Today I get to announce the completion of yet another side quest on my road to writer fortune and glory; my first time ever getting published in audio format! My story “The Wind You Touch When You Run” is up and available for not only reading, but for listening over at Escape Pod.
This is one of those side quests that started out virtually nonexistent and then grew into a fire. I guess that’s what happens when you go from hoping that somebody, just anybody will look at this thing you’ve drafted (some of my long timers will remember those days!) to growing into a quasi-vet. As my horizon expands, new markets and new experiences in writerdom are my quarry. I can report unequivocally that it felt absolutely electrifying hearing my story narrated. The narrator, Dominick Rabrun, had one of the characters sounding like Grit Eastwood-Batman and it so worked!
Back to the story. “The Wind You Touch When You Run” is about two black men, in a historical role reversal, on a world where they are working as slave catchers. I’m not going to go too much into what happens because, hey, you can listen to it (awesome!) over at Escape Pod. I will say it’s full of not often talked about black history, real stuff that may surprise you. The name of the story comes from a Langston Hughes poem called Demand and the protagonist quotes a line from Southern Mansion by Arna Bontemps. Southern Mansion really fueled the imagery of the story and since they’re linked and pretty convenient to get to, I highly encourage you folks to check these poems out.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out C.C. Finlay over at F&SF Magazine, who put early eyes on it and provided some really great suggestions which made the final story what it is. He’ll never know how much I appreciated his editorial gaze… well, unless he comes over to the blog and sees me talking about how much I appreciated his editorial gaze. Let’s just leave the compliment dangling out here on the webz and see if he finds it, shall we?
So get out of here folks… check out my first ever audiopub over at Escape Pod!