Out of those 11 were collabs.
What was the best cover you made this year?
This year I finally learned to install fonts, and it definitely shows in my ITPE covers. XD The cover I made for A Loyal Fan (Yuri On Ice) is probably my favourite, and definitely the most ambitious one I attempted so far. I'm not sure it works 100%, but it's a start! I'm also rather fond of the more minimalist cover for no room for pretend (Haikyuu).
Nothing really stands out in my memory, but then I'm not a particularly adventurous podficcer, hah. Maybe my attempts at being more ambitious with my cover art count!
All of them are for Haikyuu!!, the sports anime of my heart, love of my life. Definitely planning on recording more of them.
no room for pretend (Iwaizumi/Oikawa), orphaned work. Somehow these two dorks ended up my most favourite pairing??? I am highly emotional about them and I love them and I require ten million more fics for them at the very least. This one is a most excellent fake dating story, which is always a tricky trope for me. With any given fake dating fic, I will either love it with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, or I will have to stop reading two paragraphs in because I can't handle it. IDK. It's weird. Anyway, with this fic it was obviously option number one!
I think this is an AU setting (b/c of the mentions of Suga and Ushiwaka and, well, the lack of Volleyball), but only a very slight one. Now that I think about it, using pics of them in their school stuff is maybe a bit misleading, since they're older here. Oh well. *shrugs* I still like the cover.
It's not as obvious here as it is in KUNIMI, SOBS WHISPERER, but I think I did a lot more...performing, I guess, with Oikawa's dialogue than I usually do. I'm not that good at doing voices, so I usually don't put too much thought into it, but here it felt kind necessary. I'm not sure how much of it is Oikawa's seiyuu in the anime or just my own character interpretation, but I always think of him as someone who very carefully chooses how to project himself in most situations, and I wanted to show that somehow.
Anyway, the podfic runs 01:47:20 and you can find it on AO3.
i put my hand out, unfolded, into the sunlight by carafin (Akaashi/Bokuto) is so, so lovely. I mean, it has magic realism and Bokuto discovering his love of baking and the rest of Fukurodani being very long-suffering - what more do you want? And the narration feels very Akaashi, A+++.
This was pretty much finished for a long time before I finally posted it because I was unsure what to do about the fact that I kinda mispronounce Bokuto's name. <.<'' In the end it just feels way more comfortable to say it the way I did, so I decided against rerecording the entire thing. I hope it's not too distracting!
It's 32:41 and you can find it on the AO3.
Ahaha, so. Recording KUNIMI, SOBS WHISPERER by psidn (Kindaichi/Kunimi pre-slash) was something of an impulsive decision. This story is the crack I never knew I wanted. Kunimi. Kindaichi. Lots of crying over TV dramas. Oikawa being a petty little shit. Fuck, I love it. I also never had more fun while recording something - I was just laughing at my own over-the-top performance all through recording and editing. And here you can probably really tell what I meant about Oikawa's voice. I had so much fun with that, omg.
There are very few clear official pics of Kunimi, but in all of them he looks incredibly done with everything. It's pretty amazing.
Please check this podfic out, I am so happy with how it turned out. :DDD It runs 13:34 and is here on the AO3.
P.S.: I finally started playing Dishonored myself recently, and it's going okay. But as it turns out I am surprisingly stubborn about going as low-chaos as possible. Which mostly means lots of saving and reloading. :P
Looking back on 2015 is a bit weird, because it feels simultaneously like a lot happened AND not a lot happened. I'm not sure how to describe that feeling, but it might have to do with how I've been 'just' working since the end of 2014, instead of school/Uni/something else with a clear goal in mind. It's still strange to think that I'll be doing this job for the next 40 years or so. I still love my co-workers, but my boss is...somewhat trying at times and the commute is annoying as hell, so I'm gonna put in that transfer request pretty soon.
