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Dear ITPE-er!

HI!!! I'm so excited that you're participating in ITPE!


Do tell! What are your #ITPE feelings?

  1. aI genuinely love podfic. It’s a medium and community that works really well for me on a number of levels.

    1. Corollary: you are making podfic within some of my favorite fandoms, with the intent of making me happy. I’ll love it, I promise.

  2. I really love this challenge, and would like other people to enjoy it as well. Especially you!

    1. Corollary: it’s set during a very busy time of year. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge. Please don’t get too worked up on my account. I’ll love it, I promise.

  3. I’m generally pretty easy to please, and try to be clear about where those limits are. They’re there, but they’re usually fairly easily avoided.

    1. Corollary: unless you’re actually deliberately trying to mess with me, I’ll love it, I promise.

    2. Corollary: guidance is helpful.

      1. Secondary corollary: with the exception of the squicks and triggers, these are guidelines, nor rules. Feel free to play fast and loose with them if you think the situation demands it :D


Okay, so what are your general fannish, genre and canon feelings?

At the moment, my rule of thumb is that my tolerance for angst and violence in fandom goes as deep as the canon does. So for Spartacus, anything up to and included truly ridiculous amounts of gore is gonna be fine, but in White Collar, anything worse than, say, moderate and non-fatal mayhem won’t be great; similarly, body horror in Rivers of London would be fine, but not in Leverage. Likewise, Fast and the Furious isn’t particularly angsty, so I’m not a great fan of Brian being emo, but Miles Vorkosigan is a fabulously angsty muffin, so I’m onboard with him and his crew wallowing in their feelings.


On the other hand, my tolerance for fluff exceeds cavity-inducing levels with no regard for canon. Should you decide that what I need in my life is Dom and Mia Toretto sibling-bonding over fluffy bunnies, I encourage you to embrace that thought thoroughly.

             Note the first: though some of these canons (Spartacus, Vorkosigan, Young Wizards) feature major character death, I’d argue very strongly that all of them are hopeful/redemptory. So while major character death (and non-canonical rape and excessive violence) isn’t (aren’t) a deal breaker, a non-happy ending kinda is.

Story-wise, stories set in canon are fine. AUs, be they human, animal, or sentient dinnerware, are fine by me. Fusions and so on are fine, but please don’t fuse with a canon that you don’t know I’m familiar with and like (e.g. No Hannibal fusions. Ask analise010 or reenajenkins if you need help on this one.) I adore secondary characters and learning more about them and their background and their story and how they fit into and feel about the main story. I adore day-in-the-life and humor and geekiness and happy flailing.

Format wise, I’m very easy to please. If you find a fic you think I’d like, go for it. If you find a chatlog, headcanon, interview, poem, squee, meta, or whatever, that you think I’ll like, go for it.


I need more detail: what are your fandom- and pairing- specific feelings?


I'm here for the found family feels. Actually, I'm in a lot of places for found family feels, but this fandom is so great for that! movies only please. I adore everyone in this boyband. I am happy to ship everyone in this boyband, including all the poly. Have at it.

Sidenote: things that I am not currently interested in that feature heavily in some parts of fandom include Tony’s Mommy&Daddy Issues, Bruce’s (and Tony’s) feelings of inadequacy, Pepper-bashing


I’m mostly here for the OT3 and gen. I love Sophie, but Nate and his issues annoy me.

White Collar

ditto on the OT3. As far as I'm concerned the canon here ends sometime around S3: Diana is back (but Lauren can stay!), Sara is excellent, El and Peter are rock-solid, and there are no clouds on the horizon. Fandom seems to agree with me on many of these, so I shouldn’t think you’ll have much trouble, should you decide to go in this direction. This is a great fandom for h/c, should you decide to go that way, though please give me my happy ending J


I have many many feelings about everyone: Miles, Cordelia, Aral, Ekaterin, Gregor, Simon, Elena, Kareen, Alys, Ivan, Taura, Tej, Laisa, Ethan, Bothari, Elli, Dono, Jole… Everyone. They are my darlings. All of them should have everything they deserve, with everything that entails.

Mark’s Black Gang are a bit tricky for me, so that really the one element I’d rather you steered clear of. Several excellent fics in this fandom feature historical Barrayaran OFCs and I encourage you not to discount them.

