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What is podfic, you ask? Podfic is an audio recording of fanfic, read aloud by a fan.

I record one every now and then. You can download most of them from the Audiofic Archive. I've also started posting links from my AO3 account. Here's the list so far, sorted by fandom:

list o podfic ) full-cast podfics )
aethel: (allison)
Pacificon, aka Bitchin Party, was held Friday-Sunday. I flew in on Thursday so I could do some sight-seeing in Seattle before the con because I'd never been to the Pacific Northwest before. I walked around the waterfront, Pike Place Market, and the international district. I also went into the newish public library and the sky view observatory. I may have had an atypical experience--it was sunny every day I was there--but I must say I was impressed: clean city, nice people, not too crowded, a wall of astronomically tall mountains in the distance, and the most beautiful public library I have ever seen. I also had a mysterious allergic reaction/infection so horrifying that I went to the emergency room, where they assured me that I did not have blood poisoning and wouldn't need to have my arms amputated. Slightly less reassuring was the way they couldn't decide if it was tick bites or poison ivy. I now eagerly await my medical bills.

THE CON ITSELF: unfortunately, a bit of a blur already. So much enthusiasm, so many conversations with so many fangirls! On Friday I ran into Franzeska and her lurker friend Alice while waiting for the bus to the con, and we talked about the OTW loudly on the crowded bus until we reached the hotel. I sat for a bit reading One Direction fic in the lobby until [personal profile] regonym arrived, since we were rooming together in the hotel, but that was pretty much the only break from fannish socializing I had until I went to bed. As more and more people arrived, we basically took over the hotel lobby until the consuite finally opened up. Lots of podficcers and lots hockey fans. I did find rivers_bend and lokte to squee over One Direction with. (I also talked to Anoel about One Direction at some point during the con, but she was with the hockey crowd the first evening.) lokte mentioned how there used to be a similar multifandom con in the UK, but it ended. Scribe and fiercynn arrived and remembered me from Muskrat Jamboree. I recognized a few other people from MJ as well, but also found out that people I didn't recognize had also been there and I just didn't notice. Several people reminded me of friends from high school or college or just had an air of familiarity that I couldn't pin down. They hadn't all been to MJ, so I guess it was their fannishness I recognized.

Brynn McK gave us a welcome speech in the consuite and played a Dante's Cove con intro vid by sdwolfpup(?) that made me realize I needed to watch Dante's Cove just to confirm that it really existed. Then most of us sat down to watch the amazingly bad Sharknado. Much laughing and commentary about breaking the laws of physics ensued.

SATURDAY: At breakfast I ran into FishieMishie, who not only remembered me from OTW work, but also seemed to be happy to see me despite my having quit and run screaming into the night. We talked about MCU and OTW stuff. At some point panels started, and I went to as many as possible, but didn't take many notes: "Ethics and Squee", "Teen Wolf", "Attachment and Identification in Fandom" (which ended up being about a different topic due to the original mod dropping out), and "Podfic How-To". I also went to lunch with Franzeska, Alice, and FishieMishie and ate shawarma for the first time. Alice is very funny, by the way.

"Ethics and Squee": according to my hazy recollection, we discussed some fears about making fanworks of fanworks (remixes, sequels, fanart of fanfic, podfic, etc.), both from the point of view of the transformee and the transformer, and also three questions relating to the topic--do we want to follow legal precedent or make our own norms, blanket permission, and ???. The issue of what happens when the original fanwork is taken down was discussed--maybe that was the third point? The orphan works problem was also on the list to discuss, but we didn't get to it.

"Teen Wolf": The discussion was pretty wide-ranging, but I only remember what I wrote down--the show's theme of loss of bodily control (Stiles taken over by the nogitsune, Derek used by Scott and Gerard, the kanima being controlled by Matt/Gerard, Peter's insanity, Lydia not having control/knowledge of being a banshee, Peter calling Scott in season 1, bitten werewolves in general. I made a point about how this relates to the theme in the original movie about werewolves as a puberty metaphor. We discussed whether the theme was deliberate or whether Jeff Davis just had a lot of issues. The mods talked about the different cultural sources of the mythology of the show (e.g. banshee, nemeton = Celtic; kitsune = Japanese). Peter as a catalyst maybe canon, creating a werecoyote, a true alpha, Lydia's banshee powers, whatever Kate is. The significance of various characters' names: Mahealani = full moon in Hawaiian, Lydia Martin = ? Some discussion of fandom: one person on the official TW social media team was trying to police critical reblogs of their posts and got told by Tumblr to knock it off. Tumblr wank about Tyler Posey's opinion of Sterek. Sterek fans hating on Peter/Lydia shippers. Discussion of how the average age of fans affects wank--the Ray Wars happened because due South fandom was young, and they ended when people got older and wiser. The TW showrunners actively encouraging wank because they want to be the trending topic on twitter and think attention is always a good thing. How TW showrunners handle interaction with fans vs. how Sleepy Hollow does it. At the end of the panel, one person pointed out how amazing the gay representation on Teen Wolf was. Danny is popular and an athlete!

