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Podfic: The Long Engagement by omg_wtf_yeah

Read by: twtd

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis

Pairing: McShep

Rating: NC-17

Length: 4:43:07

I was tasked with critiquing twtd’s reading of omg_wtf_yeah’s SGA McShep slash epic, “The Long Engagement,” which is a steam punk AU, featuring John as an acrobat, Jennifer as his adopted sister, most of the cast as members of the Sheppard Circus Company, and Rodney in a frock coat driving a horseless carriage as the leader of Atlantis.

Let me say at the outset that the story was a good choice for a podfic. The character breaks are well defined, the scenes are not confusing, and it is written as a fairly straightforward narrative. There is a confusing switching of POV between John and Rodney during a sex scene that makes the story a bit confusing in that particular spot.

Twtd has a very pleasant reading voice, but there is a tendency to rush the reading somewhat. There is also a definite rhythm to her reading, particularly of descriptive/narrative elements, making every sentence sound nearly the same. While it is not monotonous in tone, it does make it very difficult for the listener not to zone out. With a story of this length, with as much description as is needed for a fantastical AU, this is a problem.

While it is obvious that dialogue requires emotional depth, description is no less in need of it. The descriptive elements, particularly in the steam punk realm, where ingeniousness reigns supreme, require a certain wonder in reading them. What’s more, the author uses the descriptions to set a certain emotional mood. The rainy scenes in part 5, for example, particularly the setting of the scene in the muddy circus camp and in the observation tower, are definitely included to convey to the reader or listener a sense of gloom and boredom. In contrast, the scene where John is practicing on the trapeze in part 2 seems to require lightness and excitement, with respect to John’s feelings when he is flying. [Just an aside that has nothing to do with the podfic and everything to do with the story as written: every time I listened to that scene I wondered how he was flying alone on the trapeze without someone acting as a catcher.]

I got the sense that the reader was just “getting through” the description, rather than focusing on it, listening to it, imbuing it with emotional feeling.

Her McKay is very good, throughout, and her Sheppard’s pretty good, too. She does a creditable job with the secondary characters as well, particularly Elizabeth. In general, I did not note the same rhythm and emphasis problems with dialogue as I did with description. However, the reader seems to shy away from pausing between characters in the midst of a dialogue. There are spots when the sentences ran together, to the extent that in some spots the characters were somewhat indistinguishable. This is particularly true in the pivotal scene of John and Rodney’s falling out in part 4/5.

I was a bit surprised by the fact that, in reading the sex scenes, the intensity of the reading was about the same as before, not differing significantly from any other scene between John and Rodney. Although I don’t necessarily see the need to “porn up” those scenes excessively (since that can be silly and even uncomfortable for reader and listener alike), and a matter of fact reading can be very effective, I felt that this scene, coming as it did on the heels of an argument, and revealing feelings that John, in this instance, has kept hidden from Rodney and to an extent himself, and even, for most of the story from the reader/listener, merited a bit more “oomph.”

I generally take mispronunciations as a matter of course. They annoy me, but I tend to take a very forgiving stance toward podficcers that are kind enough to undertake the effort and time to record a story for us, the fans. There is, however, an exception to this stance, and that is character names and place names from the series. The reader mispronounced “Emmagen,” “Sateda,” and “Satedan.” In my first fanfic, I misspelled Ronon’s name. Several readers called me on it with severity, very rightly. I view mispronunciations of this type in the same light. There were a very few commonplace mispronunciations, about average for podfics I’ve heard: I noted “octagonal,” “rivulets,” “impassable,” and “respite.”

Volume and sound quality was good, for the most part. However, there was a strange variation in part 2 – it was evident that the reading was done in two very different environments, or with two different setups. There was a marked increase/decrease in volume and background noise that was a bit jarring. In a couple of instances, this variation in sound quality marked her edits, which otherwise I would not have noticed. I did not notice any other edits in the fic. Occasionally, there was the same variation between chapters. It was noticeable, but not an insurmountable problem for the reader. There were a few repeated phrases and one case where the reader said “John” when I believe she meant “Jennifer.”

Overall, I think that twtd shows some promise as a podficcer and I would certainly listen to her again. I think her performance could be improved most by slowing down, allowing for breaks in dialogue, and really paying attention to the narrative/descriptive parts, varying the rhythm of the reading as called for by the story.

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Title:  The Bitterest Tears
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  Enemy at the Gate
Rating:  G
Genre:  Character Vignette, Slash (unrequited)
Word Count:  563
Author's Notes:  I found it difficult to write this, mainly because I am so sad that the series is over. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon  Minor spoilers for The Seige, Tao of Rodney



The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Title:  Baptism
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.19 Vegas
Rating:  G
Genre:  Vignette
Word Count:  387
Author's Notes:  Note Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon.  John bleeds in the desert, not expecting a rescue.  thank you to [livejournal.com profile] kisahawklin  for a very frank and very fast beta.  The story is a third the length and a whole lot better, thanks to her.



