And now for something fiction-related: One of my stories is now available as a podcast. Remember podcasts? They were those sound files you could get on the Internets and listen to on a device called an “iPod.”
Apparently that’s still a thing, even if iPods are not. A few months back I was contacted by a site called Crime City Central. The man in charge, Jack Calverly, said he liked my most recent story and wanted to know if I had another he and his crew could turn into a podcast. I thought about it for about five minutes and agreed. So now my story “The Least Best Place” can be experienced without the inconvenience of actually reading it.
It’s interesting to hear somebody read aloud something you wrote. Certain lines of dialog didn’t come off quite the way I’d intended, and my protagonist’s name was consistently mispronounced. Mostly, though, it was pretty well done. And I appreciated having my little bio rendered in a gravelly English accent.
Anyway, if you’ve got a spare half-hour, check it out. The story’s probably not as noirish as the rest of them on the site, but I like it anyway. It’s about how decisions made as a dissolute youth can come back to haunt you as an older man. I’m working on a sequel.