(This is a crosspost of a tumblr post from 3 months ago, which is why the dates discussed in the note don't quite match this posting date)
So, I hear that All the Other Ghosts posted its last chapter today. Hear because once I fell hopelessly in love with this story, around Ch. 25, and decided to podfic it and got permission, I stopped reading new updates. I want the last 5 chapters to be cold reads, my raw experience of the story straight into the microphone, so I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to stay unspoiled. Downloaded tumblr savior and everything.
But anyway, even though I can’t talk about the last chapters, I do have something to say about the fic. A LOT to say. A LOT A LOT to say. And when I have that much to say, the only way I know how to communicate that to the world? Is through performance.
I was hoping to wait until I had the first 5 chapters ready before I started posting this podfic, but I suddenly find I can’t wait another second. I don’t know if anybody is going to listen. I don’t know if y’all like podfic. I hope that for some, it can add something to the (already frankly sublime) experience of this fic—a new perspective and interpretation, perhaps, or the ability to experience the story at new times: while washing the dishes, at the gym, driving to work, falling asleep…
This performance isn’t perfect. There are a million places where I falter and don’t quite hit what I wanted to say, although hopefully it’s still close enough to get something across of what I intended. This fic is so huge and important to me right now—I walk down the street and look up at rooftops while I listen through drafts of chapters and it *feels* like the Ghost is up there, and it makes me feel safer, as wild as that is. I just… hope some fraction of everything this story means to me comes through in this, is able to make someone else think something new, feel something new, add something to the world of the story.
So here is my experience of a story that overwhelms me with my response to it. Here is my invitation to share in that, if that idea is something that sounds good to you.