I first read this story a looooong time ago. I don’t even recall how long ago, but it’s entirely possible it was near the date of original publication. It stuck with me. It was one of the first stories I read that eschewed good-vs-evil in favor of “almost no one is evil, almost everything is broken.” I figured if the story had enough lasting power that I still occasionally thought of it, I could certainly podcast it here, and the incredibly generous Mark Rudolph was ok with me doing so. If you want to check out his other work, he has another story and a poem at Strange Horizons as well.
I’m kinda surprised I was able to find “Words of Love” actually. Not until recently have I started to retain the names of stories, novels, and authors. I grew up with a library card, and thus my reading materials were impermanent. They always disappeared when I was done. I didn’t have many friends as a child, so I didn’t have anyone to discuss the stories with and so no reason to be able to identify them with short labels such as Title or Author. If a related topic ever came up in conversation I’d simply describe a story’s plot or premise. I never realized what a disservice this was to the author, and never changed that habit. It wasn’t until I joined a book club a few years ago that I actually started to pay attention to such things as “Title” or “Author” and now I wish I’d been doing it all along.
Finding “Words of Love” was a process that came and went in fits and starts over a number of years, with much Googling and brain-wracking. I’m still surprised it happened. From vague memories of a plot and a world, to a direct link to the original publication is quite a feat, and one I haven’t been able to replicate often. The internet rocks.
Everything Falls Apart
Hear more of Ginny’s singing here (see production notes for more details).
SFX: Pencil on Paper, Door Slam, Chair, Metal Creak, Breaking, Slap, Punches, Whiffed Punches, Breaking Glass, Breaking Plate, Breaking Pottery, Furniture Crash, Long Explosion, Super-Long Explosion, Straw Slurp
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I am indebted to Ginny for not only voicing Twilight Sparkle, but also for so fantastically singing those lines from Julia. And she is just a fantastic person all around! You may know her for her cosplay, or from previous parody videos. She is currently working on a project to recreate many of the Disney songs that were cut from the final versions of Disney’s animated movies. She stars in (and produces) videos bringing those songs to life – full costumes & the works. The first one is out now – Megara’s Ballad “I Can’t Believe My Heart” from Hercules. You should go check it out, either on the Geekiarcy Home Page, or directly at YouTube. The next one will be out in a couple weeks!
Seeds of Insurrection
As mentioned in the episode – Floornight, by nostalgebraist.
SFX: Cheer (large), Cheer (small), Projector, Fanfare, Conga, Vinyl Scratch, Door Knocks, Pencil on Paper, Door Slam, Glass Fill, Glass Splash, Bucket Splash, Furniture Crash, Punches
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I wanted to get a very raspy, post-apocalyptic dystopia voice for the narration of this episode. Fortunately I’ve had some prior experience in how to do that, but it required some help from friends. First, I gathered a lot of them in a confined space and we all talked loudly for many hours, in order to put a lot of prolonged stress on my vocal cords. While doing that I drank a fair bit of alcohol, to really dehydrate me and get that authentic “Water is a scarce resource” sound. And I even choked down a couple cigarettes, to really rough up the airways. Finally I went to bed and slept several hours, to let all the abuse settle in and develop into that hoarse, dying sound.
This was in no way a party. Not even a little bit. At all.
Yeah ok, I threw a party. But I timed it to coincide with the recording of this episode, cuz I knew the effect it has on my voice the next day. #ForTheArt.
In other news, Phil and Kaja Foglio of Girl Genius are the NICEST PEOPLE EVER. Not only did they agree to record a few lines for some random con-goer’s podcast that they’d never heard of, BUT after he fucked up and had to come back a couple hours later begging them to do it again, they graciously did so!!! OMG SO HAPPY! And they were so cool about it all! Come Jan/Feb when all the updates are finalized and uploaded, their voices will be included!