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So, the other day myself and [personal profile] argentumlupine had a brief discussion about how the way people read picture books and stories to us when we were younger influenced our reading style. [personal profile] argentumlupine said that she thought her character voices might have been influenced by her Mom. This got me thinking, does anyone else think they're reading style was influenced by the way they were told stories when they were younger? Personally, I think the way I read was influenced by the way my Dad told bedtime stories to me when I was small. Has anyone else found something similar? Do you think anything in particular has influenced your reading style?
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[personal profile] paraka

Sign ups are now open for [community profile] podfic_bingo (LJ|DW)

What is Podfic Bingo?
When you sign up for Podfic Bingo, you'll be given a bingo card with a number of podficcing challenges on it. The point is to push you to try different things when podficcing. Maybe push you out of your comfort zone and to try different styles in a safe learning environment. If you've always wanted to try something different when podficcing, this comm can be your excuse!

You'll have till the end of the year to work on your card.

See our FAQs for more info (LJ|DW)
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[personal profile] aethel
Question for podficcers, certainly not prompted by anything that happened to me today: Have you ever accidentally burst into tears while recording a podfic? (Or, conversely, have you ever tried to make yourself cry or fake it for a particular scene?) I had some disjointed thoughts about how different the experience of a story is when you read it on a computer screen vs. listen to it vs. perform it yourself. Stronger emotional responses to a human presence vs. the clinical detachment of text, even though the words are the same. Not sure that was going anywhere other than: why podfic is awesome.

I don't recall ever hearing anyone else cry in podfic, so I'm left wondering how it would sound -- would it add authenticity to the scene or just be embarrassing or maybe not even sound like crying at all? Would the sound of someone who had obviously been crying only work for dialog and not narration?
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[personal profile] troisroyaumes
[community profile] chromatic_podfic is running its second annual challenge for podfic that meets any of the following criteria:

  • recordings of fics for fandoms with chromatic creators

  • recordings of fics featuring chromatic characters

  • recordings of fics in English dialects associated with chromatic cultural groups (including creoles, pidgins, ethnolects, etc.)

  • recordings of fics in non-English languages associated with chromatic cultural groups

Sign up to read a fic! Sign-up deadline is January 28.

Please consider being a pronunciation/language beta. You can give authorial permission in advance for podfics as well.
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[personal profile] aethel
I was looking at the Fanlore page on podfic and realized there was no section on how/when podfic developed. I started a history section, but don't actually know enough to fill it in, so I thought I would ask for help here. (I hope that's okay.)

Is there continuity between the podfic community and older forms of fanfic audio recording? Have any current podficcers ever made analog audiofic on tape (or distributed their digital recordings on CD)? When was the term "podfic" coined? (I see the [ profile] podslash community on lj started in 2005. And it uses the term podcast instead of podfic. Is that the earliest podfic comm? Meanwhile, [ profile] audiofic, which started in 2006, calls it fic on tape or audiofic.) I speculated a while ago that podfic (the community and the term) came about because of podcasting and didn't have any connection with earlier fanfic recording activity, but I haven't done a thorough study or anything.
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[personal profile] paraka
For anyone interested, I have a poll and discussions going on at my journal about a possible podfic con in North America (with links to a poll about a possible European podfic con).

Come share your thoughts on DW or LJ!

Pod Aware

Nov. 8th, 2011 09:22 am
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[personal profile] paraka
Day 2 is now in progress over at [community profile] pod_aware. Today we're talking about blanket permission and there's another podcast, this time by [ profile] jenepod, [personal profile] revolutionaryjo and myself (as well as other goodies already streaming in).

Blanket permission is a way for fan artists to let other fans know their comfort with others playing with their works. It's particularly helpful to podficcers when authors give blanket permission for anyone to podfic their works without having to ask first. To find out more on blanket permission with regards to podfic check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

I've also posted a Round Up of Day 1 posts (LJ|DW), 30 things posted altogether, including lots of podcasts, podfics, recs, meta and more!

Fell free to join in! You don't have to have signed up to take part, you just have to want to share in the podfic love ♥
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[personal profile] paraka

Today is the first day of [community profile] pod_aware! A full week devoted to spreading awareness about podfic!

Today's theme is Podfic 101/Why We Podfic. To kick things off, there's a podcast on the topic. I've also written a podfic tutorial.

Come check out the comm and see what other treasures have been posted and feel free to join in! (you don't need to have signed up to participate, and you can post anything you'd like to help spread podfic awareness, your work doesn't need to be podfic related).

Podfic: it's an audio recording of a fanfic, like an audiobook, how awesome is that? Fans from all over put their voices out there so you can enjoy fanfic on the go or just in a different way. To find out more about podfic, why we do it and how to get started, check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.
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[personal profile] paraka

Help spread the word on podfic (you don't need to be a podficcer to join in!).
[community profile] pod_aware (Info | Sign Ups) || [community profile] pod_aware (Info | Sign Ups)

There are so many people out there that have never heard of podfic or only vaguely know what it is. This comm is designed to spread awareness of podfic and help us share our love with others.

