Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Audio books

Today I made the same bead, over and over.  Most of them will be made into jewelry, so I needed a big pile.  Usually I get 4 or 5 of these beads done, get bored and start making other beads.  I get bored easily, one of the hazards of a creative mind.  (That is a nice way to say I sometimes have trouble staying on task.)  Today was different though.  My ipod has a very, very long audio book that I got for a long car trip, but I didn't even get halfway through it on the trip.  So for the first time, I tried making beads while listening to a good story, and it worked great.  The time flew and before I knew it, I had a kiln full of these beads.  I will have to find more good audio books!  By the way, the book is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.  I highly recommend it for listening or reading!

In my previous glass career making stained glass windows, I couldn't cut glass while listening to a book- I would miss some dialog and have to rewind the tape (this was in the dark ages when they were all "books on tape".)  Guess my mind had to concentrate too much on cutting, although grinding and soldering were fine.  So I wondered if I could make beads listening to a story.  For more complicated beads, it might not work so well, but for production work, it was great!

1 comment:

  1. I download audiobooks to my iPod for free from Overdrive through the Lancaster County Library System. Check out Berks County Library website - they may have something similar. Can't beat free!! And it's pretty easy. Download the book to the Overdrive software on my computer, and then transfer it to my iPod. I love audiobooks. Recently listened to the Count of Monte Cristo, which I never would have gotten through the volume of pages.