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Post by Elizabby » February 13th, 2018, 5:34 pm

I think before anyone gets too excited, you need someone to commit to BC the project - that's usually the limiting factor. I personally have three fully scripted novels and a short story collection ready to launch - but no space!

I think the Good Practice guide suggests getting a BC, a narrator and an editor lined up first, before trying to get up a new DR.
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Post by LikeManyWaters » February 13th, 2018, 8:59 pm

benderca wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 2:10 pm

Excellent! That's three...
Actually that’s still two. :) I should have been clearer. I currently have zero experience doing any recording. Still learning “the ropes” here. Hopefully someone who knows how will be interested. The most I could hope to do eventually is PL and I haven’t learned that yet either. (It’s NEVER quiet enough around our house for recording) LOL

But it is a great book... just wanted to suggest it...
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Post by annise » February 13th, 2018, 10:05 pm

Backing up Beth's statement - attempting to cast a project at this stage is very premature . And more likely to discourage a potentential BC than encourage one :D
Until such time that an experienced BC has decided that they want to spend 2 or 3 years committed to the project it does not exist. DR are more difficult than a normal project and take longer to complete and require a long term commitment from BC, editor, and proof listener.

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Post by benderca » February 14th, 2018, 4:39 am

Elizabby wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 5:34 pm
I think before anyone gets too excited, you need someone to commit to BC the project - that's usually the limiting factor. I personally have three fully scripted novels and a short story collection ready to launch - but no space!

I think the Good Practice guide suggests getting a BC, a narrator and an editor lined up first, before trying to get up a new DR.
No worries. I have more than enough to do right now and am in no hurry. I just thought I'd express my interest to narrate (maybe to motivate a potential BC to look at it). I read it half way through, and as an actor and an avid e-book listener, I think it would be more interesting as a DR than a solo. The characters are diverse and interesting. I understand that a solo project would be much less complicated and time-consuming, but for me it's not so much fun. I enjoy the collaborative projects and I'm here for the fun! So if any BC wants to pick up this project, I'm in! (I'm sure I'll want to BC a book eventually, but as of now, I can't commit the time).
annise wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Backing up Beth's statement - attempting to cast a project at this stage is very premature . And more likely to discourage a potentential BC than encourage one :D
Until such time that an experienced BC has decided that they want to spend 2 or 3 years committed to the project it does not exist. DR are more difficult than a normal project and take longer to complete and require a long term commitment from BC, editor, and proof listener.

Anne
I thought expressing my willingness to narrate and make scripts would motivate rather than discourage a potential BC (less work for her/him). While I don't get the logic, I'll take your word for it.

I think this book is worth doing. I'd never heard of Maria Thompson Daviess before, but from what I've read so far in this book, I wouldn't want her works to fade into the abyss of forgotten literature. I also don't mind doing it gradually (I'd have to if I were to narrate). I also don't mind reading other parts if someone else wanted to narrate. If someone wants to read this book solo, then I could help PL. I'm just throwing a general "I'm interested in participating" vibe out there for someone to pick up on.

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Post by silverquill » February 14th, 2018, 11:35 am

Books done as dramatic readings are great, of course. Eventually, I'd like to undertake one. But, they are HUGE, and never go smoothly. I've participate only as a reader, but small parts and big parts. There is one I read a major role for that is still being pieced together after more than three years. I think that can be a discouraging factor in getting volunteers.

I've done couple of pieces in the one act play collections, just to get taste of the process, and have stepped in to do some editing in other projects. It just takes a lot of hands and voices to get the final production completed.

Obviously the BC is the key person and needs, as Annise said, to make a long-term commitment It is a challenge to pick up one of the projects in the middle. From my observation, it seems a lot of projects bog down with the narrator. People who don't understand the enormity of the task often just get overwhelmed, it seems. Often two DPLs are needed -- one for the individual parts and one for the completed chapters and work. Ah, and the editing is a huge commitment as well. All told, there is more work on the production end of a DR than there is in the reading, or at least as much. Oh, did I mention that we can't do anything without our tremendously dedicated MCs? :clap:

So, to launch a DR, a BC needs to take the reins and line up the major tasks. I think it is fine to put this out there to stimulate interest and offer to help in various ways. That might make a potential BC more willing to take it on.

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Post by annise » February 14th, 2018, 2:57 pm

It's always hard to adjust posts to suit everyone , I'm well aware that the more experienced know that DRs are very long term projects, but when I first joined , I wanted to see something I had helped with in the catalogue , not sitting around in the forums for 3 plus years, so I try to encourage enthusiastic less experienced ones to be involved in something giving early satisfaction and then they can get some experience and maybe then run a DR themselves.
But there are no rules about what newbies read - and we get all levels of experience signing on, and enthusiasm is a great thing :D

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Post by mightyfelix » March 17th, 2018, 4:28 pm

I've been kicking around the idea of another Doctor Dolittle DR for some time. I'm reading through The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1154) right now, and I've decided I'd like to do it. This is the only Dolittle book that's PD currently for which we don't have a DR. It'll take a good bit of prep work on my part before I'm able to launch it, but I think it'll be a lot of fun.

Most of the chapters are extremely short, probably less than 10 minutes, so I think I'll combine several. And the story is told in first person, from the perspective of Tommy Stubbins, only 9 or 10 during the story, but much older as he is looking back and telling it. So ideally, I'd like the narrator voice and Tommy to have similar accents, if possible, since they are actually the same person at different ages.

