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.

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

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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.

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

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  •  Feature:  The Alchemical Automaton Blues  by  Ian McHugh
  •  Drabble:  Hide and Seek  by  Liz Mierzejewski
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 107, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, by Josh Hugo“How often does it do that?”  the faun asked.
“Most of the time.  The poor thing’s totally neglected.  They never speak to it or interact with it– except for when the kids are throwing rocks at it…”

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a Drabble News story about an employee finding a Brazilian wandering spider in the bananas at a Whole Foods in Oklahoma. In the Drabble, a little girl plays hide and seek with her friend, Rex. T-Rex. In the feature story, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, the good intentions of a kind-hearted couple concerned for the welfare of their ogre neighbor’s badly neglected and constantly crying guard golem have unexpected and disheartening consequences for the creature in question.

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Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #15, Oct-Nov 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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  •  Feature:  Squidges  by  Thomas Canfield
  •  Drabble:  The Night Sky  by  Wonko
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Strange

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 94, Squidges, by Jonathan Wilson“Squidges?” This was a term I hadn’t heard before.  I was used to Maine brother colloquialisms, they had adopted a vocabulary largely unique to themselves, but this went beyond even that…

Norm rewards forum participant Wonko by reading his Drabble about an unwilling exposure to the majesty of nature. Rish Outfield and Big Ankelvitch, narrators of the Dunesteef podcast, assist Norm in telling Thomas Canfield’s story, “Squidges.” In it, an unsuspecting patron of eccentric auto-mechanics learns about the unseen gremlins plaguing cars the world round. Feedback from Frank Key’s surreal sci-fi piece, #90 “Far Far Away,” demonstrates the magnetic qualities of magnetic love monkeys to fans of the Drabblecast.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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Monday, August 25th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 78, Panel Discussion, by Jonathan Wilson

“So, where do you get your ideas?” he asked.
“I get my ideas from thinking about things.”
“Like what?”
“Like this panel.”

In this episode of the Drabblecast, we listen in on a convention panel sidetracked by the Sci-Fi version of “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner?” The Bbardle is a hard rock tale of a geeky, sexy lady-stalker, the “Cougar at the Con.”

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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  •  Feature:  Heart to Heart  by  Christopher Kastensmidt
  •  Feature:  Swept Off Her Feet  by  Gary Lee
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Romance

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast 49, Heart to Heart, by Bo KaierHere’s the thing Sheila- you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met.  You’re also funny, intelligent, sex is fantastic and you certainly have an interesting career but…I just don’t think I can date you anymore..

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Originally published in From the Asylum, February 2007.

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  •  Feature:  Dessert Storm  by  Paul Neads and Chris Newbould
  •  Drabble:  "Dummy"  by  Ashley Callender
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 33, Dessert Storm, by Bo KaierFimlick the thief becomes restless as he and his companions journey across the desert….

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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