After the panels, a bunch of us went to a room to record some group podfic. People found enough fic to record that we had to reconvene on Sunday during lunch. Regonym commented later how different an experience it was from recording solo--nobody stopped for retakes of minor errors, but just went with the flow.

Then cocktails and hor d'oeuvres and vid show and dance. I was sitting next to klb when jarrow and xeria showed up, and klb and jarrow proceeded to talk about nothing but Glee for the rest of the night (except during the actual vidshow). klb was a Klaine fan; jarrow was a Faberry fan. (klb said something about klaine fans viewing faberry fans as "magical faberry wizards", so it wasn't a ship war or anything.) I left at some point and came back, and I think it was exmanhater who commented on how it was a spectator sport, with various fans watching for a while until they realized klb and jarrow were just never going to stop talking about Glee before wandering off again. The vid show itself was good--I had seen a lot of the vids before (except obviously the premieres), but it was interesting to see everyone else react to them. The dance party was disappointing due to technical issues--the speakers were too quiet and fuzzy, so a lot of people left. However, the fanon Cecil and Glow Cloud cosplayers were a highlight.

After the official con stuff was over for the night: room parties! One room party was so crowded with possibly inebriated fangirls playing never have I ever that I went to a quieter room. Several people were there, but a few left, so it ended with Alice, burnishedvictory, Scribe, and me giving each other fic recs and talking about fandoms past and present. Good times.

SUNDAY: I managed to get up early because I was still on east coast time, but a lot of other people did not. I only went to two panels--the Welcome to Night Vale panel, which was a piece of audio performance art that the mods promised would be posted online, and the due South panel, where we sang "Barret's Privateers" before chatting about how we found out about due South and what's been happening in the fandom lately. Scribe and the mod may have been the only currently active fans in the room? Scribe reported on how the fandom was still going strong, but the fic was a lot more diverse than the 2006-2008 wave (mostly Fraser/Kowalski). Also mentioned was the one Vecchio troll in the fandom who flames everyone, Kowalski and Vecchio fans alike, for not writing enough about Vecchio or loving him enough or something. The other two panel time slots I spent adding sparkles to photos of One Direction at the craft table. Someone had to do it.

After the panels was a "Rec my fandom" session, where everyone took turns telling us how amazing the canon for their smallish or possibly non-existent fandom was: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, women's soccer ("You're all in the wrong sports fandom," said Scribe to the hockey fans), Babysitters' Club, Parks & Rec, Cut and Run book series, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon a Time, The Blacklist, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, The Voice RPF, Longmire book series, Number 6 (anime or light novels), Amy Poehler and Seth Myers RPF, After Hours webseries, and the new Three Musketeers show.

Then dinner break, but I don't think I ate dinner? Some time passed, I applied One Direction temporary tattoos to my now normal-looking arms, talked to Franzi, watched some fans play Cards Against Humanity, and then everyone watched Newsies. So slashy. Then the con was done! Ten-fifteen of us who hadn't left yet ate a very late dinner at the hotel restaurant. klb asked everyone to name a personal highlight and a low point of the con. bessyboo swore about hockey. Several people mentioned being sick during the con. aphelant and abbylee? complained about inaccurate representations of Winnipeg in hockey fanfic. People talked about podfic. It was a good time.

Then it was Monday morning, and people who hadn't left yet were standing around in the hotel lobby looking ready to leave, including andeincascade, who I had thought left a day earlier. whoops. I had breakfast with Regonym and her driving buddy, whose name I have now forgotten...? I got to explain why One Direction was so awesome. Driving buddy (Dine?) made some observations about fannish dress codes and how unconventional we all looked and how refreshing that was. And then we packed and went our separate ways. :(

At the airport, I ran into bessyboo, and we talked about Minnesota cons and how I should watch Ouran High School Host Club. Then I ran to my gate and found no signs of boarding. I did find Scribe again, and we chatted until we had to get on the plane. And then the plane ride was looooong, and then my father picked me up, and I had dinner with my parents and told them about the con, and then I stayed up until 4 am reading a Harry/Zayn college AU and now I feel like a zombie. A zombie who should be cooking spaghetti right now.

