jadesfire: Teddy bear wearing headphones (Teddy in headphones)
I'm on a bit of a creative tear at the moment, which I think is due to the imminent arrival of new students, and my own awareness of Autumn creeping in. It's like I have to get it all out of my system before I run out of energy and time.

So. More podfic below! But before that, O Wise and Wonderful Friendslist, lend me your brains.

I'm looking for music/songs that make you think of New York. Not just songs with New York in the title - although the less-well-known ones of those are also welcome - but songs that, for you, catch a mood or atmosphere that just says 'New York'. The ones I've got so far are fairly obvious, so I'd like some that are less so.

So far I've got:
A bunch of Simon and Garfunkel (Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., Bleeker Street, At The Zoo)
Goodnight New York by Vienna Teng
New York, New York by just about everyone - whose is the definitive version?

What else should I have on there?

Podfic - That Spin I'm In (Daredevil) )
jadesfire: Teddy bear wearing headphones (Teddy in headphones)

Author: Jadesfire
Reader: Sunquistadora
Rating: G
Fandom: Rivers of London

Summary: An anonymous tip off, a suspicious household and a lost magical item. Peter can’t help but think that there’s something fishy about this situation.

Length: 42:38
Notes: Cover by Sunquistadora

This was my first year taking part in Pod Together, and I’ve been involved in some awesome projects. As someone who mostly consumes Rivers of London via audiobooks, being able to write something specifically to be read was awesome. I love how this came out, which is how I heard it in my head, and because lo, I am lazy, I set it in the part of London where I grew up, and had a strange trip down memory lane.

This is one of 7 projects I took part in for Pod Together, so more links to come through the week!
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Default)
These are a combination of fic and podfic recs. Sometimes, because the reader made it sound awesome, I stuck with a fic for much longer than I would have done just reading. Sometimes, I loved the fic, while the reader made me stumble. My basic approach so far has been to find a reader that I like and download everything I think I might enjoy that they've read. My hit rate is about 50%, which I think is pretty good. But that means I can't untangle the fic from the reader, not really, so I'm reccing them as sets, because what works for me isn't necessarily what will work for someone else.

All the podfic pages also include a link to the text if you prefer, but this post was already long enough and the idea of doing 2 lots of links made my brain hurt. Also, fics are Gen/PG unless otherwise stated, and links go to the audiobook version where available because I prefer them - if you prefer MP3, that's usually on the archive as well, just search for the title.

This is the first batch - I got a bit carried away, so I'm sorting them by fandom, although most of the ones I have are Merlin and Sherlock. So just for a change, let's start with Doctor Crossovers and SGA:

Lost in space (and time) written and read by FayJay. Here
A Doctor Who/Black Books crossover. Yes, you read that right, now go listen to the fic, which is awesome. I think particularly for this, having the writer read the story really lifts it - the Black Books voices are perfect.

Relatives and relativity by Yahtzee, read by FayJay. Here
A Doctor Who/Sense and Sensibility crossover that completely surprised me. I thought it was a light little fic, a comedy crossover, but I was completely wrong-footed by it, and loved loved loved the story in the end. The thing is, the author has really caught Jane Austen's style, which I'm not a fan of. So I never would have sat and read this all the way to the end, and even in podfic form, I found some parts hard-going, but the reading and the story pulled me through, and it was absolutely and completely worth it.

Someone on Whom by Cathryn, read by FayJay Here
Because I don't check before listening, I had no idea what this fic was about before it started. It turned out to be a brilliant, really brilliant, Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, set during the Year that Never Was. Lovely character voices, and the ending left me grinning.

Even Bonnie and Clyde had off-days by Sholio, read by winkingstar Here
This remains one of my all-time favourite SGA fics, for good reason. Teyla, Ronon, adventures, boats, mud and banter. What more could I want? The reading here is spot on, particularly with the character voices, and I've been known to listen to it on repeat for an hour or so, quite happily.
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Fluffy duck)
To say I'm tired right now does not even begin to cover the feeling of having done a day's work, gone out, come back, made 3 batches of cupcakes, made dinner, done washing, made jewellery and then having 3 hours sleep. Then coming to work, doing a full day, icing cupcakes and dealing with dim people. And annoying printers.


I have no idea if that sentence is grammatical or not, but frankly, I'm too tired to even care. Y'all know what I mean. Right?

HOWEVER. There is one Very Important Thing I must do before I doze off at the enquiry desk (I already fell asleep on my can of diet coke over lunch and got the impression of the rim all down my nose. It's not a good look.)

Er. Hang on. Oh yes. Point.