The biggest thing of 2015 for me was when I got to meet rhea314 in September, which I had been looking forward to and planning for months. We had a good three weeks to hang out and travel and discover Germany and it was the most wonderful time. It's interesting how I never really think of my own country (and especially my own region) as a tourist destination, and seeing it from that perspective was a great experience. We went to Cologne, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Konstanz and Meersburg (with fishpatrol ! Who I got to see a lot this year, which was A+++++++++++ excellent), Ludwigsburg, Baden-Baden...but the highlight for me was probably Neuschwanstein. I'd never been there before, but it really looks like you imagine castles as a child. Giant rooms and hallways, fancy decorations and all. It really is worth a visit, even though it's crowded as hell and hard to reach. Other than that it was just really cool to hang out with a fellow fangirl, as always. We even recorded couple podfics together, so that was awesome. <3
Less awesome was how I twisted my ankle in October. :/ I had to wear a giant moon boot and stay home for almost 4 weeks and still don't feel quite back in shape, but hey, at least it gave me plenty of time to play video games (I finished Tales of Zestiria in a little over one week, which is a personal record that I don't ever want to attempt to beat tbh) and record and edit podfic, but I'll make a different year in review post for that.
Fannishly I feel like I've been all over the place this year. I should probably stop comparing every fandom I fall into to SGA, because nothing will ever be as all-encompassing as that. But I'm looking forward to finding out what my next fandom love will be. <3
Right then, that's about it, short and sweet. Tomorrow I'm going to a spa/pool and also to see Star Wars (after watching all the previous movies over the last couple of months). And then I'll see what the new year brings. But hey, I'm turning 24, that age should bring me luck, right? Right. <3
Happy New Year and good night. <3 <3 <3
the song went on forever by salvage (Guardians of the Galaxy, gen) is a short and sweet story about cuddling. A++++ all around and recorded for my fellow sky pirate forzandopod. The pic I used for the cover actually ends right about where the text begins, so I had to spend some quality time with the stamp tool, or whatever it's called. The podfic comes in at an adorable 06:02 and can be downloaded here. \o/
Chacun à son goût by thehoyden (Dresden Files, Harry/Marcone) is a classic and an old favourite. I decided almost immediately to record this for my darling hananobira , having apparently forgotten just how many opera terms are in there. XD Endless thanks to kalakirya for helping me with the surprise!Italian and fishpatrol for being my trusty beta. For the cover art I used a picture of what I think is actually a Chicago opera house? I tried finding one of a private box, but alas, the google fu was not with me.
I ended up listening to quite a bit of opera thanks to working on this, and actually watched some sort of movie version of La Boheme on youtube. The song at the beginning of this podfic is an instrumental version of quando m'en vo, aka Musetta's solo, because she's my fav. :D The music at the end is the prelude to La Traviata, though I also considered the overture of Die Fledermaus. Also: at some point I'm going to release a blooper reel that includes the 5 minutes I spent freaking out about the pronunciation of segue. I mean, seriously? SEGWAY?
Ahem. Anyway, the podifc is 1:11:50 long and can be downloaded here.
The One with the Bros by andavs (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles) might actually be my surprise!favourite, just because the narration was so much fun to record. I mean, it's a story about Stiles, Derek and Scott fighting (well, 'fighting') against a coven made of frat bro witches. How amazing is that? Hella amazing. And hella funny. I was so happy that I thought of this when I was contemplating what to record for reena_jenkins . It's perfect for her (I hope).
And I'm so pleased with how the cover turned out, I can't even tell you. I found that guy just by googling frat bro, photoshopped the Ucla logo on there, and boom, super fast yet super cool cover art. i guess alternatively I could have taken a picture of work bro in one of his Ucla shirts (no but seriously, why does he have all of those, we're in Germany) but I'm sorry to say he wouldn't have been able to pull off that glorious douchiness/swagger. The music, as stated, is from that college song, and my super-short-notice beta was the lovely yue_ix . <3
The podfic comes in at a very pleasing 54:45 and can be downloaded here.
