44.2 – “Someplace, Somewhere”

Try to remember where you’re going and why you’re here with Somewhere Man in “Someplace, Somewhere.”

 

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44.1 – Ants of Fire: The Legend of Telo – Part I- “The Selection”

This week, begin an epic journey into the world…of ants. Jump into Jack Lee’s Ants of Fire: The Legend of Telo – Part I- “The Selection.”

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44.0 – Episode 44

Hello and welcome to episode forty-four of Prose.

This week, begin an epic journey into the world…of ants.

The story this week is actually the first of a multi-part series for Prose based on the novella by guest author Jack Lee entitled.  This marks the first time that Prose has tackled a work of this size, depth, or length, and I hope that you will all enjoy what will become an ambitious journey together with the characters that Mr. Lee has brought to life.

Though I’m moving away from the stories I wrote during Inktober, I still want to encourage any artists, writers, or other creators out in the world to take on a challenge of creating for thirty-one days in a row.  It’s a healthy exercise and certainly one worth undertaking.

I hope that you’ll all go follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed; but, I truly beg you even more to head over  to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

Thanks for listening.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week we have Ants of Fire: The Legend of Telo – Part I: “The Selection.”

Enjoy.

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43.2 – “On a Saturday Night in October”

Come figure out who the hell you really are in “On a Saturday Night in October.”

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43.1 – “Split”

Become a bit confused along with some poor schmuck just trying to make a coffee run in “Split.”

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43.0 – Episode 43

Hello and welcome to episode forty-three of Prose.

This week, become a bit confused along with some poor schmuck just trying to make a coffee run and figure out who you are.

The stories this week continue to be based on Inktober prompts. What this means is that each story is composed in roughly thirty minutes and is limited to 1000 words or less.  Though October, and therefore Inktober, is over, I encourage any artists, writers, or other creators out in the world to take on a challenge of creating for thirty-one days in a row.  It’s a healthy exercise and certainly one worth undertaking.  As always, I beg you all to follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed; but, I beg you even more to head over  to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

This week we have “Split” and “On a Saturday Night in October.”

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Halloweenisode – “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Halloween from Prose!

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42.0 – Episode 42

Hello and welcome to episode forty-two of Prose.

 

This week, experience the death of an old friend with a side of guilt and ponder an age-old cliché’s meaning.

 

The stories this week are super special because they are connected to the October tradition that many artists cleave to—Inktober.  I go a bit more in depth about how that is so at the end of the first story this week, so keep your ears open for that connection. Please do follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

 

Well, thanks for listening.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week we have “An Old Friend” and “Mightier.”

Enjoy.

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41.1 – “Roberta’s Optimism”

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41.0 – Episode 41

Hello and welcome to episode forty-one of Prose.

This week, find a connection between a brutal murder and a matchbook collection and peer and ponder into the quasi-distant future.

I actually save some of the updates for the ends of the stories, but, please do follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

Well, thanks for listening.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week we have “Roberta’s Optimism” and “2068.”

Enjoy.

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40.2 – “Sonbol: Part V- The Smock”

Join Barb, Anton, Hy, and Mack for one last adventure in “Sonbol: Part V- The Smock.”

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The ambient noise track in the background of the story is from Freesound.org, and come from user Sclolex.  It is being used under a CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  The music you hear was taken from the Free Music Archive. The track comes from Lee Rosevere’s album 5 Minute Meditations and is titled “5 Minute Meditations (album mix with alpha waves).” Mr. Rosevere’s track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. 

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40.1- “Geodetic North”

Come embrace the cold as a companion in “Geodetic North.”

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All sounds present are from Freesound.org, and come from user Pufermufin.  The track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.

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40.0 – Episode 40

Hello and welcome to episode forty of Prose.

This week, let cold become your constant companion and join Anton, Barb, Hy, and Mack for one last adventure out near Academy Prime.

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39.2 – “Sonbol: Part IV- The Fallout”

Rejoin the Quad from Primrose 33, picking back up to see what happened after Hy and Mack had an intimate moment in the flight simulator.

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All sounds present come from Freesound.org, and, indeed, they all come from the same contributor to the sit—soundathon.  The tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

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39.1 – “The Waking World”

Lose your grip on the waking world and disappear into dreams in “The Waking World.”

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All sounds present come from Freesound.org.  The ocean waves come from rucisko, and the piano track comes from soundathon. The tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

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39.0 – Episode 39

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-nine of Prose.

This week, lose your grip on the waking world and disappear into dreams and rejoin the Quad from Primrose 33, picking back up to see what happened after Hy and Mack had an intimate moment in the flight simulator.

Now, for a some updates.

Firstly, thank you all so much for being understanding about the need for a hiatus.  A little time away from the podcast does the stories good.  Thank you a second time for being willing to come back and join me for some new adventures through the infinite realms of the imagination.

I have a lot of news to toss your way, so please do let me just get started, so we can get to the fiction…

Yes, the show will now come out every other Sunday rather than every Sunday.  Hopefully, this allows me to give each story the time it deserves and to give you all the content you deserve.

Yes, I do have a Patreon plan and will begin implementing it by the month of October.  Thank you for your patience.

Yes, I will finish up some multi-part stories that, as of right now, have left you all hanging.

Yes, I am accepting short fiction from authors that might like their work featured on the podcast.

Yes, the website is still in flux.  There, I’ll have to beg your continued patience.

Please follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

 

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**Season 2 Update and “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats**

Come for the update on Season 2.  Stay for the reading of John Keat’s “Season 2 Update and “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer.”

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Episode 38.2 – “Sonbol- Part III: Circumjacent”

Rejoin the Quad from Primrose 33, picking back up to see how they escaped from what seemed like certain death in their last set of adventures.

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All sounds present come from Freesound.org, and, indeed, they all come from the same contributor to the sit—editijo.  The tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

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Episode 38.1 – “I cannot live with You” by Emily Dickinson

Decide whether you really can live with…or without…someone in Emily Dickinson’s “I cannot live with You.”

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Both sounds present behind the poem come from Freesound.org.  The first cello tuning sound comes from speedryce, and the melody comes from editijo.  The tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

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38.0 – Episode 38

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-eight of Prose.

 

This week, decide whether you really can live with someone and rejoin the Quad from Primrose 33, picking back up to see how they escaped from what seemed like certain death in their last set of adventures.

 

The big announcement upon my returning to the USA is that the podcast will be going on a partial hiatus until the month of September.  I will take these four weeks to write new tales and poetry, upgrade equipment and software, and prepare for the launch of Season 2 after producing right at 115 pieces of varying length and type over these past eight months.

 

By no means does this mean that the podcast is ending.  In fact, the reason I can only dub this a partial hiatus is that stories and poetry will be released, just not with the same frequency.  New items will still drop on Sundays, but they’ll be shorter. Additionally, some midweek drops will be coming up soon, too; these will be largely made up of poetry to tide us all over until Season 2.  Again, please don’t unsubscribe or disappear!  Content will continue to come in drips, and then we’ll be back at traversing the infinite spaces of the human imagination in no time.

 

If you have any friends that are writers, please have them reach out to me at prosepodcast@gmail.com, as I’d love to feature more voices on the show.

 

Please follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  For easiest access to the show, subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, or whatever podcast catcher is your favorite.

 

Well, thanks for listening.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week we have “I cannot live with You” by Emily Dickinson and the third installment of “Sonbol” titled “Circumjacent.”

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37.3 – “Lovely, Dark, and Deep”

Revel in sylvan paradise and examine the loss of love in “Lovely, Dark, and Deep.”

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The music you have heard here comes from the Free Music Archive.  The beginning and end of the story is “Worlds Fall Apart (Instrumental Version)” by Josh Woodward from his album Addressed to the Stars.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.  The tune for the vast middle of the story is “5 Minute Meditations (album mix with Alpha Waves)” by Lee Rosevere coming from his album 5 Minute Meditations.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. 

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37.2 – “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Watch a man glitter while he walks in Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “Richard Cory.”

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All the sounds present behind the poem come from Freesound.org.  Users reasanka, cabled_mess,burning-mir, and edtijo are those whose work is included here.  All tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

 I do want to take another moment and let anyone listening that is having dark thoughts in the vein of this poem that they should reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or, if a phone call isn’t right for you, chat live online with a counselor at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Again, please reach out and don’t suffer in silence.

