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 I haven't posted anything to my journal in a really long time, but I'm going to get back into it. Wincon inspired me.

Just, uh, not tonight. The inspiration will hold another night, I swear.
it must be bunnies

Dear Podficcer

Dear #ITPE Podficcer,

Hello! I'll try to keep this short, because I'm ridiculously easy to please, and the most important thing to me is that you choose a fic you really want to record and have a good time making it. I know I'll love whatever you make for me.

Some general likes: women being awesome, character studies, case fics, explorations of culture. I like gen, slash, femslash, and het, so it's pretty hard to go wrong there.

Some general dislikes: I don't listen to much PWP, and I'd rather avoid whump. Absolute no's include crossgen incest, sexual violence, and any kind of pregnancy.

Now, some general preferences by fandom:

Supernatural: I like Sam/Dean and Dean/Castiel, but I also really love SPN gen fics. Pre-series always does good things for me. But, if you know of an awesome Charlie Bradbury fic that you might want to record, I'd be all over that.

Star Trek AOS: I like Kirk/Spock, Spock/Uhura, and Uhura/Gaila, but I'm pairing-flexible. If you know of a fic that would make me love Carol Marcus, I want to hear it. I have a soft spot for Academy fic, and really love explorations of language and culture in the Star Trek universe. Also, Gaila. Just...Gaila.

Star Trek DS9: I like Jadzia Dax/Kira Nerys, Julian Bashir/Garak, and all the canonical pairings. I really love stories that deal with Bajoran and Cardassian culture, so fics that focus on Kira and/or Garak are always a safe bet.

Star Trek TNG: This is a pretty gen fandom for me. References to relationships (canonical or otherwise) are fine, but I'd rather they not be central to the fic. Also, Deanna Troi is my spirit animal. Just sayin'.

Avengers movieverse: I like Tony/Bruce, Bruce/Natasha, Bruce/Darcy, and Natasha/Maria Hill best, but I'm good with other pairings, too. I really love Avengers fics that focus on Bruce, Natasha, Darcy, and Jane Foster. It's fine to include Agents of SHIELD characters as long as they're not the main characters.

Sleepy Hollow: I'm super flexible here. All pairings are welcome. If there's a Sleepy Hollow fic you've been wanting to record, I want to hear it.

Welcome to Night Vale: I adore Carlos/Cecil, but I also really like fics that explore the other citizens of Night Vale. Dana, Old Woman Josie, Tamika Flynn, even that asshole Steve Carlsberg. If you do go with Carlos/Cecil, maybe avoid explicit Eldritch sex? I'm a little finicky about tentacles. Sometimes it's fine, other times not, all very case-by-case and hard to articulate.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Another mostly gen fandom for me. I like John/Cameron, John/Riley, Sarah/Kyle, and Sarah/Derek, but I'm not strongly invested in any ship. I'm pro femslash in general, but I've just never been able to see Sarah/Cameron. Not sure why. For this fandom, fics exploring Sarah and John's relationship, Cameron's point of view, Riley, and the general badassery of Catherine Weaver are always a safe bet. If you know a really good Ellison, Derek, or Charlie fic, though, I'd love to hear it.

Okay, I hope this was helpful! If you have questions or need clarification on anything, you can always post an anonymous comment. I'm really looking forward to listening to whatever you choose to record!

SPN Podfic: Winter, by astolat

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Title: Winter
Author: astolat
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: Explicit
Length: 00:15:29
Music: Living Life, by Daniel Johnston, performed by the Eels
Summary: The cold open air tasted like snow and freedom, nobody on their backs for the first time in a year and six weeks, or maybe for the first time in twenty-four years.

mp3 || m4b
Streaming available through mp3 link.

Recorded as a birthday present for citrusjava!
that's a tight present

Welcome to Night Vale Demotivational Poster

So, uh, instead of doing any of the things I needed/wanted to do today, I listened to the last ten episodes of Welcome to Night Vale and made a demotivational poster for it. Which is actually the first non-podfic related fanart I've ever made. So, there's that.