Anywayyyy. My recipient this year was the one and only Rhea314, which caused a round of gleeful cackling when I got the assignment. :3 I was somewhat less smug about it all when I realized how difficult it was to find fics that she hadn't already recorded herself, but I did manage to find two perfect stories to record, so all is well. <3
let's get together before we get much older by raewrites (Raven Cycle, Adam Parrish/Ronan Lynch) is a really beautiful future fic about Blue, Ronan and Noah visiting Adam and Gansey at university. It has gorgeous imagery (and some of that was captured in the SUPER AMAZING fanart you can see here), great relationship dynamics and an Adam POV that shows perfectly how he has grown and settled. One of my favourite bits (aside from EVERYTHING) might be the little glimpses at Blue and Ronan's friendship. If Blue painting Ronan's nails isn't the best thing ever, I don't know what is.
knight_tracer was kind enough to beta this for me and the music is from a band called Oh Wonder. I was listening to ~atmospheric~ mixes in hopes of finding a good song for this podfic when I came across another one of theirs, Without You. That also came into consideration (because it includes the line 'can't pick up the phone without you', I mean, come on. How Ronan is that?) but while listening to the rest of their stuff I found Technicolour Beat, which fits even better. I'm also pretty happy with how the cover turned out, and really grateful to cloven for letting me use their artwork for it. <3
The podfic comes in at 2:14:35 and can be downloaded here.
Half the World is Waiting by dreamlittleyo (FAKE, mainly Dee/Ryo) is a story about home and family from Ryo and Bikky's POVs. While it starts pretty melancholy, it's a sweet and funny look into the future of all the characters (oh hey, future fic and family, there's a theme). The scene where Bikky comes home and looks at the city through the car window really stuck with me, so I used the NYC skyline for the cover.
Mostly this fic just made me feel really, really fond of everyone, and I hope that comes across well. <3 Vorvayne thankfully agreed to beta listen. The podfic comes in at 37:36 and can be downloaded here.
Happy #ITPE everyone. <3
with strings so fragile is an orphaned Kuroko no Basuke fic (Midorima/Takao because hey, this is me we're talking about) that I had been considering recording sometime in the near future, but the other day I just felt like working on some podfic, so I recorded and edited it in two days. Or two evenings, rather. It's a short one, coming in at 11:25, and it's just really calm and quiet and sweet and tagged by the author as 'Emotional Constipation' because it's about Midorima having feelings, so of course that fits perfectly.
Have I mentioned before how much I love Midorima/Takao? Because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Favourite knb OTP, pretty much he only reason why I watched seson 3 tbh. I want to record some more for this pairing in the future.
The cover was kind of a rush job - after spending at least 45 minutes last night looking first for screencaps of that one episode that I knew for a fact had Midorima with his mobile phone, and then for pictures/anime screenshots of Japanese flip phones in general, none of the things I found wanted to work. So I just said 'fuck it' and went with the above picture.
Anyway. The download link is here. Once again, thanks to paraka for hosting.
This month is one of fangirl visits and traveling (except for the next one and a half weeks, during which I have to go to work, ugh) that I've been looking forward to all year, and so far it's been AMAZING. <3 Maybe I'll get around to writing it up sometime, but for now I just want to write an overdue crosspost, since ~a certain someone~ (:P) helpfully reminded me that I hadn't done it yet. I present to you - drumroll please - the podfic project of my heart for the two and a half years it took me to finish it:
Early last month I finally finished editing bring it if you really want it by staraflur (Hockey RPF, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews), aka probably my favourite Harry Potter AU in the history of ever. I ended up recording like, 10 minutes of gushy reader's notes, so I don't want to get into too much detail here except to say that I'm honestly amazed that I managed to do this. It took me forever, but I made it, and I'm still really proud of that. And as always, beta was provided by fishpatrol, who is the best. <333
The podfic comes in at 15 hours 31 minutes and 3 seconds (!!!!!) and you can download it all in one .zip file over here, graciously hosted by the wonderful paraka.
