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I should have done this ages ago, but better late than never, right?

So, the amazing [personal profile] luzula organised this group cast podfic of [personal profile] omphale's Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and the lovely [personal profile] crinklysolution invited me to be a part of it and we generally had an amazing time and the finished product is pretty darn cool if I do say so myself.

Here is a link to Luz's post for the project.

[personal profile] luzula read Benton Fraser, [personal profile] crinklysolution read Ray Kowalksi, I read Ray Vecchio and [personal profile] helens78 read Frannie and a bunch of other cool stuff. Luz, with crinkly's help, found the sound and music snippets for the section dividers, which are amazing. Plus then [personal profile] podfic_lover did a wicked podbook thing for it with the images from the original fic as section covers. So, so much fun to work with an awesome team on something like this.


I've never done a collaborative podfic and wow, I would do that again in a heartbeat. It really helped with motivation and it was so great to have a bunch of really talented people who were just as psyched about the podfic as I was. As the least experienced podficcer of the bunch, I also felt like I was getting some great advice and support, which was wicked. And yeah, the whole cast of people for different characters aspect was something I really liked.

It was really really cool to get to be Vecchio in this. I have definitely always felt like he was the one I had less of a grasp on. In 'Year in the Life', his parts were always harder to nail down than Kowalski's, and I was never really sure I had gotten them right. But in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades I feel like I kinda got inside his head. He's a little older, a little more self-aware than the others, I think, and I loved that about him. And I love his snark and his resignation.

And yeah, I bawled my eyes out when I listened to the whole thing the first time through, because I had just gotten so attached. Never mind that I knew it was coming, obviously. Never mind that I knew what was coming by the end of the first section the very first time I read the fic (great fic-reading moment of realization : I know that song, I know how this ends, they want me to read that guy, oh holy god).

I somehow had not read this fic before getting invited to join the project, so it was also my introduction to that, too. It's such a neat historical scrapbook of a fanfiction. Omphale is a brilliant writer and researcher, and the art to go with the story is really cool. I think the snippets of sound that Luz and crinkly found to put between the parts really did a lot to bring that aspect of it to life.

Also, I have been a giant fan of Luz's since I first started listening to podfic, so this is a bit of a ridiculously cool thing to happen to me.


And, for posterity's sake, here is a youtube link for the original version of Cold Missouri Waters, as sung by James Keelaghan. (And what the heck, here is a live version, 'cause I couldn't decide which I like better)

The Cry Cry Cry version (included at the end of the podfic) is totally awesome, and is the one most people know. But I grew up in southern Alberta and James Keelaghan was my favourite musician in the whole wide world between the ages of about 7 and about 12, so his will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Date: 2012-10-28 07:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
Ooh, thanks for linking to the original version of Cold Missouri Waters! I seem to have imprinted on the Cry Cry Cry version, but it was cool to hear the original one.

Also, that's interesting to hear about Vecchio. I couldn't tell at all that you'd found him harder to read in "A Year in the Life"--these things often are mostly in the reader's head. I was so impressed with that podfic overall.

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