The point is that I have been Podficced! It is very, very exciting, especially since the reading really, really matches the sound of the story in my head. I love podfic and consumed hours and hours of it last year, then I ran out of Gen, or fandom, or something, and I haven't listened to any for ages. So hearing these was a real joy, especially since [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins has absolutely caught the tone. It's always a bit nerve-wracking, giving blanket permission for your stories to be played with, since a)You risk NO ONE looking at them at all, which is sad and b)Oh gosh, what if they don't sound right.

Luckily Port Call has really long author's notes, and although we have different accents, it was like listening to the voice in my head read them aloud, so I knew it was going to be okay. Also, for me, there's something *right* about SGA stories being read in an American accent, which is why I never wanted

So having rambled at you in a sort of sleepily excited kind of way, I shall let you go and shower praise on her for doing an awesome job :)

Both are over at [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon

Port Call and Pilferage, Pirates, and Plotting (2 stories, 1 entry)

Five mission reports Sheppard's team turned in (and one they didn't)

PLEASE if you listen, go tell Reena how awesome she is. Writers are usually the ones who get the love in these arrangements, but a good reader absolutely makes or breaks a story, and Reena is an awesome reader.

Who knows. I may even be inspired to write more.

Once I've had some sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*snore*
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Default)
Title: Mount Badon
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Gen
Length: 23:46 mins (9.5 MB)
Link: Audiofic Archive

Recorded for [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo (who also provided the link, thanks!) as part of the Fandom Free For All. Apologies to anyone who knows how the names should be pronounced...

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon and [livejournal.com profile] merlinpodfic.
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (SPN - animated - rock paper scissors)
As most of you know, I have a podfic addiction, and since I don't have the time for recording right now, I've been doing a lot of listening. I've been listening to SPN fic mostly, as I've been starting to get into the show and don't have time to read fic either.

Although most of these stories will probably be old news if you've been around the fandom a while, they're also ones where I'd specifically recommend the podfic version (if you like audiobooks, of course). Because this is me, they're all Gen, but they range from the downright silly ("Of Unconventional Dealbreaking" is the silliest and is glorious in its silliness) to the dark and moving.

I'm still working my way through the Supernatural:gen tag at the audiofic archive, so more when I reach the end!

Recs under here )
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Cute - fluffy duck)
I missed the awesome post yesterday, so just take my word for it. We had a lovely day with a friend, I did some stuff and I made [livejournal.com profile] major_jim some Norwegian Cinnamon Buns*, which are yummy. I'm actually starting to worry that he's getting addicted, but I make one batch and they last all week, so at least I know he's eating breakfast.
ETA: With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] blottedcopybook, from whom I nicked the above link - apparently this recipe works a little better, as it's not just me who has sticky dough issues!

I'm waaaaay behind on writing at the moment, which I'm mostly blaming on taking on new shows. Numb3rs and Supernatural aren't the most natural fandoms to pair together (although there's probably a meta about brothers in there somewhere), but I'm finding them a good balance. Still, all this new material seems to be killing other fannish braincells. I've got 2 outstanding SGA commitments to meet (sadly, I didn't get anything done in time for the Critias deadline), but then I think I'm...well. Not done with the show, exactly, but there are other aspects of it I want to dig out, some AUs I want to write and some characters I want to explore. But John, Rodney? Sorry guys, it was fun while it lasted.

Maybe in the midst of all this new stuff I needed some nostalgia, or maybe because they're the kind of fics that stick to your brain and won't let go, when I was looking for something short-ish to podfic last night, these were the only two stories I could wrap my tongue around. So I'm totally counting these in my awesome-stakes.

Title: Duck Duck Goose
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nightdog_writes
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Fandom: House
Pairing: Gen
Length: 8:43 mins/3.49 MB
Link: Megaupload

Title: Ugly Duckling
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nightdog_writes
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Fandom: House
Pairing: Gen
Length: 4:10 mins/1.67 MB
Link: Megaupload

These were such a joy to read, I can't begin to tell you. Podficcing's a strange beast. I only record stories I love, but some of them just will not work with the cadences of my voice. Others read like they were written just for me, and there's something about the understatement and smooth tone of Nightdog's work that works for me, somehow. So huge thanks to her for permission and for writing the stories in the first place! Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon.

*As with most of Nigella Lawson's recipes, this one is extremely flexible and forgiving. Also, the 600g of flour for the pastry doesn't seem to be enough - I just kept adding more until the dough felt right, which at a guestimate was about 800g.


Mar. 7th, 2009 07:09 pm
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (CM - animated - reidprentiss hug)
Thank you so much for last night guys. Recently, I've been getting the prods I need to get myself sorted out, so I'm going to try to get on that really soon.

Today I have been awesome because I have done the ironing. I HATE ironing.