Rivers of London

I do love this fandom, but the things I love in it are complicated. For the sake of ease, I'll say that I'd prefer nothing higher than a PG-13 rating for Peter/Thomas, though shippy stuff is fine. Beverly and her extended family are great.s Abigail is great. Lesley is great. Molly is great.

Fast and the Furious

All the found family forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. Dom/Brian is excellent, Mia/Brian is excellent, poly is fine and excellent, though I’d rather it was non-incestuous, please. This is another good fandom for h/c.

Avatar: the last Airbender, Legend of Korra

My darlings! I adore these kiddos. Have at it.

Note: I’d rather not have sexy shenanigans about underaged characters. Once Korra and Asami, for instance, are both 18, have at it.


LADIES. also agron/nasir. but mostly ladies. ladies ladies ladies.

Almost Human

Dorian and Kennex are lovely and deserve all the good things. Including each other. But also cuddles. I just want them to be happy.

Young Wizards

Tiny fandom of my heartface. I love them so much. So much. So so so much. All of them. Everyone. In every time and place.


XENA/GABRIELLE 4EVA. That is all. (gen is also good :D)


I do need to know your squicks and triggers…

no-escape situations (either real or metaphorical – eg backed into a corner, despair, suicidal ideation, variations on "you have nowhere (else) to go", "no one will believe you")

dub- or non-con

misunderstandings/miscommunication as a plot device

mental health care professionals who suck at their jobs

chase scenes (Fast and the Furious gets an exception, but no one else does)

more-than-canonical gore (see first paragraph under “general feelings”)

major character death that isn’t happy/redemptory (see note under first paragraph of “general feelings”)


What if I have questions that you didn’t answer here?

Then you can ask on this post anonymously, or ask analise010 or reenajenkins, who have a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes :D

Have fun <3




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notes and links 

  • m4b - an audiobook format; apple products know to treat them as audiobooks and not songs. can be chaptered.
  • chapter and verse - an audiobook making program (iTunes will do m4bs for you, so this is mostly a Windows ppl thing)
  • Audacity - audio editing software for windows
  • Garageband - audio editing software for mac
  • Hindenberg - professional audio editing software
  • podfic_love - podfic rec comm
  • podfic-tips - podfic tutorial and tips comm
  • blanket permission - prevents you from having to request permission. fanlore has a list here. fire_juggler maintains fandom-specific lists here.
  • audiofic.jinjurly.com - the audiofic archive
  • amplificathon - a DW and LJ comm where podfic gets posted. if you post here, unless you opt out, it will be archived in the audioarchive automatically. Also an annual challenge designed to increase podficcing in small fandoms; FAQ for that here 
  • pod_together - a challenge that matches writers and podficcers for a new collaborative work
  • podfic_bingo - a way of stretching your podfic muscles (signups close at the end of august!)
  • podfic big bang - multi-fandom 10K challenge
  • epic podfic big bang - for those who don't get out of bed for less than 75K (hosted on the same com as PBB)
  • #ITPE - the holiday podfic exchange, stands for International Twitter Podfic Exchange (you do need twitter for this)
  • multipod - a podfic with multiple voices
  • re-pod - a podfic of a story that has already been podficced
  • accents - a thing that you should not allow to prevent you from podficcing
  • 10K = 1 hour - a rough approximation of how many words translates to how much podfic
  • podficmeta - the podfic-discussion comm zvi mentioned
  • auralphonic - the podcast about podfic
  • collaborativepodfic - a DW comm for finding ppl to do multivoiced podfic with


things I meant to mention but didn't:

  • the "podfic welcome" and "blanket permission" tags on AO3 are good ways to draw podficcers' attention and/or find stuff to podfic
  • we love non-english podfic too! you get extra points on amplifcathon and much love from the multi-lingual!
  • you don't have to do covers, but some people like to! I use GIMP, a free photoshop clone. Windows users may need a special program to add covers to mp3s; I use mediamonkey 
  • awesome ladies podfic anthology - anthologies of podfic about ladies of <1K. an excellent way to get your feet wet.
  • WAGFAPE - the Women And Genderqueers First Podfic Exchange, where you sign up to make podfic that don't focus on cismen
  • forvo sometimes has useful pronunciation guides. sometimes. use your judgement.
  • ditto dictionary.com
  • the word "gasps" is an evil unto this world that should be forever shunned
things other people mentioned
  • [personal profile] ambyr is wonderful and has added say how, a pronunciation guide for famous and semi-famous names, and the ABC book, for corporate brand name

