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I was born under the star sign 'Pisces' and as the saying goes "You can't get over that". I have life-long interests in water, fish, the sea, sailing and everything wet and aquatic. I have a scientific background in the environment and fisheries. I have written extensively on many topics. I have created and manage a gaggle of websites. I have now retired and live in the 'Shark Shack' by the sea near Jervis Bay, on the South Eastern coast of Australia. I sail, fish, walk, dive and swim as much as I can with the motto: 'Diving for Pearls'. My main focus is on didactic poems. I love the poems of Dylan Thomas and my favorite movie is 'Under Milk Wood' (a radio play, made into a film). I also like Les Murray. My website is Poetry Community http://www.poetrycommunity.com.  Cheers! 


Let Your Poems be Heard!


Blog Posted:5/4/2018 1:11:00 PM

I am one of the few poets who voice their poems here in the soup (Blub Blub). I have a secret - I cheat! Certainly I could record myself reading the poems, but I don't as it does not work very well and I don't like my own voice much. I use one of two, free online tools to do the job. The best and easiest is http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/ - simply download the mp3 file and post. It can be unreliable at times, so be patient. The other one is https://text2mp3.online/ . This only has one female voice, but works OK. This requires a bit of fiddling as the input  text is not formatted, but you can fix this by adding a 'full-stop' after the title, and some extra 'commas' at the end of the lines, and to insert pauses where required. To save click the 'download button' and then 'right-click' on the next 'download button' and save the mp3 file with the name you choose. Cheers and happy voicing.

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Date: 5/7/2018 12:17:00 AM
This is great, John, thank you! I have people who have offered, but it just never seems to work out time-wise ... this is a great tool! Blessings!
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Date: 5/6/2018 9:21:00 PM
Hi John, I do love my voice when reading my own poems as of course I know where to pause and such, and I have recorded my poems and posted here but they end up disappearing when I go back months later to look at, so it happened so many times, I just don't bother. I have listened to some audio poems on here and can barely hear the voice... so what was the point, and sometimes, I find the audio of the poem distracting to the poem itself, but maybe that's just me...
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Date: 5/6/2018 12:33:00 PM
Not fond of my voice either John. Thank you for the info!
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Date: 5/5/2018 11:12:00 AM
O John, you are such a darling for sharing your trade secret. That is wonderful. Thank you so much. Most appreciated.
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Date: 5/4/2018 10:17:00 PM
i see you too are having fun. is tree a crowd or an extra will
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July Morning
Date: 5/5/2018 4:07:00 PM
For what it's worth... your last poem, while a bit whiny and self-concerned, was outstanding. Follow my 3 step advisement given on keith blog and see if the tide doesn't turn a bit
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July Morning
Date: 5/5/2018 4:03:00 PM
Ka-ching!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/5/2018 8:09:00 AM
In my experience tree is never a crowd!
Date: 5/4/2018 1:34:00 PM
I'm wit ya buddy. When done right audio can enhance the experience
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/4/2018 5:48:00 PM
Well, you audio know!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Let Your Poems be Heard!
Date Posted: 5/4/2018 1:11:00 PM
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Date Posted: 8/12/2017 3:08:00 PM
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Date Posted: 8/10/2017 5:20:00 PM
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Date Posted: 7/28/2017 7:32:00 PM
Two-Voice Tanka, Thrice Contest Judged
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 5:13:00 PM
New Experimental Form - Tree Poems for Counterpoints
Date Posted: 7/26/2017 12:44:00 AM
What is the Difference Beween Poetry and Prose?
Date Posted: 7/24/2017 6:25:00 PM
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Date Posted: 7/14/2017 1:22:00 AM
New Contest Idea - Two-Voice Tanka, Thrice
Date Posted: 6/28/2017 2:25:00 PM
New Form - The BELL
Date Posted: 6/3/2017 2:32:00 PM
Cinquain Express Train Contest Finalized, Toot Toot!
Date Posted: 5/31/2017 1:03:00 AM
Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry, Free Verse Debate
Date Posted: 5/25/2017 4:18:00 PM
Give The Cinquain Form a Try!
Date Posted: 5/24/2017 4:03:00 PM
Be Didactic - Contest Completed
Date Posted: 4/24/2017 9:35:00 PM

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