sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen orly by visualwit)
Hey there, Internet, I could use some help! So I switched from a plain old talking phone to my first smartphone about six months ago and it's been loads of fun, but I still haven't figured out how to download and listen to music or podfic on it. /o\

I used to use an iPod touch and I would take care of all the synching stuff in iTunes, but I can't do that anymore.

I have Google Play/Play Music, of course, I'm pretty sure that came loaded on the phone but I also went to the trouble of connecting my accounts and uploading all the music from my computer to this cloud.

The thing is, Google Play seems to be mostly set up for streaming, which is no use for me. I have a really limited data plan so I want to be able to download things at home and then listen to them when I'm out walking. After I'd had this phone for about four months my sister showed me how you're supposed to be able to download a track by bringing it up in your library and then hitting the pushpin icon (thanks, Google, that was super intuitive) but when I try to do this I always just get the message "Can't download music right now."

Sometimes I manage to navigate to a podfic right on my phone and I think I've downloaded and opened the mp3 from there, but then I need to use another app and when I try to go back to the mp3 it's gone. Safari won't load anything when I'm offline and I don't know where else to look for the file.

Ack I'm super embarrassed to admit that I can't get this when it seems like a really basic thing! I mean the thing is I don't miss it terribly because most of the time I just want to listen to podcasts, and I handle that with another app, BeyondPod, and that works fine. Anyway that is my tale of woe! I appreciate your help, thanks!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen orly by visualwit)
(Okay I'm still not really here but)

Today I read some pieces of a recent discussion over at [community profile] podficmeta and was impressed by how articulate and levelheaded most people were. Nice job hosting and moderating, [personal profile] klb! Nice job respecting differences of opinion, podfic community! ♥ ♥

It got me thinking that, as much as I've advocated for authors being explicit about their desires and expectations in their blanket permission statements or transformative works policies, I've never written the kind of "Dear Author" letter that [personal profile] paraka and others have been advocating for years. I've always kind of thought, "Well, most people in fandom have some idea of what podfic is, and if they have questions they can ask!" But that's silly! That's like not having a transformative works policy because, "Well, I doubt anyone would want to record anything of mine, and if they do they can ask!" Why make each individual person ask when I could go ahead and put it out there? So here's an attempt to do that.

Hey, can I make a podfic of this? )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (toshiko by hermitsoul)


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AiA//FtF is a multifandom podfic fest celebrating non-romantic relationships between female characters. Join us over at [community profile] audiofemme as we pay tribute to the bonds of friendship, family, work, and rivalry between women!


Relatedly, [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon will again be celebrating ladies of our fandoms for the first half of February. And is there another edition of the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology in the works?

There is also Femslash February is a Tumblr-based campaign to encourage new femslash fanworks! As I said when I reblogged the post, I hope people will also make commenting on femslash part of their month.

And signups for [personal profile] camelotremix close tomorrow (Saturday) at noon EST. Please join us, whether or not you like making fanworks about ladies. (But ngl I'm always especially happy to see people who do.) :D
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (time lord by keksx)
Okay, well, I'm still hoping to write and vid a little more before the end of the year but I'm pretty sure I'm done podficcing, so here's the Year in Podfic meme! Previous editions are on my meme: year in review tag.

list )

stats (and graphs!) )

questions )

Would you like to do this meme? Here are the questions I used. Obvs you can adapt them however you like!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
[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!

Podfic feedback is the best; I am getting a new microphone. )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by inwhatfurnace)
I have feelings about the latest episode of Merlin. However, today is the first day of [community profile] pod_aware 2012!


Help spread the word on podfic (you don't need to be a podficcer to join in!).
[community profile] pod_aware || [community profile] pod_aware)
There are so many ways to create podfic and so many ways to listen. We might engage with podfic curled up in bed, in our closet, while commuting or at the gym, in our bathroom with makeshift soundproofing. To find out more information on podfic and how we podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.


At that post you can download two podcasts of podficcers talking about their process. There are links to some other posts and podcasts and other works in the comments. [ETA NEW FAVORITE: COMIC BY [personal profile] crazybutsound.] Here I will talk a little bit about how I make podfics, though another part of this conversation is how we listen to podfic.

