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Coffee Break Collection #39 - MAGIC
This is the 39th Coffee Break Collection, in which Librivox readers select and read stories or poems, fiction or non-fiction pieces of fifteen minutes' duration or less, suitable for short commutes and coffee breaks. The subject for this collection is "MAGIC" . Michele Fry, BC.
  • There is no need to pre-claim. You will read from text you provide.

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    Magic Window:



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  • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 20
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Genres for the project: Short Stories/Anthologies

Keywords that describe the book: magic, short stories

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[*]BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: viewtopic.php?p=6430#p6430

Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

[*]DURING recording:
Include 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:

START of recording (INTRO)
"Title of story by Author. Coffee Break Collection 39 - Magic This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org" If a poem, omit the italicized intro and add shortened disclaimer at the end (as shown below).
If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
Say:
"Title of story", then read the story

END of recording (OUTRO)
At the end of the story, say:
"End of: title", by Author
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"Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
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[There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.

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cbc39_shorttitleinoneword_readersinitials_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) (e.g. cbc39_halos_mtf_128kb.mp3) (remember to ignore 'the', 'a' at the beginning of your title)
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BC/DPL: msfry Michele Fry
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I have a question. I'd like to record "The Magic Fishbone" by Charles Dickens, but the version I'm looking at has a brief Foreword. Should I include this or just go straight into the story?

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https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/cbc39_prefacetomagic_bwc_128kb.mp3 06:09
Preface to Magic by Ellis Stanyon (1870–1951). Preface written by Henry Ridgely Evans (1861–1949). Published 1910
Source: https://archive.org/details/magicinwhichareg00stan
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Winnifred wrote: July 25th, 2023, 1:21 pm I have a question. I'd like to record "The Magic Fishbone" by Charles Dickens, but the version I'm looking at has a brief Foreword. Should I include this or just go straight into the story?

Thanks,
If you think the Forward is relevant and the 15 minute rule isn't exceeded by much, I'd say include it.
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msfry wrote: July 29th, 2023, 6:40 am
Winnifred wrote: July 25th, 2023, 1:21 pm I have a question. I'd like to record "The Magic Fishbone" by Charles Dickens, but the version I'm looking at has a brief Foreword. Should I include this or just go straight into the story?

Thanks,
If you think the Forward is relevant and the 15 minute rule isn't exceeded by much, I'd say include it.
Ah, I think it'll exceed the 15 minutes even without the Foreword (almost 4,000 words). I'd better find something else and save this for a short story collection.

Thanks,
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Winnifred wrote: July 31st, 2023, 8:32 pm Ah, I think it'll exceed the 15 minutes even without the Foreword (almost 4,000 words).
Indeed it will. For what it's worth, I figure 150 WPM is 1500 words every 10 minutes, give or take a few minutes for differences in reading speed. My actual speed is a bit higher - about 165, but I can adjust my recordings' tempo up or down, using Audacity's Tempo Effect without any discernable change in audio quality, to squeeze into a desired time requirement. That would not work in this instance, of course.

There is also a neat little Words To Time app, listed on our Word Count Wiki, that helps people estimate their finished file length.
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msfry wrote: August 1st, 2023, 10:22 am
Winnifred wrote: July 31st, 2023, 8:32 pm Ah, I think it'll exceed the 15 minutes even without the Foreword (almost 4,000 words).
Indeed it will. For what it's worth, I figure 150 WPM is 1500 words every 10 minutes, give or take a few minutes for differences in reading speed. My actual speed is a bit higher - about 165, but I can adjust my recordings' tempo up or down, using Audacity's Tempo Effect without any discernable change in audio quality, to squeeze into a desired time requirement. That would not work in this instance, of course.

There is also a neat little Words To Time app, listed on our Word Count Wiki, that helps people estimate their finished file length.
Now that's all very useful information. Thanks! I always forget to check length of readings when I come across something I like.

Cheers,
Winnifred

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Here's a story of an appropriate length:

“The Magic Bon Bons,” by L. Frank Baum
From American Fairy Tales

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4357

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/cbc39_magicbonbons_wja_128kb.mp3 (14:21)

A couple of notes about some minor changes I made (as I know you'll be reading the text, Michelle :wink: )
  • At 7:29-7:30, I’ve inserted the word “so” that isn’t in the original text because the sentence doesn’t make sense without it.
  • At 9:58-9:59, I’ve read “and catching up his hat and coat in the hall…” rather than “had and coat” as the text has it, since this has to be a typo.
Cheers,
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Winnifred wrote: August 9th, 2023, 11:31 am “The Magic Bon Bons,” by L. Frank Baum
From American Fairy Tales
Got it! Will begin PLing these stories shortly.
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Thank you Beeswaxcandle and Winnifred for submitting the first 2 entries on magic, both of them quite interesting, and PL OK! :D

BTW, I sat next to a magician at a banquet last weekend and he regaled me with his card tricks. He tried to teach me one using our 2 place cards, but I couldn't do it and he said he could not reveal the secret of the others due to the magicians code of secrecy or some such. My Uncle Rene used to make my fork disappear at the dinnertable when I was a young child. I never caught on to that one either. Magic is fascinating, entertaining, and I'd love to have some of those bon bons!
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Post by Beeswaxcandle »

The Magic Number by Anon.
Taken from Punch, Volume 147, Issue 3813 (August 5th, 1914) https://archive.org/details/sim_punch_july-08-december-23-1914_147 p.125

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/cbc39_magicnumber_bwc_128kb.mp3 04:02
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The Magic Number is PL OK.
Thanks for contributing, Bees. If you know of any other "magic" stories, please post the titles here (even if you don't want to read them), as none seem to be popping up on this topic.
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Post by Winnifred »

Here are a couple of suggestions:

The L Frank Baum book where I found "The Magic Bon-Bons" contained other stories (several approx. 2,000 - 3,000 words) involving magic, so readers might find something there: American Fairy Tales

There's also "The Autumn After Next," an entertaining little story from If by Margaret St. Clair. It's just over 2,500 words, and there's certainly magic involved.

Cheers,
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Winnifred wrote: August 27th, 2023, 4:41 pm Here are a couple of suggestions:

The L Frank Baum book where I found "The Magic Bon-Bons" contained other stories (several approx. 2,000 - 3,000 words) involving magic, so readers might find something there: American Fairy Tales

There's also "The Autumn After Next," an entertaining little story from If by Margaret St. Clair. It's just over 2,500 words, and there's certainly magic involved.

Cheers,
I need something myself, so I'll have a look. Thanks.
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