Paraka

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Fan
Name: Paraka
Alias(es): cifdopakarap, plamtsm
Type: podficcer, vidder, mod, archivist, meta writer
Fandoms: Avengers, Bandom, American Idol, Stargate Atlantis, Queer As Folk (US), etc.
Communities: Paraka Productions, pod_together, pod_aware, multipodicity, podfic_bingo, Amplificathon
Other:
URL: dreamwidth account
AO3 account
twitter account
website
podfics @ audiofic archive
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Paraka is a prolific and well-known podficcer, as well as a vidder and challenge moderator.

History

Paraka has been in fandom since 2003[1] and creating podfics since 2008.[2]

She describes her fannish history in her dreamwidth profile:

I have, at times been a podficer, vidder, community mod and, on very rare occasions, fic writer. Mostly these days I obsess over podfic. ...

I'm mostly mono-fanish although I will occasionally branch out into more than one fandom at a time. Queer as Folk was my first online fandom and I was in there for about 2 years. I drabbled for a couple months in the Harry Potter (Snarry) fandom, but then discovered Stargate Atlantis where I spent the next 3 years. Now I'm happily obsessing over Adam Lambert and Kris Allen in American Idol Season 8 fandom. :D

I've also dabbled in American Idol S7, Lost Girl, Merlin, Supernatural, J2, Numb3rs, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (♥), Reaper, Torchwood and Doctor Who.[3]

Fan Activities

Along with creating many fanworks, Paraka is known for being one of the most prominent pro-podfic voices in the community, helping the community develop, defend itself when wank occurred, raise awareness of its existence and needs, etc. Some of her accomplishments include:

Mod

Challenges and events Paraka has run or co-run include:

Podfic Fandom Infrastructure

Paraka was one of the volunteers at the Audiofic Archive (profile) and spear-headed the effort to recover many of the Archive's files after it suffered massive file loss in 2016.[4]}} See also: Audiofic Archive#Paraka's 2016-2017 Crowd-Sourcing Effort

Paraka hosts a large number of podficcers on her personal podfic website, Paraka Productions, including. In 2019 SyFy.com article highlighting the podfic community put the number of podficcers hosted on Paraka Productions at over 150.[5]

From 2012 to 2015, Paraka ran the @Podfic Twitter account, which retweeted "interesting things about podfic." The account functioned as a pseudo-newsletter/rec center/posting announcement list, centralizing podficcers' tweets as well as those of podfic listeners and many people who asked what podfic was. The account was run manually in order to minimize the potential for negativity and wank.[6]

In 2014, Paraka was one of the founding members of the Auralphonic podcast.

Notable Works

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Podfics

Vids

Interviews

References

  1. ^ paraka: Fandom Progression
  2. ^ paraka: Podfics
  3. ^ paraka: dreamwidth profile (accessed 4 September 2015)
  4. ^ State of the Audiofic Archive, [archived link]. Posted/Updated Feb - Jun 2017. Link accessed/archived March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Why podfics, the audiobooks of fanfiction, deserve more appreciation, SyFy.com, Dec 10, 2019. (Accessed Feb 20, 2021)
  6. ^ @Podfic, Dreamwidth post by Paraka, May 5, 2014. (Accessed Feb 20, 2021)