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37.1 – “To Be Divine”

Consider the divinity of that girl you love and how you might be affecting her in “To Be Divine.”

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The tracks you have heard behind this poem are all taken from Freesound.org. The first sound was uploaded by user Sclolex and is being used under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.   Both of the piano tracks were created by Setuniman and are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licenses.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this short poem, as it is quite ear to me.  It is soon to be published in a regional poetry magazine, and I dedicated it to one Ms. Katherine Anne Harkins

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37.0 – Episode 37

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-seven of Prose.

 

This week, consider the divinity of that girl you love and remember that smiles do not equivocate happiness.

 

In case you missed the memo last week, instead of taking two weeks off for my summer course at Oxford, I have elected to have some shorter offerings here on Prose.  So, for episodes thirty-six and thirty-seven, this has, indeed, been the case.  Additionally, these episodes are coming to you having been preprogrammed, so I pray that all is well with them upon delivery.  I also hope that you will all forgive me for not rushing the next edition of “Sonbol” out to you.  I don’t want to mar the story, hence the slow going.  Short of some oddities springing up while I’m overseas, the show should be back with at least another short episode and/or update for episode thirty-eight.  Again, my deepest thanks for your patience.

As per always, I toss out the entreaty for all of you to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.  If you’d like an easy way to have access to all this, head over to prosepodcast.com.

 

Let’s get to the short but potent poems we’re featuring this week, shall we?

 

This week, we have “To Be Divine” and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

 

Enjoy!

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36.2 – “Growing Old” by Lord Byron

Hope for something worth having in old age in Lord Byron’s “Growing Old.”

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The music behind the poem comes from Freesound.org.  It was uploaded by user IESP and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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36.1 – “The Hanging”

Get a lesson in the light at the end of that tunnel with “The Hanging.”

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The music behind the story comes from Free Music Archive.  The first track comes from the artist Jelsonic. It titled is “Another Brilliant Age” from the album Various Moods II.   The second track is by the artist Axletree.   It is titled “Goodnight Esme (Instrumental Version)” from the album Cormorant EP.  Both tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses.   

Next up we have a poem by Lord Byron; however, I do want to take a moment and let anyone listening that is having dark thoughts in the vein of this story that they should reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or, if a phone call isn’t right for you, chat live online with a counselor at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Again, please reach out and don’t suffer in silence.

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36.0 – Episode 36

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-six of Prose.

 

This week, get a lesson in the light at the end of that tunnel and hope for something worth having in old age.

 

Instead of taking two weeks off for my summer course at Oxford, I have elected to have some shorter offerings here on Prose.  So, for episodes thirty-six and thirty-seven, do keep this in mind.  Additionally, these episodes are coming to you having been preprogrammed, so I pray that all is well with them upon delivery.  I also hope that you will all forgive me for not rushing the next edition of “Sonbol” out to you.  I don’t want to mar the story, hence the slow going.

 

In prosepodcast.com news, the website it back up and 98% functional.  I hope that makes at least a handful of you fans happy!

 

Patreon, though, is still in development.  As I’ve explained ad nauseam, I don’t plan on asking for even a penny of listeners’ hard-earned money without providing something in return.

As per always, I toss out the entreaty for all of you to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.

 

That’s enough blathering.  Let’s get to the offerings, shall we?

 

This week, we have “” and “Growing Old” by Lord Byron.

 

Enjoy!

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35.2 – “Sonbol: Part II – Persenche”

Continue the journey toward fighting back against an incoming alien horde at Academy Prime with the residents of Primrose 33 in the second installment of “Sonbol” titled “Persenche.”

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This portion of the story has numerous backing tracks behind it coming from Freesound.org.  The first ambient track comes from user cabled_mess and is being used under a CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  The second bit of music and the alarm sounds come from the same soundscape uploaded by user Drakensson and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  The final track comes from user ispeakwaves and is being used under a under a Creative Commons Attribution  3.0 Unported License. Thank you to these artists and Freesound.org for making these works available for artists like me to further elevate their own work.

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35.1 – “The Magdalene”

Reassess morality, life priorities, and what gives meaning to a young life at the party of a lifetime in “The Magdalene.”

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The two backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive and are by Fleslit.  The first track is “Detour Ahead” and is its own collection in the archive.  The second track is “Wack” and is also its own collection in the archive. They are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses.   Thank you to Fleslit and the Free Music Archive for giving the world access to these tracks.

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35.0 – Episode 35

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-five of Prose.

 

This week, reassess morality, life priorities, and what gives meaning to a young life at the party of a lifetime and continue the journey toward fighting back against an incoming alien horde at Academy Prime with the residents of Primrose 33.

 

One note about the first story this week, Episode 35.1, it is the first story in quite some time that is actually rather graphic, so if you or any little ears nearby are easily by coarse language or explicit, casual sexuality, please consider this particular episode not at all for you.  Use your discretion.

 

Just as a reminder from last week, for the time being, the summer’s episodes will consist of only two stories, though I plan on leaping back into the three stories per episode format in September.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record for the third week in a row, Patreon and prosepodcast.com are still undergoing major construction/reconstruction. However, I do have a nice update in regards to the latter.  The website should be fully up and functional just in time for me to head off to Oxford for a summer course, so for those that follow along via the website—it’s coming!

 

As per always, I toss out the entreaty for all of you to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.

 

Okay.  Enough chatting.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “The Magdalene” and “Sonbol: Part II – Persenche”

 

Enjoy!

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34.2 – “The Leash”

Examine why small dogs are wonderful and fear those woods near your home in “The Leash.”

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The sounds you are hearing even now and have heard through the entire story are Tibetan singing bowls.  The track was uploaded to from Freesound.org by user the_very_Real_Horst and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. 

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34.1 – “Sonbol: Part I – The Breach”

Begin training to help save the human race from an inevitable alien invasion in Part I of “Sonbol,” titled “The Breach.”

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This portion of the story has numerous backing tracks behind it coming from both from Freesound.org the Free Music Archive.  All of the backing tracks save to the next to last one come from the artist Jelsonic and were taken from the Free Music Archive.  The tracks are titled “The Last Whale,” coming from the album Various Moods, “Seasong,” and “No Doubt,” coming from the album Various Moods II.   All of these tracks from Jelsonic are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses.   The track from Freesound.org was uploaded by creator Romeriogrande and is being used under a CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  Thank you to both of these artists and both of these web collectives for making these works available for artists like me to further lift up their own work.

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34.0 – Episode 34

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-four of Prose.

This week, begin training to help save the human race from an inevitable alien invasion and fear those woods near your home.

Yet again, you may notice that we only have two short stories this week.  For the time being, the summer’s episodes will consisted of only two stories, though I plan on leaping back into the three stories per episode format in September.  Mark that as the first of the major announcements alluded to last week.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Patreon and prosepodcast.com are still undergoing major construction/reconstruction. Please continue to offer up your patience for and with me, and   I am hoping to have the website cleared up no later than Episode 35, here in about another week. Patreon, however, is still at least a month out.

To continue my broken-recording, please, Please, PLEASE follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.

Alright. That does it for updates.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week, we have “Sonbol: Part I – The Breach” and “The Leash.”

Enjoy!

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33.2 – “The Boy”

Take a second look at the oft vilified Herod the Great, of Biblical fame in “The Boy.”

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All the sounds behind this track were taken from Freesound.org.  User Tomlija created the sounds on the stringed Sargija, user spidervis is responsible for the dark surged sound in E, user  notembug painstakingly recorded then uploaded the tribal drum sample, and user gopalkoduri recorded the Turkish flute sounds.  All these tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses, except the Turkish flute, which is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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33.1 – “Breakfast”

Come join me for some dark thoughts and precise definitions to accompany “Breakfast.”

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All the sounds behind this track were taken from Freesound.org.  User  notembug recorded the happy little harmony sample, which is being used under a  Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License, and user blimp66 is responsible for the fun little vocal tune, which is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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33..0 – Episode 33

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-three of Prose.

This week join me for some breakfast and take a second look at the oft vilified Herod the Great, of Biblical fame.

I have several announcements regarding Prose.  So, let’s hop right in!

