Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Podcast of My First Professional Sale!

I have a new podcast in which I read my first professional sale!

My story "Two Dwarves and Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs" appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in June 2011.  It is a retelling of Poe's "Hop-Frog."  EQMM allows its authors to submit podcasts, so I got a friend who has excellent recording equipment and skills to help me.

It just went live today at:

I hope you'll enjoy my reading.  Please comment on my blog if you like it.
When I was notified of this first sale in 2010, I made a diary entry:  "Today is the day that makes all other days possible."  And I was right.


  1. Apt and creative retelling of Hop Frog. Your story even motivated me to go back and rediscover the Poe original. So Edgar thanks you, as well... ;-) Congrats! Robert G.

  2. Thanks Robert!

    It was really interesting to try to follow the original plot line, and realize you were having to solve some of the same problems that Poe did. When Hop-Frog has to climb over people in the ball room to get to a torch, I realized that Poe himself had probably fretted over how to get a torch into the character's hands with as little time and trouble as possible.

    I would recommend retelling a classic story from a different perspective to any author.

  3. Listened to this on my walk yesterday - really good. You have a super voice for audio narration & the writing was clever and clipped along nicely. Now, of course, I have to go back to the original and look for all the differences and similarities. I have a soft spot for Poe as one of my early childhood reading discoveries. Last year, I did a retelling of 'The Fall of the House of Usher' as a Wikipedia entry...from the point of view of Madeline Usher (Roderick's twin sister) for an anthology, but I've been thinking about picking another Poe to do in a more straightforward narrative. If I do, I'll definitely be keeping this in mind as an example of how-to-do-it. Are you going to podcast your most recent EQMM story (hint: the correct answer is 'Yes')

  4. I REALLY enjoyed this! The retelling of Poe's story was a surprising delight. I'm with Alisa -- you've got a great voice for recording. I know you've self-published some stories, so have you thought about doing audio versions of them?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Jake. I have thought of it. I had to borrow someone else's equipment for that one. I am looking to soundproof a tiny section of my tiny house, but it will take time. Also, if I buy too many soundproofing supplies for my house, the cops might think it's one of those "Saw" kind of deals.....

    2. Ha! I'm sure there's an entire department of police officers dedicated to watching soundproofing suppliers and their clients.