perverse_idyll: (snape by froggie)
( Jul. 19th, 2013 11:13 am)
My entry for [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest posted today! I chose a fic by [livejournal.com profile] auctasinistra, a favorite author of mine. The pairing is Snape/Harry, still the love of my fannish life and the hook that yanked me into fandom in the first place. The story is set during the last days of the second Voldemort war, and it's spare and slightly dark and beautiful and ambiguously hopeful. It's an hour long (ask me how many hours of recording and editing and re-recording went into this after the program did a wipe-out - no, on second thought, don't), and I loved getting to the heart of it by learning and feeling my way through the words.

The post is here.

Audiofic may not appeal, but regardless I urge anyone even mildly interested in the pairing to go take a look at Aucta's fic, because no performance can quite capture the intimate pact between a reader and the words on a page: Covenant

I also have recs from my listening so far. I haven't caught up with them all (and as I'm not a fan of Draco Malfoy, I'm afraid there are quite a few I'll end up skipping), but there have been some stand-outs for me in the fest, all of them fairly short:

Ambergris by [livejournal.com profile] cerberusia read by [livejournal.com profile] sisi_rambles, one-sided James/Remus. This one surprised me. It's written in second-person, which is always tricky to pull off, but it works here. The author manages to make me sympathetic to James Potter, which isn't a common occurrence in my universe, either, and the reader starts with an amiable, laddish, laid-back tone and builds in time with the fic to a poignant, beautifully voiced epiphany.

Fists by [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill, read by [livejournal.com profile] margi_lynn, gen. Amelia Bones knows the Death Eaters are coming for her. This is a short, fierce fic about how she meets her fate, in a style that reaches out and holds you riveted. I love Feather's work, and [livejournal.com profile] margi_lynn delivers this one with a delicious combination of fire and pride.

A Passion for Quidditch by [livejournal.com profile] shadowycat, read by [livejournal.com profile] the_winterwitch, Minerva/Severus. There's an erotic simmer to this fic, laced with droll humor, and [livejournal.com profile] the_winterwitch's clear, delicate voice slides easily between Minerva and Severus as their verbal contest grows in intensity. She also invests the ending with a touch of almost innocent amusement.

There are others I enjoyed, but I can't rec them all, alas. I still haven't eaten breakfast and must go remedy that. Also, I can tell I need to start posting more - I'm so out of the habit that it feels odd to drop a post out of the blue. Even in my own journal!
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( Jan. 1st, 2013 08:49 am)
So back in -- oh dear, September? -- I participated in the [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest, modded with great gentleness and support by [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler and [livejournal.com profile] teas_me. I had the tremendous pleasure of recording [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss's wonderful fic Truth Beyond. It was a lark and a learning experience and a late-night diversion from a very exhausting period in my life.

Unfortunately, exhaustion makes for momentary distraction and memory lapse, because in the end I managed to leave out one entire section of the fic! Color me embarrassed.

After an exasperated struggle with an ancient version of GarageBand, a decayed master file, a crash course in learning Audacity, multiple attempts to transfer and export and keep the proliferating copies sorted out, the missing section is finally restored and the podfic_fest mods (who are the real heroes of this story) uploaded the recording so I could stream it here.

This was a challenge and a delight to do, but as with my previous attempt at podficcing in the Potterverse, all warnings about wonky accents apply. There's one particular pronunciation gaffe that makes me cringe every time I hear it, but I couldn't figure out now to splice in a replacement, so I decided to suck up my vanity and leave it in.

The cover art is by the extremely talented [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill.







There's also a download link here on the audiofic archive.

Thank you to everyone who helped me with this, starting and ending with Kelly for her mesmerizing story.
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Whoa, I'm all about self-promotion today, aren't I? But this posting gives me the kick in the pants I need to spread the word about the [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest. My recording went live today, a reading of [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss's wonderful fic Truth Beyond, featuring the unusual pairing of Rita Skeeter and Minerva McGonagall. It was a memorable introduction to Kelly's work, and I was instantly smitten. In honor of that, I chose this fic to record for the fest, although I was sorely tempted to tackle Mutability as well. (Snape refused to cooperate, the bastard. Voldemort voice? No problem. Snape? Kept coming out sounding like a grumpy Kneazle with a head cold.)

So if you're at all interested in fanfiction read aloud, hop on over and sample a few pieces. There's a wide range of characters and pairings to choose from and some amazing readings on the site, not least the other [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss fic already posted. I've only had a chance to listen to a few so far, and the quality is consistently good.

For those who have half an hour to spend with a beautifully written, faintly antagonistic study in femslash, my entry is here.




Harry Potter Podfics to delight your ears!
Come join us for the Harry Potter fall fest you can put in your pocket and take with you!
Posting Starts Monday, September 3!!!


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Yes, that's right. And I'm going to foist it on the world. In honor of Severus Snape's birthday.

For the last few months my focus on writing has been at an all-time low, so I did the next best thing: I decided, under the tutelage and encouragement of the delightful [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler, to try reading one of my stories aloud. I have some confidence in my skill at putting words together, none at all in my vocal prowess. Any form of (good) acting (which is how I'd classify reading aloud) is beyond me, but the whole experience turned out to be diverting and even soothing — once I got over the predictable weirdness of listening to my voice in playback.

This is my shortest fic, written for the [livejournal.com profile] accio_is_love com, in gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] accioslash for her tireless devotion to the Snape/Harry community, her generosity as a mod, artist, and cheerleader, and her personal warmth and loveliness. For her sake, I tried my hand at a somewhat different version of Snape, and this was the result.


For those who are curious )
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Yes, that's right. And I'm going to foist it on the world. In honor of Severus Snape's birthday.

For the last few months my focus on writing has been at an all-time low, so I did the next best thing: I decided, under the tutelage and encouragement of the delightful [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler, to try reading one of my stories aloud. I have some confidence in my skill at putting words together, none at all in my vocal prowess. Any form of (good) acting (which is how I'd classify reading aloud) is beyond me, but the whole experience turned out to be diverting and even soothing — once I got over the predictable weirdness of listening to my voice in playback.

This is my shortest fic, written for the [livejournal.com profile] accio_is_love com, in gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] accioslash for her tireless devotion to the Snape/Harry community, her generosity as a mod, artist, and cheerleader, and her personal warmth and loveliness. For her sake, I tried my hand at a somewhat different version of Snape, and this was the result.


For those who are curious )
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