Friday, November 27th, 2015
Warning:  Some sexual content and language

Drabblecast Delicate Parts by Bo KaierEarnest was in kindergarten when Jackie the Janitor got fired for “choking the chicken” in the girls’ bathroom. That phrase, along with his best friend Bradley Watson’s accompanying hand gestures, stuck in Earnest’s head so hard that whenever he looked at the thing between his legs, all he could see was a bald, pointed bird head, like the ones attached to the roast ducks hanging in the window of a Chinese restaurant.

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Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “When the emperor died, we were buried alive as a sacrifice. While the royals sob and mourn, we are learning to dig upward. ”  by  Auto_K

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Monday, November 9th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 113, Charlie the Purple Giraffe, by Josh HugoA change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun.  He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath.  “Us,” he said at last.  “They read us.”

A delightful Drabble evokes a sage summation of the style from Norm: the mark of a good drabble is the rolling of the eyes and sounds of chuckling. The feature is a unique tale set inside a televised cartoon world. Our main character, Charlie the purple giraffe, has a disturbing and profound view of his world, one not shared by his best friend Jerry the orange squirrel. Floating question marks, colored word balloons, it may not be as light, airy, and humorous as appears at first blush.

Originally published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 62, War of the Clowns, by Bo KaierOne time two clowns set themselves to arguing. The people would stop, amused, to watch them.

—What’s that? they asked.

—Why, it’s only two clowns arguing.

Who could take them seriously? Ridiculous, the two comedians reparteed.

The arguments were common nonsense, the theme was a ninnery.

And an entire day passed.

The following morning, the two remained, obnoxious and outdoing each other. It seemed as though, between them, even yucca soured. In the street, meanwhile, those present were exhilarated with the masquerade. The buffoons began worsening their insults with fine-edged and fine tuned barbs. Believing it to be a show, the passersby left coins along the roadside.

Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Drabblecast Cover for This Secular Technology by Ruth LoweLeah woke up, said the blessing upon waking, then turned on her overlay with a mental command. She hissed with displeasure — it was a _gevurah_ day, again. She was supposed to contemplate restriction, discipline, withdrawal. She was beginning to wonder if her teachers were doing this on purpose; the assignments were said to be random, but she no longer believed in randomness. Her soul root was in _chesed_, the diametric opposite of _gevurah_, and she found _gevurah_ days draining at best, excruciatingly painful at worst.

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Guest Produced by Andy Gray. First published Mirror Shards Volume Two
Episode Art:  Ruth Lowe
Read by:  Colleen Cherry

Twabble:  “The last living creature in the world sat alone in a room. He smiled as he heard the click of heels in the corridor outside. ”  by  SpareInch

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Warning:  Some disturbing scenes and situations

Cover for Drabblecast episode Starter House by Raoul IzzardDale looked up through the ribbed Lucite dome of Asteroid Cintas II,
his eyes lit from within by thoughts of a bright future. “I never thought,” he said, “I’d own a purebred house.”

Pam locked her eyes on his. “I knew you would. I knew we would. This makes it all worth it.”

They kissed.

A forklift driver smiled at them as he passed, trundling a giant spool of wire through corridors of stacked feedbags. He disappeared into the high dark bay of the feedlot.


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Guest produced by Bryn Shurman (Blog)
Bryn's Soundtrack album
Starter House first appeared in Apex Magazine, January 2009.
Episode Art:  Raoul Izzard
Read by:   Bryn Shurman (Twitter)
Music by:   Bryn Shurman (Facebook)

Twabble:  “He found the bones while hunting madly for escape. A lot of bones. There had been other Georges before him. Many Georges. ”  by  Betadog

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Unnatural Growth Trifecta, by Declan KeaneMy twin brother had been a dry-eyed baby, and he grew into a dry-eyed boy.

“Yaakov, why don’t you ever cry?” I asked him the day we buried my uncle’s family.

He shrugged. “Maybe you carry all the tears for both of us, Anna.”

I thought he might be right. In the past month I had cried again and again. I had wept through the night of hiding in the root cellar among the onions and potatoes and jars of pickled vegetables, my face buried in our mother’s skirt. We emerged in the morning to discover the Cossacks had burned down the barn with all of our animals trapped inside. I cried again for the goats. We didn’t even know yet that our cousins down the road had suffered the same fate. Our two older siblings took their turns calming me, but I took the most comfort from Yaakov’s stoic face.

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Guest Producer: David Cummings of the NoSleep Podcast
They Sent Runners Out first appeared in Fireside magazine, February 2014.
The Liver apparently first appears here on The Drabblecast. Probably.
Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams first appeared in Necrotic Tissue magazine, January 2010.
Episode Art:  Declan Keane
Read by:  Erika Sanderson, Peter Lewis, David Cummings

Twabble:  “The aliens said that humanity is too violent to join the Federation. Of course we couldn't let an insult like that stand. ”  by  Eric Marsh

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Trifecta by Unka OdyaIt looks like a quantity of strawberry jam squeezed into a cheap polythene shower cap. Even down to the darkened pips and the intimation someone’s attempted to pick it up and squished it in the middle. Clint adjusts the telescopic sight and tilts his head, upping the magnification, but knocking the thermal readout to the off position. He can feel the heat from here, so it’s safe to say that the temperature is outside the usual parameters.


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Guest Producer: Bryan Lincoln of the Fullcast Podcast

Clint Radigan's Intergalactic Genitourinary Clinic first appears here on The Drabblecast.
On the Nose first appears here on The Drabblecast.
A Plague of Boils first appeared on Hooting, May 2012.
Episode Art:  Unka Odya, on Behance and Facebook
Read by:  Rish Outfield, Bryan Lincoln, Michael Amaral, Casey Regan, James Bagley, Tom Vale, and Dan Panicucci

Twabble:  “As a werecat my senses improved. I now see what my tom sees when he stares into a corner, and you don't want to know about it. ”  by  groomporter

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