If you're interested, let me know. Like I said, it will probably be awhile before I'm ready to go on this, but if you want to be involved, I can drop you a line when it's ready.
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Post by HannahMary » April 13th, 2018, 3:15 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
July 17th, 2017, 8:37 am
I'm toying with the idea of starting a DR of The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/708

If I start this up, it won't be until at least one of my current projects (probably Guy Fawkes) wraps up, but in the meantime, I thought I'd test the waters to see if there's any interest in this story. I'd be willing to narrate, and it would be nice to do a DR of the sequel, too, The Princess and Curdie. If possible, I'd like the same voices for both books for at least Curdie and Princess Irene. Maybe Curdie's parents and Irene's father and grandmother, too. I believe those are the only characters that reappear in the second book.

Any takers?
I see this post is old, and you may not be thinking of it anymore. But if you do pick up this project (which I think is a great idea!), check with me. I may be interested in a role like the grandmother through both books.
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Post by mightyfelix » April 13th, 2018, 6:45 pm

HannahMary wrote:
April 13th, 2018, 3:15 pm
mightyfelix wrote:
July 17th, 2017, 8:37 am
I'm toying with the idea of starting a DR of The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/708

If I start this up, it won't be until at least one of my current projects (probably Guy Fawkes) wraps up, but in the meantime, I thought I'd test the waters to see if there's any interest in this story. I'd be willing to narrate, and it would be nice to do a DR of the sequel, too, The Princess and Curdie. If possible, I'd like the same voices for both books for at least Curdie and Princess Irene. Maybe Curdie's parents and Irene's father and grandmother, too. I believe those are the only characters that reappear in the second book.

Any takers?
I see this post is old, and you may not be thinking of it anymore. But if you do pick up this project (which I think is a great idea!), check with me. I may be interested in a role like the grandmother through both books.
Thanks for your interest. I still think this would be fun, although in some parts, it's very narrator-heavy. I have recently launched a DR of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, though, and one DR at a time is quite enough!

Next year, the next Dolittle book will enter public domain, and I'm considering a DR of that one at that time, but I will keep this in the back of my mind.
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Post by HannahMary » April 14th, 2018, 7:03 am

mightyfelix wrote:
April 13th, 2018, 6:45 pm
HannahMary wrote:
April 13th, 2018, 3:15 pm
mightyfelix wrote:
July 17th, 2017, 8:37 am
I'm toying with the idea of starting a DR of The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/708

If I start this up, it won't be until at least one of my current projects (probably Guy Fawkes) wraps up, but in the meantime, I thought I'd test the waters to see if there's any interest in this story. I'd be willing to narrate, and it would be nice to do a DR of the sequel, too, The Princess and Curdie. If possible, I'd like the same voices for both books for at least Curdie and Princess Irene. Maybe Curdie's parents and Irene's father and grandmother, too. I believe those are the only characters that reappear in the second book.

Any takers?
I see this post is old, and you may not be thinking of it anymore. But if you do pick up this project (which I think is a great idea!), check with me. I may be interested in a role like the grandmother through both books.
Thanks for your interest. I still think this would be fun, although in some parts, it's very narrator-heavy. I have recently launched a DR of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, though, and one DR at a time is quite enough!

Next year, the next Dolittle book will enter public domain, and I'm considering a DR of that one at that time, but I will keep this in the back of my mind.
Yes, MacDonald is notorious for using whole chapters on narration. :-) Enjoy your DR ventures!
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Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:13-14

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Post by TriciaG » April 21st, 2018, 5:29 pm

Deep in the recesses of the forum, we found a partly-completed DR file:
Way back, someone wrote:One suggestion for a text, is that we carry on with Freaks on the Fells. I've not finished editing what we did last time (with Sibella), but it was fun...

[links]

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23505
Here are some quotes and information from the Abandoned Projects thread:

The files are located here: https://librivox.org/uploads/abandoned/freaksonthefells%5bNK%5d/
Linny wrote:First file...
8:17 a line is misplaced. Should be:
“Good-night, Jack, I will!”
End of Story 2, chapter 1
Story 2, chapter 2

The misplaced line is there. A simple cut and paste it in at the correct place followed by a spot PL will take care of it.

File 2 is PL OK.

What has been recorded is Story 2, chapters 1-4.

What remains is:
Story 1, chapters 1-21
Story 2, chapters 5-10
Story 3, chapter 1-2

It's 73k words so this would be a long running DR.
I wrote:Regarding finishing it up: one could probably just finish up Story 2 as a DR, I'd think, rather than doing the whole book. Then either Stories 1 and 3 could be left out completely, or they could just be done as regular group project work.

The voice credits: I'm thinking in the intro/summary we could just put that these were old files found in the cobwebby corner of our uploader, and that we don't have regular voice credits (or perhaps even catalog entries) for it. It'd be nice to put them in a cast list and give them section/catalog credit, but it's probably not required for such a unique situation.
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Post by linny » April 24th, 2018, 7:29 am

In case anyone is interested in BCing the Freaks on the Fells.

I've started making the scripts for story 2. It's narrator intensive. The narrator is also the main character, Bob.

EDIT: Project has been launched here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=70036

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