I’m happy to report, No! The Drabblecast will soon rise again. Back in March I reached out to Norm so I could poke the body and see if he lives or if the cast needed a burial. He responded! Here is the official statement he has released on Facebook.
Hey there Friends, and welcome back to the Drabblecast!
The Drabblecast is a weekly audio fiction magazine that brings strange stories, by strange authors, to strange listeners... such as yourself. I'm your host, Norm Sherman. Or I will be again, soon, with perhaps a little help.
Where have I been the past year and a half you might be asking? What the hell happened to the podcast?!
The truth is folks, the god's honest truth, is that I was abducted by aliens. Squid-like --but also remarkably squirrel-like-- aliens. And upon immediately bursting from the spongy, fluid-filled vitamin pod I was encased in, I found myself indeed just as disappointed as any of you probably were to find that the Wifi connection within the dank Squirdellian prison ship belly was spotty, at best.
Thus, admittedly for a time, I was forced to suddenly adjust, and spend my days laboriously toiling away at what some might consider a "normal" job, simply to pay the bills... shoveling heaps upon heaps of chestnuts into the many vast Squirdellic feeding ponds of level 4.
...So many feeding ponds.
But that's all neither here nor there, as well as a statement not a fact. The important thing is that in the end, President Trump negotiated my safe release back to Earth with a combination of both masterful negotiation skills and a perplexing fluency in their mad, gibbering tongue... and now Norm's back baby, in full form.
And the game has changed now folks.
I'm going to try relaunching what we built together with the Drabblecast before: high-quality storytelling, high-quality production, content on multiple levels, and listener involvement at the core.. but this time bigger, better, and as a full-time enterprise, instead of just a hobby from my living room.
I'm going to try at least. I need some help. Sooo...wanna help?
Are you a:
Person skilled/experienced with web-based game creation, Unity, GameMaker Studio
Marketing and social media guru
Online business developer or small business consultant
Online fundraising whiz
Video or sound editor
Entrepreneur or venture capitalist
Highly in-the-know spec fic reader, listener, connoisseur
General fan with any potential connections
Person with advice, words of encouragement, or random funny jokes you wanna trade?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let's talk.
Drabblecast has always been about community, so connecting and bringing us Weirdos all together again is step one.
The goal is to launch something new and amazing to the world by August or September-- we're moving now!
Get on board with us.
There will be more messages to come, follow Drabblecast on Facebook and Twitter. And remember, chestnuts are the best nuts.
Your friend, humble mandolin instructor, and person eating your snack when you're not home,
"The encroaching tide threatened the cache even as the first egg distended, wobbling against the silly string and displacing its neighbors. Salt spume spattered the egg cluster as a tiny, red-lipped mouth broke free, a single, long egg tooth tearing at its enclosing sac.
The hatchling clown struggled against fear, as the rushing waters emerged..."
-- "Clown Eggs" Drabblecast episode 115, by the late, beloved Jay Lake.
So there you have it! Long live the weird!