Firstly, as you may have noticed in my mini-description, we only have two short stories this week.  This is in part due to the July 4th holiday coming around here in the states and one part me not wanting to rush as story that I want to do and do well for all of you.  I hope you’ll grant me this deviation.

Secondly, some major announcements regarding Prose will be coming your way in the next week or two.  So, I hope that you’ll continue to listen to these introductory episodes, just so we can all stay on the same page regarding our beloved shared walks through fiction.

Thirdly, just as a reminder, prosepodcast.com continues to have major issues.  I pray you’ll continue to have patience if you use the site often.  And, by all means, as I plead last week, if there are any WordPress gurus out there listening, shoot me a message prosepodcast@gmail.com.   I am hoping to have this cleared up no later than Episode 35, here in about two weeks.

Fourthly, I have continued to be asked about possibly setting up funding possibilities via Patreon or similar services.  Yes, I am working on these ideas.  No, I don’t have a date for when this might launch.  Much along the lines of Aaron Mahnke of Lore, Mike Duncan of Revolutions and The History of Rome, and other podcaster heroes of mine, I refuse to simply ask for handouts.  That means I have to come up with some cool extra content and/or merch for any fans of Prose that might be considering supporting the show financially.  I appreciate the interest, and I promise, I’m working on it!

Lastly, please, Please, PLEASE follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as this can help the podcast get noticed.  Even more importantly, please go to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Ratings and reviews set this show up for continuing into the future.

This week, we have “Breakfast” and “The Boy.”

Enjoy!

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32.3 – Three Yeats Poems

Enjoy three fantastic poems with a decidedly Irish bent by WB Yeats.

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The fun Irish pub sounds you here behind these narrations come from Freesound.org.  User traggeldy created this sound.   It is being used under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. 

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32.2 – “Thumbnail History: Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig, a.k.a. Brian Boru”

Learn about a legendary Irish king in “Thumbnail History: Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig, a.k.a. Brian Boru.”

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Many thanks to Massive Lad for the track he tossed my way!

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32.1 – “The Old Man and the Old Woman”

Fear old age in  “The Old Man and the Old Woman.”

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Two of the four sound effects heard behind this story come from Freesound.org.  The Irish flute sound effect comes from user P. Howe.  The restaurant ambience comes from user sageturtle.  Both of these sounds from Freesound.org are being used under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  The remaining sounds are original created by Prose.

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31.3 – “3%”

Have battery life change your life in “3%.”

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The two songs come from the Free Music Archive and are both from the album Chinese Lights by Parvus Decree.  The first track is titled “Digital Wind (Ambient Mix)” and the second is “A Summer With You (Empty Mix)”.  They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licenses.

All the other effects come from Freesound.org. The text message alert sounds come from CommanderRobot and josepharaoh99.  The cell phone typing was created by vsipereck.   And lastly, the water sounds for the storm were uploaded to the site by user lauraina.  All of these sounds from Freesound.org are being used under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.

 

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31.2 – “Narcissus, or Ad Mortem”

Come to a conclusion about why you workout.

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The backing tracks for this story was taken from Freesound.org.  The tracks were created deleted_user_3667256 and are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. 

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31.1 – “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Fall of Troy”

Take a second look at the fall of Troy.

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The track for this story was taken from Freesound.org.  The track was createddeleted_user_3667256 and is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.

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31.0 – Episode 31

Hello and welcome to episode thirty-one of Prose.

This week take a second look at the fall of Troy, come to a conclusion about why you workout, and have battery life change your life.

This week, Prose is coming to you from Ireland, so the posting isn’t actually live.  As I said last week, my apologies if anything goes wonky with the pre-scheduled, away-from-home base release. In that vein, just as a general FYI, prosepodcast.com seems to be having some major issues.  I pray you’ll have patience if you use the site often.  And, by all means, if there are any WordPress gurus out there listening, shoot me a message prosepodcast@gmail.com.

As always, please follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and do zip over to

iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.

Since, I’m off vacationing with my mother I thought we’d keep this intro super short.  I hope that’s okay!  So, without any further ado, let’s get to the stories, shall we?

This week, we have “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Fall of Troy” (the second in my “Two Sides to Every Tale” series), “Narcissus, or Ad Mortem”, and “3%.”

Enjoy!

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30.3 – “Downward Dog: Why Dog-Faced Men Frequent Your Property”

Find out how to rid your property of dog-headed men.

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “I am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

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30-2 – “Perfection”

Contemplate imperfection.

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is “Stories About the World That Once Was” from the album Music from Neptune Flux by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under aCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.   

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30.1 – “Bless You, John, for Giving Me the Courage”

Contemplate suicide in “Bless You, John, for Giving Me the Courage.”

 

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Before I go on with the licensing, I recognize that this story might be quite difficult for some and might even strike a heavy chord.  If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of self-harm and might need someone to talk to, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or, if a phone call isn’t right for you, chat live online with a counselor at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Again, please reach out and don’t suffer in silence.

The first backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “Trekanten” from the album Sjöarna by Ars Sonor. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  

The final sounds and track come from Freesound.org.  The track was created jymdavis and  is  being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License

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30.0 – Episode 30

Hello and welcome to episode thirty of Prose.

This week is the episode in which we contemplate suicide, imperfection, and how to rid your property of dog-headed men.

Last week, we had our guest host Abigail Lambert’s stamp on everything.  Unfortunately, she’ll not be back with us for a while, but please do keep the kind emails and comments rolling in, as they meant the world to her and will encourage her to join us on Prose again in the nearer future.

I have two quick notes for this week.

First, I always try to have episodes marked as explicit, so parents and those sensitive to adult content of all sorts, ranging from violence to sexuality to explicit language and more, can listen to those stories that they feel most comfortable consuming.  That being said, the first two stories for this week are quite dark and touch on some tough subject matter.  A great deal of stories featured here DO, so please let this serve as a reminder that you really do need to ensure you avoid any episodes marked as Explicit.

Second, Prose will be coming to you from New York City, Dublin and other large chunks of Ireland, and Boston in the coming couple weeks.  If anything is off or a bit wonky, I apologize in advance.  I’m trying my best to guarantee smooth releases, but we all know how that went when I was in the Philippines!  Point being, this is my advance mea culpa and apology if anything is a bit odd these next two to three weeks.

I’ve said this many times before now, but let me just repeat: if any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com or submit them via prosepodcast.com. Moreover, feel free to send anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.  And, guess what! Prose officially has an Instagram account, too.  So,  if you want strange pictures that sometimes accompany stories but most often are just random and fun, follow the podcast through @prosepodcast there on Instagram.

Surely you know what time it is now?  Time to head over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

This week, we have “Bless You, John,  for Giving Me the Courage”, “Perfection”, and “Downward Dog: Why Dog-Faced Men Frequent Your Property.”

Enjoy!

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29.3 – “Bridget Evangeline Sellars”

Dismantle a misconception.

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Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

 The backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive and are “That Hopeful Future Is All I’ve Ever Known” and “We Were Never Meant to Live Here” from the album Music from Neptune Flux by Chris Zabriskie. They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses. 

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29.2 – “The Eye” by Katherine Harkins

Meet Mother Earth’s keepers in “The Eye” by Katherine Harkins and featuring Abigail Lambert.

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Katherine Harkins is a Massachusetts girl born and bred.  After attending American University in Washington DC, she has been traveling and teaching ever since, with major stints in Spain and California.  She spends most of her time obsessing over her beloved dog Béni and a variety of video games and television series. 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

 

All sound effects and backing tracks for this story were made in house by Prose

 

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29.1 – “Empty, Alone, and Afraid” by Abigail Lambert

Undergo harrowing mistaken identity in Abigail Lambert’s “Empty, Alone, and Afraid.”

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Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

The first backing track, the maniacal laughter, and the gunshot all come from Freesound.org.  The track was created by Drakensson and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  The laughter was created by Jasonthedemon and the gunshot by ShawnyBoy.  Both of these sounds are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. 

The second backing track from this piece is “Death Valley” from Shadows on the Snow’s album Electric Sounds Vacation and was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. 

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29.0 – Episode 29

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-nine of Prose.

 

This week, undergo harrowing mistaken identity, meet Mother Earth’s keepers, and dismantle a misconception.

