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I Am Having an Awesome Weekend

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This weekend is 3 Day Novel Podfic weekend and I am having far too much fun. I actually managed to get my podfic done in 2 days instead of 3, so I think I'll start a second one this afternoon. There was a minor freak out yesterday when I went to edit in my rerecords, only to realize that something had happened to my file and the beginning was totally distorted and sounded horrible but luckily I had been saving each individual file as well so was able to make a new masterfile that sounds ok. *phew*

I have been having so much fun on Twitter, there aren't even words. There are 4 of us doing 3 Day Novel Podfic ([personal profile] cantarina, [personal profile] sophinisba and weimar27) and we've all be encouraging each other on Twitter (check out the hashtag #3DNPodfic).

bessyboo also joined in. I've casually known bessyboo for a while now but it wasn't until recently that I started following her on Twitter. SHE IS NOW MY NEW FAVOURITE PERSON!!

While having a discussion about podfic, I made said "But we'll keep fighting, right?" Which lead to:

bessyboo: @paraka12 indeed! THE FIGHT CONTINUES! *strikes adventurous pose*

paraka: @bessyboo I'm totally picturing you with an upraised sword in your hand right now :P

bessyboo: FOR PODFIC! (sadly there was no sword, only a windshield scraper to be had) @vworpvworp @paraka12



This, of course, started a trend and I had to make me own FOR PODFIC! picture:


I am sad proud to say that all I had to do to take that picture was grab a mic and move a chair (all other geeky props were either already on my person or were already in the living room). My geeky house, let me show you it.


Some of the other podficcers on Twitter did pictures as well (but they're locked). I totally think this should be a trend though and all podficcers should make one!


bessyboo also made me cover art for my 3 Day Novel Podfic which is so awesome I don't even have words!!! It was awesome enough that it's now my desktop picture, kicking out a slide show of hot Kris Allen pictures.

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bessyboo
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
CONSIDER THIS A PLACEHOLDER COMMENT, TO REMIND MYSELF TO TELLYOU THE STORY BEHIND THAT COVER WHEN I AM NOT AT WORK (and also to leave proper feedback!)
paraka
Sep. 5th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
:D I can't wait to hear the story!
bessyboo
Sep. 10th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
SORRY I GOT ALL BUSY WITH MY WHO AUDIO, BUT THANKS FOR REMINDING ME
OKAY, so. First off, let me say that I spent WAAAAY TOO MUCH TIME on this cover, so I am SO GLAD you like it so much! Also the fact that it kicked out Kris Allen as your desktop image had me blushing and grinning like a loon a LOT *^^*

Now. Last weekend, during our little #3DNPodfic fest, I wanted to finish the covers before you guys posted your podfics, so you could post them with the final product. (YOU STILL HAVEN'T POSTED YOURS, BTW. I FEEL I AM OWED, HERE!)

So I finished weimar27's relatively quickly, in about the standard amount of time it takes me for a cover (~1-2 hours). I knew yours would take a little longer, because as you probably gathered the moment I tweeted you back with my gleeful hand rubbing in response to your fic link, I had MANY IDEAS, and they were not simple.

I had remembered the fic from ages ago (okay a year, whatever), but as I re-read it, my idea solidified in my mind: I wanted to do something with the publicist. I'd already done a million (okay, five) podfic covers on the marriage theme (there's only so many designs you can come up with using rings and veils!), and she was so...I just. I could see the graphic in my mind. With the one Perez cap on a laptop screen in the background! And her on a smartphone with the other Perez screen up! AND MUCH GLARING!

Of course, this required not only casting someone as the publicist who had the right look, but of course they had to be in the right pose. And I had very specific ideas about this. I would have accepted one of maybe three specific poses, and at least two of them required her to be holding a smartphone. THIS WAS SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND! I considered using Anthea from Sherlock, but, fandom-specific connotations aside, not only does she appear in only ONE SCENE which has her sitting in the back of a car with bad lighting, she kind of looked too...nice. Anthea is more "mysterious and alluring". I wanted someone with a serious BITCH FACE.

Finally, I'd been searching for the perfect base for the publicist for close to an HOUR at this point. I was getting VERY DISCOURAGED. In my frustration, I thought, "God, how hard can it be to find a bitchy-looking woman in professional dress (spike pumps a plus), holding a smart phone and glaring over her glasses, possibly with terrifying breasts and...OH FOR THE LOVE OF..."

(This is the point in the story at which, when I was telling it to moonlingmaid in the car the next day, she CRACKED THE FUCK UP because she knew EXACTLY where this story was going. And I hadn't told her the punch line OR showed her the finished cover before starting the story. This should possibly tell you something about me IRL XD)

So I go to my closet and put on one of what queelez calls my "Pepper Potts outfits". I grab my camera, tripod, photography light and iPhone, set it up and snap a couple of shots (hooray for the timer function!), and head back to my graphics program.

FINALLY the cover started to come together. I cut myself out (lolol) and placed the mobile Perez cap on my iPhone. I found a laptop on a table, stuck it behind me, made the non-mobile Perez site a cap and stuck THAT on the laptop. Something still seemed to be missing, and I realized I wanted it to look a bit more like the publicist's war room (so to speak), so I proceeded to spend the next HOUR compiling photos and magazine covers that I thought she'd have on her bulletin board, and arranging them how I wanted. I was getting into her headspace--what would she have on top? Clearly the ones with Kris in them, that was the topic at hand after all, the most recent Thing To Deal With--I WAS BECOMING THE PUBLICIST. (It is worth noting that it was rounding 5 AM by this point, and I had not had any sleep.)

I finally got the bulletin board to my liking, spent another 40 minutes futzing around with the text, looked at it, and went "Dayum. That...turned out pretty well. Huh. Guess using myself as a model wasn't a half-bad idea?"

And then I tweeted it at you and COLLAPSED INTO BED because it was like *SIX THIRTY* AM at this point, and as previously mentioned I hadn't gotten any sleep, and had to be at work by like noon XD

SO THERE YOU ARE, THAT IS THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE COVER FOR "BABY THERE'S NO OTHER SUPERSTAR". XD
amproof
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
You were already wearing the viking hat?

OMG.

ILU.

Tell me it is standard attire. Pls.
paraka
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Tell me it is standard attire. Pls.
Sadly I cannot, it was one of the things already in my living room, not one of the things I was already wearing. :P It lives in front of the sword in the stone usually.
scatterheart
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Your picture is basically AMAZING. *___* I must have missed your post on your geeky house, because how awesome is that?!
paraka
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
:P Well I did make that house post quite a while ago, and it was cut ID #5, so maybe you skimmed and didn't get far enough?

I do love my geeky house though :D
canuck_kat
Sep. 6th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Awesome pics are awesome! That is all.
duncanmac
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Suffice to say that you look *awesome* in that pic.

Are you using "Ride of the Valkyries" in any of your stuff? :-)
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