Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

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Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:21 pm

Feature: To Whatever by Shaenon Garrity
Drabble: Scripps Inter-dimensional by Inkhat
Genres: Comedy Horror

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014
To whatever lives in the walls—

Please stop taking my half & half.

Let's get this out of the way: I know you're there. Don't think I'm unaware of the scrabbling sounds, the walls creaking from your bulk, the way my razor in the morning is never exactly where I left it last night. Richard always said it was the building settling—as if a building, however old, could take apples out of the fruit crisper—but he was as wrong about that as he was about a lot of things beyond the scope of this note. And since he moved out I feel you've gotten bolder.

Read by: Nathan Lee
Episode Art: Mike Dominic
This story is a Drabblecast original.


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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby bounceswoosh » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:42 pm

I didn't hear the story. Only the author comment over and over. Am I nuts?

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby bounceswoosh » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:43 pm

Nevermind; just saw the other thread.
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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby bounceswoosh » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:46 pm

As for the story itself: love, love, love. Excellent narration, too.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Maplesugar » Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:15 pm

This is my favorite story in a long time. I really enjoy the epistolary story format, where the reader needs to infer much of the action. The narration was excellent!

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Lisa3737 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:46 am

Really enjoyed this story. Great narration.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby El Barto » Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:59 am

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 that could lead to tremendous understanding between two otherwise separate groups.

Lots of lessons there for broader society. One of my favorites this year for sure.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby danthelawyer » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:02 pm

Best story in a long time. And best Twabble in even longer. Huzzah!

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Caustic Reverie » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:13 am

Great work all around. The story, narration, and Norm's quips were spot-on. I think the glitched version had some good moments, but it wasn't nearly as good as the actual episode.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby CaroCogitatus » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:51 pm

So glad I took the time to re-download this one. Loved loved loved it too much for words.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby tbaker2500 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:23 am

Winner. Plain and simple, this episode was a total winner.
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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby mediadavid » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:43 pm

I got the download with the authors comments repeating. At first I thought it was some postmodern, meta take - especially as I skipped through and the comments got pretty messed up at the end!

The actual story was pretty fun too.

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby unreliable narrator » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:28 pm

Excellent and hilarious story. Loved the narration too. Thanks guys!
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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Etaan » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:05 pm

I'd like to echo how much I enjoyed the story.

It reminded me a lot of The Cabin in the Woods. They are both dealing with beings with vast power that exist so far outside of human experience that coming in contact could at the very least make you doubt your sanity. However, it's the process of normalizing the whole scenario that allows them to cope.

Hidden monster that has travelled between dimensions from an incomprehensible elder city? Nope, just a quirky roommate. Appeasing ancient gods that will rain destruction unless you arrange grisly the deaths of innocent victims? Wrong again, it's just a boring day job.
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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Spindaddy » Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:20 am

I can't believe that I forgot to comment on this story.

I freakin loved the hell out of this story, but I think Nathan's narration really sealed the deal for me. As much as Norm has become the permanent voice in my head (haha, totally kinda joking there... not really, yes really) sometimes a story call's for a particular sort of voice and Nathan nails it down cold.

Like a few other stories, this one has become a "go-to" on my phone for when I'm stuck at work reminding myself that pacifists don't beat incompetent technicians to death with staplers at 3am; only brutish thick necks engage in this behavior.
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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby plasticastle » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:10 am

One of my favourite episodes yet, fantastic!
Seriously though, my drabble is up there

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby Sphinx » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:19 am

I discovered this podcast about two months ago and have been binge-listening ever since. This was one of the first stories I heard, but some 200 episodes later, it's still one of my favourites. It made me hungry for more, like some short stories are wont to do, and I will check out the author to see if they've written other stuff in a similar vein.

Short, sweet and to the point. The one-sided dialogue really worked for me as well, and hope that the Whatever will come out of its furry, spiky shell soon. Good work, author!

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Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

Postby eric_marsh » Mon May 11, 2015 4:50 pm

"Your President flies a spaceship?"

Norm's monolog was particularly brilliant this episode.
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