And that was my Pacificon experience. Or what I can remember of it. The End.
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-I post all my random thoughts to Twitter now instead. Now I find it difficult to think >140 character thoughts.

-Considering a secondary Tumblr account for posting RL photos, but I'm not sure how secure the boundary between primary and secondary Tumblr account is.

-I keep meaning to finish editing the podfics I recorded last summer and fall, but Twitter is too shiny.

-I keep meaning to post an Arisia con report (and the one from LAST YEAR). See above re:shiny.

-Someone was complaining somewhere about how there weren't any Teen Wolf vids (?), so I collected some recs on my pinboard account.

recs

Sep. 29th, 2013 10:55 am
aethel: (allison)
1. The Impact of Blogging on Fandom is an awesome Fanlore article that is mainly about what mailing list fans and LJ fans thought of LJ-type blogging as the new fannish platform. Especially interesting that some of the complaints against LiveJournal by mailing list fans are similar to the complaints against Tumblr by LiveJournal fans. Though at least one complaint is no longer valid--Tumblr posts seem to get Google-indexed almost instantaneously, so they're easier to search for, if not easier to navigate to.

2. Won't Do Me No Good Washing in the River, story by DevilDoll, podfic by Jinxy, art Rahciach. Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles. I haven't listened to the podfic yet because the text was so emotionally brutal that I didn't think I was ready to be assaulted by audio feels. This story is painful and eerie, but has an almost happy ending. It was also posted in March, so probably everyone else has read it already. (I read it two weeks ago.) I also like the artist's style, but lack the vocabulary to describe it.

fanlore

Jun. 24th, 2013 06:47 pm
aethel: (stiles reading [by circa77])
I created a Fanlore article for The ETA from You to Me since the author posted a note that it would be deleted soon and my impression was this story got recced a lot last year.

In other news, I now have two unfinished podfics instead of one. The second one is much shorter and almost done, but I need to rerecord just this one line, and my roommate is home and it's thundering outside....
aethel: (stiles scarf [by circa77])
I went on a little trip, came back, and tried to watch all of Teen Wolf season 2 and catch up on season 3 while not going online so I wouldn't be spoiled. So far, I've finished season 2 and hope to get to the season 3 premiere tonight. Initial thoughts:

1. Holy shit, Derek is a creepy asshole in some scenes. And then not in others. It's like they wound him up and left him on a different setting each time. So is he a victim or a perpetrator?

2. I discovered the ability to take pain away was not fanon! But it doesn't appear to be related to pack, and we only see it work on a dog.

3. The Argent family tree is very confusing to me. Did Chris marry his cousin or someone from another werewolf hunter family? Victoria never acted like she had only married into the werewolf hunting business. Or maybe she did, but she never acted like she had any other family.

4. How did drugging people at a party in the middle of town help bring a crazed werewolf back to life in the woods several miles away?

5. Season 1 had Stiles genuinely concerned about his attractiveness to gay guys, but in season 2 an actual gay guy showed an interest, and Stiles did not look the slightest bit happy about it.

6. Stiles is a better police detective than his father. The sheriff is much more gullible on the show than in fanfic.

7. Bullshit cryptic foreshadowing is bullshit. The show writers clearly have no idea what's coming next.

8. This show is ridiculous. I still love it.
aethel: (stiles door [by circa77])
I love how there's 145 fanworks on the AO3 tagged with girl Stiles. I guess I'll be too busy to edit Fanlore this weekend because I'll be reading ALL the girl Stiles fic.

I had some vague feelings about the characterization of girl Stiles, but I haven't actually read enough yet to be sure if I'm noticing A Trend or not: which is, Always a Girl Stiles is portrayed as having an atypical gender presentation (aka a tomboy aka Not Like Those Other Girls aka too clumsy to be trusted with eyeliner). Atypical according to the fic writer at least, or maybe I'm thinking of one particular story. I dunno. As a female geek who wasn't interested in blah blah blah as a teenager, it sometimes annoys me to read always-a-girl stories that make a big deal of the female version of the character Not Being Into Boys, Makeup, Glitter, Blah, Blah, Blah. Especially if they're not into it in a different way from me. My thoughts:

1. Since he's a geek, more fans already identify with Stiles, so for female fan writers, girl!Stiles has a tendency to become an author avatar.

