Here’s something fun for your Monday: I recorded my first podcast for the Dribblecast, the fan podcast of the Drabblecast. That means if you go to this link, you can hear me read “Funeral on the Ocean Floor,” a short story written by my husband Jason. You can also download it for free on iTunes on the Dribblecast’s podcast channel.
I had a blast producing this one, as I have zero experience doing any sort of recording or audio editing. Through a huge coincidence, I got to use professional-grade equipment to record and edit the track. I’m especially proud of the background music, as I pieced it together myself from audio loops – look at me get technologically advanced, hey! Special thanks to the random guy who quite cheerfully spent an hour of his time teaching me how to use the software and hardware, and to Tom Baker for uploading the episode for me (twice).
Anyway, give it a listen if you have a few minutes, and let me know what you think! Happy Monday, friends!
Research says both good and bad things about drinking coffee, but I’m all for looking at the positive. It might not do much for your hypertension, but coffee drinkers have a decreased risk of suicide compared to their decaffeinated peers. I’d love to hear what happens when you deprive those coffee drinkers from their beverage in the mornings though!
Tor has released a FREE speculative fiction anthology e-book of 151 stories published over the last 5 years. The list of authors is top-notch, but Tor is only leaving up the download for a few more days, so grab it NOW!
Speaking of lists of great authors, check out this list of 100 Great Science Fiction Stories written by women since the inception of the genre, busting the myth once and for all that women haven’t always been into sci-fi. A lot of these stories are also available online for free, so check it out if you’re looking to brush up your reader creds.
Also from I09, a discussion of the 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding. I have personally broken at least four of these in my longer pieces of fiction. How about you?
Self-promotion without being a jerk, particularly relevant to writers, bloggers, and other creatives. I love his tips because he recognizes the whole awkward “I don’t want to annoy people” wall that keeps so many of us creatives from telling the world that we might have something it would enjoy seeing. 🙂
Podcasts I Liked
Drabblecast #83: “Floating Over Time” – My archive-crawl landed me on a tearjerker this time. A story about two lives in conjunction set against the size of the universe and the desperate need in each of us for someone to hear our story. Warning: it’ll make you cry in public. Take precautions.
Drabblecast #91: “Gifting Bliss” – another poignant episode, but also funny. This story is a parody/tribute to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in a fictionalized setting. It explores the symbiotic and often parasitic relationship between a creative person and his fans. Norm Sherman wrote a ton of original music for this episode, which takes a great story to a whole new level. If you’re not into podcasts yet, this one would be a great place to start.
Escape Pod #405: “Vestigial Girl” – Medical microfiction alert! This one’s got a speech-language pathology theme that warms the cockles of my SLP heart. It’s the story of a toddler who just wants to communicate with her parents, and takes it upon herself to perform surgery on her own throat to make it happen.
What’s happening on your blogs right now? See anything interesting around the interwebs this week?
A coat made out of human chest hair: the ultimate upcycling project, or just plain gross? I vote gross, but I’d certainly buy one as a gag gift for my more hirsute friends.
And just for fun, Jason tells the traumatizing story of the first time he saw “A Clockwork Orange”. Yes, I’m responsible for the fact he had to watch it twice. Personally, I thought the movie was brilliant. Just as twisted as they say it is, though.
Favorite podcasts I heard this week (I’m almost always behind, so these are “new to me”):
Escape Pod #400: “Rescue Party” by Arthur C. Clarke. Full-cast production of this amazing golden-age sci-fi classic. The episode blew me away, and epitomizes everything a fiction podcast can be, what with amazing performances and production values. It went nicely with my Kubrick marathon as well; I promptly rented 2001: A Space Odyssey after listening to this episode.
Drabblecast #286: “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse” by Andy Duncan. A bizarre and appropriate send-up of one of my all-time favorite short story authors. I won’t give away the twist ending, but I’ll give you a hint: think “Southern Gothic”. Don’t miss my Twabble at the end, too!