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"Distraction" podfic - or, rather, video-fic by Mirith Griffin 
3rd-Aug-2013 04:56 pm
OMFG iz ded
In May 2012 my 100 word drabble called Distraction was chosen for inclusion in Sherlock’s Home – The Empty House, a book of Sherlockian fanfiction published to raise funds for a charity trying to preserve Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Shortly afterwards a poll was run by the publishers for readers to choose their favourite story from the book and to my amazement my story won the poll.

The poll closed in August 2012 and I’m still waiting for the prize which was promised to the winner – for the story to be narrated and recorded for public download by Nicholas Briggs, who plays Sherlock Holmes in the Audio Adventures.

To show how it should be done, my lovely friend Mirith Griffin decided to commemorate the one year anniversary of me winning the poll and, in the space of a couple of hours, did what a professional publishing company couldn’t do in a year and produced a podfic – or, rather, a video-fic – of the story.

You can view it here.

And in January 2017 the awesome daysofstorm published this on Tumblr after she had arranged for Curtis Armstrong to do a podfic of the story! You can listen to it here.

I am a very lucky girl.

The book is still available, either as an e-book or in hard copy, through the usual channels.

3rd-Aug-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh I'd never heard of this - what a fantastic idea and very well done in being the favourite in the poll . . . having listened to it, I can see why!

What a wonderful, wonderful pun; and for the whole thing to be a drabble is a marvel (I was going to say a "feat" until I realised the pun!).

I've also downloaded the book to my Kindle; thanks so much for the link.
3rd-Aug-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you got a kick out of the recording! While I can't offer you credible accents, acting talent, or production values of any kind, I can certainly offer enthusiasm for your story. It's a gem. Pitch-perfect characterization, drama, interpersonal chemistry and humor in one hundred words? I don't know anyone else who can pull that off. What a tour de force.

*loves you back*

Edited at 2013-08-03 10:14 pm (UTC)
5th-Aug-2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
Bloody wonderful! What a great idea from Mirith - and, of course, a fabulous story from you. Still one of my favourite punchlines of all time!
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