Now I need to download all the WtNV podfic that exists and consume it all in one gluttonous burst of fannishness. Then I will retreat into the darkest corner of my home and wait with terror, resolve, and tender longing in my heart for the next episode to come out.

I also need to finish my amplirecathon post and catch up on my correspondence. I am behind. As usual. (Sorry.)

Hey, uh - I made a Night Vale user icon, too. It's not great, but it'll do for my purposes. I really wish I could draw. (I mean, yes, I used to make comics, but the drawings in them were seriously terrible. Straight lines are not my friend.) What I'm getting at is, I'm willing to share. If you want it, go for it. If you don't, I completely understand. Maybe I'll make more, better icons in the future. Or maybe they'll all continue to come out looking something like this.

Or maybe I'll just focus on making Welcome to Night Vale podfic. Stick with what I know, you know?

Either way, here it is:

I'm just going to post this now before my insecurity consumes me and I start making more embarrassing apologies for my work as if it's not okay to be new at doing something and everyone will immediately unfriend me and someone will eventually spot me roaming the Sand Wastes attempting to carve icons into a cactus with a small piece of sharpened stone muttering "anchor layer...colorize...increase contrast...apply gaussian blur...".

Yeah. Posting now.
that's a tight present

Welcome to Night Vale

If you see something, say nothing, and drink to forget.

Alternately, if you see something, say, "Something."

I just listened to 17 straight episodes of Welcome to Night Vale. That brings me up to episode 19A. I may be a little obsessed.

Okay, so fire_juggler blamed analise010, but I blame fire_juggler. I was doing just fine, thank you very much. My fandoms were under control. Hannibal was the newest, but I still haven't found my sweet spot with the fic and I'm not that great with tumblr yet, so it was pretty low key. And then fire_juggler posted this.

And I was curious.

So I downloaded the first episode.

And Cecil's voice lulled me into a state of calm acceptance of life's inherent miseries, up to and including an excess of sugar in sports drinks given to children and the possibility of a jetliner appearing momentarily in a school auditorium. Carlos's perfect hair and teeth like a military cemetery blinded me with their beauty. The hooded figures gathered in the dog park, but I already knew better than to look, because I knew not to think about the dog park. The dog park will not harm me.

That was yesterday. Imagine how much worse it is today, after 17 back-to-back episodes. I wrote an email at work today, and the voice in my head was Cecil. I actually used this sentence in the email: "And Midwest Regional Accounting spoke together in one voice and said unto us,'Please scan over the following invoice'."

Okay, that lacked context. Take my word for it that Midwest Regional Accounting was being a little ridiculous. And that the recipient of that email is familiar with my sense of humor. But still.

That is what the inside of my head sounds like right now. It's all hooded figures and unmarked helicopters and deer-skinned briefcases full of flies. It's strange and hilarious and intermittently flat-out beautiful.

The Internet informs me that this podcast, which has existed for a little over a year, has blown up popularity-wise within the last couple of weeks. I read the Daily Dot's report on it yesterday after I listened to the pilot. I'm glad I got into it at this juncture. I can't imagine the pain and horror of spending an entire year with glow clouds and invisible clock towers and angels all shifting things around in my head, and having no one to affirm me in my deep and yearning appreciation for the love-struck tones in Cecil's voice whenever he talks about Carlos.

Oh god. My poor husband. He doesn't know yet. How do I fake a return to my brain before Night Vale? How do I not be completely insufferable until I've detoxed a little?

And we're going out to dinner with some neighbors tonight. I don't know how I'm going to do this. Help.

Also, listen to Welcome to the Night Vale so you can a) join me in this beautiful Lovecraftian nightmare of a fandom, and b) read this post without wondering if you should contact my therapist on my behalf.
sarah sleeps to podfic


Another KISSES Fest has come and gone at [community profile] audiofemme. We had a good turnout this year - I haven't had a chance to listen to any of the other Makeouts yet, but I really enjoyed working on the Peck on the Lips compilation, and was really impressed with everyone's contributions. Also, [personal profile] yue_ix did a fantastic job with the cover art. Everyone's been talking about it, and rightly so.