 

Last week, we had our first story that was co-narrated, co-edited, co-produced, and co-everythinged by my young protégé for the last couple weeks Abigail Lambert.  This weeks, Ms. Lambert narrates all three of our stories, and has all those same co-credits on all of them, save one—the first story is written by her as well!  We also have a first from guest Author Katherine Harkins.

 

As I said last week, if any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com or submit them via prosepodcast.com. Moreover, feel free to send anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Head on over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Empty, Alone, and Afraid” by Abigail Lambert, “The Eye” by Katherine Harkins, and “Bridget Evangeline Sellars.”

 

Enjoy!

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28.3 – Dybbuks (דיבוק מרוח רעה ) and You: A Practical How-To Guide

Learn how to live with a not-so-benevolent spirit clinging to you.

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 The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “I am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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28.2 – “Summer Hunt: After Ovid” by Nicholas B. Morris

Encounter a mythic peeping Tom reborn in “Summer Hunt: After Ovid” by Nicholas B. Morris.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

The track behind Mr. Morris’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “Untitled I” which comes from the album Live at WFMU on Irene Trudel’s Show on March 26, 2012 by Daniel Bachman.   The track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and Daniel Bachman for sharing this music with the world.

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28.1 – “Open the Door” by Alena Abrosimova

Analyze the importance of opening doors in “Open the Door” by Alena Abrosimova and featuring Abigail Lambert.

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Alena Abrosimova is originally from Tomsk, Russia (think Siberia, not to be confused with Serbia) but currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  She sails as much as she can, though she is often interrupted by a pesky full-time job. When not sailing or working, she enjoys writing, reading, learning new things (especially all things impractical), and getting to know people, especially positive people who share her unending curiosity about our world.  You can see more from Ms. Abrosimova at her blog “Sails and Commas,” found at sailsandcommas.wordpress.com.

 

This blog's author

 

Abigail Lambert is a student, a singer, a dancer, a Gemini, an all around artiste.  She’s lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in the wilds of northwest Massachusetts.  When high school isn’t keeping her busy, Ms. Lambert enjoys passing her time in the company of Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Prose plans on featuring Ms. Lambert on at least one more story.  If I can convince her to continue pursuing voice acting, narration, and sound editing, we’ll see her popping up even more often. That would be a win for us all!

 

The track behind this story comes from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The title of the piece is “Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36” was composed by Nikolai-Rimsky-Korsakov and was performed by the Musopen Symphony.  The piece is being used under a Public Domain Mar, 1.0 License. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first little foray into dual narration and production, and we can’ tell you how much we appreciate your patience as we learn together.  Ms. Lambert will be back again on a track next week. 

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28.0 – Episode 28

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-eight of Prose.

 

This week, analyze the importance of opening doors, encounter a mythic peeping Tom reborn, and learn how to live with a not-so-benevolent spirit clinging to you.

 

After having celebrated Prose’s six month anniversary this past Wednesday, we have three more surprises for you this week!  We have new stories from popular guest authors Nicholas B. Morris and Alena Abrosimova, and we have the first story that was co-narrated, co-edited, co-produced, well, co-everythinged by my young protégé for the week Abigail Lambert.

 

If any listeners fancy themselves authors and would like to contribute to the podcast, please email me possible submissions at prosepodcast@gmail.com. Moreover, feel free to send anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Head on over to iTunes and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Open the Door” by Alena Abrosimova, “Summer Hunt: After Ovid” by Nicholas B. Morris, and “Dybbuks (דיבוק מרוח רעה ) and You: A Practical How-To Guide.”

 

Enjoy!

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**6 Month Anniversary Update and “Always the Sidekick”**

Get a State of the Podcast message in celebration of Prose‘s six month anniversary, and fall just short of becoming something more extraordinary with the celebratory release “Always the Sidekick.”

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The tracks behind this week’s story were taken from the Free Music Archive. The first is titled “Calm Flight” from the album Journey by Fleslit.   It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The second track is titled “Soul Search” from the album i::::soul::::ate Vol. 1 by Trans Atlantic Rage/Balogh.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artists for sharing this music with the world.

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27. 3 – “Graduated Realization”

Use that 20/20 hindsight that is so very crystal clear in “Graduated Realization.”

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The tracks behind this song are numerous, so please check out the provided links to the artists and their work. Simply click on the mentioned track titles, album titles, or artists’ names to go to their various pages. All of these tracks are being used under various Creative Commons Licenses.

The music included behind this story was take from the Free Music Archive and includes:

All of the Creative Commons Licenses being used are Attribution 4.0 International Licenses, save for Mr. Woodward’s track, which is being used under an Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Thank you to these artists and the Free Music Archive for making their work available to enhance such projects as this one.

 

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27.2 – “Love’s Imperfections” by Jeff Glauser

Ponder love with Jeff Glauser in “Love’s Imperfections.”

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Jeff Glauser is a freelance writer, digital marketing, and public relations professional. Over the past twenty years, his works have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including regular contributions for the Associated Press and Bleacher Report. Jeff has previously served as an adjunct professor of Composition and Creative Writing. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

 

The track behind Mr. Glauser’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “Traces” from the album Soundtrack for the Weary Vol. I  by Hyson.   The track is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivatives 4.0 International License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artist for sharing this music with the world.

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27.1 – “Charlie Played Oboe” by Henry Iverson Magee

Experience the importance of an oboe to a boy and his town.

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Henry Iverson Magee is an accomplished public speaker, pastor, educator, and farmer.  He grew up in southern Mississippi and made a name for himself in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and, indeed, his home state.  He’s always been a writer, publishing in numerous newspapers and other publications over the years. Like many stories, this story comes from yarns he used to spend for his sons and other children over the years.  Hopefully, we’ll feature more work from him in the near future

 

The backing tracks for this story were taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The first piece heard here is “Fantasy in C” composed by Georg Philipp Telemann and performed by Paul Arden-Taylor.  The second piece is “Chansonette” composed by Hamilton Harty and performed by Balder Dendievel.  The remainder of the music is different sections of “La gracieuse” composed by Louis de Caix d’Hervelois and performed by Jennifer Paull.  The first piece is being used under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.  The second piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  All the music by Ms. Paull are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No-Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen, Mr. Arden-Taylor, Mr. Dendievel, and Ms. Paull for providing access to such great music. 

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27.0 – Episode 27

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-seven of Prose.

 

This week, experience the importance of an oboe, ponder love, and use that 20/20 hindsight that is so very crystal clear.

 

Episode 27 is an important one, firstly, as Prose’s six month anniversary hits between it and Episode 28.  The actual date is Wednesday, May 24, so expect a special Prose surprise coming your way that day.  Secondly, we have the first story featured by my very own father Henry Iverson Magee and the third and final story in the three-part mini-feature of Jeff Glauser’s work.

 

As always, I hope that you all know that you should feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Please do head on over to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Charlie Played His Oboe” by my father Henry Iverson Magee, “Love’s Imperfections” by Jeff Glauser, and “Graduated Realizations.”

 

Enjoy!

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Special Mother’s Day Release: “To My Mother” by Wendell Berry

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially you, dear mother of mine!

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The poem is, of course, “To My Mother” by Wendell Berry.  It was accessed through the Poetry Foundation.

 

The backing track for this piece was taken from Freesound.org, is titled “Ambient Acoustic” and is provided by user StrangerEight.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  Thank you to the artist for making their music available to the wor

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26.3 –  “Update from the Halls of Academia”

Let’s get snarky with and at an academic on this fine Sunday, shall we?

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Sector Vector” from the album Future Shapes by Little Glass Men.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

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26.2 – Excerpt from “A Life in Progress” by Jeff Glauser

Peek into a life with Jeff Glauser in an excerpt from “A Life in Progress.”

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Jeff Glauser is a freelance writer, digital marketing, and public relations professional. Over the past twenty years, his works have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including regular contributions for the Associated Press and Bleacher Report. Jeff has previously served as an adjunct professor of Composition and Creative Writing. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

 

The track behind Mr. Glauser’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “untitled” by un automne à Lob-Nor.   The track is being used under an Attribution 4.0 International License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and the artist for sharing this music with the world.

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26.1 – “Scrolling Through”

Rush to judgment and regret it, in “Scrolling Through.”

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Undercover Vampire Policeman” from the album of the same name by Chris Zabriskie.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

 

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26.0 – Episode 26

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-six of Prose.