How I make podfics )

PSA OUTSIDE THE CUT: DEAR AUTHORS, IT'S OKAY TO SAY NO TO PEOPLE REQUESTING TO PODFIC YOUR WORK. IT IS NOT OKAY TO ASK A PODFICCER TO AUDITION SO YOU CAN DECIDE WHETHER THEIR VOICE/ACCENT/WAY OF READING IS GOOD ENOUGH. THANK YOU.

Oh god I still haven't even gotten to recording I will never finish this post )

And that is the story of how I make and post podfic these days!! Tomorrow's topic is Podfic Fandom, which is my favorite fandom hooray!

remopodmo

Oct. 26th, 2012 07:37 am
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
ronon dex, sherlock and morgana on a blue and white cloudy background, next to a microphone and headphones. text reads november is remopodmo

DW || LJ


Yay, Record More Podfic Month is a lovely challenge where people encourage each other to work on podfic projects every day. I won't have time this November but I encourage others to give it a try. (Also, yay mods for including a simple image description in the banner linking code.)

Just a few days left for the main round of [community profile] kink_bingo. I am one square away from finishing a second bingo but I think I'll need to write it as a fic in a fandom I haven't written before, and that's scary and I'm behind on work etc so I keep not getting it done. :/ I still think I can do it though.

Theatripod

Oct. 14th, 2012 04:01 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (tiana tired by hermitsoul)
top text: A multivoice podfic challenge to create theatrical podfics; image: a microphone in front of a red curtain; bottom text: Theatripod. Mic. Story. Action.
FAQ|Sign Up|Suggest Story


[community profile] theatripod is a cool new comm for organizing multivoice podfic projects and right now they are looking for directors and editors - directors will put out calls for actors and other folks later.

I was going to link to some other cool things but I'm super tired now and I don't remember what they are, so I will probably just watch Teen Wolf for a while or something.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen smiling by hermitsoul)
A quick note to the lovely person who will be making something for me for the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange (#itpe): Thank you for doing this! I like all kinds of stories and podfics so I hesitated to write anything, since I don't really have much to say beyond what I put in my signup tweet, but anyway since everybody's doing it...some things I like )

fandom

Sep. 25th, 2012 07:57 pm
sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Hey all, thank you for your sweet birthday wishes last wee. My day off was not too awesome but I had nice days before and after and a lovely, fannishly productive weekend. I finished my first bingo for this round of [community profile] kink_bingo! And I feel pretty confident that I can finish two more (top row and middle row) before the end of October. I have ideas for all the squares I need to fill except for:
-temperature play featuring a trans or genderqueer character, or
-sex toys (non-penetrating) featuring a character of color. Suggestions welcome!



It's been a rough week for many people in podfic fandom. And even for folks who are doing well otherwise, it's always nice to have some extra love! Thus:
'Podficcers Love Meme' over sky and wheat field
Podficcers Love Meme: ON DW | ON LJ

Here is my thread. ♥ ♥ ♥



[personal profile] fitz_y got me signed up within an hour after [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays opened yesterday! As often happens when I decide to go be social in mainstream Merlin fandom I felt very out of place at first, but I did see some more friendly names and signups later on. It looks like there are still five spots left for writers and unlimited spaces for artists and vidders with signups closing Thursdays. And it will probably turn out to be a lot of fun in the end, just like [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon was even though signups freaked me out both years. :)



Today I watched the second-to-last episode of the first season of Teen Wolf and stuff happened that either
-I'd been really frustrated hadn't earlier before because come on, people, or
-I'd heard vague things about before and was glad to finally see what the fuss is about,
so that was nice. I enjoyed it.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (fyff one day)
Hello friends,

I could use some help finding stories to podfic for [community profile] kink_bingo. In particular, I'm looking for something for my pervertibles square (using things for sex and kink that weren't designed for that) that feature a moresome or poly relationship. I feel like there ought to be some Avengers something! With Thor's hammer or some scientific instruments or whatever? Or Inception or Sherlock or maybe even Teen Wolf... You know, those live-action English language fandoms, I'm familiar with a lot of them, but Avengers is supposed to be all about the poly, right? ETA: I have looked through poly and threesome and other tags on the AO3 and will surely do so again as I work through this bingo, but what I'd especially appreciate from you is links to any individual stories you know of! /ETA ETA2: Found one, yay! /ETA2

I would also appreciate poly/moresome recs for historical roleplay and objectification kink!

