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Halloween read-aloud is back!

Happy October!

I skipped this project last year, but this year am reviving it: the Halloween read-aloud! The selection this year is kid-friendly and only a little bit spooky: What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss (full text here); with a bonus feature, if we have enough readers signing up, of "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. Sound good? Of course it does!

All ages, voices, and accents welcome and encouraged. Here are the ones we've done before (scroll down to bottom of page)--have a listen to some, if you like. I re-listened to them lately, and they are so cool. As you can see on that page, in past years our brave band of volunteers has read aloud from Poe's "The Raven," Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Stoker's Dracula, and Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Please do volunteer! All you need is a voice and a way to record the lines and send them to me. Your part will be short and manageable, probably only one stanza each (since these are poems). We love including kids, grandparents, roommates, whoever you've got around. Don't worry about the quality of your voice or accent. I'll let you in on a secret: nearly everyone dislikes their own voice and/or accent. What makes these projects cool is the variety of voices coming together on one literary passage.

Simply comment here (or email me, or Facebook-message me...) with the number of volunteers your household is providing, and I'll get you on the list and send you your lines soon. Signup deadline is Friday, October 10. And obviously I'd like to have the whole thing ready before Halloween, so only sign up if you can record lines by, say, a week before Halloween--October 24. IDEALLY WITHOUT ME NAGGING YOU TO REMIND YOU. I don't like to nag.

Thank you, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you've got!

Comments

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scholargipsy
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Me! Me! I love What Was I Scared Of?
mollyringle
Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hurray! Thanks! I didn't know of this book till a few years ago, once I had my own kids. It's so cute! (And just a tad spooky.)

I'm collecting more volunteers from elsewhere online too, and should get you your lines next weekend.
mollyringle
Oct. 9th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for signing up to read our silly Halloween poems aloud! Since we now have enough volunteers to cover both poems, I might as well send everyone their lines a bit early and give you more time to record them.

Your part is:

After that a week went by.
Then one dark night in Grin-itch
(I had to do an errand there
And fetch some Grin-itch spinach)


Instructions:

Simply record your lines and send them back to me! Use email writermollyringle at gmail dot com. Most of the common audio file types should work fine with the software I'm using. If you're recording more than one speaker's part, it can either be all one file or separate files. Speaking and recording as clearly as possible is always appreciated.

Please send them by October 24 so I can get them all slapped together with background music and everything. And if you can't record your lines after all, let me know as soon as you can so I can send in a backup reader in your place.

Thank you for taking part! I think the end product is going to be very fun.

Molly

Edited at 2014-10-09 03:39 pm (UTC)
shanmonster
Oct. 3rd, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
I enjoy narration. :)
mollyringle
Oct. 4th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
Hee - sweet! I'll put you on the list and assign you lines next weekend. Thanks!
mollyringle
Oct. 9th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for signing up to read our silly Halloween poems aloud! Since we now have enough volunteers to cover both poems, I might as well send everyone their lines a bit early and give you more time to record them.

Your part is:

And the NEXT night, I was fishing
For Doubt-trout on Roover River
When those pants came rowing toward me!
Well, I started in to shiver.


Instructions:

Simply record your lines and send them back to me! (Use email writermollyringle at gmail dot com ) Most of the common audio file types should work fine with the software I'm using. If you're recording more than one speaker's part, it can either be all one file or separate files. Speaking and recording as clearly as possible is always appreciated.

Please send them by October 24 so I can get them all slapped together with background music and everything. And if you can't record your lines after all, let me know as soon as you can so I can send in a backup reader in your place.

Thank you for taking part! I think the end product is going to be very fun.

Molly
avari_maethor
Oct. 5th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
What do you use to put all the readings together? I would love to do this in another community I'm part of.

You can also sign me up! I loved doing this before...even if I don't remember how I recorded myself XD I'm sure I can figure it out again.
mollyringle
Oct. 5th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
People were prompt in volunteering here and there, and all slots are currently filled for both poems! But can I put you down as a backup reader in case someone has to back out, as sometimes occurs? Thanks!

Oh, and I've used Sound Studio so far. I think it costs $29.99 now, but it might be possible to get an older version that'll let you use it for free, as I was able to do in the past.
avari_maethor
Oct. 5th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sure, put me down as a back up.

Thanks! I'll look into it.
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