sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
Chokepoint podfic cover: Gwen and Arthur embracing

Title: Chokepoint
Author: [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Ship: Arthur/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Contains: breathplay
Summary: "It goes through several iterations of mistake before it becomes a choice." (Modern AU, established relationship, people figuring stuff out, yay!)
Reader's notes: [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I made this for [community profile] pod_together and for the "breathplay" square on our shared [community profile] kink_bingo card! We are very sorry for causing stress to the mods by missing several deadlines, but we're also pleased with the final project. It was really fun for me as a podficcer to have some say about how this would go down, and I found a new way of putting myself in the recording that makes me feel vulnerable and happy.
File info: mp3 and m4b versions, 10.5/21.3 MB, 3408 words/21:52 minutes
Links: Read, download, and/or stream at the AO3.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
The new round of [community profile] kink_bingo is open for signups! You can read the short version of how to play and sign up for a card if you want!

I plan to add links and banners to this post as I make things, like I did with my cards and banners collection post last year. :)

I have this card for myself:

sophinisba's kink_bingo card )

[livejournal.com profile] flammablehat (aka [profile] roughandtouble) and I also signed up as a team in hopes of getting some inspiration for [community profile] pod_together and possibly other projects.

Team Soflambeau's kink_bingo card )

And I got a second card for myself! )

I feel a little lost with my own card, everything seems doable (most of them I've done in past rounds) but nothing really jumps out at me right now as a good place to start. In the past I've filled whatever squares came easiest in whichever order (so I always do way more than five before I get to my first bingo), but I feel like I ought to try being more strategic with Achievements this year, but then I don't know I don't know.

On the other hand, almost ever square in the team card strikes us as perfect for Arthur/Gwen, which is the pairing both of us are excited about working on right now. So that is pretty fabulous, I feel like we lucked out!

achievements and banners! (nsfw) )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (greed by moiraes)
I was looking at my journal last night and thinking how boring I must have become for people who aren't interested in podfic or Merlin. Well...that problem will not be solved by this post. :/

This has not been an awesome week for me offline (the previous week was though so that's okay) but it has been awesome here in fandom!

The most exciting thing is that [personal profile] meri made a podfic of Believe This Is Real, the Freya/Merlin ficlet I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon. Meri is one of the people I was thinking of when I wrote (in terms of wanting to see people like us and our friends in fanfic) that so it is especially lovely for me to hear it in her voice.

a little more podfic talk )

Well! On Wednesday I got a comment from [personal profile] manifesty, whom I'd never interacted with before, saying they'd made a cover for Late Night Games, an Avatar podfic I'd made last July! So that was awesome and I went and added it to the mp3 file and re-uploaded, so now that podfic is no longer naked.

And then the very next day I was posting that Gwaine/Merlin podfic and said on Twitter that I was too lazy to make a cover, so [personal profile] leish volunteered to make one for me, and she did and it is just right.

And if everything goes according to plan, this weekend someone else will make a cover for a longer podfic that I haven't posted yet, and another person will record one of my fics as their first podfic!! And I will get my Remix to the 1000-word minimum at least. I feel like everybody else is getting theirs done early and I am a bit anxious about being behind, but mostly I feel good. My remixee and I are well matched and I'm excited about the plan I have for the remix I want to write.

I really love this feeling of interacting with each other's work, being part of the conversation.


Then also there are things that I read and think about but don't comment on (except maybe to say "I agree!" or "I enjoyed this"). Maybe you will find these interesting too!
-[personal profile] bookshop at MangaBookshelf: Fannish Inquisitions: Countering Assumptions About Fandom - My favorite is False Assumption #3.
-[personal profile] cesare: in the fandom afternoon - Ces and I both have feedback angst (you probably do too!) and we manage it in very different ways. I liked this post a lot.
-[personal profile] elf posting in [community profile] ao3some: What's the collective noun for kudos? - Kudos you guys! So awesome!!!
-[personal profile] thingswithwings: Community thoughts, and most especially Britta thoughts
-[personal profile] leish: The Trouble With Witches, podfic of the story by [personal profile] netgirl_y2k.
cut for quote and <3s )
-Nicola Griffith: Lame is so Gay: A Rant (from July 2011, thanks to [personal profile] sasha_feather for linking this at [community profile] access_fandom) - "Using lame as a derogatory term is as dangerous and ill-considered as using the term gay in the same context."
sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin! You are a good friend and a talented, thoughtful person. I feel lucky to know you and I'm so glad we'll get to hang out again in a few weeks, even if it's just a brief visit this time.




