I found out this morning that my short story, “Doors”, which first appeared in GUD Issue 6, is now up, in podcast form, at PodCastle. This is now the second of my stories to appear there and I’m very happy to see it, and hear it, there. As much as I enjoy narrating for them, I enjoy having my stories up even more.
That being said, I have to say that I find it hard to listen to narrations of my stories. I have to listen to the narrations that I do – for editing purposes at the very least – but hearing someone else read my fiction produces a strange kind of dissonance. PodCastle always does a great job in selecting readers – this has nothing to do with that – I think it’s just hearing my own words which is the problem.
I am a little heartened, though, that this is something other people deal with. At a recent agency retreat I heard that other people have issues with it as well.
On the other side of the microphone, there are some other narration projects that I’m working on to hopefully announce soon.
I just realized that I’ve been remiss in mentioning another bit of writing news. However, now that I’ve signed the contract I can reliably state that my story, “Card Sharp”, from The Way of the Wizard anthology, is going to be narrated at Podcastle. I’ve done several narrations for the site before, but this will be the first of my own stories to receive that treatment. I’m looking forward to hearing it.
I’ll update when it goes live (I assume) later this year.
My reading of “The Narcomancer”, a very fine story from fellow Altered Fluid member, N. K. Jemisin, is currently up for your listening pleasure (hopefully) at Podcastle.
This one’s what they call a “giant”, so it’s longer than the usual stories they feature.
As usual, it was a pleasure reading it, except for the times when my cats decided to make noise in the background and I had to go back and edit. I hope I got all of those.
If you feel like it, please check it out.
I was going to link to this interview with Jeffrey Ford at the Nebula site in any case because he’s one of my favorite writers as some of you might know. I’m always interested in hearing him or reading him talk about writing and about his process and his thoughts on the genre and fiction in general.
I was surprised, however, to see my own name pop up in the interview in response to a question about podcasts. I’ve mentioned the two stories I read for Podcastle here before (“The Dreaming Wind” and “The Annals of Eelin-Ok”) and it was my pleasure to do those readings being as big a fan as I am of Jeff’s work. Jeff told me in person the last time I saw him that he liked my readings which made me very happy – that’s what I would have hoped for. That he mentioned them in the interview just underscores that for me.
Needless to say, I won’t be holding my breath for the opportunity to read his collected works, but if another opportunity pops up any time soon, you can be sure I’ll jump on it.
Because of a mix-up, I ended up recording a podcast of Jeffrey Ford’s “The Dreaming Wind” when I was really supposed to record “The Annals of Eelin-Ok”, which I later recorded and which appeared on Podcastle. Paul Tevis was the official reader for “The Dreaming Wind”, but since it was already recorded, Rachel Swirsky went ahead and posted both of them.
So, to my surprise, you can now hear my reading of “The Dreaming Wind” (along with Paul’s) over at Podcastle.
Jeffrey Ford is one of my favorite writers and it was my pleasure to get to read not one, but two of his wonderful stories.