And because I always do what my flist tells me to, allow me to promote:

International Fannish Feel Yourself Up Day

Gals, if you're not checking for lumps on a regular basis, get right on that. Quickly, please. Too many folks I know are being hit by cancer right now. This one's for [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice, who's just starting to fight this sucker. And Guys, keep an eye (or, you know, hand) on the relevant parts of your anatomy too, okay? (that means armpits too - lymphoma's actually more common in men) You find anything, you go right to the doctor's, you hear me? I don't care if you think it's nothing. I don't care if you think you're being stupid. That's a helluva lot better than the alternatives. Go.

Other things roll on apace, including my growing love for Supernatural. You guys who promised me recs, I think I'm ready for them now (I'm up to 2.08 "Crossroad Blues" so no major spoily fics, tx). I'd particularly like podfic recs if you have them, since I'm about to spend a while on trains and away from home, and could use good fic to listen to. I know the stuff on my Zen practically off by heart by now.

ETA: Okay, please could more people with microphones start recording in the Gen category? Please? Because it's getting embarrassing to click on the Torchwood:Gen category and have to scroll past all the fics I recorded. I mean, I recorded them because I love them, but it's weird listening to your own voice...

So that's two ways you can be awesome for me today. How else have you been awesome?
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (SGA - Atlantis)
Title: Unaccepted
Author: [livejournal.com profile] xparrot
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Spoilers: Episode tag to "The Shrine"
Length: 40 mins/15.76MB
Link: Megaupload

Summary: Sometime it's frightening, how easily these people from Earth face down nightmares and conquer them.

Author's Notes: I've really wanted gen team tags to this ep. Um, I almost managed one? It's about as gen as "The Shrine" itself is, really. Eheh...

Reader's Notes: You know when you read a fic and you just think "I have to record this"? Well. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xparrot for the fic and recording blessing :)

[x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] sgapodfic]

ETA: Now with bonus meme:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair - just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with the picture.

Taken because I was playing with the webcam on my now-working-perfectly-fingers-crossed Aspire One

You can tell I haven't left the house yet because my hair is mostly obeying gravity )


Apr. 24th, 2008 10:13 pm
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Happy - Lena at microphone)
Title: Home from the Sea
Author: [livejournal.com profile] penknife
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Summary: It's always a beautiful day on Alderaan.
Fandom: Star Wars/Star Trek
Length: 8:59/3.6 MB
Link: Megaupload

This is an achingly beautiful story, so even if you don't like podfics, go read it. You might not fully understand if you haven't seen 'Star Trek: Generations', in which case go read other things by [livejournal.com profile] penknife. I guarantee it's worth it.

More podfic and textfic to come, once I work out what to call the story... Thank you Vera!

Waiting for Tomorrow. PG, WWII, Richard and Hugh - who'd've thought anyone would want to read fanfic about two OCs? Er...maybe no one will, but I had fun writing it anyway :)
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Happy - Lena at microphone)
...but just to say that I've posted 2 fics to [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon. It's taken me longer than I'd hoped, thanks to a severe case of nerves, for some reason.

They are:

One Door Closes by [livejournal.com profile] travels_in_time (Doctor Who, Jack; Gen)

Coffee With Lucifer (#7) by [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgirl (Torchwood, Jack; Gen)

Both links go to the [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon entries. More to follow!
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Buffy - Dawn/blah blah blah)
...I just deleted a load of tracks off my MP3 player so I could fit Podfic onto it. Considering my MP3 player is 8GB, I'm not sure whether to feel proud or worried. At least 1/3 of that is spoken word of some description - Radio 4 podcasts, Terry Pratchett books, a Doctor Who book, and now SGA podfic. I've got 2 Torchwood stories, and will put some more on once I work out what I can delete without missing. There's not as much choice in Torchwood audiofic - I know you guys like talking, so where are you all? Hmmm?

I'm also looking at microphones on Amazon, trying to work out which is the best to buy. Any recommendations? Something that's good for both speech and singing would be ideal, but I'll settle for just speech.

I have 3 stories in mind to read - one by Becky, one by Z and one by Chrys (er...assuming the latter two let me...must remember to ask them...). If they go alright, I'll start looking around for more, and maybe pluck up the courage to read some of my own. The SGA standard practice is not to attempt the accents, which seems very, very wise. No-one wants to hear me attempt a Welsh accent, and the less said about my American attempts, the better. I'll also take requests, assuming people can stand the sound of my voice. I'm writing a list, so get in early!

We're off out for the day, and I hope to come home to lots of helpful comments and some more Tardis Big Bang entries. I've had 6 already, and had too much fun skimming through them. My inner-beta forced me to make some suggestions to people, which I only feel vaguely embarrassed about - it's worse to say these things later and have people say "but why didn't you tell me in the first place?" My main concern now is that tomorrow's the deadline, we've got 90ish writers signed up and only 6 stories in. I think I'm about to lose a week of my life to Whoniverse fic.

*grin* Can't think of a better cause.

Have a good day, everyone!


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