 

This week, rush to judgment and regret it, peek into a life, and get snarky at and with an academic.

 

The second of those stories is the second short piece by our new guest author, Jeff Glauser.

 

As always, I hope that you all know that you should feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

I would also ask that you please consider going to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Scrolling Through,” an excerpt from “A Life in Progress” by Jeff Glauser, and  “Update from the Halls of Academia.”

 

Enjoy!

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25.3 – “A Letter to My Unborn Daughter” by Jeff Glauser

Hear a letter of love from a father to his soon-to-be-born daughter in “A Letter to My Unborn Daughter” by Jeff Glauser.

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Jeff Glauser is a freelance writer, digital marketing, and public relations professional. Over the past twenty years, his works have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including regular contributions for the Associated Press and Bleacher Report. Jeff has previously served as an adjunct professor of Composition and Creative Writing. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

 

 The track behind Mr. Glauser’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “Lullaby” which comes from the album Yearning and is by Podington Bear.   The track is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and Podington Bear for sharing this music with the world.

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25.2 – “The Once and Former and Future King”

Spit in the face of Benjamin Button in “The Once and Former and Future King.”

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The track behind this story was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “So Sing the Black Birds” which comes from the album of the same name by Ending Satellites.   The track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

 

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25.1 – “The Rotten State”

Say bye-bye to citrus fruits, but not humor, in “The Rotten State.”

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The backing track for this story is an original composition written and performed by David Ezell, the third piece Mr. Ezell has written specifically and exclusively for a Prose story.  David Ezell is a devoted father, a devoted creator, a devoted friend, and a devoted defender of the Republic, not to mention an extremely talented musician.  As I have noted before, long ago, in our heyday, he and I used to make some pretty good music together.  He is currently working for podcasts and various other media to create and edit audio with his company SoundProof Editing.  If you have any digital audio needs, contact him via email at soundproofaudioediting@gmail.com.  Also, keep your eyes peeled, ears sharp, and be on the ready for even more music from Mr. Ezell sooner than later.

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25.0 – Episode 25

This week, say bye-bye to citrus fruits, spit in Benjamin Button’s face, and hear a letter of love from a father to his soon-to-be-born daughter.

The last of those stories is the first short piece by a new guest author, Jeff Glauser.

Everyone, I hope that you all know that you should feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

I would also act that you please consider going to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

Thank you for making Prose part of your day.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

This week, we have  “The Rotten State,” featuring the music of David Ezell, “The Once and Former and Future King” and “Letter to My Unborn Daughter” by Jeff Glauser.

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24.3 – “Scorched” by Nicholas B. Morris

Experience the ashes and remnants of lives left after one too many battles. in  “Scorched” by Nicholas B. Morris.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

The track behind Mr. Morris’s story this week was taken from the Free Music Archive. It is titled “My War Blues” which comes from the album Live at WMFU on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell December 16, 2011 and is by Cian Nugent.   The track is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported License.  A million thanks to Free Music Archive and Cian Nugent for sharing this music with the world.

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24.2 – “Reverend Tommy”

Go from dangerous debauchery king to pious preacher.

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The tracks behind this story were taken from the Free Music Archive. Both tracks are from Doctor Turtle from the album The Double-Down Two-Step.  The first is “Lullaby for Democracy” and the second is “My Little One Trick Pony.” The tracks are being used under Creative Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licenses. Please do consider checking Doctor Turtle out. The music is fantastic.

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24.1 – “Them”

Hear a war story that goes beyond our normal boundaries and challenges perceptions.

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The sound effects and tracks present were taken from a multitude of artists that were kind enough to upload their work at Freesound.org.  They are:  PhonZz, peridactyloptrix, cityrocker, vumseplutten1709gis_sweden, stk13, and cheesepuff.   Please follow the links provided in the show notes to check out more work from all of these fabulous individuals. All of the sounds are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses. Again, many thanks to these creators. 

 

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24.0 – Episode 24

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-four of Prose.

This week, hear a war story, go from dangerous debauchery king to pious preacher, and experience the ashes and remnants of lives left after one too many battles.

As always, if you are enjoying the show, its deviations, and/or anything in between, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Additionally, as you are listening today, please consider going to iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

This week, we have “Them,” “Reverend Tommy,” and “Scorched” by Nicholas B. Morris.

 

Enjoy!

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23.3 – “The Omega”

Bear witness to the execution of a witch.

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The tracks behind this  story were taken from the Free Music Archive. The first track is “Nothing (Bonus Track)” by Kai Engel from the album Chapter One / Cold.  The second track is “Snow Drop” by Kevin MacLeod from his album Classical Sampler. The tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International and Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses respectively. I cannot thank Free Music Archive and the artistsenough for providing such great music free to the masses.

 

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23.2 – “Lazarus, After the Miracle” by Nicholas B. Morris

Witness Jesus Christ curse a man by resurrecting him in  “Lazarus, After the Miracle” by Nicholas B. Morris.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

The tracks behind Mr. Morris’s story were taken from the Free Music Archive. The first track is “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me from their album Pleasure.  The second track is “Blue Feather” by Kevin MacLeod from his album Classical Sampler. The tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International and Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses respectively. I cannot thank Free Music Archive, Haunted Me, or Mr. MacLeod  enough for providing such great music free to the masses.

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23.1 – “A Quick Steam”

Practice heroism in the steam room of a gym.

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Thank you for listening to “A Quick Steam.”  The backing tracks enhancing this story were both taken from the Free Music Archive.  The first track is by Blue Dot Sessions and is called “Chopin – Mazurka Op50No3” and comes from the album The Mazurka.   It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  The second track is by Josh Woodward and is called “Worlds Fall Apart (Instrumental Version)” and comes from his album Addressed to the Stars. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Thank you to Free Music Archive and these two fantastic artists for sharing these pieces with the world.

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23.0 – Episode 23

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-three of Prose.

 

This week, practice heroism in the steam room of a gym, witness Jesus Christ curse a man by resurrecting him, and bear witness to the execution of a witch.

If you’re thinking that this sounds a bit more normal for Prose, well, you guessed it correctly—we are back to our regular tales.  Thank you for enjoying the holiday special and allowing me that little deviation from our norm.  This isn’t our only treat though; Nicholas B. Morris joins Prose again for another short story this week.  We’ll hopefully continue to hear stories from Mr. Morris interspersed throughout our terrific tale traversing.  To toss out another thank you, I appreciate the kind words and advice offered as I continue to better my equipment and the recording processes.  You’re ears are not deceiving you. Prose continues to grow, both via equipment and my own knowledge.  Again, your patience and encouragement in that are greatly appreciated.

 

If you are enjoying the show, its deviations, and/or anything in between, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by going to prosepodcast.com or following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Additionally, as you are listening today, please consider going to  iTunes and leaving a rating and/or review for Prose.  These ratings and reviews help your friends and others find the podcast, and they ensure it can continue ever-forward.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “A Quick Steam,” “Lazarus, After the Miracle” by Nicholas B. Morris, and “The Omega.”

 

Enjoy!

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22.4 – The Easter Story according to the Gospel of Mark

Arguably the oldest account in the gospel regarding the Easter Story.

For a comparative, side-by-side reading of this story, go check out Together We Teach’s stellar resource

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “The Magic of Bamboo” from the album Freedom by Siddhartha.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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22.3 – “Easter Loves History: The Battle of The Milvian Bridge”

Come see the Tussle on the Tiber, Jehovah versus Jupiter.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Apache Force” from the album Future Shapes by Little Glass Men.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 

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22.2 – “Easter Loves History: Charlemagne”

Get to know why the old Frankish king matters to Christendom.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Moon Shadow” from the album The Jewel and Me by Little Glass Men.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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22.1 – “Easter Loves History: Tiglath-Pilessar III”

Come meet Tiglath-Pilessar III, a fab man from Assyria.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “The Magic Bullet” from the album The Jewel and Me by Little Glass Men.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

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22.0 – Episode 22, The Prose Easter Special

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-two of Prose.

 

This week’s episode, like last week’s,  is quite a bit different than your average episode of Prose.  The first three parts of the episode are entries in a mini-series called “Easter Loves History” that was a part of another series of mine called Thumbnail History.  So, yes, it’s yet another deviation from our norm, and, yes, I am, yet again, hoping you’ll be up for the ride once more.

