Morning and welcome to the Year of the Ox.
The biggest problem I'm having with "Unit X", and it's a fairly serious one, is that I'm not an American. Regardless of how much research I do into the period it doesn't help me with character, I'm having trouble seeing my characters, therefore I'm having trouble hearing them - I don't know if the words I'm making them say sound right.
I haven't solved this problem yet but as I was walking the dog this morning I had a couple of ideas that might help, and I thought you might be interested in one of them.
The first one is easy and we all know about it: Choose an actor you'd like to have playing the part to help visualise and auralise. I shall do that.
The second involves the International Dialects of English Archive which has hundreds of examples of people from different parts the world speaking a fairly long passage of English. There is also background information on the speaker so that you can choose age and gender. This is a terrific resource for a whole range of applications. I'll let you know how I get on.
You'll notice that my progress bar has not moved in two days, I do find it difficult to work when the rest of the family are about but I have the next five days.
Being Human: brilliant.
That's the way to do it.
What's on the turntable? "Both sides, now" by Joni Mitchell from the "Hits" compilation