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My first-ever poll: Reading Aloud

My first-ever poll: Reading Aloud

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After being blown away by minisinoo reading her story "The Way I See It", I am inspired to try it myself.  I used to be an actor, although I have a rather high voice for a man, so I'd like to give it a shot.  I've got some shareware voice recording software and an inexpensive mike.

The question is, which story?  I'm willing to try the long ones or the short ones.  My narrative voice is probably better than my character voice, and  I'll probably read the whole thing in my Michigan twang rather than trying to emulate a UK accent for any of the characters.


Poll #1262116 Reading Aloud

Which story would you like to hear Rhetor read aloud?

Counting to Five Thousand
0(0.0%)
Minding the Baby
2(14.3%)
The Only Way Out
0(0.0%)
On the Headmaster's Wall
5(35.7%)
Quartet for Separated Voices
2(14.3%)
Report on the Excavation of Sites HH-87 and HH-88
0(0.0%)
Savorng Patience
2(14.3%)
The Torch
3(21.4%)
Also I think we should talk mickawber  (who's a much-better trained actor than I am) into reading one of his stories aloud.
  • This sounds like fun. Can't wait to hear you, whatever you read.
  • Personally, I think the answer is obvious. =)
  • You know, I really have no idea which story to choose. I think you know best. And I really do look forward to hearing you read. You have a very nice voice, and it fits you. I don't remember it as being especially high. It may sound like that to you, but that's just how it is. I wish my voice sounded to others like it sounds to me. Whenever I hear a recording of myself I tend to cringe. That's not me?! Too squeaky.

    Which Canadian news show were you watching? And why shouldn't you name it? Can't say stuff like that, you know...makes me all curious.
    • Aw, go ahead and vote. If I knew what I wanted to read, I wouldn't have put up the poll!

      And technically, my voice is very high. I was the highest tenor in every singing group in which I've performed, and am frequently mistaken for a woman on the phone (which has actually come in handy once or twice...)

      To find out about the Canadian news show, I think you need to e-mail me. But I'd rather tell Petter.
      • I voted. For unknown reasons that title spoke to me, but I can't recall if I've read it or not... *blushes*

        And why would you rather tell Petter? Hm - you'll get an email...
  • Gee, I wonder what I'll vote for? Let's see, which one of your fics still wakes me up periodically at 2am, wondering what the future holds for our Heroine?
    • I'm glad you like it so much. Have you noticed that "Hermione" and "herione" differ by only one letter?

      (Oboy, I must be really tired...)
  • Hi agian.

    I picked On the Headmaster's Wall. I just liked that story so much. Actually, I was torn between that and Counting to Five Thousand. They're both sad. Something you do very well :)

    Had a great flight over to New Mexico, terrible one coming back. Hit a couple of stoms. I think I got a little sick.

    Hope you and your family are well :)
  • They're all good, but I've got to vote for 'The Torch'. Not because it features my girl Hermione, but because I really *really* was intrigued by that story, spending a few days off and on after putting it down wondering at odd moments what it would be like for her, how she would prepare, what those first years would be like at Hogwarts, and so forth.

    Thinking about it, I find myself trusting that the proof of those emotions we're left with at the end of the story ... a dawning hope, a rekindling of her ambition, something to live for again ... will be in your voice, contrasting nicely with the despair and rage she evidences when she screams at the Sorting Hat. Leaving me happily convinced that things are going to work out all right for our girl after all.

    No pressure, Ken, no pressure, should you select 'The Torch' ... :-)
    • Thanks, Brad. No pressure. The main advantage of "The Torch," from the point of view of reading it aloud, is that it's short... ;)

      Did you know that I have a few snippets of a sequel? Not enough for a whole story, but nice anyway...
      • Did you know that I have a few snippets of a sequel?

        I think you'd mentioned it in an aside in an earlier post, yes.

        Say, if you're offering to pass on those snippets to a fan ... ???
        • Sure I would. But I can do better than that, if I figure out how. I did a fanfic reading at Terminus, and I read those snippets at the very end. If I can figure out how to encapsulate the files, I'll send them to you.

          Anyway, here's one little moment:


          “Professor Granger,” asked Mary. “Why is Mr. Filch always crying?”

          “He isn’t always crying, dear. It’s just that he’s often crying when he sees you children.” Professor Granger was smiling up at the brightly colored trees.

          “But why?”

          “Well, for one thing it’s been a long time since he’s seen any children, and he hadn’t realized how much he missed it. And for another, well – ” She screwed up her face for a moment as if trying to find the words. “You’re all so helpful, you three. You’re always offering to help him clean things and take care of the grounds. That makes you very different from the students he remembers. He likes you all very much. But I doubt that he would say it to your faces.”

          “I think the House Elves like us too,” said Melinda.

          “The House Elves would like anybody,” said Roger.

          “House Elves,” began Professor Granger in a much more teacher-like voice. “Have a strong desire to take care of the witches and wizards who live in the same place they do. For a very long time the House Elves of Hogwarts had no one but me to look after, and it made them sad, bored and restless. Now there are four times as many of us, and they find it very entertaining. But listen,” she said carefully. “It’s easy to forget that they have feelings too; it’s easy to forget that they’re other sentient beings. You mustn’t forget that; you must always think of their happiness and welfare, as they think of yours.”

          “They’re what kind of beings?” asked Melinda.

          “Sentient,” said the teacher, pronouncing the word carefully. “It means, ‘self-aware, intelligent, conscious.’”

          “Aren’t all animals sen-sentient?” asked Melinda.

          “I don’t think so,” said Professor Granger. “I don’t think Feral is sentient, for example.” The cat had joined them after they went outside, and appeared determined to trip Melinda. “He has instincts and needs and desires, and he can react to stimulus, but I don’t think he’s aware of his own existence, as we are.” Feral stopped trying to trip Melinda and started trying to trip the adult.

          “Seems sentient to me,” commented Roger.
          • Lovely!!

            Still grinning madly as I type this. :-)

            Loved the twist on Filch, something I wouldn't have thought of; I guess I would have put him back into his regular slot. And of course Hermione would say that about the elves! :-)

            I beg to differ with Hermione, though. I think cat's certainly are self-aware ... aware of the self ... and they are intelligent ... just not as intelligent as humans. Compare a cat with a ... frog, say or a cockroach, or an ant ... that's when you get into non-sentient, instinct-only life?

            Lovely snippet, thanks!
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