 

If you are enjoying the show, its deviations, and/or anything in between, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Lastly, it would not be an introduction if I did not tell you to head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Let’s see some reviews and ratings come rolling in.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “ Easter Loves History: Tiglath-Pilessar III,” “Easter Loves History: Charlemagne,” “Easter Loves History: The Battle of the Milvian Bridge,” and the traditional Biblical Easter Story.  Happy Easter.

 

Enjoy!

 

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21.4 – “Easter Loves History Preview: St. Ambrose and the Assyrian Empire”

In “Easter Loves History Preview: St. Ambrose and the Assyrian Empire,” enjoy a brief history lesson that will serve as in an introduction to next week’s Easter-themed history snippets.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Freedom” from the album Beginning EP by Cyrus.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

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21.3 – “I Wander”

Doesn’t everyone love being over-dramatic with a poet?

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Three Kites Circling” from the album Cormorant EP by Axletree.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

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21.2 – “du Lac”

In “du Lac,” make an attempt to avoid unavoidable lust.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Cast Away” and comes from the album Return by Alex Mason.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

 

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21.1 – “A Response”

Really work to seen an invisible man in “A Response.”

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The backing track used here was taken from Freesound.org and was provided by user unfa, who also goes by Tobiasz “Unfa” Karon.   It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  

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21.0 – Episode 21

Hello and welcome to episode twenty-one of Prose.  This week, work to see an invisible man, attempt to avoid unavoidable lust, be over-dramatic with a poet, and enjoy a brief history lesson.

 

This week’s episode is quite a bit different than your average episode of Prose.  The first three parts of the episode are long form poetry with a dash of narrative thrown in for good measure, and the final portion of the episode is a preview of a bit of an Easter special that will be released on Easter Day next week.  So, yes, it’s a deviation from our norm, and, yes, I’m hoping you’ll be up for the ride.

 

If you are enjoying the show, its deviations, and/or anything in between, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Lastly, it would not be an introduction if I did not tell you to head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Let’s see some reviews and ratings come rolling in.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the pieces, shall we?

 

This week, we have “A Response,” “du Lac,” “I Wander,” and the Easter Loves History Preview: St. Ambrose and the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

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20.3 – “Jim”

Hey.  Come meet an unremarkable young man in “Jim.”

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The first piece heard here was “12 Variations on a French Nursery Theme,” and the second piece was “Fantasia in C Minor.” Both are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Stefano Ligoratti is performing both.  The first piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence, and the second piece is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen.org  and Mr. Ligoratti for providing access to such great music. 

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20.2 – “Always the Servant”

In “Always the Servant,” take another look at the Garden of Gethsemane.

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The backing track was taken from the Free Music Archive.  It is titled “Raggedy Bob” and comes from Ben McElroy’s album by the same name.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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20.1 – “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Laestrygonians”

Reconsider The Odyssey in “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Laestrygonians”

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All three of the backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive.  The first track is titled “Farm Montage (Instrumental)”and the second “New England is Interesting,” both original pieces from the album Old Paper Houses by BOPD. They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licenses.   The last track is titled “Marimo” and is by Blue Dot Sessions.  It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  

 

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20.0 – Episode 20

Hello and welcome to episode twenty of Prose.  This week, reconsider the Odyssey, take another look at the Garden of Gethsemane, and meet an unremarkable young man.

 

If you are enjoy thing the show, or even if you are not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Lastly, it would not be an introduction if I did not tell you to  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Let’s see some reviews and ratings come rolling in.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Two Sides to Every Tale: The Laestrygonians,” “Always the Servant,” and “Jim.”

Enjoy!

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19.3 – “The Knowledge Keepers”

In “The Knowledge Keepers”, make the acquaintance of the keepers of all knowledge.

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “I am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor”, an original piece by Chris Zabriskie. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

 The drums here at the end were taken from Freesound.org.  User RTB45 uploaded these sounds, and they are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

 

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19.2 – “A Sunrise”

Experience the world end in “A Sunrise.”

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “New England Air”, an original piece from the album Old Paper Houses by BOPD. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.  

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19.1 – “Sushi Night, or すてきな”

In “Sushi Night, or すてきな”, endure a Kafkaesque transition.

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All three of the backing tracks for this story were taken from the Free Music Archive, and all three are by Blue Dot Sessions from their album Algea Fields.  They are, in order of appearance, “Algea Trio,” “Algea Tinder,” “Collecting Samples,” and “Arame.”  They are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licenses.  

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19.0 – Episode 19

Hello and welcome to episode nineteen of Prose.  This week endure a Kafkaesque transition, watch the world end, and make the acquaintance of the keepers of all knowledge.

 

You should also go follow Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

 

I want to take a moment to plug an amazing documentary titled Downstream People.  To quote from their Indiegogo page: “Established in 1972 as the first federally protected river in the United States, the Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Managed by the National Park Service, this gem of the Ozarks is a paradise for camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking.

 

“It flows through several rural, impoverished communities of the Ozark Mountains, including those in Newton County, now home to C&H Hog Farm. Built in 2013 under a questionable permit process with little public notice, this corporately contracted Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) poses an enormous pollution risk to both the Buffalo National River watershed as well as the people who dwell within that watershed. Downstream People explores issues of rural gentrification and environmental injustice through a community in the crosshairs of both.”

 

When asked why he made this film, Director Andy Sarjahani said:

 

“‘As an avid outdoorsman who grew up in the foothills of the Ozarks with an education in sustainable agriculture and food systems, this project came at me “like a burglar in the night” as Werner Herzog would say. It was one of those things in life that I don’t feel like I had a choice in the matter –I had to make this film. I left academia to pursue a career in documentary film to tell stories like this and I could not think of a more fitting first project.

“I made Downstream People because I believe that human beings and the environment are not separate entities and both should be respected rather than exploited. When these hidden rural areas are exploited, the people who live there are taken advantage of too. I hope this film is seen by not only the residents of Newton County, but by viewers everywhere who can learn about the importance of addressing rural gentrification and the exploitation of natural resources.’

Please head to their Indiegogo page to learn more, watch the preview, and support the project.

Lastly, I can’t end an introduction without telling everyone to please head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Sushi Night, or すてきな ,” “A Sunrise,” and “The Knowledge Keepers.”

 

Enjoy!

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18.3 -“Grafting Street”, Part II

In “Grafting Street”, Part II, rejoin the dwellers and visitors of Grafting Street and briefly meet a thaumaturgist.

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I am honored to use a great many artists’ sounds and backing tracks to add to this story.  Most of the sounds were taken from Freesound.org and its users.  The intro piano is by Porphyr, the footsteps by savataivanov, the ominous bass by ERH, the horror track sounds by Xanco123, and the hellish bells by martysonic. Savataivanov’s track is being used under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  Porphyr and ERH’s tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses.  Xanco123 and martysonic’s tracks are being used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licenses.

The larger soundtrack piece was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “It Feels Good (To Feel Good Again)”, an original piece off the album Ad Astra Vol. 2 by PCIII. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Thank you to PCIII and all these amazing artists for giving the world such unfettered access to their creations.

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18.2 -“Lomar”, Part I

In the first part of “Lomar,” encounter an ominous word in the Philippines.

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The backing track for this piece was taken from the Free Music Archive and is titled “FOREST (mixtape)”, an original piece by Violeta Päivänkakkara. It is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  Thank you to Ms. Päivänkakkara for putting her piece up on the Free Music Archive and to Free Music Archive for providing access to such wonderful works. 

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18.1 -“The Sweetness of Sugar Grove, or Matthew 25: 40-41”

Experience a deified old man in “The Sweetness of Sugar Grove, or Matthew 25: 40-41”

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The backing track for this story is an original composition written and performed by David Ezell, the second piece Mr. Ezell has written specifically and exclusively for a Prose story.  David Ezell is a devoted father, a devoted creator, a devoted friend, and a devoted friend of the Republic, not to mention an extremely talented musician.  As I have noted before, long ago, in our heyday, he and I used to make some pretty good music together.  His previous project was a podcast called Dad Hacks, where he gave voice to a community of dads who have learned the tips and shortcuts of parenting and now want to share that with any and all parents, grandparents step-parents, or guardians that find themselves struggling in the midst of the parenting grind. To find more about Dad Hacks, you can find them at Dad Hacks podcast on Facebook and under Dad Hacks on iTunes, Bluebrry, Stitcher, Google Play, and other similar podcast catchers.   He is currently working on a new podcast, which I’m sure I’ll tell everyone about in the very near future.  You will hopefully be continue to hear more music from Mr. Ezell behind my stories sooner than later.

