So about those audio versions...

3 years ago | Tartra (Member)

Hey guys!

In a fun collection of circumstances, the people here and the people ImyRL got me thinking. I'm a semi-professional actor, and you're all writers. I am too, but I want to play with other people's stuff.

Here's my deal: I need to practice my diction and overall voice work. Nothing fancy - really, nothing fancy - because it's all there to help me develop my sight reading, pacing, conveyance of tone, and all that actor stuff. Instead of crackin' open a book of poetry and reading to the wind, I figured I'd kill two daring birds with one stone and cold read/practise with chapters out of your serials. I'd want to do a bunch, stick 'em on SoundCloud, possibly on YouTube as well, and not only could that give you a neat bonus to offer your readers, but it might help draw in others.

Again, what I'm asking is for a few people to let me read out some of their work, post it publicly, tag it and link it back to your work, and then also let me throw in a quick plug to my serial in the description ('cause you can't pass up the opportunity). That's it! All free, but with the happy caveat of 'you get what you pay for'. I'm trying to make this sound as interesting and enticing as possible while also hammering in that I - first, foremost, and selfishly - will be the one benefiting from all the practice.

So, is anyone up for a free audio version?

The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.

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  1. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah, I'd be willing to give this a go. Mine might even be a good story for you to start with, since the individual posts are so short.

    I think the only part that wouldn't work is my last 2 posts (since they deal with a bibliophantom messing up the text with references to free speech), but if you get that far I could easily re-write them for audio, or we could come up with a fun way to get around the differences between text and speech.

    OTOH you might have been thinking of a more standard story, in which case no offence taken if you don't want to read the Archive.

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  2. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Stable - This is an offer that's 100% unrestricted by anyone's definition of standard. Don't worry about rewriting anything yet! Let's give this a whirl, and hey, you might hear a few things you'd want to tweak, but this is a judgement-free zone.

    Thanks for putting the Archive on my plate, Stable. :) I'll get this running in a few nights.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  3. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Definitely sounds interesting! I think a lot about the way my words sound (and having done a bit of playwriting, I've experienced both delight and horror at seeing others read my stuff -- I know I have a weird beat going on, though I haven't quite pinned down what's weird about it), so this is of interest.

    You could choose Kinda Super Gay, Godpunk, or A Bad Idea, all of which would be very different reading experiences I imagine. I'd throw up a post linking to it on MEGAPULP, and then also link you in the table of contents (tho no promise it'd last there forever -- I'm not 100% sure I like my ToC, so I literally have no idea what I'm going to do w/ it. Like I literally have no idea. Should I cave in and use a bunch of Wordpress sidebars and widgets? I like my site design but also I don't. This is totally off-topic but like site design is so hard.)

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  4. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Billy - Dude. I am so and completely on board with using Kinda Super Gay. :D

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  5. tkjarrah (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Well, I'm always happy for any promotional opportunity that involves me doing no work whatsoever, so I'd more than happily offer up either Outliers or Silversmith, whichever you prefer. Outliers is more casual and first-person, Silversmith is a bit more literary, if that makes any difference

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  6. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've been considering doing readings and YouTube posting myself, but I'm not even remotely practiced at such things. It would be interesting to hear it done from someone actually competent.

    However, I don't have a serial, and you're likely to not get any promotion from my blog, so it may not be what you're looking for. My story blog is a bunch of shorts, mostly flash fics and series pilots. Still, if you wanted to use one of my shorts as a warm-up or a sample piece, I wouldn't be opposed. Could go with anything on there, but "Sustra and the Machine", "Runan and the Glass Desert", or anything with Tabitha is probably among the better stuff. Intrepid #O1 is the best thing on there, but it's also the longest by far.

  7. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Knifleman - Hooray! Thanks a bunch. :D

    @Sharkerbob - You will all be warm-ups and samples to me, and lovingly doused in my Torontonian accent. If I run out of serial to read out loud, or if I didn't have any takers, I'd just be casually grabbing shorts from /r/WordPrompts, but to be clear, the goal of this is to practise my diction. It has zero to do with promotion, but as long as I'm walking by the lottery, I might as well muy a ticket, just in case. Otherwise I could just read a newspaper out loud at my mirror. :P Makes sense?

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  8. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Tartra - Certainly, although news articles and fiction might have a different diction style. Have fun with the project! :)

  9. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Tartra Sweet! I'm excited! You'll definitely get some links from me out of it. :)

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  10. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Sharkerbob - They absolutely do! News is a lot more uniform. There might be a twist on the style from article to article, but in the end, they keep to the same standard. The best part of picking at fiction is that everyone takes on a drastically different tone and mood, especially when you throw in people's grammatical quirks. I know mine too well, so I've got to take a lot more time off before I put it on the verbal chopping block. :D

    @Stable - Hahaha! That's awesome, Stable, but wait until you hear it first! ;D

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  11. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Tartra, you are always such an awesome upbeat person that if I didn't have anything for you to practice with, I'd write something for you. ;) If you get through the volunteers you already have and want more, I'd be thrilled for you to take a swing at one of my stories, and equally thrilled to toss a link to your work up on my site.

    That said, if you find you already have more than enough to keep you busy and don't need more, that's cool. I'll be watching for you to post what you do, anyhow.

  12. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @LEErickson - Full disclosure, I just did a full on "Tee-hee!" at that. :D Yaaay, and thank you for all of that!

    I think what I'm going to do is read everyone's first chapters/shorts/posts/whatevers, and then just keep cycling through them. That gives me some good variety across everyone's styles, and it also means I get an excuse to do my favourite thing in the world: make a spreadsheet! Oh my God, this might even call for a pivot table. Annnnnd that's my afternoon gone.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  13. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago



    It did just occur to me that Graves' first episodes are first person present tense from a female point of view. I have no idea if that would be weird or not, but 7.1 is in third person past tense, and Crowmakers is entirely in tppt.

    Have fun!

  14. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I'm really slow. But, if you've still got space this sounds like a great thing. It's a clever idea, big community points. No matter what, though, I'm really interested to hear everyone else's stories read aloud. Wonderful idea.

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