[Podfic] 爱不释手; never let me go
Author's summary: Wei Wuxian has certainly hoped so ardently in his two lifetimes, for so many different things, in so many different ways, that he could have summoned the demon to his front door with his bare hands. His eyes wander to Lan Zhan, settle on the back of his head, the blue-black curtain of his hair. Oh, how he has hoped.
Podfic of the story by yiqie.
- 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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