I know I'm biased because I'm both a co-mod and a contributor, but I highly recommend checking out the fest. You can find all the Pecks (and the cover art!) here, and the Makeouts are posted directly to [community profile] audiofemme.

This year I recorded four Pecks and one Makeout. Streaming is available through the mp3 links for all of them. Here they are:

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Title: The Waiting Song
Author: helens78
Fandom: One Tree Hill
Pairing: Karen Roe/Deb Scott
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 00:01:12
Summary: Karen knows how to wait.
Links: mp3 || m4b

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Title: my love is unusual
Author: janie_tangerine
Fandom: Deadwood
Pairing: Joanie Stubbs/Jane Cannary
Rating: Explicit
Length: 00:05:05
Summary: Jane shakes whenever Joanie takes off her clothes.
Links: mp3 || m4b

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Title: Payback
Author: thericketandoo
Fandom: Hannibal
Pairing: Freddie Lounds/Beverly Katz
Rating: Mature
Length: 00:05:48
Summary: Bev wasted no time forcing her way in as Freddie opened the door to the motel room. It was startling, how quickly Bev was inside and removing articles of clothing. Startling, yes, but in the best way possible.
Links: mp3 || m4b

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Title: Two-Step
Author: raja815
Fandom: Star Trek TOS (with a certain character from AOS)
Pairing: Nyota Uhura/Gaila
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 00:09:56
Summary: It seems Uhura knows a few things about Orions.
Links: mp3 || m4b

Title: How Subtle the Links
Author: hanet
Fandom: Star Trek DS9/TNG
Pairing: Ro Laren/Kira Nerys
Rating: Mature
Length: 00:39:10
Summary: Ro Laren and Kira Nerys meet at the opening of a Bajoran Occupation Memorial.
Music: Haikuesque (When She Laughs), by Bibio
Written for the Femslash and Queergen Summer Exchange at wherenowoman.
Reader's Note: I originally asked permission to record this fic over a year ago. Maybe even a year and a half? I remember thinking I was behind in recording it when I first started to work on it for KISSES Fest last year. I failed out about halfway through the recording, through absolutely no fault of the fic's, and started over from scratch this year. I'm really glad I finally finished it. I love this story to pieces. <3
Links: mp3 || m4b

Thanks again to all the authors for giving me permission to podfic their work! If you enjoy these podfics, please do leave feedback for the authors.

And thanks as well to cantarina1 for being such a lovely co-mod! <333
waffles are amazing

KISSES Fest is open for posting!

Happy International Day of Femslash, everyone! KISSES Fest 3 is up and running at [community profile] audiofemme. A Peck on the Lips 3 has been posted, and the Makeout Sessions are rolling in. It's not too late to participate - posting is open all day today.
(If you just can't make it today, keep in mind that we'd much rather you post your f/f podfic late than not post it at all. :D )
suntory time

Podfic covers: Various fandoms

Here's a few more. There are still a couple of others I haven't posted here yet (including another Doctor Who), but I'm not totally happy with them and may end up making another attempt with them first. This is my last batch to post here until I either have new podfics or I've fixed some of my older covers.

I was trying stuff out with the first two especially. The Doctor Who works better than the SG1, but I feel okay about both of them. Maybe I will fix Don't Tell someday, too, though.

Links to podfic & text
Fandom: Doctor Who (obviously)
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Summary: Highlights of Season 5, with sincerest apologies to T.S. Eliot

Links to podfic & text
Fandom: SG1
Characters: Jack O'Neill/Sarah O'Neill, Jack O'Neill/OMC
Summary: It's been a long thirty years.

Links to podfic & text
Fandom: Being Human (BBC)
Characters: Annie Sawyer
Summary: Written for the Awesome Ladies Ficathon for the prompt: "This is how you remember yourself."

Links to podfic & text
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan/Kareen Vorbarra
Summary: Cordelia and Kareen and the stars.

In other news, KISSES Fest opens on Saturday! I'm spending today compiling the Peck on the Lips compilation and finishing up my contribution to Makeout Sessions. Not a bad excuse for staying in an air conditioned room all day. :P

Seriously, y'all, this heat is bad. If you're living in a region affected by this heat wave, take care.