I wrote another Lancelot ficlet!

Title: Perfect
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Ships: Lancelot, Arthur/Gwen (IT CAN BE ARTHUR/GWEN/LANCELOT IF YOU WANT)
Rating: G + 1 swear word
Contains: n/a
Wordcount: 500 (five drabbles)
Notes: Part of my series of five 500-word Lancelot AUs (three finished so far) inspired by 5x09. This one less spoilery than the others, written for the "humiliation (in public)" square on my second [community profile] kink_bingo card. My first G-rated kink-bingo fill! Thanks to [personal profile] claudia603 and [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo for their help. Dedicated to [personal profile] meri and also written out of great affection for [livejournal.com profile] baranduin though I know it's not your fandom so don't feel obligated to read it or anything.
Summary: Figure skater AU!




I had kind of a rough day offline today, but I've been having a great time in fandom lately. Look at these awesome things my friend have made!

-So this weekend I asked [personal profile] yue_ix to look over the Arthur/Merlin ficlet I had written with five squares from my kink_bingo card, If I Cannot Be Your Queen. While we were chatting about it she started drawing a picture of Gwen, inspired by my story but using five kinks from her card and with ending up with a more kink-positive message than I had been using (I was expressing some of my angst about 4x09 and Yue was using kink to turn it into something less angsty). So yeah she came up with this beautiful picture where Gwen has sparkles in her hair!!! If I Can't Go To Your Dungeons by [personal profile] yue_ix, probably not safe for work Gwen art yay!

-Another thing that happened recently was that [personal profile] anatsuno and I were chatting and she said she wished there were more fic with top!Merlin and I said indeed it is a rare and beautiful thing, but that I also thought she would like some of [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist's fics where Merlin is such a strong sub that Arthur's kind of in awe of him. And sure enough anat went and podficced The One at a Sex Club where Merlin anon!fails because she liked it so much, and it was very sexy in anat's voice and I loved listening to it, as well as the Community/Doctor Who crossover podfic that is also at that link.

-Then another thing that happened was that I read this beautiful intense Gwaine/Merlin bdsm fic by [livejournal.com profile] leashy_bebes and I tweeted that it was great and might be of interest to other fans of top!Merlin, and that I'd love to listen to a podfic of it. So then [personal profile] meri decided to record both that and a lovely safeword fic set in the same universe for me!!! So the other day I got to listen to the very warm and lovely (Safe) Words and then this morning I got to listen to the sexy sexy A Force When We're Together. I feel so lucky!

-Okay and I didn't have anything to do with this thing getting made but it needs to be talked about because GUYS DID YOU SEE THAT [personal profile] dodificus MADE A PODFIC OF VOID AND THAT IT IS 9 HOURS OF SQUIRMERRIFIC TEENAGE DUBCON? If you were in Faculty fandom I'm sure you remember this. But even if you've never seen the movie or read another Faculty fic you can still understand and admire this one. Here is the podfic and here is the podbook and here is the text. ;skljd;flkjs ls

-Oh and hey, there is an informal podfic gift exchange going on right now and I hope the person assigned to me does not feel pressured to record kinky fic or porn if that's not what they're into. I really love all kinds of things including hurt/comfort and gen. This person is probably more organized than me and has already picked out and recorded something, but if they're feeling lost they might find the posts on my dear creator letter tag helpful. <3
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
Repodding is when a podfic is made of a fic that has already been podficced. Podfic is awesome, therefore two podfics is even more awesome, right? Every podficcer brings something different to the table and it's fun to see how different podficcers approach the same thing. To find out more about repodding, check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.


repodding? )

Title: Down in the Valley (where nobody knows)
Author: anonymous
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Elena/Morgana (background Arthur/Elena)
Rating: NC-17
Contains: no standard notes apply
Author's summary: "No matter how many times Morgana got Elena in trouble, Elena always came back for more."
Length: 9 minutes
Reader's notes: Recorded for Repodding day at [community profile] pod_aware and for the "object penetration" square on my second [community profile] kink_bingo card. Another reading of this story forthcoming!
Link: Download from Mediafire



Thanks a lot for your comments on my last post and oh my gosh over on the podfic love meme. I'm really so touched by every one of them. <3 <3
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
Fan artists love feedback and podficcers are no different. Feedback can motivate us, inspire our muse and help us create more of out art. However feedback on podfic can be rather light. To find out how you can help increase feedback for podfic check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.


