Last week was a busy week, and now you know why. :)
I gotta say, it is crazy difficult being duplicitous with your loved one. In general I am complete shit at lying, I’ve always been against it so I never really got any practice. I do my best to implement the “act exactly as you’d act if you weren’t hiding this big thing” advice, but it really wears you down! I’m glad as hell this is finally over. Well technically it won’t be over until Saturday (so if you know Melissa IRL, don’t mention this to her yet), but I’m already feeling some relief just getting this out and thinking about it. Just a few more days…
Sorry to everyone who tried to download the episode in the early morning – the host servers experienced a power outage. Happily, things are back up and running now.
In the first take of the humming scene, I had attempted to match the audio somewhat to what was being described. Slowing at first, altering the pitch to sound awful for a few words, generally sounding chaotic. However the effect upon listening was really poor. It sounded like a series of audio effects, and didn’t really convey what the auror was being subjected to. There was no way for such a brief scatter-shot approach to even partially convey an attack which relied on incessant wearing over hours of time. I re-did it with a straight reading, relying again on the superior imaginations of my listeners. :) I did eventually keep one small pause near the beginning, just to give a small taste of the frustration of an expectant pause. Hopefully it added a little spice without destroying the section the way my initial attempt had.