How are we going to do this? For one week (November 7-13) every day there will be a topic to talk about regarding podfic. But! We're not just going to talk about podfic, to help spread awareness we're going to make stuff!

You can make whatever you'd like, it can be a podfic of course but it doesn't have to have anything to do with podfic. It could be a fic, art, icons, pic spam, meta, rec list, vid, anything you'd like! Feel free to get creative in whatever it is you do or would like to do.
paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
[personal profile] paraka
So I just made a post over at [community profile] podfic_tips about how to embed streams of your podfic but I thought it might be a good idea to talk about why I think people might want to offer streams.

Many of us listen to podfic on portable players so can't imagine why you'd want a stream, but trust me, some people do and there are also benefits to the podficcer.

  • Potential for Increased Feedback
    There are a lot of reasons why podfic doesn't get as much feedback as other fan works but one of those reasons is that often people are listening to podfic away from a computer or a away from the page where they can leave feedback. If someone is listening to a stream though, they're never leaving the page and that can increase the chances that they will leave feedback.

  • Getting New People Interested in Podfics
    There are a lot of reasons why we love podfic but one of the reasons I hear cited the most is that you can take fic with you to places where you normally wouldn't have access to fic (out for walks, during house work, at work, etc.). Streaming kinda takes away from that benefit however there are people out there that have heard of podfic (or will hear about podfic) who have never given it a shot. It's not that they have anything against the idea, they just don't really know what it is and downloading something they're not sure they'll be into seems like a lot of effort (or they download it and forget about it, so it sits there gathering virtual dust). But if podfic pops up on their circle/flist/feed and all they have to do is give it a click I think more people will give podfic a shot. And once they realize how awesome podfic is, some of the other benefits can take over.

  • Ease of Listening to Shorter Podfics
    Some of us are prejudice against short podfics. It's not that we don't like them! But by the time we download them, then sync them with our players it's just beginning to feel like too much effort. For a short podfic, listening to the stream can just be easier. This is also great when you see a quirky podfic that you'd like to listen to once but know you'll probably never listen to again. That happens to me a lot during [community profile] amplificathon, I'm hugely monofannish so tend not to listen to stuff outside my fandom but [community profile] amplificathon provides such unique stuff that I want to give it a try. But once I download it, I forget about why I wanted to listen to it and it ends up gathering dust in my unlistened to folder :( (I can't be the only one who does this, right?)

  • Listening on a Computer You Don't Own
    Sometimes people are listening to podfic on a computer they don't own. Historically my own listening was done mostly on my computer at work. I didn't have any problems with downloading the files to my work computer but some of us aren't as blasé about it (especially if you listen to the higher rated podfic). Having a stream lets you listen to the podfic without downloading it directly.
    There are also those times when you're stuck somewhere with access to a computer and internet but it's not one you necessarily want to download podfic on (for example, when spending hours at your parents house helping address wedding invitations for your sister >.> Podfic is really helpful in those situations, let me tell you).

  • Instant Gratification
    If you are someone who listens on a computer, streams give you the chance to start listening to the podfic right away rather than waiting for the download to finish.

  • "Try Before You Buy"
    All of us have had that experience where we download a podfic but for some reason it's not a podfic we're able to listen to (sometimes tech issues, sometimes a background noise will drive you batty, sometimes a podficcer's style just doesn't work for you, whatever). If there's a stream available, you can listen to the first couple seconds and see if the podfic will work for you. Or conversely, if there's a podficcer that you've been avoiding because a previous podfic of their's had those issues, you can check to see if those issues were a one time thing or if the podficcer has changed since then.

I don't think streaming is ever going to replace downloads but I think it's a nice addition. There are probably more reasons out there why podfic streaming is awesome but those are the ones I can think of at the moment. There are also reasons why some will object to streaming so I'll now open up the comments and we can get discussing. :)


Aug. 3rd, 2011 03:46 pm
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[personal profile] dodificus
Constructive criticism, how do people feel about it?

As a recorder, do you want to hear from someone about how you read to fast/left that blooper in at 12:42/had birds screeching in the background*/whatever? Is it helpful or hurtful? Has concrit ever prompted you to make changes to a specific recording or made you change something about the way you record/read in the future?

As a listener, *do* you leave concrit when you feedback? Do you want to but feel stifled or unsure of the reception? Do you think it's rude/pointless/dull to do so?

*I'm pretty sure there are screeching birds in the background of just about everything I've recorded, even though I don't actually own a bird

Podfic Meme

Aug. 2nd, 2011 11:07 pm
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[personal profile] paraka
About a week ago I stumbled across an old vidding meme from a few years ago and I decided to adapt it for podficcers. I posted it to my journal and want to encourage other podficcers to do it as well (and it would be awesome if someone adapted it the meme even further so podfic listeners could fill it out too! [personal profile] idella was awesome enough to make a podfic listener version).