2. I used to make a big deal (in my own head, and let's face it, probably on livejournal) of Not Being Like Those Girly Girls and later decided that was dumb, so I get especially annoyed now whenever I catch a whiff of it in other people's writing, even if they had a perfectly valid reason for writing that way. (Like, they're writing about teenagers, who do care about these things.) I might still be patting myself silently on the back for Doing Femininity The Right Way Not Like Those Other People, but I try to repress that urge.

3. No idea if this is true, but my totally unsupported hypothesis is that a lot of people do gender-switched characterization by changing as little as possible: they change the boy into a girl who is a tomboy. (I don't like that word, but I don't know how else to describe this phenomenon.) I think this is exactly the wrong approach; if you take a character who expresses his gender in a very conventional way, wouldn't the girl version be a character who expresses her gender in a very conventional way?

4. On the other hand, I love this girl!Stiles fanart, so I'm not saying all girl!Stiles should be done one particular way. I think girl!Stiles should be done thoughtfully, so that we can discuss whether Stiles does express his gender in a conventional way, and how being a girl would change that.

5. Someone else is discussing this somewhere, right?
aethel: (stiles scarf [by circa77])
I know someone on my flist was writing about pack fic tropes in Teen Wolf before I actually got into the show.... Now's your chance to fill in the Pack section on the Teen Wolf page! Anyone? Please?
aethel: (stiles sleeping [by circa77])
reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04....

Meanwhile, read this excellent Derek/Stiles hookerfic: Don't Worry Baby by kalpurna. Somehow, I don't think this plot represents a realistic depiction of high-end prostitution, but realism would be depressing.
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Pod Aware Day 4: Acting!

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.

My contribution for today is a 15-minute podcast. It might have turned into a Teen Wolf love-fest.

Pod aware acting by aethel

Citations:

TVTropes' Badass Baritone entry
TVTropes' Gutteral Growler entry
TVTropes' Tenor Boy entry
TVTropes' Vocal Dissonance entry
MTV's "Teen Wolf" season 2 episode 2
my podfic of Your First Time Should Be Special by Helen
fire_juggler's podfic of Open the Door by Renay
paraka's podfic of Nothing Gets by a Stilinski

ETA 2017: alternate download link
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
With the increasing number of podfics out there, it can sometimes be hard to navigate to find the ones that best suit you. Recs are great way to find podfics well-loved by others or share the gems you already know and love. To find out more information on podfic and podfic recs, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

My podfic recs for today follow a theme: podficcers with soothing bedtime-story voices reading podfic I listen to at bed time. (I listen to pretty much everything at bed time, but some of it isn't really suitable for peaceful slumber. FayJay's Lost In Space (and time) is guaranteed to jolt me awake partway through. See what I did there? Yeah, I sneaked in a rec that didn't fit the theme.)

[personal profile] anatsuno reading Good Intentions by Helen (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] fire_juggler reading Open the Door by Renay (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] general_jinjur reading Four Minor Interludes for the Solo Violin by Katie Forsythe (Sherlock Holmes)

[personal profile] klb reading you make my heart beat (faster) by novembersmith (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] keerawa reading her own work, Black Ice (Due South)

[personal profile] revolutionaryjo reading Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock (Merlin) or You'll Get There In The End (It Just Takes A While) by seperis (Star Trek Reboot). Man, I just realized she also did But I Still Have Dreams by Jerakeen (American Idol), which I never put on my mp3 player until just now.

[personal profile] sli (slidellra) reading Flying Blind by Speranza. (Due South)

teen wolf

Aug. 29th, 2012 01:41 am
aethel: (stiles door [by circa77])
RPF:
feet (ain't) on the floor by hito. HOBRIEN!
glee wolf series. Chris Colfer/Dylan O'Brien is my new OTP that has no fic. Like, 2 stories by one author. SADNESS. It is so good, you don't even know. Okay, so good that I started watching Glee again, even though season 2 was annoying me. No, seriously, this story is what I think about at work when I'm not thinking about work. ♥

FPF:
Don't Tell Me, I Know This One by entanglednow. this is part of a series, but it is hilarious out of context.
darling it is no joke. AU by thehoyden so of course I rec it. also there is an excellent podfic of it, so I can listen to it at work (not that I do).

GIFs:
teen wolf gifs I reblogged on tumblr, heavy on shirtless derek and hilarious stiles.

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