The Minneapolis- Saint Paul Airport has a ton of gluten free snack options and a few higher-end restaurants with gf menus, if I’d had the time to eat at them. They sold tons of fruits and yogurts and salads that satisfied my hunger. Also, they sell WOW gf cookies, which I make a point of getting when I find them. It’s definitely one of (if not, the easiest) airport(s) for me to eat at!
revolutionaryjo asked: For the podfic meme: 1, 4, and/or 7. :)
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-podfic.
I’m not really sure I’ve podficced enough things to have a “typical me podfic”, but I will tell you what things make me want to podfic a story.
It’s not necessarily how good a story is that will draw me to wanting to podfic, although I suppose that’s part of it. Really, the things I find myself most wanting to podfic are the fics I read that seem to just have beautiful language—words, rhythms…the way everything goes together. I feel like 90% of the podfic asks I make include some form of “I want to feel these words in my mouth.” To me, it’s all about getting the right words in the right order to make them beautiful and rhythmic and captivating to me. It’s about a beautiful story with beautiful words that I need to have in my mouth.
4. Share one of your strengths.
I love editing. I can edit all day long. I think I spend most of my energy and time trying to get all the edits and the production and the effects I’m using right. I know editing is sort of a necessary evil for most podficcers, but I just sort of adore it. I have a background in audio/video editing, so I guess that’s actually one of the allures of podfic to me. I can read a story and then I can use one of my favourite hobbies to make that reading even better. This isn’t to say I’m *amazing* at edits and post-production, just that I sometimes love editing more than I love recording the actual fic.
I know this only says to share *one* of my strengths, but I need to also add that I’m really good at cold reading (as long as it’s a fic in a fandom I’m familiar with). I read about other podficcers marking up their copy and reading through fics and doing all this pre-recording prep. Me, I just read a fic once or twice, ask for permission, then grab my phone/tablet, close myself in my closet, and read the story. No prep, no glamour. I don’t know, that’s just the way I’ve always done it. Maybe if I took the time to do all the prep I’d find out that it makes things EVEN BETTER. Who knows.
7. Which podfic has been the hardest to make?
This is actually a toss up between two podfics (I’m glad this question is coming out BEFORE I record the one I have in the queue, because I am more than sure that one is going to be 4000x harder than any fic I’ve done thus far!).
The Time of Your Life was on one hand a really easy fic to record because I’d read that fic more often than I’d read any other fic, so I was so unbelievably familiar with the source material that it didn’t take much thought to just read it aloud instead of reading it in my head. That fic is very much my OTP, and I basically consider it my canonical ending for the pairing…no matter what happens in canon or in the world of everything, I will always believe that what happens in that fic is how everything turns out. It’s their “ever after” and I don’t believe anyone will convince me otherwise. That is part of what made it hard for me. I did it as a special gift to the author to thank her for everything she’d given to the fandom and to me personally, so I knew I wanted it to be perfect (it’s not). I was still early in my podficcing career, and I’ve learned a lot of things since then and I periodically think of repodding it, because I am very conscious of all the things I would do differently if I did it all over again. I think I did it the justice I could for the time I did it, but when I listen to it now, I’m still not happy with it. It was also hard to record because it’s SAD. It’s VERY VERY SAD. I’m not generally an overly emotional person when it comes to media (there are exceptions to this) and I don’t think I’ve ever cried while reading a fic before (including this one), but something about reading it out loud made it all come to life. I think it took me four tries to record the ending before I could do it without my voice breaking. Maybe some day I’ll re-record it and do it correctly, but I think I need more time.
Hadn’t Built Up My Defenses was a challenge for other reasons. It’s by far the longest fic I’ve recorded (to date), and every time I’ve tried to record in multiple sessions, I hadn’t been able to make the audio levels match (I don’t have a permanent set up and it was clear where I’d switched sessions, no matter what I did), so I recorded it all in one take. The finished product is an hour and a half long, so basically I was in a closet in my VERY WARM apartment for at least 2 straight hours reading into my tablet. It was basically a podfic endurance challenge. (The one I have in my queue is WAAAAAY longer, so I’m going to have to solve this problem, but that’s for a little bit later.) The other challenge is that while it’s a Welcome to Night Vale fic, it’s a High School AU WTNV fic, which means the character voices are not the character voices you hear on the show or in the live shows. In addition, there are other voices that you never hear. So I had to do a lot of work to make sure I was differentiating characters, but try to also get Cecil’s voice to sound right, while not sounding like the Cecil voice we’re used to on the radio. It was a ton of fun, and it’s also the podfic I’m the most proud of to date, but it was a big challenge for me to make it all work the way I wanted it to.
—Open & Notorious
We are all, in our own way, Joseph Fink.
(Created for pod_together 2014, originally posted on AO3. Written and edited by jedusaur. Performed by Andy Crosman, anotherslashfan, argentumlupine, bessyboo, cantarina, fleurrochard, knight_tracer, mohawk!bb, Projectyl, regonym, Rhea314, and Torra. Joseph Fink clips taken from WTNV episode #17. Cecil Baldwin clip taken from Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy #110. All music by Disparition.)
Anonymous asked: I remember the days when games were about worlds you could explore and about being good, and not about who's got representation and gender this and sexuality that. I miss those days.
Those days miss you, too. I recently found a yellowed letter under one of the floorboards, and it was addressed to you and signed by those days with a tear-stained kiss of lipstick.
Meanwhile, in the present, those of us who work in the industry and who are—amazingly—able to consider more than one idea at the same time, will continue to create good games about worlds you can explore AND occasionally talk about inclusivity.
If you are feeling compassion fatigue, I think it might be okay to sit out those discussions, at least until you get your strength back. While it will be tough not having you available for close consultation, somehow we will soldier on.