I can be reached here, on LJ under this name, on twitter under this name, or on tumblr under podficcerbynight
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things we discussed include
the importance of warnings in podfics
the embodiment of podfic
commenting on podfic and visual art
feedback as a type of fanwork
recs as a type of fanwork

links to stuff we mentioned
Chaos War (kalakirya did podfic, yue_ix did art)
Do You Want to Date My Avatar (a multi-voice podfic directed by kalakirya with art by yue_ix)
they tell me their secrets (the sherlock collab podfic that yue_ix was a voice on that kalakirya squeed over)
Texts from Cephalopods (the podfic collab both yue_ix and kalakirya squeed over)
podfic-love (a podfic rec comm)
Definitely Not Toni Stark's Voice Diary (the thing bessyboo did that both yue_ix and kalakirya squeed over)

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Dear podficcer!

ok, fun stuff first:
any fandom I've ever participated in is fair game for this (full list on ao3).
That's a mildly daunting list, so to narrow it down/pick out characters of whom I'm particularly fond and who canonically fit this challenge (and a few whom I adore but haven't recorded for whatever reason):
Pepper, Natasha, Darcy, Sif, Peggy (Marvel movie 'verse); Abbie (Sleepy Hollow); Nita and Dairine (Young Wizards); Cordelia, Ekaterin, Kareen, Bel, Dono (Vorkosigan verse); Hermione, Professor McGonnagal (Harry Potter); Lagertha (Vikings); Raven (Xmen); Mako (Pacific Rim); Kira, Dax, Ezri, Ziyal, Cassidy Yates (star trek ds9); Uhura (star trek tos); CJ Cregg (the west wing); Gwen, Morgana (Merlin); Parker, Sophie (Leverage); Mia, Letty (Fast and the Furious); any and all of the sailor scouts, for whom my love remains unalloyed, and also the sailor stars, because <3; El, Sara, June (White Collar); Xena, Gabrielle (Xena); Naevia, Lucretia, Illythia, Mira, Saxa, Melitta, Laeta (Spartacus); Cheri Littlebottom, Maladict(a), Polly (Discworld).
that having been said, I'm am 110% down with AU versions of any and all characters, most particularly of the genderqueered variety (I'm sorry to say that the list above contains very few canonical genderqueer characters /o\).

unfun stuff (squicks and triggers):
no-escape situations (either literal - "I can't find a door" - or metaphorical - suicidal ideation, despair, "no one will believe you")
more-than-canonical gore (applies per canon, e.g.: massive amounts of gore are ok in spartacus but not in leverage)
dub-con, non-con
power differentials in sexual situations that haven't been clearly discussed ahead-of-time and on-screen (ie not before the fic/podfic starts!)
misunderstandings/miscommunication as a plot device

I think that's it! SO EXCITED YOU GUYS OMG :D

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Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Characters/Pairing: John/Sherlock
Rating: PG-13/teen
Content Notes: spoilers for S1, some h/c, mild violence
Length: 13:13
Performer Links: [livejournal.com profile] lunchy_munchy , [personal profile] lunatique and [personal profile] yue_ix 
Author: [personal profile] etothepii 
Cover Artist: [personal profile] yue_ix 
Summary: "In Afghanistan, the supplies tell him when they're running low, and the cars always, always tell him when strangers have touched them, and John gets known as having a knack (paranoia, his men call it, but he's never missed a single car bomb) for keeping his men safe."
(reccer's summary: in which objects talk to John - literally - and sometimes John talks back.)

Reccer Notes:
There are a number of ways to record collaborations - in person, over skype, separately and combining mp3s - and they all have advantages and disadvantages, but this podfic captures one of my favorite reasons to record in person, which is that it just sounds like people having fun. My favorite is a scene between 1:15 and 3:20 - it's just a little domestic bit between Sherlock and John, in which the objects in the room kibitz and complain and rejoice: the way the podficcers bat the lines back and forth (lunatique narrates, lunchee is John and yue_ix is Sherlock) and it just all comes together really nicely. Also the rejoicing refrigerator magnet makes me smile every single time :D

There are two versions, with and without echo, and I'd suggest the echo one, because it clarifies a little bit more what's going on (the objects echo, but dialogue and narration doesn't, so it makes it clearer that only John can hear them)

