So there’s this writer guy named Armand Rosamilia, and he’s got this big fancy podcast thing (showoff), and he wrote this fiction series about Flagler Beach, a place where I once caught an enormous flounder when I was about thirteen years old.
What a great collection of stories. Love the characters, the description, the little insights, and found myself smiling and laughing a few times. Still not done with it, and I consider that a good thing — more joy to come.
Quick example of the quirky writing. In one story, a grumpy sort of grump is watching two young people sitting at a table, a guy and a girl. He observes: “Just a couple of young kids with a full life ahead, thinking they’d met their dream companion, and they’d spend the next fifty years in wedded bliss. Charlie wanted to go out there and punch them both in the face. Knock some sense into them.” And in case you think that’s some sort of spoiler, you need to read this story to the end. Beautiful, marvelous perfection. This was from the story “Maybe I Don’t Know.” I’m jealous.
Fogland is a fascinating literary project by Mark Capell, author of Cafe Insomniac. Lindy Moone was the one who tipped me off about Mark’s book, last Fall, and today she has a Fogland story over on his site:
So what, exactly, is Fogland? In Mark’s words:
FOGLAND is going to be a series of weekly podcasts. Each episode features a short story from a different writer.
But there’s a link.
Every story is set in the world of FOGLAND. This is a mythical town where, owing to its geographical location, fog descends on over two hundred days of the year.
Writers can either expand on characters and story lines in previous episodes of Fogland or create new ones in their stories. And it can be written in any style. The title must include a Fogland street name (which the writer devises).
When each episode has been written, I record it and distribute it on the weekly Fogland podcast.
At the end of the podcast, listeners are encouraged to explore other works by the featured author.
At the same time, the author can publish the text version of their story in online stores.
The author can charge for that book or go the perma-free route. It’s up to them. They can also embed the podcast on their own website and use it for promotion, or elsewhere.
Mark Capell is calling on all authors who are interested to write stories for upcoming Fogland episodes, and I must admit it has piqued my interest. Between writing a sequel to “Kick” and cage fighting for guns, gold and diamonds, I may not have time.
We’ll see 🙂
A few months ago, I got an opportunity to donate a short story to the folks at Lazy Beagle Entertainment for inclusion in an anthology of short work they were putting together. Because I’m well-known for my charitable ways, I donated the left hemisphere of my brain to the task. The right side was busy computing prime numbers (working on a new record). The name of my contribution is “American Glory” — a fascinating tale that’s been likened to Dickens, Hemingway, and Ray Bradbury combined, except “better.” Just saying…
Anyway, please follow the link below to get your copy: