starduchess: (believe)
Podfic doesn't have to be a solitary fanwork. It can be fun to collaborate with others create multi-voiced project, to work with an author on the story, to add visual or extra audio to a podfic. To find out more information on podfic and podfic collaborations, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

my thoughts on collab )
starduchess: (reality)
These days, more and more podfics have special effects added for clarity, atmosphere or to add new layers of meaning. Everything from music, to voice filters, to sound effects. To find out more information on podfic and special effecst, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Okay, so now I'm woefully behind on this [community profile] pod_aware business, but hey! it just means we spread the love out longer than a week, right?

adding in the extras )
starduchess: (believe)
Podfic is more than just saying words aloud—it's performing them, expressing one reader's experience of the story and sharing it with the world. To find out more information on acting in podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

(I skipped Day 3 which was recs. Sorry, been a bit busy.)

All about the acting. ;) )
starduchess: (believe)
For many of us, podfic is more than just a fanwork, it's a community. We form friendships, support each other, discuss our shared passions and push each other to new forms and heights of creativity. To find out more information on podfic and podfic fandom, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Where you can find the Podfic community )
starduchess: (believe)
There are so many ways to create podfic and so many ways to listen. We might engage with podfic curled up in bed, in our closet, while commuting or at the gym, in our bathroom with makeshift soundproofing. To find out more information on podfic and how we podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Sorry I'm a day behind on this. Here we go!

How I podfic )
starduchess: (fancy)
A very big THANK YOU to all my lovely flist who sent pretty glass hearts my way. I love you all and am honoured to be counted as your friend.

I also want to make a very big shout out to [ profile] isisanubis and [ profile] kitty_fic for the cute snail-mail Valentine cards. You two are so sweet to me.

*cuddles you all*

Thanks so much. You all brighten my day.

Happy Ash Wednesday!
starduchess: (fancy)
A big THANK YOU to Severa_Snape, who nominated my fic for two categories in the spring [ profile] hpfanficfanpoll award!

Title: The Chronos Factor
Pairing: Severus/Harry
Theme: Family & Love
Categories: Best Mystery/Suspense Story and Most Unique Plot

Yay! Thank you, my dear!!!!!!

Overview FAQ / How to Vote

Voting period: February 1st - March 31st, 2012
Winners announced: by April 15th, 2012

starduchess: (fancy)
A big THANK YOU to whomever (and I have a list of possible suspects) nominated my poetry drabble from the [ profile] dmhgchallenge October Halloween/Samhain prompt for the [ profile] hpfanficfanpoll award!

Title: she floated away upon the wind
Pairing: Draco/Hermione
Theme: Special Holiday
Category: Best Drabble

OMG! How amazing is that!!!!!!

Nominations are still going on through Jan. 22, 2012. Go HERE for further details, such as list of themes, categories, nomination information and rules.

starduchess: (christmas)
While we have a moment of downtime, here is my holiday gift to you, my dearest f-list! If you want a special holiday drabble, leave a comment here, and I'll make you one sometime in December. Only stipulation is that if you had one written by me last year, you may have to wait to get one this year until the first-time prompts are filled.

Holiday Word Prompt:

Love to you all; you brighten my days!

NOTE: [ profile] accioslash, yes, please sign-up! Actually, this goes for all of you.

starduchess: (starduchess)
This is mostly just for me to keep track of everything.

November and December )

And, of course, mod duties for [ profile] discusshpfic!

starduchess: (fancy)
So, you've downloaded and listened to a podfic. Now what? Go leave feedback, of course! For both the author and the podficcer and the cover artist and the musician ....

Fan artists love feedback and podficcers are no different. Feedback can motivate us, inspire our muse and help us create more of our art. However feedback on podfic can be rather light. To find out how you can help increase feedback for podfic check out [ profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

Everybody loves feedback. Find someone who says they don't love feedback and they'll be lying. Feedback is awesome, but unlike other areas of fandom, listening to podfics many times happen away from the computer. Coming back to leave comments is forgettable and sometimes tedious (hunting down where it was from and all that), but we should all make the effort to do so. It's what keeps fandom alive. So go listen and return the love!

Yay, Podfics!

This is my last post for this week, even though Pod_Aware is running two more days; I just can't run these posts over the weekend.
starduchess: (floored)
Want to podfic but you think your voice or your accent stinks? Well, it doesn't. Not at all. Everyone has something to bring to the table. Wait! What accent? "Are you telling the pehples they have ahcents when they do not have an ahcent?" Why, yes, yes we are!

Every podficcer has an accent; sometimes that accent matches that of the canon character, sometimes it doesn't. Every accent is special and brings something to the podfic, it represents the podficcer and reminds us just how diverse fandom can be. Come celebrate accents and learn more about them in podfic at [ profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

Now, I'm going to go against this and say that I have an American/Texan accent, but I'm recording Harry Potter fics with a British one. I know, I know, everyone is going to complain at me for this, but it doesn't feel right to do these with my Southern drawl, and I have been practising. We'll see. If it's awful, horrible, I'll go back and rerecord with my normal voice, which one British person, who said my British sounded "normal" to her, told me that my normal voice was "cute". La sigh. We'll see.
starduchess: (fancy)
Mostly in terms of podfics, the authors have already written the story and the podficcer simply asks for permission to record it. But can there be more?

