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Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:27 pm
by StalinSays
Feature: David is Six by Amanda C. Davis
Feature: The Best Boy, The Brightest Boy by Megan R. Engelhard
Feature: Broken by Steven Saus

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Monday, December 5, 2011
Once, at the beginning, you asked why you were brought here. This is what I told you: your parents made a deal. I would rid them of their plague of rats, and they would pay me. I cleared the town of pests, easily done, and returned for my payment. They laughed at me and tried to send me away with less than they promised. Money is not important. Deals are.

Norm’s New CD: The Esoteric Order of Sherman

Spec the Halls
EMP Collective
Art by Steve Santiago

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:08 pm
by normsherman
Wow. Fun fact: Amanda C. Davis is Meghan Engelhard's sister!

Amanda's story came up through the slushpile recently, we bought Meghan's story months ago after reading it in Space Squid.

I had no idea until just now when an excited Meghan emailed me.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:15 pm
by tbaker2500
Hah, that's cool! Looking forward to listening to it.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:55 pm
by normsherman
If you think about all the factors involved, it's a pretty intense coincidence that they wound up back to back on the same episode.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:45 pm
by steven.saus
And completing the six-degrees-of-squid, Amanda and I have both been on Everyday Weirdness and Daily Science Fiction.

It's totally a conspiracy.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:02 am
by normsherman
And both of your characters were named David. ;)

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:28 am
by steven.saus
It's all part of the Ohio SF/F Cabal.*

*There's more of us than you think.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:30 am
by steven.saus
Just finished listening to the episode with my son.

HOLY SQUID INK that was AWESOME.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:12 pm
by Gligstith(click)optok
I only trust people as far as I can throw them…
That’s why I like babies best. (LOL, you got me started.)
That’s why I live by a cliff.
That’s why I joined Weight watchers.
That’ why I built a catapult.
I’ve been working on my trust issues.
Don’t let that throw you.
Technology helps.
Dead people are lighter.
Everyone is more trustworthy in outer space.

I only trust beings as far as I can throw them…
Cats are more trust worthy than dogs. Trust me, I know.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:47 pm
by Dolohov
Gligstith(click)optok wrote:I only trust people as far as I can throw them…
That’s why I like babies best. (LOL, you got me started.)
That’s why I live by a cliff.
That’s why I joined Weight watchers.
That’ why I built a catapult.
I’ve been working on my trust issues.
Don’t let that throw you.
Technology helps.
Dead people are lighter.
Everyone is more trustworthy in outer space.

I only trust beings as far as I can throw them…
Cats are more trust worthy than dogs. Trust me, I know.
You forgot, "That's why I've been so relaxed since I bought that woodchipper."

Great episode so far! I'm really looking forward to listening to the third story on my drive home tonight.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:56 am
by ROU Killing Time
Three great examples of the general creepiness of childhood faerie tales (as they were originally meant to be...)

Of the three, "David is Six" had the biggest "willies" factor.

The contrasting narration, topped off with a helping of Normattion was very suited to this particular trifecta and the work on the mood music on all three really stood out.

This weeks twitteriffic twabble was Munsiclicious.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:44 pm
by tbaker2500
Excellent episode. The stories made the most out of a genre which I dislike.
"Broken" had a great ending, it's not clear wether the trade was made or not; the ending is equally plausible either way.

The narrations stands out this episode. Really great job, guys!
The music and effects were perfect; they created the atmosphere, but did not get in the way either.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:21 pm
by StalinSays
Best Boy, Brightest Boy is in the top echelon of trifecta stories. Strong atmosphere, a nice hook, perfect for short fiction. Definitely benefited from the narration as well.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:47 am
by themorg
i thought i wanted to say more but this is still what i am thinking.

Good, Good, and Great

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:18 pm
by Rhio2k
Just a tiny nitpick about the Pied Piper/rock origin story: Kitsune is not pronounced kit-SOON. It's KEETsoo-neh. Other than that, not bad. Eugie Foster at podcastle got bum-rushed for that mispronunciation a few months ago for mispronouncing japanese words all throughout the story When Shakko Did Not Lie.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:50 pm
by tbaker2500
Yea Norm, your 4 years in Japan plus your love of Anime is failing you!

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:25 pm
by themorg
tbaker2500 wrote:Yea Norm, your 4 years in Japan plus your love of Anime is failing you!
As an argument on pronunciation there is always someone going to have a better pronunciation out there and with deadlines it is always hard to get every nuance of a podcast out with how quick the schedule for these things are. do you spend 30 min trying to re - record one word that you keep messing up or do you spend that amount of time having a life...

I sense a sho jo mallet in my direction in the near future BTW.

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:06 pm
by Dolohov
I wonder if it would be worth adding to the submission guidelines a suggestion to (at the end of the story) make a note about the pronunciations of any words or names that might be mispronounced?

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:26 pm
by Unblinking
Great Trifecta.

"David is Six" very wonderfully captured a child's POV, how something that can be SO IMPORTANT to you is completely trivial to everyone else. The seventh birthday isn't a particularly momentous one, nothing much changes, you're already in school, etc.... But from his point of view it makes all the difference. And that trivial detail is David's downfall as that is used in a ploy to lure him over to another world.

"The Best Boy, the Brightest Boy" was good, I don't think I've read a story from the Pied Piper's point of view, and a reveal of what he does with all the kiddies. A neat, dark story.

But I'm especially excited about "Broken" because this is the first one that I voted on that is on the feed since I became a Drabblecast slushreader. I voted this one a YES (probably after reading a dozen serial killer stories in a row). My comments at the time were.

The ending seemed a bit too abrupt, but other than I liked it, a
modern changeling story overlaid on the anxiety of a parent with a
developmental condition.

I'm not sure if the author meant me to wonder this, but I wonder what
the fairy did with the baby she took. I could imagine it either way.
If she told the truth, and the child's condition gives it benefit over
there, then maybe both children leave happy healthy lives. If she
lied, then perhaps it is a slave. Fairies aren't known for being
trustworthy, after all, and the glamour laid halfway through the story
suggests that this is one of the traditional fairies, not the Disney
version.

(For what it's worth, the ending didn't seem abrupt on the listening, maybe a text vs. audio thing, or maybe I was just ready for it)

Re: Drabblecast 225 - Trifecta XIX

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:59 am
by tbaker2500
Unblinking wrote:I'm not sure if the author meant me to wonder this, but I wonder what
the fairy did with the baby she took.
Do we know that the exchange did happen? I recall it being left in at indecision, then a view years later. If I recall, the child still had issues. This could be the original kid, who grew better than the original prognosis.