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PodCastle Miniature 102: What the Sea Reaps, We Must Provide

Author: Eleanor Wood
Narrator: Summer Fletcher
Host: Summer Fletcher
Audio Producer: Peter Behravesh

Previously published in Diabolical Plots, and The Best of British Fantasy 2019, edited by Jared Shurin and NewCon Press.


The ball bounces off the tide-packed sand and Bailey leaps to catch it with lithe grace and accuracy. He returns to deposit it at my feet for another go. It’s nearly dusk; the beach is ours on this January evening. It stretches ahead, the rising tide low enough to give us ample time to reach the sea wall.

Bailey’s devotion to his ball is second only to his pack. He is never careless with it, relinquishing it only at my command or to give Bernie the occasional chase. Bernie brings up the rear, my shaggy bear, staying close but lacking Bailey’s fierce duty to his ball.

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Episode Comments / Re: PC324: Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy
« Last post by Ocicat on June 11, 2021, 06:07:44 PM »
This has been rebroadcast as PodCastle 682: TALES FROM THE VAULTS —Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy
Cast of Wonders 455: Little Wonders 30 – Not So Alien After All

• Authors: Brenna Harvey and P. G. Streeter
• Narrators: Andrew K. Hoe and Jeremy Carter
• Host: Katherine Inskip
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
• Artist: Alexis Goble

“Little Wonders 30 – Not So Alien After All” is a Cast of Wonders original.

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"Toward the Sploff Zone" by Brenna Harvey

“Kids, you’re switching bodies today!” said Coach Sningarax.

Our whole gym class groaned.

“Why?” I asked.

“To build character! Now, what’s the number one rule of neuroswapping?”

"Respect,” we droned in unison.

"A Greevbinian Parent Abroad" by P. G. Streeter

For today’s post, I’d like to touch upon a sticky but unavoidable question of Greevbinian parenting. Namely, how can I separate the fears and anxieties I have for my offspring from the larger worries that accompany the Greevbinian Universal Mission?

I know this sounds far more philosophical than my usual pragmatic fare. So, if it helps, I’ll put it in simpler terms: how do we balance our two lives–work, and parenthood? Many of you have written to inquire as much. This is, quite simply, a topic that can’t be avoided, especially for someone in my position.

Tags:   Alexis Goble, aliens, Andrew K. Hoe, Brenna Harvey, children, families, growing up, Jeremy Carter, Katherine Inskip, Little Wonders, P. G. Streeter, Parenting, school, Sport, Young Adult fiction
Gallimaufry / Re: picture association
« Last post by Fenrix on June 11, 2021, 04:45:41 AM »
I can't help it. Second gen logo it is.
Gallimaufry / Re: New Member/Listeners
« Last post by Languorous Lass on June 11, 2021, 04:38:57 AM »
Activity on the Patreon page?  Huh.  How come I don't know about this?  I admit I'm pretty clueless about Patreon -- I just have my contributions sent automatically. 
Episode Comments / Re: EP754: Where They Keep Their Promises
« Last post by ethelbertmagnus on June 11, 2021, 04:00:23 AM »
An interesting story, I enjoyed it very much.
About Pseudopod / Re: I know I sound dumb but . . .
« Last post by Fenrix on June 07, 2021, 09:20:21 PM »
Submit a request here:
Metachat / Re: Been gone for a year - what's new?
« Last post by Ocicat on June 07, 2021, 12:29:53 AM »
Podcastle has over 400 ratings on iTunes. Though there is more than one podcast on there with the same name...
Metachat / Re: Been gone for a year - what's new?
« Last post by Moritz on June 06, 2021, 05:30:23 PM »
Hey, I've now listened up to August 2020!
Great stuff there, last year really had some good episodes.

Now, I just went to iTunes to give some ratings and was confused... Podcastle only had two, and one is from me from 2013?! I thought this site was more popular.
Episode Comments / PseudoPod 760: Akiko’s Legacy
« Last post by Bdoomed on June 06, 2021, 01:14:43 AM »
PseudoPod 760: Akiko’s Legacy

Author: Eugie Foster
Narrator: Kara Grace
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Marty Perrett

PseudoPod 760: Akiko’s Legacy is a PseudoPod original.

“Mother, why are Grandma and Gramps ashamed of Father?”

Akiko smoothed back the unruly curls from her son’s face. Robert needed a haircut. The tips of his brown hair had begun to feather up around his ears. His father’s hair had done that. Martin had called it his “bozo-the-clown look” and had the offending locks lopped off as soon as possible.

“Why do you think they’re ashamed of him, darling?”

Robert tolerated her ministrations, although she saw a glimmer of impatience behind his eyes. “They don’t like talking about him,” he said. “Every time I ask about him, they change the subject or get sorta quiet and weird.”

“People sometimes don’t like to talk about the deceased.” Akiko forced herself to stop fussing with her son’s hair. “It makes them uncomfortable.”

“It’s more than that.”

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