Fanwork Link(s): audioarchive | DW | AO3
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I got this from [livejournal.com profile] teprometo :) It's... a bit longer than it *should* be, just from the question, because I went off on a tangent or two XD


What is your name/username?
Where do you live?
Where do you wish you lived?
Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theatre, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pyjamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, Polka Dots, Papaya, Penthouse, Subtext, Smile, Oil, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Avenue, Drawing, Tomato, Often, February, Syrup, Orange, Talk, Breakfast, Drawer, Horror, Herbs, Tiffany, Sex-God, Chocolate Diva Divine
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What’s the bug, that when you touch it, curls into a ball?
Choose a book and read a passage from it.
What do you call gym shoes?
How old are you?
What is your favorite color?
What color are your eyes?
What was the last thing you drank?
Would you rather: Have a million dollars or a million friends?
Eat a taco or a quesadilla?
Be a shark or an elephant?
Do you speak a second language? Say something in it.
Do you think you have an accent?
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day 3
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


day 5
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.
- done

day 6
In your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

oof, this is hard. So much of my fandom experience revolves around podfic and amplificathon, and I don't really participate in comms or challenges...
But I guess the question isn't about things I participate in, it's about things I love. So.

[community profile] podfic_bingo is fun because it helps me stretch myself - is this a story that it would make sense to read drunkenly? How could I incorporate mixed media? I usually avoid 2nd person pov, but it's on my card so maybe I should find some, and oh, hey, it's not as obnoxious as I imagined!
[community profile] podficbigbang I just really love long podfics :D
[community profile] snowflake_challenge okay so I'm passing the buck a bit, but I do really love this challenge. I did bits of it privately last year, and I'm still doing bits of it in April, because it makes me more conscious about why I like participating in fandom, about the bits I love and the bits that make me uncomfortable in a way that's good to examine, and I just really love that it's a personal challenge that is done on my schedule and in ways that work for me while still being challenging.

day 7
In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Something non-fannish about myself? The amount of time I spend exercising probably qualifies :) I didn't really get into exercise until I joined a flat-water racing kayak team in 8th grade. The kayaking and racing didn't stick, but I discovered that regular exercise did wonders for my depression and I've stuck with it ever since. What I do varies: team sports frustrate me, one-on-one sports require someone to play with, running is terrible for my bum knee, so it's often some type of weightlifting in combination with some variety of aerobics. If I have access to a gym, that means weights and an elliptical or stairclimber; if I'm at my parents house, it's one of the (many) FIRM exercise videos they have (depression runs in my family, as does this way of dealing with it); most recently I've been borrowing my roommate's Just Dance wii games (with permission!).
No matter what I do, exercising lets me get out of my head for a bit - I'm not stressing about school or family or my depression or whatever, I'm just climbing. Or dancing. Or kayaking. It's also a routine - if I do get really stressed or upset about something, I work out. There's a series of steps involved in that: finding my sneakers, getting workout gear on, filling my water bottle, going to the gym/the basement/the living room. I know how to do those, I know exercise will make me feel better, I know I'll be better able to deal with everything afterwards. Even if I'm too upset to workout (if I'm still miserable after 10 minutes I give myself permission to stop), the process of getting everything together gives me something new to focus on, so even if working out didn't help, I've gotten enough momentum to try something else.
This can, occasionally, lead to over-exercise, especially as I'm not doing this under the eye of a professional. So I have a semi-arbitrary limit of an hour a day, six days a week, though I'm happy to say that I haven't gotten close to that limit in over a year (as the amount I exercise is directly proportional to the degree of my depression, that's really good news!). I'm beginning to hit the point where I'm exercising because it's fun, rather than as a release-valve, which is good in all ways :D

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Hi, I'm kalakirya (Jess), and I'll be working with people on a 9000 word multi-voice Teen Wolf podfic!

What's the story?

It's Do You Wanna Date My Avatar by [personal profile] christycorr , and is written half in narrative format, and half in World of Warcraft chat format. The story is here on AO3, and my complicatedly color-coded preliminary script is here. I'm still fussing with it – the narrator's going to get a little smaller, as the cues get passed to the characters, but it should give you an idea.

What's the author's summary of the story?
In hindsight, maybe introducing the local werewolf contingent to the wonderful world of online gaming hadn't exactly been Stiles' best idea.

more details behind the cut )

feel free to email me if you have any questions!