanity-check my work, I let Celia read to me. Celia is the nickname I give to the English-accented voice on my Google phone. I convert my MS Word document to an epub format, then use the Read Aloud feature on Google Play Books. Update: I also use ChromeVox on my Chromebook, on the Accessibility menu. 

Listening to a voice that isn’t mine—or doesn’t belong anyone else I know—really forces me to pay attention. I also read along on my Chromebook (yes, I’m googly for Google) and that helps me catch what doesn’t work. I’ll pause, edit a bit, and then let Celia continue on.

Right now, I’m about three chapters away from finishing the rough draft of my 30-chapter novel. I’m listening to the 27 chapters I’ve written so far, before finishing it up. After that, I’ll search for more bad words (See: Editing really, really bad words. Really. ), listen to the old book again, and, squee, hand it off to the beta readers!

I really encourage you to hear what your writing sounds like. This is where technology really comes in handy, if you don’t have a patient friend to do it for you. I am finding this exercise invaluable.

Enjoy the journey and happy listening!