Episode #32: Cranes Equal Life

We've been talking Lisa Heidle up for weeks now it seems and her story "Cranes Equal Life" does not disappoint. Saying too much about the story would ruin the fun, but be sure to stick with this one. Note: there was some recording interference around minute 20 or so, it only lasts a few seconds and hopefully you can figure out what I'm trying to say from context.

Episode #30: SHS One Year Anniversary Special

We made a long episode before the long weekend to celebrate our long year of podcasting! Listen to sixteen of our contributors from this past year compliment us on how great we are. We're so thankful to them, as well as all of our listeners and contributors! (Even you, Mystery San Francisco Super Listener.) Special thanks to the following contributors who participated in this episode: Ryan Jiorle, Covered Eyes, Episode 1, Heart Failure, Episode 15; Daniel DeLeon, Fruit on a Vine, Episode 26; Clayton Bradshaw, How to Care for Hyacinths, Episode 18; Lynn Knight, The Stetson, Episode 9; Theodore Carter, The Great Escape, Episode 16; Carol Guess, Somehow Always Getting it Right, Episode 12; Nicholas Patrick MacDonnell, Man's Best Friend, Episode 10; Lisa Heidle, The Wailer, Episode 3; Dianalee Velie, Angel's Choice, Silent Night, Episode 8; Doug Hoekstra, Mr. X, Episode 20; Edna Garte, The Chelmites Look for Justice, Episode 14; Gary Beck, Intrusion, Episode 11, The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson, Episode 18; Derek Lazarski, Fake Things Aren't Real, Episode 21; Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Flowers for Madame, Episode 13; Sarah Bigham, Memories of Smoke, Episode 6; and Laura Copan, Lilith the Bigfoot, Episode 3.

Episode #29: Reassembly Required

These episodes are getting longer and longer! Coll and Jim had a lot to put back together after listening to Samantha Melvin's "Reassembly Required." (And Jim isn't putting the episodes together early enough for Chloe to actually edit them...) This story deals with family, culture, and communication (or lack-thereof). Lots of calls to action at the end of this one: look for Samantha's upcoming work on Twitter at twitter.com/tiny_text; wish Colleen a happy birthday; send us some scary Halloween stories; and be sure to tune back in next week for our one year anniversary episode!

Episode #22: Conversation with Kris Baker Dersch of No Extra Words

I had a conversation with Kris Baker Dersch or the No Extra Words flash fiction podcast. We give you a look under the hood about what the challenges of fiction podcasting are and why we love it. Check out Kris and No Extra Words at noextrawords.wordpress.com and wherever you get your podcasts! If you like this show, you'll definitely like hers too so give it a listen.

Episode #20: Silver Spoons / Mr. X / Greetings Black Wolf

Buckle up, Episode 20 is here to take you on a wildly emotional ride. Father-son relationships, steamy affairs, illness, and secrets, these three stories cover it all. Think of each like its own soap opera, without the bad lighting and various people waking up from a three year comas. Take a listen to "Silver Spoons" by Claude Smith, "Mr. X" by Doug Hoekstra, and "Greetings Black Wolf" by Dennis E. Thompson.

Episode #18: R&R / How to Care for Hyacinths / Fate and Starlight / The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson

This four-part episode focuses on stories of war and combat and the various effects it has on the psyche. With Memorial Day right around the corner, we figured it was the perfect time to run these stories, some of which are written by veterans. Claude Smith ("R&R") leads off the episode, followed by Clayton Bradshaw ("How to Care for Hyacinths"), Christine Estopare ("Fate and Starlight"), and Gary Beck ("The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson"). As a warning to our listeners, all but one of our stories grapples with suicide in one way or another and deal with some mature content and themes.

Episode #17: A Meandering Blue / Boy

Our Mother's Day episode! Listen to a story about an expecting mother trying to enjoy a last summer's day with her tween son ("A Meandering Blue" by Amy Ballard, www.amyballard.com) and another about a boy's constantly evolving relationship with his mother and step-mother ("Boy" by Carole Glasser Langille). Rate and review us on iTunes! Slow down and listen up.