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My First Podfic! "Paper" from 2005

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

My First Podfic! "Paper" from 2005

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As I announced yesterday, the SWG archive now accepts podfics, which is something my comods and I have been working on off-and-on for a few months now. I'm excited about this possibility, even though I have no idea how popular it will be. It's a technology that has intrigued me for a while now, so I hope others will be interested in learning and working with it. I started working with Audacity a few months ago when I was initially talking with Erurainon about setting up a Silmarillion podcast, which I assume has fallen by the wayside due to his school obligations. (I haven't heard from him in a while.) But I learned Audacity at the time and even recorded a few podfics for him, for use in the eventual podcast.

I wanted to work on recording some of my own but, of course, other things took precedence, as is the story of my life, but introducing podfics on the SWG gave me the nudge I needed to finally record one of my stories. And so, I present the MP3 podfic of Paper, written and read by yours truly. "Paper" is summarized on the SWG as, "Curufin escapes to the realms of fantasy to escape the pressures of his family and discovers the thrill of first love." It's one of my earliest stories but the right length, content, and tone for my first stab at putting my voice out on the Interwebz. It can be listened to or downloaded on the SWG archive.

It ended up taking up me about three hours all together to record--spread over yesterday and today--which isn't too bad, since I also had to re-learn Audacity.

So there. Anyone who wanted to see the new section of the site in action, there you have it! I hope, at the least, that we'll get some recommendations for our monthly podfic and maybe even a few brave readers? :)

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • So that's what you sound like! :) This is a cool idea.
    • Yep, now you know what my darling students hear for sometimes hours each week when I read aloud to them in class! :D
  • Eeee! :D

    I'm not nearly brave enough to unleash my squeaky organ on the world, much less on the esteemed people of the SWG, but you sound nearly like I imagined you would, and I hope a lot of others follow your example of podficcing! :)

    And now to finish listening! I had one of my Firefly fics podficced before, and found it extremely interesting to hear someone else's interpretation - the same words, but very different when it came to intonation and rhythm. On the flipside, hearing a fic like the author imagined it to sound is just as compelling. ^^
    • I hope so too! :) I probably could have done some more useful things during those three hours (laundry *ahem*), but I hoped to set a good example and get some people excited about the podfic section once they saw it in action! :)

      I think my voice lacks anything egregious accent-wise as far as American accents go, but every now and then, I'll come out with something very Baltimore or very Southern. Definitely trying to avoid that here. :D I wish I could hear you read, but I do understand what it's like to hate one's voice. I always cringe at first at the sound of mine but figure I unleash it for sometimes hours each week on my poor students when we read long stories as a class, and none of them have fallen ill or gone crazy from listening to me, so it can't be that bad.

      I'd love to read one of your stories, of course, as you're one of my favorite authors, so if you ever want a reader ... :)
      • Sometimes usefulness has to take a step back in favour of something nice. :) And I'm sure this is going to generate some excitement!

        I enjoyed your voice and accent, too - nothing egregious that I could notice, except, well, that you're from the eastern US; local idiosyncrasies are pretty much lost on me. Nothing to go crazy from, at any rate!

        *squeaking!* Please feel free to read any of mine that you like! I don't want to *ask* for any of them, but is there a way to give blanket permission for anyone who might want to do so? :)

        Edited at 2012-11-04 11:22 pm (UTC)
        • I almost wish I wrote more humor pieces; I could do the Teleri with a Baltimore accent. (If you've ever seen the movie Hairspray, John Travolta does a great Baltimore accent. I'd like to say that it's exaggerated, but my father-in-law actually talks that way, especially when he's angry about something. O.O)

          is there a way to give blanket permission for anyone who might want to do so?

          All the SWG requires for recording someone else's story is there permission. So if you're willing to give it, that's all there is!

          I'm going to email you in a sec about something ...
          • Oh...my...I'm blaming you that I'm now smiling like I belong in an asylum and trying to keep from laughing, so I don't attract the attention of all my professors as I sit in the hallway near their offices waiting for my class to start. Because now I'm picturing Olwë with a Baltimore accent, and it's hilarious.
            • Hey hon, it's just that them there Teleri like them steamed crabs and probably Natty Boh too, and I think the sooner yous guys in fandom know that the better, hon. ;)
              • And my roommate now thinks I'm insane. Some one needs to write a humorous Teleri story so that you can read it with that accent.
  • I hardly get any writing out these days, but this I would consider doing! I love wrapping my tongue around those names. Wow, that sounds dirty. But then I can't do it to the actual characters, so...

    I'm still trying to figure out how it is I've only just joined SWG when I've been roleplaying and/or hanging around the fandom for at least a decade. 0_o
    • I just got your reader request! Yay! Squee! (Can you tell I'm excited about this new section of the site? :D)

      I'm still trying to figure out how it is I've only just joined SWG when I've been roleplaying and/or hanging around the fandom for at least a decade.

      Well, better late than never. ;) A belated welcome! I was glad to see you on board!
  • Good choice! I like "Paper", and it was due a re-read from me. Also, nice to get a bit of extra info with the podfic.
    And well read! (I haven't actually reached the end yet.)
    • Thank you! The beginning bit was my little indulgence. :^P I like to just ... talk. I tell my students that about 5% of what I tell this is actually important. Glad you liked it!
  • I love having stories read to me! :D And this post reminded me of my absolute favourite reading voice ever. It's this guy in the video below - it's in Danish but I think you can still appreciate the quality of his voice. He has talked me to sleep with fairytales often when I was little, and could probably still do it!

    • I adore the concept of podfic! I think it would be lovely to get a nice collection of stories to listen to on overnight flights when I'm too tired to read (but have trouble sleeping on planes). Fyi, there's podfic_central, since you dabble in more fandoms than I do. :)

      The guy in the video does have a good voice! Maybe I'll try lowering mine an octave for the next recording ... nah, that's probably sound weird!
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