Baptism )
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Title:  There When You Need Him
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.18 Identity
Rating:  G
Genre:  Het Pairing Keller/McKay
Word Count:  878
Author's Notes:  Note Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon



There When You Need Him )

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Title:  Quid Pro Quo
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.17 Infection
Rating:  G
Genre:  Vignette
Word Count: 500
Author's Notes:  Between the lines - Todd makes a demand, John Responds. Spoilers for Common Ground, Miller's Crossing. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon


Quid Pro Quo )

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Title:  Rodney Makes a Move
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.17 Brain Storm
Rating:  G
Genre:  Slash, vignette
Word Count:  684
Author's Notes:  John watches and waits. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon







Rodney Makes a Move )
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Title:  Can't Touch This
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.15 Remnants
Rating:  PG-13 for language
Genre:  Slash
Word Count:  2855
Author's Notes:  John's backstory here is taken from [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27 's wonderful "Teenage Kicks," for which I thank her. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon


Can't Touch This )


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Title:  Bad Scary Noisy Soft Warm
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 
Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis
Episode:  5.14 The Prodigal
Rating:  PG for one bad word from the episode
Genre:  Gen, Vignette
Word Count:  ~750
Author's Notes:  A bit of an experiment - Torren’s POV. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon



Bad Scary Noisy Soft Warm  )
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Title: A Case for the Defense
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067


Fandom:
Stargate Atlantis Episode: 5.13 Inquisition
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, Vignette
Word Count:
about 1,500
Author's Notes:
John always tried to present a good case in his own defense, even if he knew, in his heart of hearts, that he was wrong. Written for  [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon.

A Case for the Defense )
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Title: Jerks on Ice
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Episode: 5.12 Outsiders
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, Vignette
Word Count: 509
Author's Notes: Not much to add to this episode, did the best I could. Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_episodefic 's Season 5 tagathon

Jerks on Ice )
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Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis

Pairing:  McShep, but only briefly

Episode:  Whispers, 5.07

Rated:  PG

Word count:  ~2,500

Disclaimer:  Written for fun, not profit.  

 

Author’s Notes:  This was written for the sga_episodefic LiveJournal community’s season 5 tagathon.  Beta’d by scifigeek6067 and my DH, who never watches the show. Dialog paraphrasing rather than direct quotation was intentional.

 

Summary:  Dusty Mehra’s POV



 

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Title:  Two Weeks to Oblivion
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067 

Fandom:  Stargate Atlantis

Episode:  The Shrine, 5.06

Rated:  NC-17

 

Author’s Notes:  This was written for the episodefic_sga season 5 tagathon.  I’m indebted to [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza for inspiring a line on Day Eleven.  If you’ve read her wonderful recap )

 you know which one.

Summary:  Every day, Rodney slipped a little further away from John. Every day, John clung a little harder to Rodney.





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Title:  Keeping Jennifer Company
Author:  [personal profile] cookiemom6067     
Fandom:  SGA
Episode:  5.02:  The Seed
Rating:  R for mild sexual situation
Category:  Mild Ship Dex/Keller
Characters:  Jennifer Keller, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay   
Word Count:  3,107
Summary:    Part of the Season 5 tagathon.  Concrit and feedback welcomed.

Certain dialogue taken from “the Seed” by Joseph Malozzi and Paul Mullie  Spoilers for “The Seed,” “Doppelganger,” “Missing,” “Quarrantine,” “Trio,” “The Kindred Pts 1 & 2.”


 


 

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Title:  The Guy
Author
:  [personal profile] cookiemom6067       
Fandom: 
SGA

Episode
:  5.01:  Search and Rescue
Rating
:  PG for language
Category
:  Gen
Characters
:  Primarily John, featuring the team, Carter, Keller, and Caldwell
Word Count
:  2,048

Summary:  John has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility.  Part of the Season 5 ficathon.  First story posted on Livejournal, only the second posted anywhere.  Concrit and feedback welcomed.

 Disclaimer:  Stargate Atlantis is owned by Cooper and Wright, Altas Shark, MGM, The Sci-fi channel.  Not me.  I'm just writing for my own enjoyment and that of any of my fellow fans that might feel like reading what I've written here.

Spoilers:  Search and Rescue (duh), The Last Man, Doppelganger, Tabula Rasa, The Hive, The Return, The Seige, the Eye, The Hot Zone, Conversion, Sunday and perhaps others, but except for Search and Rescue, all spoilers are minor.

The Guy )

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