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18.0 -Episode 18

Hello and welcome to episode eighteen of Prose.  This week experience a deified old man, encounter an ominous word in the Philippines, and rejoin the dwellers and visitors of Grafting Street.

 

In Episode 18.2, the second original musical piece for Prose is present.  This is, yet again, by Mr. David Ezell.  So, do be sure to check that out.  Additionally, you should start to notice other stories that carry over in multiple parts in the coming weeks.  As I mentioned last week, I do hope that intrigues you as much as it does me.  If it does, or even if it does not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Lastly, I can’t end an introduction without telling everyone to please  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “The Sweetness of Sugar Grove, or Matthew 25: 40-41,” Part I of “Lomar,” and Part II of “Grafting Street.”

 

Enjoy!

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17.3 – “Stalker” by Alena Abrosimova

In “My Little Creatures,” meet some individuals with imagination.

 

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Alena Abrosimova is originally from Tomsk, Russia (think Siberia, not to be confused with Serbia) but currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  She sails as much as she can, though she is often interrupted by a pesky full-time job. When not sailing or working, she enjoys writing, reading, learning new things (especially all things impractical), and getting to know people, especially positive people who share her unending curiosity about our world.  You can see more from Ms. Abrosimova at her blog “Sails and Commas,” found at sailsandcommas.wordpress.com.

 

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Both backing tracks come from PC III.  The first is titled “Through the Storm” and the second is titled “Klichi.” Both were taken from the Free Music Archive and are being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Thank you to PC III and the Free Music Archive for their contribution.

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17.2 – “Crunching”

Dine on glass in “Crunching.”

 

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The first backing track from this piece is “Mu Part 2” from Shadows on the Snow, was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  The crunching sounds were made by rLess and come from FreeSound.org. This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License.  Thank you to Shadows on the Snow, rLess, the Free Music Archive, and Freesound.org for the contributions

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17.1 – “Grafting Street”, Part I

In Part I of “Grafting Street,” meet a desperate man in a near future.

 

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The first backing track from this piece is “Not the Streets You Used to Walk Along” from Phillip Weigl. It comes from his album Sound-trax was taken from the Free Music Archive, and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  The second track is “The Talons of Adventure, the Antlers of Romance” by Doctor Turtle.  It was also taken from the Free Music Archive and is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  Please use the links provided to check both of these artists and the Free Music Archive out.  

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17.0 – Episode 17

Hello and welcome to episode seventeen of Prose.  This week, meet a desperate man, dine on glass, and reconsider your definition of stalker.

 

In Episode 17.1, you will encounter the first part of a multi-part series that I hope will span a few episodes of Prose.  I hope this appeals to you as much as it does me!  If it does, or even if it does not, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.  You can also keep up with or communicate with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

Lastly, as I always plead,  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have Part I of “Grafting Street,” “Crunching,” and “Stalker” by Alena Abrosimova.

 

Enjoy!

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16.4 – “Probable Infidelity”

In “Probable Infidelity,” confront the rotting stench of adultery.

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Frankum provided both tracks on this poem, “White Spirit” and “Enchantment.”  This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Frankum and Freesound.org for the contribution. 

 

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16.3 – “The Long Night, or Frogs”

In “The Long Night, or Frogs,” fear the disappearance of amphibians.

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The backing tracks  for this story were taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Madbob69 is responsible for the frogs throughout the story, and Efecto Fudador is responsible for the  ambient noises at the end.  These tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to these two and Freesound.org for the contribution. 

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16.2 – “The Vodka Talks”

In “The Vodka Talks” question sanity and monogamy.

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The backing track for this story was taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Frankum wrote and recorded this track, titled “Sweetness Dark.”  This track is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Frankum and Freesound.org for the contribution.

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16.1 – “Cheeks”

In “Cheeks,” experience a dream come true.

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The backing track for this story was taken from FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Summonhue provided the track, which is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses.  A sincere thank you to Summonhue and Freesound.org for the contribution.  The track that you are listening to now is titled “Neither Here Mix 1” and is by Massive Lad.  You can find more from Massive Lad at his Sound Cloud page: soundcloud.com/massive-lad.  Massive Lad happens to be my younger brother and has given me permission to use his track; however, these tracks are, indeed, copywritten materials and should be treated accordingly.  Thanks so much for the tunes, little brother. The stories are better for them.

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16.0 – Episode 16

Hello and welcome to episode sixteen of Prose.  This week, have a dream come true, question monogamy, fear the disappearance of amphibians, and confront the rotting stench of adultery.

 

In Episode 15, I mentioned that our most current guest author in residence Nicholas B. Morris’s set of stories was at an end here on Prose.  After which, several people emailed in about possibly getting some more of his work to show up on the show.  Well, I’ve heard you, and I’m reaching out to Mr. Morris to see if that might be possible.  In that vein, please to feel free to contact me through prosepodcast@gmail.com with anything you might want to say, be it praise, critique, advice, or simply saying hello.

 

Also, as I always plead,  head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.  You can also keep up with the podcast by following Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast or on Facebook under the same handle, though Twitter is the far more active of the two.

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15.3 – “Asclepius”

In “Asclepius,” take a poetic crash course in comparative religion.

 

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The backing tracks  for this poem were taken from the FreeSound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The opening track comes from Roigianno, the second track is the work of Kickhat, and Frankum is responsible for the final track on the poem.  Roigianno and Frankum’s tracks are being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication Licenses, and Kickhat’s track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  A sincere thank you to these three and Freesound.org for the contribution.

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15.2 – “Gravediggers” by Nicholas B. Morris

In “Gravediggers,” find yourself two feet in the grave.

 

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

The backing tracks for “Gravediggers” were taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The track is called “Pompeii” and is by Josh Woodward.  If you have yet to make it over and check out his website at joshwoodward.com, you’re really missing out.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The second track is called “Exiled in the Land of Absentees” and is by adarcah [ianku].  This track is being used under an Attribution 4.0 International License.  Lastly, the piano improvisation comes from another fantastic community based on artistic sharing—Freesound.org.  The improv is provided by user unfa.  A sincere thank you to all of these artists for sharing their work with the world and to both the Free Music Archive and Freesound.org for the contributions. 

 

As always, keep your eyes peeled or the next episode of Prose.

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15.1 – “Nogal”

“Nogal” features a leap into forgiveness and death intertwined.

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The first and last backing track for this story you hear is an original by David Ezell, written specifically for this story.  David Ezell is a devoted father, a devoted creator, a devoted friend, and a devoted friend of the Republic, not to mention an extremely talented musician.  Long ago, in our heyday, he and I used to make some pretty good music together.  His most current project is Dad Hacks, where he gives voice to a community of dads who have learned the tips and shortcuts of parenting and now want to share that with any and all parents, grandparents step-parents, or guardians that find themselves struggling in the midst of the parenting grind. To find more about Dad Hacks, you can find them at Dad Hacks podcast on Facebook and under Dad Hacks on iTunes, Bluebrry, Stitcher, Google Play, and other similar podcast catchers.   You will hopefully be hearing more music from Mr. Ezell quite soon.  The second track was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The title of the rack is “You, yourself and the main character” by Komiku, and it is being used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication License. Lastly, though most of the sound effects present are original for Prose made by me, some of the drums that are not mine or Mr. Ezell’s, those accompanied by that beautiful piano melody, come from Freesound.org, another wonderful artistic community based on sharing.  These sounds were uploaded and put out for Public Domain Dedication usage by user Sound_Designer_105.   I cannot begin to thank these artists enough, particularly Mr. Ezell.  With these sound effects and music tracks, Prose is far richer.

 

Next up on Prose, “Gravediggers,” the last story in our series from Nicholas B. Morris.   Stay tuned.

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15.0 –  Episode 15

Hello and welcome to episode fifteen of Prose.  This week, leap into forgiveness and death intertwined, find yourself two feet in the grave, and take a poetic crash course in comparative religion.

