Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weblit-tle Town of Festivity, lend me your voice!


Okay, look back to the start of November if you want the back story, but in a nutshell, Hallowe'en came and went and I managed to read a sum total of one creepy story online - although I know for a fact there were others - because my kids were already into the chocolate, and I was prepping a knight and a butterfly princess for further looting. So I sent out a request to the WebFic/WebLit community requesting that for the next big holiday season, ChristaKanzaNukkahTurkey, we get ourselves together and record a collection of festive tales, which we will then publish as public domain or Creative Commons NC for all to hear. People responded, and now that NaNoWriMo is done, the time has come.

So here we go.

Please send your seasonal tale to piers.hollott at gmail dot com, following these specifications as closely as you can manage:
  • Easy on the swears. For my kids - they may be listening.
  • 1000 words ~ 10 minutes, which is the length we are looking for.
  • If possible 256 VBR mp3 would be ideal. I would like to put the collection on Internet Archive, and because they archive a lot of live recordings, they tend to be contiguous, meaning all files in an archive are similar in nature. If you are using GarageBand on a Mac, the best bet is to use the default setting (I have no idea what this is, but it will keep all Macusers consistent).
  • Zip up your mp3 with a text version - I'll organize these as necessary, so word, text, even html are fine - not sure if I'll use them, but it would be good to make the archive searchable.
  • Please include your name as you would like to be attributed and any other supporting info you might wish to include in a separate text file.
  • Deadline Dec 18th or ASAP. I know some of you have already begun, and others have been busy with other things, so just let me know if this is a problem.
  • I'm sure I am forgetting something, so comment if you think I have omitted anything.
The only thing I know I am leaving out here is artwork, which is not essential, but if you have any ideas, let me know.



Clare K. R. Miller said...

Okay, December 13 is way too soon for me! (If you'd announced that as a deadline much earlier--say, December 1--I might have been able to do it.) I've started to write a story, but I'm not going to be able to keep it at 1000 words... and even if I did have a story written my voice is not going to recover from this cold in time. Actually I may not be able to participate at all because of this cold. :\

piers said...

December 13th is very soon, and was more a scare tactic on my part than an actual deadline. I hope you feel better soon, and look forward to whatever you can bring to the festivities. I'm really looking at next weekend as being a more reasonable deadline, but don't tell anyone ;)


April said...

Oh good! Next weekend I can do. My story's about half done but this weekend is very full. And then I have to learn how to use Garage Band. :) But next weekend should be ok.

Clare - would one of your loyal readers read it for you if your voice is shot?

Clare K. R. Miller said...

April--that's a very good point. I may be able to get a story done in time, and if I do, I'll ask my readers to help out. Someone will probably be interested. Frankly, thinking of how long it usually takes my voice to recover from a cold, I may not even be ready by Christmas!

April said...

Done and sent. Hopefully it won't clog your inbox too much, the zipping didn't seem to do much for compressing the file size. I've no idea what the .mp3 settings are, I just exported it from Garage Band as an mp3 and the text from Pages as a Word doc.

Let me know if it comes out goobleydegook.

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