Okay, this is just an idea. (Don't bite my head off.)
There is plenty off fan fiction on the forum both completed and on-going that I would love to catch up to but I don't actually get that much time to sit at my computer and read it. It would be a pain to print it out and annoying to keep the pages in a clearfile or something. (Especially when I don't have a printer at the moment... >.>)
This is an idea for discussion, what if someone was willing to record themselves reading chapters of the more popular fan fiction of the forum? From there they could upload it to a file sharing site and it could be downloaded and listened to on the bus or in bed via an mp3 player. (Hopefully not in class, right everyone?)
Now, I would offer to do this myself because I personally love reading aloud (and having my voice on random peoples ipod's) but my voice is lame and my New Zealand accent would make me hard to understand.
EDIT: But apparently my accent isn't that bad so I shouldn't worry about it.
So I guess I have to ask some questions or if you are one of those awesome "reply in a wall of text" people of the authors cafe you can do it your way.
1. Would you be interested in listening to fan fiction audiobooks on your mp3 player?
2. Would you be interested in recording your readings and hosting them for other people to listen to? (With recording software like Audacity of something.)
3. What potential good points and pitfalls do you see with this idea?
I just think this would be a great way for use to catch up on fan fiction that we have put in the "I'll read it later" category that is actually really good once we get around to reading it. I'm looking at you Anima Ex Machina.
Please discuss, I have really enjoyed listening to audio books and I would be interested if anyone else shared/disagreed with me!
And here are the audio book thingies that have been created in the thread:
Absconditus Infensus 1: The Fiend Of The Cathedral