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Sophinisba Solis ([personal profile] sophinisba) wrote2012-11-24 08:33 pm

Podfic feelings and thoughts, not fully formed

[personal profile] klb has a great new post up at [community profile] podficmeta proposing that instead of asking authors for permission each time we want to do an individual podfic, we could instead ask what their transformative works policy is (whether it's blanket yes, blanket no, or they want to be asked each time, or something else) and link to a post about what transformative works policies are and why they're important to us as podficcers. This seems like a wonderful idea to me and I commented to say that I've done something similar a few times (without the informative link) but I felt sort of pushy when I was doing it. But maybe it doesn't come across as pushy? After all, as [personal profile] klb pointed out, asking every time is, like, assuming that the author's policy is "ask me every time", and why should that be the assumption? And isn't it more respectful, and not less, to ask what the policy is instead?

So yeah, I recommend reading that post!

I feel bad for not contributing more to [community profile] pod_aware this year, though I understand that we can't do everything. In particular I had meant to make a post for feedback day, about how much I appreciate some of the feedback I've gotten as a podficcer, how different it is from the feedback I get as a writer and how special it makes me feel. I, you know, could still make that post tonight and link it over there for the amnesty period, but I can't really figure out how to say what I mean without feeling self-important or, something... Eh, feedback is always such an awkward subject to talk about, though also one of my favorites. Anyway, I will just say thank you thank you thank you to people who comment on podfics, whether it's at my journal or on Twitter or IM or when you meet me in person or whatever, and also here is the blurb from Sunday:
Fan artists love feedback and podfic creators are no different. Feedback can motivate us, inspire our muse and help us create more of our art. Feedback on podfic is often rather light so more is always welcomed. To find out how you can help increase feedback for podfic check out pod_aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

In other news, Blue Snowballs appear to be on sale at Amazon. At least, they cost a lot less today than the last time I looked. I ordered a different kind of microphone for myself this morning, not as fancy but still supposedly with better audio than my current one, and a USB connection. (Snowballs are beloved by many podficcers but I don't think I don't think it would work for me because I record sitting in bed, not at a table or a desk.) I don't really believe it's important for my podfics to have a sharper sound than they do now, but I want a more comfortable headset. My current one clips over one ear and it's just annoying. It's true the main reason I'm not recording much lately is lack of time, and the second reason is that my voice often feels too busted up. Still, I am looking forward to having a new microphone.

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