It's also a fic that stands alone very well, so even if you don't know the fandom, give it a try if you like HP-AUs and epic world building!
Fair's Fair by thehoyden (Harry Dresden/John Marcone) is, hilariously, a story I've recorded once before, as I rediscovered the other day. You see, before I got my real start in podfic, I did record a couple of fics here and there for my ears only, and this was apparently one of them. And the difference in reading, pronunciation, sound quality and everything else between that old version and this one? Is kind of amazing. Listening to them back to back made me really happy about my progress as a reader, seriously.
Anyway. All of thehoyden's Dresden Files stories are amazing and funny and cute, and this one has sleepy mafia lords and enclosed spaces. A++ all around.
You can download the podfic here. (19:02 minutes)
Looking through my 2014 calendar, the most important things go something like this:
I graduated, getting my fancy-sounding Bachelor of Laws, and started working properly. That's...a lot of stuff summarized in one short sentence. Uni was exhausting, this final year obviously even more so than the previous two, and I'm really glad it's over. No more exams for me, thank god. And I even got an entire free month after classes ended, which I really, really needed.
Now that that's all over, I finally feel like I have more energy for socializing, keeping up with friends that I don't see regularly, and renewing contact where it got lost. And oh wow, that is a good feeling.
All in all it was a good time for me though, and I'm at a bit of a loss now that I'm looking towards to about 40 years of working. But I'll get over that, I'm sure. Honestly, there've never been many periods of time in my life where I was uncertain about what came next, education and career wise, and I'm really grateful for that. I'm really not one for spontaneity or taking big risks.
In other things that stood out and made the year special, I got to meet my favourite fishpatrol (keeping my 1-new-fangirl-meeting-per-year streak alive, aw yeah), saw Amsterdam again (still lovely, A++, would visit again), discovered the joy of snarking my way through a museum, went to Hamburg with my parents and went to the Bodensee with my whole family. I started the year a bit disgruntled because I had no big vacation plans, but in the end it turned out super awesome.
There's Japanese vocabulary all over my calendar, which is mostly a sign that I procrastinated a lot during classes, let's be real. But studying Japanese provided a much needed balance to studying for Uni, and I really feel like I improved this year. In December I took the next level of the JLPT and hopefully I'll get good news about that soon.
On the fandom side of things, I've now been part of it for half my life in one way or another. Lurking, mostly, but also more actively in the last few years. Between everything that was going on in my life I couldn't really put a lot of time into creating podfic, which is why I'm not doing an end of the year stats meme. However, I did make some progress on the project of my heart and will do my best to finish it soon.
So, yeah. It's a bit weird to not have this clear "This is what you need to accomplish next" feeling that I've had basically my whole life, but I'm planning on enjoying the hell out of it. I have super exciting plans for this year that I'm looking forward to like you would not believe and I'm pretty sure it's going to be awesome.
I got the lovely Hananobira as my recipient this year, so right from the beginning I knew I was gonna record some Hockey RPF for her. I somehow ended up recording about 2 and a half hours total, which was a bit much with all the other stuff I had going on. ^^''' I am very pleased with the result though, so. Here we go.
God, You Two Are So Married written by popfly (Hockey RPF, Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin) started as 'Eh, I guess I'd better record Hana some Jamie/Tyler.' and ended up as 'Oh my god this project is my baby, I love it so much!'. It's pretty normal for me to fall more in love with a story while recording it, but in this case I'm just so pleased with how it turned out. The music I used for this is Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Pet Shop Boys, which is one of those songs that's just on my laptop and I have no idea why? I've downloaded a lot of fanmixes over the years, I guess it might've been on one of those. At first I wasn't quite sure if it was a good song to use - I really like it, but I can never quite figure out if it's sincere or ironic - but whatever, it fit. A sappy song for a ridiculously cute story.
