Oct 16

“When You Find Your True Love…” Wins My 4th Twabble Competition

Not much new to say at this point.  Another win (under the forum username “loyaleagle”)!

If you read my blog semi-regularly, you’ve seen my braggy articles about The Drabblecast’s weekly twabble (100 characters exactly, not counting spaces) competitions.  If not, click the “Publication” tag for previous winning-twabble bragposts.

Here’s the story, for your “visual” enjoyment:

“I could feel her eyes on the back of my neck. Then I turned around and her green eyestalks adjusted, pushing into my chest.”

I titled the twabble “When You Find Your True Love…” because I had the song “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific stuck in my head.  You know, eyes on the back of your neck…your love across a crowded room…anyway…

Many thanks to Norm over at The Drabblecast for continuously picking my entries.  They are a great way to keep my creative juices flowing without sucking valuable time from grad school.  I encourage everybody to try to craft their own weird twabble over at the appropriate Drabblecast forum thread.

[Episode art by Jacob Wayne Bryner]

Oct 04

Synthetic Voices #9 – “Benjy” Fiction Reading

Here’s a bit of flash fiction that I wrote and read myself.  I’m not planning on making this podcast a self-promotion machine, but this story was just featured on another podcast and I thought I’d share it here as a little bonus.  Your regularly scheduled episode should go up soon after this one…

Benjy
Written and Read by James Rogers
Previously featured on The Dribblecast

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May 17

“The Swap Last Fall” Published by The Drabblecast

I got some exciting news last night!  Norm Sherman over at The Drabblecast asked if he could use a 100 word story (aka, a “drabble”) on this week’s show.  It seems my little bit of flash fiction fit nicely with the other featured story’s theme.  Norm did a great job reading it too.  Check out both my drabble and the doppleganger-centered main fiction on this week’s episode (#243, timecode 00:27)!

While flash fiction doesn’t usually mean much in the wider world of fiction, this is a pretty big step for me personally.  I’ve had several of my pieces chosen for The Drabblecast‘s 100 character “Twabble” competition, but this time I’ve graduated to a full-length Drabble.  I write longer pieces as well and send them out to the various publication markets, but so for no luck.  These little achievements help me keep motivated as I try to break into longer fiction formats.

For those with no ears, here’s a text copy of story:

“The Swap Last Fall”
by James Rogers

Do you remember that huge storm we had here last fall? Most people were huddled up in their homes, but Phil and I were drunk and wading about in the town fountain like idiots. Some kind of man vs. nature crap, I guess.

I don’t think either of us saw the lightning bolt strike, but I still remember how it crackled between my fingertips.

When I woke up, I was in Phil’s body and I think Phil was in mine. He was also dead. I’ve never told anyone about this before, not even my wife — certainly not Phil’s wife.

[Cover art by Richard K. Green]

Apr 18

“Thought Police” Wins My 3rd Twabble Competition

Hurray!  The latest episode of The Drabblecast features my Twabble (100 character story, not counting spaces) submission from the weekly contest on their forums.  This is my 3rd win!  My entry appears in the very end of the show (Timecode 43:00), but here’s a version your eyes can process:

“Heard you got pulled over by the thought police the other night.”
“Yeah I was thinking a mile a minute – in a school zone!”

I do LOVE a good joke/pun :-D  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the episode – there is a great main fiction this week!  Warning: The subject matter is a BIT odd/mature (on a weird fiction podcast, no WAY!), so make sure you’re old enough and mature enough, etc.

Ok, onwards and upwards.  I have two pieces of fiction out circulating among the various publication markets, so cross your fingers folks!

[Cover art by John Deberge]

Mar 01

It Happened Again!

So just a quick update this time – though I have a fun new project to discuss in an upcoming post – I made it onto The Drabblecast again!  Woot.

Once, again, you can scroll to the end of the episode (about timecode 30:00) if you want to hear Norm’s awesome narration and background music, but I’ve posted my twabble (a 100-character, “twitter length” story) below:

“Even deep within his bunker, Paul felt each bomb add to the city’s devastation. He smiled and tore up 15 parking tickets. ”

If you get a chance, DO listen to this week’s main fiction the same episode.  It’s really a great story that explores an interesting microcosm…a very squishy one!

I used the creative enthusiasm from this micro-publication to write up a 100 word story (a drabble).  If it doesn’t find a home in a paying flash fiction market, I’ll see if The Drabblecast is interested…

[Drabblecast Cover by Bill Halliar]