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by El Barto
Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 370 - The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth
Replies: 2
Views: 2047

Re: Drabblecast 370 - The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth

Good story but ended pretty abruptly to me. I wasn't sure whether the main character had never been turned into a human, or had been turned into a human in a painful process, and then turned back into a fish frog without feeling it or noticing it. Also, it wasn't clear that her sisters' previously d...
by El Barto
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 362 - Starter House
Replies: 15
Views: 2320

Re: Drabblecast 362 - Starter House

I loved this one in part because it was gruesome and crazy but also because it how in certain societies everyone can just "get used to" certain bizarre and cruel rituals. We all cringed at the bat hitting the nutsack but what things in our own world are pretty crazy and we just accept them...
by El Barto
Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 347 - Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns
Replies: 10
Views: 2001

Re: Drabblecast 347 - Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns

Exciting and great news about Nathan Lee stepping (fully) into the spotlight. This transition seems like the best of all worlds. As for this story, I too am completely zombie'd out. The whole genre just makes no sense from the perspective of basic physics once a zombie lasts to the point that it nee...
by El Barto
Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - B Sides
Topic: Bsides 44 – Drabblecast Live Video Podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: Bsides 44 – Drabblecast Live Video Podcast

This was great to listen to. Did not realize there was video until I came here just now.

I'd love to get to a live Drabblecast event someday!
by El Barto
Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - B Sides
Topic: Bsides 35 – Teaching Bigfoot to Read
Replies: 10
Views: 1682

Re: Bsides 35 – Teaching Bigfoot to Read

I found this to be a sad but sweet story. One discordant note for me was the father's seemingly irrational reaction. If my son had been writing letters to someone and then disappeared and that someone was my only lead, I wouldn't threaten to kill him. On an unrelated note, you might be surprised to ...
by El Barto
Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 345 - Cat With Blue Fur Trifecta
Replies: 5
Views: 1576

Re: Drabblecast 345 - Cat With Blue Fur Trifecta

It was bizarre for me to hear these stories come to life since I am the guy who makes up new cat with blue fur stories every other night for my little boys. It's one thing to see some stories submitted in a contest and something totally different to listen to them professionally produced. It will ob...
by El Barto
Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:16 am
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: B-sides problem and a suggestion
Replies: 3
Views: 753

B-sides problem and a suggestion

After a frustrating effort I can safely say I've tried everything I can think of to get my iPhone to subscribe to B sides. No dice, and I think that there's no solution in sight that gets B-sides directly onto our phones so long as it remains as a password protected feed because Apple says they won'...
by El Barto
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 340 - On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to
Replies: 19
Views: 3960

Re: Drabblecast 340 - On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way

Damn good episode. Hilarious, thought-provoking, and wonderful to hear all our favorite voices. Great casting.
by El Barto
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: Congratulations Cat with Blue Fur winners!
Replies: 14
Views: 3853

Re: Congratulations Cat with Blue Fur winners!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write and enter a story! It may be many years before I can read some of the darker ones to my kids. :)

I'm excited to hear the winners turned into audio productions, and to see one of the authors continue to the next phase of this project!
by El Barto
Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines
Replies: 19
Views: 7717

Re: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines

If anyone finishes a story after the deadline and would like me to read it and comment, please post it someplace and message me and I'll be glad to take a look!
by El Barto
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 332 – Mister Bob
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: Drabblecast 332 – Mister Bob

This was an excellent story and a great Drabble too.
by El Barto
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 336 - The Mouth of God
Replies: 12
Views: 3915

Re: Drabblecast 336 - The Mouth of God

I really liked the episode overall and see a semi-hidden message that feels worth discussing here. Or should I say it feels worth me bringing it up. If anyone responds we have a discussion. The intro fake album was brilliant, and I can’t help but wonder if Norm paired it with this story to draw atte...
by El Barto
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:59 am
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

I loved this one for so many reasons. It all started with what seemed to be an irrational reaction by Ethan to a seemingly hostile presence. Instead of reacting reflexively negative to an unknown, however, he was open and tolerant and attempted communication, and wound up creating a relationship of ...
by El Barto
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines
Replies: 19
Views: 7717

Re: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines

unseentangerine wrote:Bitey the Snake is the most kickin' character name I have ever heard :!:
juss sayin'


Unseentangerine - I encourage you to come up with more fun onomatopoeia-type names! Lately I've been daydreaming about introducing a grizzly bear named Huggy and a snail named Slimey.
by El Barto
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines
Replies: 19
Views: 7717

Re: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines

Marise - in my world, the Cat with Blue Fur is his proper name. That's what other cats call him. Not just a description. In this contest, there is more leeway, such as it being fine for him to have a different proper name or other nicknames but it should be clear to the reader that the story has a c...
by El Barto
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines
Replies: 19
Views: 7717

Re: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines

Does the Cat with Blue Fur have a nickname? or is he always referred to as the Cat with Blue Fur? In my world, the Cat with Blue Fur does not have any nickname. In your story however, he can have a nickname if you would like. Or perhaps that is his nickname and he never knew his real name because h...
by El Barto
Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters
Replies: 11
Views: 2442

Re: Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

That was a fun twist on a classic. I liked how the sheriff made the deputy listen to his whole dream. The ending rubbed me the wrong way, though. This was about a band of underdogs coming together to destroy and existential threat. When something like this happens, people step up and do everything t...
by El Barto
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines
Replies: 19
Views: 7717

Re: CwBF Contest Description & Guidelines

Bart here with some extra details. Someone emailed to ask me some questions and I figured I'd share answers here. He asked do the humans ever talk in my stories? That is, are there bits of dialogue from humans that show up in them? If so, are the cats able to understand what the humans are saying, o...

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