YOU GUYS, PODFIC FANDOM IS SO AWESOME. I DON'T KNOW, IF YOU FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN SQUEEING MY HEAD OFF ALL WEEK AND IF YOU DON'T MAYBE YOU JUST THINK I'VE BEEN POSTING A LOT OF SAVED UP STUFF, BUT I HAVE ALSO BEEN WALKING AROUND LISTENING TO PODFICCERS TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND IT HAS MADE ME SO HAPPY AND SO FULL OF LOVE.

Here are links to a few of the awesome things I've been listening to!

-some people just change your life, you know? - [personal profile] anatsuno reading [personal profile] jinjurly's podfic meta totally made me cry on the bus when I listened on Wednesday. I had read it a couple times before but it just made such an impact to hear it spoken out loud. I love how anat sounds calm and thoughtful but at the same time passionate about it. It made me realize that I quote that essay all the time without realizing I'm doing it, for instance in a post I made at [livejournal.com profile] pornspiration the other day about the things people are doing when they listen to podfic. Also this:
i'm tired of the ways that we minimize our own contributions, and the ways that we say we don't deserve our place. i'm tired of being told i'm too involved in 'boosterism' in the podfic community, and i'm tired of seeing people told they are doing it wrong. i'm tired of people saying that some people have accents and some don't. i'm tired of women saying their bodies are ugly, of being ashamed of their voices, and of the things they love, and of hiding their joy for fear of derision.

Sing it!

-Audiometa: Kink_Bingo and Podfic, Perfect Together by Sophinisba
- [profile] meri_sefket listened to anat's recording too and was inspired to record the podfic meta that I wrote for [community profile] kink_bingo in June! That is a less emotional post and half of it is me doing my typical "Look, here is a comm! Here are some things you can do!" spiel, but about halfway through it gets to the park about podfic being inherently kinky I do think it gets really interesting and cool to hear spoken out loud. Meri talks in a really clear and sincere voice and has an American accent that's fairly similar to mine, but she also emphasizes different words than I would have and has a different kind of tone than I probably would have used, and that all makes it so much more interesting to listen to. In that post I quoted both [personal profile] yue_ix and [personal profile] jinjur, so we had Yue record the parts she had written and Meri edited those in, along with clips of anat reading Jinjur! I think the editing is really smooth and I'm just so thrilled that this exists now, wow!

-Podfics and languages (accent extension) a really interesting conversation between [personal profile] yue_ix (who is French Canadian) and [personal profile] emei about podfic from the perspective of non-native English speakers.

-An OK Man Kinda Sorta Tries to Battle - [personal profile] cantarina's podfic of an Inspector Spacetime ficlet by [archiveofourown.org profile] havent_got_a_clue. Ridiculous fake British accents for a ridiculous fic in a ridiculous fake British fandom. IT IS THE BEST.

And so so so much more! Go check out the other posts at [community profile] pod_aware and [livejournal.com profile] pod_aware! There is so much!

I also started a thread for myself at the podfic love meme!

a black microphone on a purple background. text reads another podfic artist love meme, i love it when you read to me
LiveJournal || Dreamwidth
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (spock uhura by lorien)
After posting a lot of short porny podfics over the last few months (and with a few longer porny podfics in the works), I am very happy to present these two longer gen podfics about complicated friendships between lady space travelers as my entry for [community profile] ladiesbigbang Round 2! Munditia's "Still Life" is a beautiful and moving retelling of Battlestar Galactica canon from the perspective of Anastasia Dualla, with a special focus on her relationship with Starbuck. Rheanna's "Lunch and Other Obscenities" is a very smart and funny story of how Uhura and Gaila overcome major cultural differences.

Thanks to the authors and artists for the chance to add my take on these wonderful works, with special thanks to [personal profile] yue_ix for creating new artwork as a cover for Still Life.




