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Growing up so far from the wordfields, I’ve learned to appreciate the few words I have, so as the fitting for Baron Kensington’s festival garments drag on, I cringe at each wasted remark. (Continue Reading…)
Kris Kringle moved silently through the workshop, making sure nothing had been forgotten by the elves. Normally, they’d be starting their post-toy-making-frenzy party, but this year the group was more subdued, the carols on low, with no one making merry or wearing lampshades.
Kris sighed and lifted his hand in a wave as he passed the break room, but he didn’t go in.
Inventory. Yes, inventory would take his mind in the direction it needed to go.
Lumps of coal? Check.
He peeked out the window. Elves hooking up the reindeer? Check.
Reindeer fat—but not too fat, they did have to fly—and happy? Check.
Rudolph’s nose at full power? Check.
As Kris moved from the workshop to the adjoining kitchen, he sniffed. Apple pie baking, ready to eat when he got home?
• Narrated by Chloe Yates
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally appeared in Bull Spec (Issue 6)
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Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Tina is also one of the co-hosts of EscapePod, and her narrations have appeared all over including all the Escape Artists podcasts, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. You can follow her online and on Twitter.
For your narrator we welcome back Chloe Yates. As well as narrating, Chloë writes odd stories. She has written many short stories for the British Fantasy Award winning independent press Fox Spirit Books, and is currently working on both a collection and a novel for them. English born, she currently lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie. You can find her online and on Twitter, and if you’re very luck, the bar of the occasional British convention…
Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
Lisa Montoya is an elementary school teacher in Nebraska who decided to never completely grow up. She has always treasured books and stories, and loves to create her own worlds. You can find her online at Lisa’s Thought for the Day.
As well as narrating, Chloë Yates is a writer of odd stories. She has written several short stories for Fox Spirit Books, and is currently working on both a collection and a novel for them. She lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie. You can find her online and on Twitter.
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This is Little Wonders, our collection episodes featuring flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme. This episode we bring you the conclusion of our flash fiction month: Trope Twists!
Theme music is “Neversus” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
By Jessica Holscher
Down a desolate and lonely dirt road, a young man walked toward the horizon. With a sword at his back, he traveled for destiny. The famed fortune teller of the town he’d just left, Madam Mystic, told him he would defeat the three headed dragon and save the princess. Without a moment’s hesitation, he headed for the beast to save the missing damsel.
Today we present Therese Bickley‘s story, The Void Test. Therese is currently interning in Washington, DC, although her checkered past also includes work as a library page, cashier, and volunteer income tax preparer. Her first short story was accepted for publication in Byzarium on January 2, 2008. Her second story sold a few hours later, to MindFlights.
Since then, her work has appeared in places including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and the anthologies Thoughtcrime Experiments and Sword and Sorceress XXIV. Her science fiction novella, Aqua Vitae, was released by WolfSinger Publications in 2011. She’s working on her next book. You can find her on the web, where you can subscribe to her newsletter for news of upcoming publications.
Your narrator today is Chloë Yates. Chloë has written several pieces for Fox Spirit Books and her story Leave the Pistol Behind was one of the winners of their International Talk Like a Pirate Day competition in 2012. Her noirish chops have slathered into the anthologies Weird Noir (2012) and its follow up, Noir Carnival (2013). More of her work will be included in several upcoming anthologies.
You can find her humorous, if somewhat macabre, poetry here, and her website is here. She wanders through Twitter under the sobriquet @shloobee.
She’s currently working on a big idea or two, and writing more short stories. English born, she lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie.
Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.