Podcasts, recordings, and audio reprints of my stories and poems.
The Instructions – Recorded by The Way of the Buffalo Podcast, 2/09/12
Say you’ve got a problem. Might be big, might be small. Almost always to do with money. Maybe you can’t afford to feed your kid. Maybe you can’t make the rent. Maybe you’ve thought about all the different ways to get yourself out of this hole, and they’ve gotten bigger and crazier–theft and fraud and suicide and murder–and you’re just about ready to start trying the worst of them.
Here’s what you do.
David is Six – Recorded by The Drabblecast, 12/5/11
David is six, and cannot wait to be seven. Seven will be a spectacular change in his fortunes, an incredible leap in status. “Seven” takes much longer to say than “six.” At six, people sometimes ask if he is still in kindergarten; but at seven, they will know he has ascended to grade school proper. He will no longer have to assert that he is a big boy. At seven, big-boyhood is assured. David is so anxious to be seven that he has wet the bed twice this week, an occurrence he is certain will stop as soon as he has his birthday. His birthday is in May. He still has three months to go.
Silk for Moisture, Mud for Shine – Recorded by The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, 10/29/11
“Don’t be silly,” said Yolanda, waving her salad fork at Aimee, “you’re going to love them.”
Aimee watched the sunlight glint on the fork tines. “I already go to Thermabelle.”
Yolanda lowered her sunglasses. “Really, darling? And how is the treatment at Thermabelle working for you, hmm?” Her mocking eyes disappeared again behind the tinted lenses. “Silkies can only do you good.”
Your Wicked Parts – Recorded by Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, 7/30/11
The monster returned to Marlie’s bedroom closet in eighth grade, after she had almost forgotten about it. Marlie lay awake listening to the whispers for one agonizing night. In the morning, she twisted a wire hanger into a jam to hold the knobs together. It could not be killed, she knew, but perhaps it could be contained.
The second night, the whispers were louder.
Squeak – Recorded by The Way of the Buffalo Podcast, 2/10/11
“Listen,” said the repairman, “if you want that boiler fixed, you got to do something about them rats.”
A Shining Spindle Can Still Be Poisoned – Recorded for Goblin Fruit, 7/19/11
If that was a prince up there,
Tower-bound in bitter briars,
Sleeping away his curse,
No girl would ever seek him.