Here we are, finally approaching the final arc of FoD. (Yay!) It is such a relief to go back to the main narrative, Reader, let me tell you. AAA was fun, but it was fun in the kind of way that a marathon is fun. (Fun and suffering in equal parts.) For the first time in a long time I didn’t feel guilty about overworking elementals with regard to re-recording because, other than a few line swaps (from the the usual offenders…Volker and the AI), this chapter was done pretty much right out of the gate from a directing perspective. Not that surprising, since elementals has spent thousands of hours on the FoD main narrative, and CWR has spent hundreds of hours listening and feed-backing. ::insert exhausted brow wipe:: Enjoy!
The ‘Final Stretch’ of a Marathon
…is still a Marathon
This is it - the final ten chapters of Force over Distance. Wrapping up the At All Angles arc was so satisfying! Staring down the 10 most intense chapters of the story is pretty damn intimidating though, I’ve gotta say. CWR is confident they won’t give me any trouble, but I have my doubts.
CWR: They’ll be easy. You know these guys. You got this.
elementals: *hiding under the bed*
Recording 61 was a bit of a slog - this has not dispelled my worries. To go from the quietly terrified tone of AAA, with it’s 2 characters and 2 stylized narrative voices back to Destiny (with a full ensemble chapter no less) involved a lot of pausing, recalibrating my voice, and then re-recording the line I’d just given. It got easier as muscle memory woke up, stretched, rubbed its eyes with its wee knuckles, and remembered the foundation I need for each character.
Since we were last on Destiny, I’ve leveled up in a bunch of different aspects of performing. Between recording At All Angles, the first 7 chapters of Designations Congruent with Things, and all the work CWR and I have done to expand my range as we worked on those two, coming back to the main body of FoD was that strange combination of coming home and feeling both comforted and yet a bit out of place. One thing’s for sure - I’m a lot better placed to tackle this final 10 chapters than I was 4 months ago. And that’s a good thing, because these chapters deserve all I’ve got :)
Wow. I just uploaded the main FoD page on my website - and Chapter 61 is the top of the final column of chapters…an active link. The 61-71 Zipped MP3s and M4B link that has been plain text for so long….now an active link. This is weird, you guys.
Force over Distance is now available on iTunes
(so is Designations!)
Both Force over Distance and Designations Congruent with Things can now be streamed/downloaded as podcasts in iTunes (links will open up an iTunes page). As podcasts, you can subscribe to them and get notifications when a new chapter goes up. You’ll also have access to the audio on all your devices this way, which is handy :D
iTunes is sparse territory for fandom and really sparse territory for podfic. In order for new listeners to even find FoD, it’s going to need to start accumulating enough ratings & reviews to catch people’s attention - so anyone who feels moved to head on over there and click the star ratings (2 seconds) or write up a review (many seconds? because of fannish enthusiasm?) would be helping FoD reach a whole new audience.
Thanks you guys!!