sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Title: Arcane Asylum
Author: [livejournal.com profile] new_kate
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Arthur/Merlin (+ everybody)
Rating: NC-17
Contains: sexual assault and mind-control sex (not between the main pairing), imprisonment, graphic violence, death of minor characters, grief, occasional discriminatory language.
Author's summary: "Modern AU. For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon has been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name."
Reader's notes For the [community profile] podficbigbang challenge, by far the longest podfic I've ever made. I started recording this in December! Big thanks to [personal profile] eosrose for running the challenge and hosting the files, [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist for making the covers, and my Twitter friends and the folks at [community profile] remopodmo for all their encouragement!!
I liked both of Lola's covers so much that I didn't know which one to choose, but as it turned out my audiobook building software couldn't fit the whole thing in one file anyway, so I put it in two parts and I get to use both! The fic itself has 16 chapters and is not divided in two parts; if you download the m4b (audiobook) version you should be able to see chapter stops on your iPod.
Length: 12 hours and 43 minutes (omg)
Text links: AO3, LJ
Other podfic posts: podficbigbang on DW, podficbigbang on LJ, podficbigbang website



Arcane Asylum download links

Part 1, 6 hrs 1 min
Part 2, 6 hrs 42 min
Arcane Asylum 1 cover, black-and-white photo of an old asylum or prison
Arcane Asylum 2 cover, black-and-white silhouette of a gargoyle
mp3 pt 1 at Sendspace, 206.7 MB
mp3 pt 2 at Sendspace, 230 MB
m4b pt 1 at MediaFire, 169 MB
m4b pt 2 at MediaFire, 185 MB
mp3 pts 1 and 2 at podficbigbang
430.3 MB (.zip, right-click save)
m4b pts 1 and 2 at podficbigbang
347.6 MB (.zip, right-click save)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (kink corset by visualwit)
I feel good about the things I've been accomplishing in fandom lately! On Sunday I posted one of my longest Merlin fics and submitted my [community profile] podficbigbang project - posting for that should start very soon. I doubt I'll ever take on a podfic this large again, but it's been a good experience, and one nice effect is that now I can look at a 10K fic and thing, pshaw, that's nothing. In fact, I recorded one that's a little under 9K yesterday and am hoping to finish the edits and post it today. With that I will have only one square left to fill on my kink_bingo card before the June 15th Amnesty deadline. That square is guns, and I would like to fill it with a podfic, fic, or poem about a character with a disability. I would be grateful for podficcable story recs or writing prompts! You can also help out other people who are trying to meet their amnesty goals over at the Amnesty Boogaloo reverse promptfest at the comm.

kink_bingo and hc_bingo musings )

[livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon signups are open!!! Closing Thursday night! I hope lots of my friends will sign up, though to be honest I also have some hope that we might have a slightly smaller group this year, which would make teams more intimate and reading more manageable. Super excited for the reading and writing, not so much for the pages full of flashing gifs but what are ya gonna do. :)

Lots of activity planned for International Day of Femslash coming up on July 14th! It would be neat if we got a ton of femslash at the pornathon that week, though it would be better if we got a ton of femslash at the pornathon every week. :D

podfic/remix/lady-centric fests )
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
This has never come up so far, but just in case: if you ever happen to see people talking smack about me at an anon meme or under f-lock or whatever, please don't tell me about it. If you don't see people talking about me at the memes please don't tell me about that either. I really prefer not to know. Thanks!

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Signups are open for round two of [community profile] chromatic_podfic! Let's participate the hell out of this fest, you guys! I feel like characters of color get even less attention in podfic than in fic, and that's really not very much.

podficcing! )

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I can has a Kindle! For a little over two weeks now, though gosh it feels like longer - I am really reluctant to go back to paper books or reading long fics on my computer screen now (thank you so much to authors who post their fic, especially their long fic, at the AO3!!!!). a couple book and fic recs (Merlin and Merlin rpf) )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
I made a ton of podfic this year!

a list! )

a meme! )

Tomorrow or sometime soon I'll post the fic meme! Less material to talk about but more graphs with pretty colors, yay!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
I've been trying to figure out what to record for [community profile] podficbigbang and remembering that I just don't read all that much long fic. Do you have any recs for me?

Merlin fans, what are you favorite fics of, say, between 30,000 and 70,000 words? Anything you've read that especially made you think it would be great to have a podfic of it?

Readers, what are you favorite fics of over 10,000 words with women in the lead (any fandom)?

Some things I especially like:
-queer people (in the story, not necessarily/only in the main pairing)
-kink in relationships
-hurt/comfort
-captivity, exile
-world-building
-well developed secondary characters
-fics that have not been podficced before
-authors who give blanket permission

Some things I would like to avoid
-typos, spelling and grammar mistakes
-sentences with way more words and clauses than they need
-sexism, racism, etc.
-words and names I don't know how to pronounce :D
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
Hey guys, [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang is starting up another round and this year they're mirroring it as [community profile] podficbigbang here on Dreamwidth! I made three podfics for that fest last year, including probably the most popular one I've made, and I got to work with both Yues as cover artists and it was generally great!

Signups are open now and final drafts aren't due until May 25th. They are also looking for cheerleader/betas, visual artists, and people who can do other types of complements and collaborations like adding music or sound effects or making vid-type trailers. The minimum podfic length is still 1 hour (about 10K words of text) but I'm hoping to do something bigger this year - we'll see! Who else is gonnna play?

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