If you're interested in filling it out, here's the question/code:

For Podficcers

For Podfic Listeners

And here's a list of people (I know of) that have filled it out so far:
[personal profile] anatsuno here
[personal profile] aphelant here
[personal profile] fleurrochard here
[personal profile] intransitive here
[personal profile] jennacorinth here
[personal profile] luzula here
[ profile] nickelmountain here
[personal profile] paraka here
[personal profile] pennyplainknits here
[personal profile] klb here
[ profile] reena_jenkins here
[personal profile] revolutionaryjo here
[personal profile] via_ostiense here
[ profile] weimar27 here

(if you fill out the meme, let me know and I'll add you to the list.)
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[personal profile] paraka
Reminder: Sign Ups for [community profile] multipodicity close tomorrow, sign up now before it's too late.

Signups (LJ | DW) run from July 16-29.

[community profile] multipodicity is a multifandom repod community, come check us out!

What does repod mean and what is a Repod Challenge
According to Fanlore: To repod is to make a podfic of a fanfic that has previously been podficced.

This is a challenger to encourage multiple podfics of the same story. Inspired by remix challenges, you're matched to a podficcer and make a new podfic based on the fic of one of their podfics. In return, a different podficcer will make a podfic of one of the fics you've podficced.
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[personal profile] paraka

Signups (LJ | DW) run from July 16-29.

[community profile] multipodicity is a multifandom repod community, come check us out!
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[personal profile] melannen
I've seen several things I wanted to link to or discuss here and realized it was starting to build up, so here:

[personal profile] paraka put a Blanket Permission to Podfic list on the fanlore wiki-- which means anyone can add names. I would love for this to become a really comprehensive resource, so if you want to give blanket permission and aren't on it, or you know of people who have a blanket permission out there who aren't on it, you should add them! And then pass it on.

In other news, there's been some really cool podfic meta coming out of [community profile] kink_bingo. [personal profile] sophinisba posted a wonderful essay about the meaning of podfic, especially in a kinky context, to [community profile] kb_cafe, Kink-bingo and podfic, perfect together, which I think is worth reading even if you aren't into kink bingo. It also links to several older thoughtful posts on podfic.

(both of those people are members of this comm, *cough*. I hope they don't mind me linking.)
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[personal profile] trascendenza
ladiesbigbang: a female-centric panfanwork big bang challenge
[community profile] ladiesbigbang: a female-centric panfanwork big bang challenge.
Optional sign-ups open June 1-30th, final drafts due October 1st.
sign-ups: creators | cheerleaders | betas
info: minimums | rules & guidelines | pinch hitting

One of the categories of creation accepted at the challenge is audiofic; it has a 10,000 word minimum with the option of recording multiple pieces. You can find out more at the audiofic section of the rules & guidelines. All participants are eligible to receive complementary fanwork for their submissions; for audioficcers, that may mean receiving a cover graphic, a piece of art, a fanmix, etc.
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[personal profile] via_ostiense
I've been recording a lot of audiofic lately for amplificathon, and as I've chipped through a lot of my To Do list, which had fics that I'd already asked permission for, now I've been branching out (admittedly with a bias toward the archive's less-/un- represented fandoms/pairings!). I've noticed that I definitely lean toward recording stories of authors who have blanket permission policies. It's not enough to make me record a story on its own, but when faced with two stories I want to record, one with a blanket permission policy and one without, I'll do the former and put the latter on my list of things to request permission for and get to later. It's not that I'm afraid of someone saying no to me, although that's happened before, but that leaving a comment or sending a PM for each individual story I want to record is just enough effort to make me put that fic off until some nebulous time later. What about you?
paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
[personal profile] paraka

Open for sign ups May 16 to May 27 on LJ and DW

This is a comm where authors write a story specifically for a podficcer to record.
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[personal profile] zvi
So, I am not actually directing you to go talk to people in an anon meme, but there's a long discussion about posting a story podfic first, text delayed, in the Inception anon meme on LJ.

It raises a few interesting questions which you might care to discuss.

Some questions:

1) How do you convince people to give podfic a try, if they don't intuitively grasp why it might be cool?
2) If a story only ever gets posted as podfic, are you keeping something from people who prefer text?
3) What are the arguments for and against simultaneous release of podfic and text versus podfic first release?
4) How do you present the idea to people of a staggered release without annoying them? How do you let the people who didn't want to listen to the audio that the text is finally available?
5) If a story is released podfic first, is that first podfic of it the canonical version of the text?
6) How do you write a story to be read?
paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
[personal profile] paraka
I want to know, is there anything specifically people look for when choosing fics to podfic (other than rare pairings/fandoms right now since [community profile] amplificathon is currently running :P). I mean, obviously people go for fics they like but are there elements of the writing style that will draw you in or have you backing away?

If an author wanted to write something specifically with podfic in mind, how could they go about that?

Here are some of mine )

Huh, I was able to come up with more than I expected on my own. What do you guys think?


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