And! A story featuring a trans or genderqueer character and either temperature play or sleepiness!

And many other things ha ha. I no longer have much hope of getting a blackout done during the main round. :( My new goal is to finish one bingo (the bottom row) during the round and still go for the blackout during amnesty. Maybe not all the achievements will work out so if you know of good stories for these kinks that don't feature moresomes or trans/genderqueer characters please let me know about those too.

Thanks!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
Gosh, I like Twitter and my friends there a lot, but I think I need to step away from it for a bit. I just feel like it eats up too much of my day. I like Tumblr a lot too but I use it pretty inconsistently - I haven't been on much lately because I've had inconsistent or slow Internet. So yeah, I think I'm gonna try not checking either of those for a week (starting tomorrow) and see how that goes. I'm also gonna cut back on how much time I spend in chat.

Maybe I will get better at communicating here on LJ and Dreamwidth! I used to be a lot more conscientious about answering every comment I got, and I'd like to get back into that habit.

Maybe I will get a ton of work done!

Or maybe I will just feel lonely and bored!

This seems like a good time to experiment though because I'll be somewhat busy with work stuff this next week.




In other news, I've started reading the new Crossovers/Fusions challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and I'm enjoying that a lot - way more than I expected to! I had thought there would be a ton of Teen Wolf and Avengers crossovers and a bunch of other canons I didn't know and that I'd either be resentful or just confused with reading most of them. But there's a ton of variety and most of them are just fun, even for the fandoms I don't care for or am not familiar with. And that makes sense, I mean, of course most people are going to try to write something with broad appeal. Anyway, I recommend checking those out, and I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of them.




I'm still getting over this sore throat and related feeling-generally-awful, but today I managed to record a couple short podfics, so I'm looking forward to editing those and crossing off another two bingo squares! Right now I'm feeling pretty confident about being able to get a blackout done during the regular round, and also hopeful about including five or so different Achievements within that. :)

I never ever spell the word Achievements right on the first try. :(
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 (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day to sign up for [community profile] pod_together!

image of headphones around a stack of CDs on top of books, text: pod_together, A collaboration challenge for authors and podficcers.
Open for sign ups June 18 to June 30 on DW and LJ


This is the second time this challenge has happened. I looked at it last year but was too intimidated to sign up. But this year [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I have signed up as a team and I think it will be great. Besides more philosophical things about the relationship between text and audio I am excited that for the first time I as a reader will have power to ban the words "gasps, gasped, grasps, grasped, clasp, and clasped". Maybe I'll even get rid of "asked", who knows! Maybe I will help write and she will help read! Maybe we will make some Arthur/Gwen porn, or maybe we will do something else!

If you have a buddy or a favorite author or podficcer that you want to sign up with, you can do that, or you can sign up as an individual and the mods will match you with someone! You can work in any fandom or even do meta! You can expand the definition of podfic! You, yes you!




And! [personal profile] cantarina and [personal profile] nickelmountain are hosting femslash podfic fest for International Day of Femslash, moved this year from [livejournal.com profile] podfic_project over to [community profile] audiofemme! Make some f/f podfic to share with the world on July 14th. "We especially encourage fanworks about women with disabilities, women of colour, asexual women, transwomen, women over forty, and other under-represented groups. Let's get more kinky f/f podfic out there too!"

The Kisses II Multifandom f/f Podfic fest, audiofemme.DW with collage of photos of ladies making out

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I want my [community profile] kink_bingo card so bad and I have to wait till Sunday for the new round to start man oh man oh man.
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: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
I stopped watching House about a year and a half ago, I think, but I did use to like the show a lot and I'm interested in watching the finale. Can anybody tell me whether it stands up okay on its own or how many episodes before the end they'd recommend watching? I'd go for three or four of them but probably not the whole season.

links: finales discussions and podcasts )
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is an annual thing to celebrate Dreamwidth, which opened up around this time three years ago, and add some fun content here. The person who set it up isn't around this year but it's nice to see the tradition continuing anyway. Here are three multifandom fests that I would especially like to pimp:

-Transfic Mini Fest 3, hosted by [personal profile] torachan, is accepting prompts and fills: "Prompts do not have to be "about" being trans. They can be something as simple as a pairing or a pairing + word/kink/lyrics. The point is simply to have more stories starring trans people."

