A few months ago, writer Jude Brewer took a train from Portland, Oregon, up to Tacoma, Washington, where he promptly descended into my basement and set up sound equipment.
Soon, writer and actor James A. Gilletti arrived with coffee and donuts (and a bottle of handcrafted booze), and then poet and publisher Christina Butcher joined us, and together, we got down to business: Jude had come to record episodes of his Storytellers Telling Stories podcast.
Christina’s powerful, moving poetry aired as episode 14 about a month ago, and James’s noir radio-play-style detective story aired as episode 17 last week. And today, my episode, “Barefoot in the Guadalupe,” went live.
Longtime readers might dimly recall my story, which appeared several years ago in Red Dirt Review. (The magazine is defunct now and the website is gone, but it seems you can still order a copy of the print edition my story appears in, if you’re interested.) The story involves a tangle of emotions (more an abstract polygon than a classic love triangle) as protagonist Mark wrestles with the conflicted versions of love that he holds for his wife, Sharon; his long-dead girlfriend, Keaton; and his transforming and transformative best friend, Tommy — and with the secrets Mark keeps from Sharon and Tommy.
Jude and crew did a fantastic job with the background music and the sound effects for this story — and best of all, the editing does wonders for the story’s pace. (Thanks for making me sound good, Jude!) I hope you enjoy hearing the story as much as I enjoyed recording it, and if you like the podcast, subscribe to it for free!
Also, while I have your attention, dear readers, please join me in congratulating podcast runner Jude Brewer on winning the Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize for 2017! (I literally just learned about this while writing this post — Jude is having a wonderful day today!)