I'm also super pleased with the cover art! At first I had something very different planned, but as it turns out, using other people's wedding photos for a cover feels a bit creepy. Even if it's just pictures of their dogs. <.< I eventually came across a stock image of a speech bubble made ot of symbols and decided to adapt that, using some stuff from from the stock image and adding some others that fit the story. I think this might be my new favourite cover, seriously.
Beta was provided by fishpatrol , the podfic is 37:46 minutes long and you can download it here.
Dude, Where's The Stanley Cup?! by svmadelyn (Hockey RPF, Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane) is a story I had previously considered recording, so that choice was easy. It gave me a bit more trouble than I expected - I feel like I should've done something to separate the scenes more clearly, and Geno is barely in it, but man his lines are hard! - but it was also super fun to try out some over the top performances. Shawzy is my favourite part of this, hands down. I wasn't quite sure whether I should really include the author's notes at the beginning since they're quite long, but I felt like the info about just who the hell Mike and Phil are should probably be included.
I considered several songs for this podfic, including some from the movie soundtrack, some country songs, and, at some point, 500 Miles by The Proclaimers. In the end none of it really felt right and I was already a day over the deadline, so I went ahead with it as it is. Thinking about it now, Geronimo by Sheppard really is the one that feels the most appropriate, even though I decided against it because the lyrics didn't fit. I'm still not very good with choosing music unless the title is from a song, really.
The cover art is the first thing I did for this project. I tried several things, but in the end I really wanted to use the logo after spending forever changing it, so. A map and a minivan it is. Many thanks to kalakirya for jumping in as beta on very short notice. The podfic comes in at 1:55:28 and can be downloaded here.
First up, I'll hopefully be sending out christmas cards next weekend, so if you want one, now's your last chance to let me know!
I've been busy with #ITPE and the JLPT lately, but I really wanted to write a follow-up post to my initial impressions of the Fall Anime season, so here goes.
Not all that much left, really. However, I've been watching other things lately (How to get away with murder, amazing; The Hundred, really cool and really making me want to read het fic???; Shameless is coming back soon, the promos have been killing me; Still have to catch up on Mushishi; only one more month until Durarara, aw yeah) and I've been playing, like, 5 games simultaneously (Let's see, Fire Emblem Awakening, Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, Ace Attorney vs. Professor Layton, Persona Q, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Dragon Age Origins and Final Fantasy Theatrythm, if you wanna count that. So...7. Not counting the other unfinished RPGs I'm taking a break from. <.<''').
*deep breath* So yeah. I'm keeping busy.
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* Did I ever mention Barakamon? I thought I must have, but looking back over all the posts I wrote during my free month I can't seem to find it...In any case, Barakamon is lovely, please watch it.
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Like I already said, writing these posts regularly was super fun and actually much easier than I'd anticipated. I'm thinking about how best to keep doing these - now that I'm back at work I really won't be able to watch so many things, obviously, but maybe I can write one post a month or so.
For now I thought I'd pick the new-to-me things I liked best and that I'd most recommend. (Keeping it short because, well, I already wrote about them.)
2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (weeks 2 and 4). I'd go with the anime over the manga, though both are very good. I just prefer the episode format over the four panel strips. Hilarious beyond belief, never mean-spirited, with a great cast of characters. I love every single one of them. Perfect for when you just want to feel good and laugh for 20 minutes straight. (ongoing series)
3. Haikyuu!! (weeks 1 and 6) I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS ANIME, OKAY? I keep squeeing about it on twitter because it gives so much joy. It avoids a lot of the things that can make other sports anime seem silly, it usually makes me laugh for half the episode and then cry from being overwhelmed with (super positive!) feelings the other half. Emotional investment level at 110%. (ongoing series)
4. Saving Face (week 5). HELLA CUTE. Also code-switching. We all need more happy LGBT movies in our lives, don't we?
( life stuff )
Finally, I also wanted to mention some other stuff going on in my life at the moment. ( more life stuff )