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- Wow, was this ever an endeavor. It's the longest single podfic I've made by about a half hour. I did record a 90k trilogy all together a couple of years ago, but recording and editing three distinct stories feels very different than recording an editing one epic.
- I didn't realize when I read the story the first (or even third) time how many places had direct echoes of dialogue from other scenes. Just didn't twig to that at all. I feel like I should have! But I didn't even catch this when I was recording the story. It wasn't until I started editing and would go, "wait, I just heard that, where was it?" that I recognized the echoes. Very clever, yiqie.
- One thing I particularly enjoyed with podficcing this story is that there are many bits of dialogue that aren't tagged and that I couldn't immediately identify who was meant to be speaking (chorus of juniors / sect leaders / townspeople). This means there's a bit more artist interpretation in this podfic than in some others I've done. Figuring out who I thought was speaking was a fun exercise. Sometimes I decided immediately who to assign to dialogue, but other times I changed my mind after I prepped the fic so I could record it--or after I'd recorded a scene, even--who I thought would say something!
- Many thanks to Andeincascade, who offered to be an alpha-listener / cheerleader for this project when I mentioned on Twitter that my inner critic was being especially harsh and I was losing motivation to continue editing. Thank you for giving me a much-needed second perspective. Otherwise, I may have abandoned this project during the editing process. Thanks, Ande! Sorry not sorry for dragging you into a new fandom!
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