brief missive from mid-con

OH HOLY GOD IT WORKED.

(The stunt I alluded to before? I read a selection from With Fate Conspire . . . complete with RP and cockney accents. One attendee with a British mother said that if she hadn’t heard me speak in my natural voice, she wouldn’t have known I was American. This is pretty much the best seal of approval I could hope for.)

(I still don’t know that I’ll try that stunt in public again, though.)

0 Responses to “brief missive from mid-con”

  1. ninja_turbo

    That’s awesome. Well done. πŸ™‚

  2. akashiver

    Reading with a British accent in front of Brits is… searching for an equivalent here… like trying to whirl in front of dervishes? I don’t know, but — that’s awesome!

    • Marie Brennan

      I only had the courage to do it because I had one person in London ask where I was from, and when I told her, say with a degree of surprise that “you don’t have much of an accent.” So I knew that, as long as nerves didn’t screw me up, I could get close enough to the target not to sound too weird.

      The part that scared me was the cockney, and the switching back and forth between that and RP during the reading. It didn’t go perfectly, but it went well enough to pass.

  3. astres

    It was totally fine, darlin’. And the cockney was just awesooooooome.

  4. wolfseer

    One attendee with a British mother said that if she hadn’t heard me speak in my natural voice, she wouldn’t have known I was American.

    It’s true! πŸ˜€ Your accent was flawless. I’ve heard Yanks who pay money for lessons and they’re never able to achieve such an effortless sound.

    I’m so glad you came to Sirens, I loved your fighting workshop so much! I learnt loads. And I also was touched and appreciated how friendly and enthusiastic you were with your readers. So many authors seem to be aloof and unapproachable, you were the exact opposite. Thank you!

    I hope to see you at Sirens 2011!

    -Cal

    P.S. Hope you don’t mind if I friend you!

    And it’s my dad’s family who’re English, not Mum. πŸ˜‰

  5. edgyauthor

    Whoa. Very cool! I know I would never dream of attempting something like that if I had the opportunity, since I suck at executing accents of any kind. XD

  6. scottakennedy

    That’s great. Switching accents within a performance is particularly difficult and it sounds like you pulled it off wonderfully.

    One online resource you might enjoy if you comtemplate doing it again is the KU online dialect lab. It’s huge library of native speaker mp3 files that one can easily save to an iPod, etc. I’ve used them repeatedly for warm-ups when playing characters with accents.
    http://web.ku.edu/~idea/index.htm

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