EDITING [DR] Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott - kit

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Eight Cousins, by Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)
When frail, sickly Rose Campbell is left an orphan following the death of her father, she comes to live with her eccentric bachelor uncle in a place she will come to know as “Aunt Hill”. There, she meets her six aunts, each of whom have conflicting ideas about how to raise their little niece and her seven rowdy boy cousins. Through Uncle Alec’s guidance, Rose begins a new milestone and acquires valuable lessons about health, education, and character building. As Rose begins to bloom with health and vitality, she finds new happiness and learns the importance of family love that “ties all bonds”. (Summary by DariaAM)
Source text (Only use this to DPL): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38567
Link to Scripts: (Please read only from these chapter scripts!): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1chSpU2zAxByHRmJ_h38tetlxY8m9pQafe0_pnWpekh8/edit
Link to Cast List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NuAIBgH6WAfNrvEdCh0baxqNd40df9v0a_M80zC2N_4/edit#gid=0
Link to Carolyn's notes on text differences: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSxdQPZbPgjKfnWBDwvDEsWNbPXPR3-VFQtiAEBUpu6ijllt1Foe00XuJkPjlGq866IE59SCsPoWdK7/pubhtml

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Narrator: crystalpenny
Parts DPL: ej400
Chapters DPL: Kitty
Editors: ej400 and crystalpenny

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The roles of Pokey and Ariadne Blish are pre-claimed. All other roles are open.
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Post by DrSpoke »

Could I play aunt Jane, please?
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Post by Beeswaxcandle »

An eccentric bachelor uncle sounds just my sort of role, so Uncle Alec please.
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Post by stoogeswoman »

May I claim Aunt Plenty? (it's been a while since I've done this, so hi everyone! :) )
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DrSpoke wrote: July 7th, 2023, 2:36 am Could I play aunt Jane, please?
Beeswaxcandle wrote: July 7th, 2023, 11:22 am An eccentric bachelor uncle sounds just my sort of role, so Uncle Alec please.
stoogeswoman wrote: July 7th, 2023, 3:22 pm May I claim Aunt Plenty? (it's been a while since I've done this, so hi everyone! :) )
Thank you Claudia, Beeswaxcandle, and Christine! Happy to have you all here. Your roles will be assigned once the MW comes up. :)
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Post by DrSpoke »

Great. And many thanks for all the work towards making the reading easier!
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Post by crystalpenny »

May i be your "enthusiastic narrator"?
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Hi Daria! So glad to see you are doing this as a DR!

May I claim Rose?
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crystalpenny wrote: July 8th, 2023, 2:20 pm May i be your "enthusiastic narrator"?
Of course! Thank you for your enthusiasm! :D :wink:
jennlea wrote: July 8th, 2023, 4:08 pm Hi Daria! So glad to see you are doing this as a DR!

May I claim Rose?
Yes, I’m very excited for this project as well. Rose is all yours!
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Post by Kitty »

hi Daria, I see there is a lot of traffic here already, so let me MC this and give you a MW so you can keep track of all the claims.

I loved Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom as a kid, so I would love to participate in a small role as well, could I claim Aunt Jessie please ?

I can also offer to PL the finished assembled chapters later on.

As this is your first DR BCing, let me know if there is anything unclear. DRs are a big endeavour, so: good luck. 8-)

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Post by Kitty »

MW is ready to be populated. Did you really want a Section 0 ? Sections will get moved around quite a bit in a DR, so the need for a Section 0 is not really clear, unless you wanted the very short intro included as a separate section. Let me know. :)

I put in Elijah as DPL since he will have the bulk of the PL work with the section PLing.

I'll let you fill out the MW, then we can move to readers wanted.

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Thank you, Sonia! :clap:

Now thinking of it, I agree that it’s not very necessary to keep Section 0. We’re going to combine the dramatis personae with the preface so you can get rid of it. Oh-and I’ll assign Aunt Jessie for you! I have a nice Jane Austen soundtrack turned on so I’m going to have some fun filling out the MW!! :wink:

Quick question: The first post says “Leave 3-5 seconds of space between your lines (room noise, not generated silence).”
What happens if someone uses too much noise cleaning? Should I ask them to re-read their part?
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DariaAM wrote: July 9th, 2023, 3:17 amNow thinking of it, I agree that it’s not very necessary to keep Section 0. We’re going to combine the dramatis personae with the preface so you can get rid of it.
hm ah ok, you'll do DP and preface in one section...actually then it's best to leave section 0, because then the section numbers and the chapter numbers can stay identical ;) Unless you think some chapters need to be split ? Will they run over 74 minutes by any chance ?
Quick question: The first post says “Leave 3-5 seconds of space between your lines (room noise, not generated silence).”
What happens if someone uses too much noise cleaning? Should I ask them to re-read their part?
The editor will have to adjust background noise and volume anyway while assembling the chapters. Unless excessive noise-cleaning results in a distortion of the audio, there is no need to re-do a recording. Anyway, our regular readers will already know how to clean their files for a good audio, so only brand new volunteers may encounter this problem and we can tutor them then when/if the problem occurs. :)

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The editor will have to adjust background noise and volume anyway while assembling the chapters. Unless excessive noise-cleaning results in a distortion of the audio, there is no need to re-do a recording. Anyway, our regular readers will already know how to clean their files for a good audio, so only brand new volunteers may encounter this problem and we can tutor them then when/if the problem occurs. :)

Sonia
Sounds good! :thumbs:

Now, speaking of Section 0, if you think that keeping it is best, then please do! All of the chapters are not very long, so there will be no need of splitting them.

By the way, thank you so much for volunteering to DPL the completed chapters! Now we have the whole team ready! It feels like Christmas in July. :9:
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