The relationship between a podficcer and author can be totally hands off, completely collaborative or anything in between. There are a lot of ways podficcers and authors can help each other, check out [ profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW for more information.

Collaborative efforts do happen, either two people just decide one day while talking to go in together on a fic or it will start from a fest, such as the one I did with [ profile] fire_juggler for the [ profile] pod_together challenge. It's an interesting experience, one I recommend having, because there are different considerations going on: the flow of the dialog may need to change, "he said"/"she said"s could be added or eliminated based on the reader's vocals, words and phrases that have a lot of "s" or "p" sounds can be reworked to eliminate or reduce those popping sounds, maybe add in more onomatopoeia. You are making a different product, so you have to think about the writing differently. Whatever the case may be, it's an experience well worth having.

Yay, Podfics!
starduchess: (floored)
It is always nice to ask an author or artist or vid-maker for permission to use their work for your own project, whether you are writing an expansion piece to someone else's story or creating a cookie representation of someone else's artwork or recording someone else's piece as an audiobook. This is not plagiarism by any sense of the word for it is not a direct copy even though you are reading their words; it is a new creation all your own and you do still give credit where credit is due for the original work. But sometimes people are intimidated by others to ask for permission or are just naturally shy, and that's where blanket permission comes in handy (also known as a creative commons license).

Blanket permission is a way for fan creators to let other fans know they're comfortable 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 [ profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

I have a blanket statement that anyone can read my stories. My only stipulation is that you let me know which story you want to record so I can keep track and where the final product is so I can listen and pimp!

Others have given blanket permissions already, and a huge list is being compiled HERE. Feel free to make your own statements in your journal or profile page. And if you want more control over your work, which is your right, you can give a limited permission statement instead. My advice: don't be scared to put your stuff up for recording! It's fabulous to hear your work come alive over the headphones!

Yay, Podfics!
starduchess: (fancy)
Hello, all! Lately I've been trying to get my hands on as much Harry Potter podfic as I can download, and there's not much out there, so I have also started recording my own. What's a podfic, you ask?

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 [ profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

There are many awesome things about podficcing, the best one of all is that you can listen anywhere. Just download the mp3 or m4b files and listen in Windows Media Player or iTunes on your computer, burn an audio CD to play in your car, or place the podfic on your iPod or iPhone and take the stories with you!

I love listening to audiobooks. They make long drives or jogging at night fully enjoyable, and it's a great way to enjoy my favourite stories all over again, especially with such limited time in my daily schedule.

There needs to be more podfic, and you can help! It doesn't take much to record a fic -- just a simple microphone, simple free software like Audacity or GarageBand, and a willingness to read fic outloud -- and several communities have great tutorials and tips on how to get started. Check out [ profile] pod_aware, [ profile] podfic_tips, and [ profile] hp_podfic_fest for further details, as well as this series of posts from [ profile] fire_juggler Podficcing: Why It Never Hurts To Try and How to Podfic: Pointers to Guides and Tutorials.

Yay, podfics!
starduchess: (hot-n-sexy)
I almost forgot about [ profile] hd_owlpost which ran round 1 for Halloween.

Given by me:
Pumpkin Poem for [ profile] hpfangirl71, Draco/Harry, prompts were "autumn" and "pumpkin", warning: poetry.

Given to me:
The lovely icon above by [ profile] hpfangirl71.

The Hunt by [ profile] skriftlig, Draco/Harry, prompt was "werewolves".

Thanks so much for the gifts!

starduchess: (halloween)
I participated in two Halloween gift exchanges this year, [ profile] dmhghalloween and [ profile] hp_halloween, and here are the gifts given and received!

Given by me:
The UnDead May Be With Us for [ profile] eilonwy1, Draco/Hermione, prompt was "undead", warning: dystopia AU.

Choices for [ profile] literaryspell, Draco, Harry, prompt was "twisted minds", warning: dark!fic.

Gifts to me:
She's My Ghoulfriend by [ profile] strawberry_kait, Draco/Hermione, prompt was "cemetery".

Content at Last by [ profile] rivertempest, Snape/Harry/Hermione, prompt was "vampires".

Thanks so much for the gifts! They have been wonderful treats!

Also, a big "Thank you!" to all who sent me spiders: [ profile] isisanubis, [ profile] accioslash, [ profile] kitty_fic, [ profile] literaryspell, [ profile] fancypantsdylan, [ profile] katelinmr, [ profile] valkyriekat_47, [ profile] fire_juggler, and [ profile] carolinelamb! I wish I could return the favour, but I don't have a paid account, so smooches from here will have to suffice! Love you all!

And a special "Thank You!" to [ profile] isisanubis for the terrific Halloween post card. That was a very nice surprise.

starduchess: (starduchess)
How do I get myself into these situations?

October and November )

Am I forgetting anything?

And, of course, that's all on top of my mod duties for [ profile] discusshpfic !

starduchess: (fancy)
Kids of course love to sing the alphabet song in English mostly. But down here we have such a large Hispanic/Latin community that Spanish is practically a second universal language. So, I've been practicing making the alphabet song in Espanol. (Sorry, I don't know the html code for the tilde.) This is written out phonetically after the letter.

Alphabet Song in Spanish )
starduchess: (floored)
For those of you who may be trying to guess which [ profile] snape_potter Cliche Fest entry is mine, here is a clue, praise from my beta:

I LOVE IT!!!!!! I think you did an awesome job!! Beautifully done. It's a really fun read!

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