Sorry for being late. To make amends, I am giving you a slightly longer story than usual, which is also an experiment in the present tense.
This is something I started working on last August in Spain. It sat in the drawer for a while before I finished and edited it a couple times. There’s not much more to say, so please excuse me as I go get drunk now. Socially, of course. I’m not an alcoholic. Yet.
I’ve been working on this one since February, and it deals with religion, specifically Islam. A scary thing to do, right? Well, I happen to think it’s a fair look at a fictional culture. I’m not gonna bloviate much longer, but know that I’ll be making forays into more creepy shit very soon. Also, it’s Times New Roman Time!
I actually had to research what genre this story could best be classified as, and “New Weird” came out on top, but I feel like just classifying it as “Odd Fantasy” should be enough. It’s far from traditional fantasy, but it’s also not doing any fancy parodies or deconstructions. In other news, this one is actually long enough to call itself something of an Audiobook, so yay to that, I suppose, trying to kickstart this project properly.
Is it pretentious to call 12 minutes an audiobook? Definitely.
Direct link for anyone who wants to hear this pretentious audiobook (and a text version) can be found below.
I think I may have found my optimal way to deliver stories to an as of yet unformed audience, and I shall be doing so by using my own voice to do audio versions of my stories. People can’t be bothered to read any more (which, ya know, I wont take myself out of that), and audiobooks have become a legitimate way to enjoy literature. This allows me to produce more content and go a little off the menu and experiment with characters, worldbuilding and narrative. The magazine market is a harsh business, and editors are forced to reject tons of great stories every day. In here, I have greater freedom to do what I want, and I can build an audience that fits me instead of a specific magazine. I’ll still be trying to get some more traditional stories published, though.