Title: Still Life
Author: Munditia aka [personal profile] fallingtowers
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Characters: Anastasia Dualla and Kara Thrace (gen with canon pairings)
Content Notes/Warnings: Reference to canon character deaths and violence; spoilers for the full series.
Author's summary: "If she'd been more like Starbuck, she could have been loud and angry and looking for a fight; but she was a follower of Hestia and Hebe, a quiet onlooker trying to keep the home-fires burning."
Length: 31 minutes

Piece of a drawing of Starbuck and Dee from Battlestar Galactica, seen from behind; link goes to yue_ix's art post

Links:
Story on LJ at Munditia's fic journal [livejournal.com profile] having_written
Cover art by [personal profile] yue_ix!!
mp3 download at Mediafire or at the Audiofic Archive 14.2 MB
audiobook download at Mediafire or at the Audiofic Archive, 15 MB




Title: Lunch and Other Obscenities
Author: [personal profile] rheanna
Fandom: Star Trek (2009)
Characters: Uhura and Gaila (gen with canon pairings)
Content Notes/Warnings: No standard notes apply
Author's summary: "Nyota liked her roommate just fine until she met her."
Length: 55:30 minutes

Links:
Story at the Archive of Our Own by [archiveofourown.org profile] rheanna
Cover adapted from Apple, art by [livejournal.com profile] irrel
mp3 download at MediaFire or at the Audiofic Archive 50.9 MB
audiobook download at MediaFire or at the Audiofic Archive 26.6 MB
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
cover art for Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love, a small figure starting on a path between marvelous and possibly threatening giant plants


Title: Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love
Author: [livejournal.com profile] new_kate
Cover art: [personal profile] yue_ix
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Contains: Mild drugs and alcohol use, pegging, mention of mental illness, transgender issues
Summary: "Modern AU. Arthur moves to a a different city to start a new life and become a new man. On a whim he decides to share a flat with an attractive stranger, and quickly gets drawn into Merlin's odd little world."
Reader's notes: Again, even if you're not interested in podfic I highly recommend you check out [personal profile] yue_ix's cover art and fascinating notes about how she decided to create a scene from Merlin's comic book, and tell her what you think!
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes (no music)

Related links:
text at the AO3
art and artist notes
project post at podficbigbang (contains broken links)

Download links:
MediaFire (uploaded July 23, 2014): mp3 or m4b
Audiofic: mp3 or m4b
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
Hooray, the first of my [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang projects is up! Even if you are not into podfic, please take a look at the beautiful cover by [personal profile] lunatique! If you are into podfic, especially Merlin podfic, there are a lot of other goodies for you at the comm already.

Title: A Lever and a Place to Stand
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] lassiter/[personal profile] whynot/[livejournal.com profile] twoskeletons
Cover art: [personal profile] lunatique/[livejournal.com profile] littlewolfstar
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Contains: mild drug and alcohol use, canon character death and grieving
Summary: "Modern day AU. When a peaceful march for the equal rights of magicians ends badly, Merlin is forced to hide out in the apartment of law student Arthur Pendragon."
Reader's notes I put some extra effort into editing in music and other sounds on this podfic, and since they were so much a part of the story I did not make a separate version without music this time.
File info: mp3 and m4b versions, 1 hour 22 minutes

Download links, cover art, and additional info: A Lever and a Place to Stand at [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sophie leverage by winterfish)
Happy birthday [personal profile] thingswithwings! I know that like most of us listeners you prefer long podfics, but as a reader I prefer the ones that I can record in one sitting and without causing my computer to crash! So I did a bunch of short ones, and [personal profile] such_heights also did one, and I put them in a podbook! This way you get an hour and seven minutes in six different fandoms without a lot of downloading hassle.

Happy Birthday, Thingswithwings (with pictures from 6 fandoms)

Readers: [personal profile] sophinisba and [personal profile] such_heights
Fandoms: Psych, anthropomorfic, The Little Mermaid, Homicide: Life on the Street, Leverage, Like Water for Chocolate
Download links: m4b at Audiofic, mp3 at Audiofic

Notes and links to individual mp3 files are below the cuts!

Gus Goes for the Gold Star by liviapenn (Psych), read by such_heights )
Stargaze by toft (Psych) )
There's No Backing Up Now by themadlurker (anthropomorfic) )
Now, the Matter by rubynye (The Little Mermaid) )
three-part disharmony by bossymarmelade (Homicide: Life on the Street) )
The Pie Job by thingswithwings (Leverage) )
La Adelita by eruthros (Like Water for Chocolate) )

Let me know if you come across any broken links or other problems with this post!

ETA: Thanks to [personal profile] dodificus for adding these to the Audiofic Archive!
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
Here is our Artword project, four pictures by [personal profile] zephre using four drabbles by me! We are very excited about this!

Title: Elemental (Water, Fire, Air, Earth)
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Ships: OT4-ish. Morgana, Gwen, Arthur, Merlin.
Rating: G
Warnings: None.
Summary: They bear their burdens, they struggle, they rely on each other. Vaguely AU.
Teaser:

Sometimes dreaming is like drowning.

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