My narration of Paul Jessup’s “Sun Sorrow” came out today in Episode 116 of Far Fetched Fables. The story is dark and lush and surreal, in large part because Jessup’s imagery is so visceral and unexpected. It compelled me to enter the world-view of Beyla, the main character, if for no other reason than to see more of this strange Beyla-place. Throughout the story I was awash in both Beyla’s thoughts and Belya’s pain, which was exactly where I wanted to be. For me the story is an emotional mystery–what is real, what is Beyla–and a journey to a … Read moreRead more
My narration of Sandra M. Odell’s “Tell Stories” is out in Podcastle 433. This story was both a joy to read and a writerly lesson for me. Writing humor is hard, much harder to my mind that writing dark fiction, or angry fiction, or just about any other kind of fiction. But Odell’s premise is surprising and her characters so damn real. It’s funny and heartful all at once. I really enjoyed working on the piece
Listeners are bound to be charmed, amused, and filled with the huge heart that clearly beats inside Sandra M. Odell. She knows funny, … Read moreRead more
So I’m behind in my recordings. I owe a narration to one podcast and have another due in January. Finding a time in my home when I only have to contend with curious dogs and less curious cats is tricky, which is why recording Sharon Shinn’s “The Double-Edged Sword” was such a victory. At 40 pages it’s squarely in that special category: novelette. In other words it’s a satisfyingly long read, or to put it another way it’s an epic short story.
Aesara, the protagonist, is strong and wild and scarred by life in a way that colors–or even dictates–her … Read moreRead more