-The Female Character Trope Fest 2, hosted by [personal profile] such_heights is now taking prompts and will open for fills on Wednesday.
Katara and Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender, trapped in a wooden jail cell

We all like our thoughtful characters studies but let's also have some ridiculous fanworks about ladies huddling for warmth in Canadian shacks, undercover in a gay bar, or getting turned into cats.

-The 3rd Annual Femslash Mini Meta Fest! hosted at [community profile] fem_thoughts. Post some short meta about femslash!

[personal profile] sqbr has kicked things off with a good post about some if the challenges of writing "happily ever after" femslash in historical fandoms like Pride and Prejudice: Lovers in a Dangerous Time.

And finally (not Dreamwidth- or fest-specific) here is a wonderful and uplifting post by [personal profile] fire_juggler: Meta: Confessions of a Podficcer with a (mostly) ex-speech impediment.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (freya by cindergraphics)
Okay so it's April! Among other things this means:
-A new round of [community profile] remopodmo to help us all record more podfic for [community profile] amplificathon, [community profile] podficbigbang, or whatever. I always get a ton done during [community profile] remopodmo months. Thank you, [personal profile] cantarina!
-The official start of [community profile] welovepodfic, the Podfic Feedback Challenge, including the week 1 mini-challenge, comment on an old favorite to tell the reader how much it's meant to you.
-Also there will probably be a new challenge at [community profile] kink_bingo! (The mini-challenge post hasn't gone up yet but I'll probably edit this post to link to it when it does.)

Another thing that's happening that started in late March is the People with Disabilities (PWD) Being Awesome Commentwork Fest!, hosted by [personal profile] terajk. You can leave prompts or post fic or drawings or podfic or whatever there.

Hey, speaking of fanworks about people with disabilities, I want to make some! Maybe you can help me. Although I'm paying attention to the [community profile] kink_bingo mini-challenges and doing my best to participate in those, the two big personal goals I've set for myself during this amnesty period are
-finish a blackout of my second bingo card (some images NSFW), and
-make a Characters With Disabilities bingo for the top row of that card.

I only have four squares left to fill for the blackout! One of them is a fic that I'm writing and am pretty sure I can finish. The other three are part of that top row and I don't know how I will fill them yet. Can you help me find stories that I could podfic, featuring characters with disabilities and the kinks vehicular, guns, and body alteration/injury?

more about what I'm looking for )

If podficcing doesn't work out for all the squares maybe I will write something, so I would take fic prompts as well! Especially interesting to me would be prompts involving the ladies of Merlin.

For those of you who don't know me, my main fandom is Merlin and I'm also into Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Community, and a bunch of other fandoms that are listed in my tags.

Thanks so much!
sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
So, like I mentioned the other day, I'm going to help out a bit with [community profile] welovepodfic because I think feedback for podfic is a great thing.

But hey, not everybody loves podfic! Are you an author whose work has been podficced, and are you feeling awkward about how to tell the person who's put so much work into creating an audio version of your story that you're not interested in listening? Or maybe you've tried to listen and for one reason or another you just can't get through it. If so, I have good news for you!

secret message for authors )
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
Hey, do you love podfic? So do I! Lots of people do, but not enough of that love makes its way back to the people who create podfic. There are lots of different reasons that contribute to this, but one of them is just habit. Like a lot of people, I sometimes listen when I'm away from the computer, have lots of feelings, and then don't make my way back to the reader's journal to share those feelings with them.

But the truth is, as [personal profile] dodificus reminded me the other day, it's not all that hard! It is the kind of habit that I'm capable of changing.

So next month I'll be helping [personal profile] dodificus out with [community profile] welovepodfic, a podfic feedback challenge.
Challenge yourself to leave some kind of feedback for every podfic that you listen to during April and hopefully you'll be inspired by the mini challenges that pop up through the month to stretch your feedbacking skills even further.

If you already listen to a lot of podfics and comment on them all then you are in good competitive shape for our challenge. And if you listen some but don't always comment, then you have more to gain by participating. (If you don't like listening to podfic we still love you and hope you have a great April too!) Also there will be prizes!

Podfic Feedback Challenge, April 1st-30th

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