 

Episode fifteen has three major special features of note: Episode 15.1 contains the first ever musical composition written exclusively for Prose, a track by the indelible David Ezell, Episode 15.2 will be the final feature story in this hopefully first but not last story series from Nicholas B. Morris, and Episode 15.3’s narrative will take the form of a formal poem, a villanelle that has been slightly shifted for narrative purposes, to be precise.

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14.3 –  “The Boy in the Well”, Chapter 3 by Nicholas B. Morris

Finish our harrowing  journey with the boy in the well in the final chapter of “The Boy in the Well” by Nicholas B. Morris.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

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14.2 – “Yel•Low, or One Hundred Indecisions”

In “Yel•Low, or One Hundred Indecisions,” contemplate indecision and cowardice.

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The title of the rack is “Episode The Cave” by Vicnet is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives 4.0 International License. A sincere thank you Vicent for sharing their work with the world and to the Free Music Archive for the contribution. 

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14.1 – “The Fall”

Experience a terrifying fall in “The Fall.”

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The title of the rack is “Treated Acoustic Guitar” by Rest You Sleeping Giant.  The track is being used under an Attribution 4.0 International License. A sincere thank you Rest You Sleeping Giant for sharing their work with the world and to the Free Music Archive for the contribution. 

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14.0 – Episode 14

Hello and welcome to episode fourteen of Prose.  This week, experience a terrifying fall, contemplate indecision and cowardice, and finish our harrowing journey with the boy in the well.

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13.3 – “The Boy in the Well”, Chapter 2 by Nicholas B. Morris

Continue our tense journey with Chapter 2  of “The Boy in the Well.”

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

The backing tracks for the second chapter of “The Boy in the Well” were taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The first track is “Death Takes the Maiden Away” by Abishai and being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.  The second track is “Young Lieutenant after 24hrs on Duty” by Porc O’Pine and is being used under an Attribution 4.0 International License. A sincere thank you to both of these amazing artists for sharing their work with the world and to the Free Music Archive for the contribution. 

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13.2 – “On the Horizon”

Look to the seas for relief from burdens in “On the Horizon.”

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 The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The title of the rack is “The Big Blue” by Sea of Åland is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives 4.0 International License. A sincere thank you to Sea of  Åland for sharing their work with the world and to the Free Music Archive for the contribution. 

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13.1 – “Too Much”

In “Too Much,” we will combat internal voices with sound and silence.

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The backing track for this story was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  The title of the rack is “Episode 027 △ Witch House ][ BL▲CK V∃LV∃⏄ ORCH†D))” by Das Kabinett is being used under an Attribution-Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives 4.0 International License. A sincere thank you to Das Kabinett for sharing their work with the world and to the Free Music Archive for the contribution. 

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13.0 – Episode 13

Hello and welcome to episode thirteen of Prose.  This week, we will combat internal voices with sound and silence, look to the seas for relief from burdens, and continue our journey of discovery with a young boy.

Please head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review for Prose.  Doing so truly helps this podcast keep going.  Also, follow Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast.

 

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12.4 – *BONUS* “The Death of Freedom” by David Ezell

“The Death of Freedom” by David Ezell is a timely poem pondering trying times.

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David Ezell is a devoted father, a devoted creator, a devoted friend, and a devoted friend of the Republic.  His most current project is Dad Hacks, where he gives voice to a community of dads who have learned the tips and shortcuts of parenting and now want to share that with any and all parents, grandparents step-parents, or guardians that find themselves struggling in the midst of the parenting grind. To find more about Dad Hacks, you can find them at Dad Hacks podcast on Facebook and under Dad Hacks on iTunes, Bluebrry, Stitcher, Google Play, and other similar podcast catchers.   

 

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12.3 – “The Origin of Shadow” by Jack Lee

Come experience a town with two stoplights, three churches, and a small dose of conflict in “The Origin of Shadow.”

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Jack Lee is from the American South.  He enjoys clean water, fresh air, and tall trees.  He writes when time and sanity allow.

 

The backing tracks for “The Origin of Shadow” were taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  These tracks are “Oribit” and “When Words Fall Apart,” both from the extremely talented Josh Woodward.  More of his music can be found at the Free Music Archive and his website, joshwoodward.com.  A sincere thank you to Mr. Woodward and the Free Music Archive for the contribution.  These tracks are being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

 

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12.2 – “My Little Creatures” by Alena Abrosimova

In “My Little Creatures,” meet some individuals with imagination.

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Alena Abrosimova is originally from Tomsk, Russia (think Siberia, not to be confused with Serbia) but currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  She sails as much as she can, though she is often interrupted by a pesky full-time job. When not sailing or working, she enjoys writing, reading, learning new things (especially all things impractical), and getting to know people, especially positive people who share her unending curiosity about our world.  You can see more from Ms. Abrosimova at her blog “Sails and Commas,” found at sailsandcommas.wordpress.com.

 

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The first backing track for “My Little Creatures” was taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The piece heard here is “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, Allegroe Maestoro, String Quartet arrangement” by Frédéric Chopin. Zuzana Šimurdová is performing.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen.org  and the performer for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 license.
The second backing track for this story was taken from Massive Lad, a prolific digital music composer and pioneer that can be found on Sound Cloud at soundcloud.com/massive-lad.  A major thank you to him, as well.

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12.1 – “The Boy in the Well,” Chapter 1

“The Boy in the Well”, Chapter 1 begins us on a journey of discovery with a young boy.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

 

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

 

The backing tracks for this story were taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The track used here is “When You Last Say Goodbye” by York Bowen. MusOpen lists this track as anonymously uploaded.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 license.

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12.0- Episode 12

Hello and welcome to episode twelve of Prose.  This week, we will take a journey of discovery with a young boy, meet some individuals with imagination, and experience a town with two stoplights, three churches, and a small dose of conflict.  We also have a bonus episode that considers liberty through verse.  This episode of Prose marks a major first, in that all three short stories and the bonus poem are all from authors that submitted work to the podcast. Episode 12.1 features Nicholas B. Morris, Episode 12.2 features Alena Abrosimova, Episode 12. 3 features Jack Lee.  The bonus episode features David Ezell. More about these authors can be found in each of their episodes.

 

As I always plea, if you are enjoying Prose, Please head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review.  Also, follow Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have chapter one of “The Boy in the Well” by Nicholas B. Morris, “My Little Creatures” by Alena Abrosimova, “The Origin of Shadow” by Jack Lee, and the bonus “Freedom’s Death” by David Ezell.”

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11.3 – “Love Lost”

“Love Lost” examines a once beautiful goddess that is now wasting away.

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The backing tracks for “Love Lost” was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  These tracks are “Dances and Dames” and “Night at the Docks,” both from the amazing Kevin MacLeod.  A sincere thank you to Mr. MacLeod and the Free Music Archive for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

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11.2 – “A Lesson for Ducklings” by Nicholas B. Morris

“A Lesson for Ducklings” by Nicholas B. Morris looks into the brutal realities of nature.

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

 

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

 

 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

 

The backing tracks for this story were taken from MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  The track used here is “When You Last Say Goodbye” by York Bowen. MusOpen lists this track as anonymously uploaded.  A sincere thank you to MusOpen.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 license .

 

 

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11.1 – “Any Given Sunday”

“Any Given Sunday” takes a trip to a Southern Baptist church in the South on a Sunday.

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The piano backing tracks for this story were performed from my dear mother.  The rain sound effect comes from Freesound.org and was provided by user Jongrubbs under a CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The beautiful loop at the end of the track comes from Little Robot Factory and is used under a Creative Commons attribution license 3.0.  

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11.0- Episode 11

Hello and welcome to episode eleven  of Prose.  This episode takes a trip to a Southern Baptist church in the South on a Sunday, looks into the brutal realities of nature, and examines a once beautiful goddess that is now wasting away.  The second of thee three stories, “A Lesson for Ducklings,” is the third from Prose’s current guest author in residence, Nicholas B. Morris. More information about Mr. Morris and his works can be heard in episode 11.2.

 

If you are enjoying Prose, Please head over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review.  Also, follow Prose on Twitter through @prosepodcast.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Any Given Sunday,” “A Lesson for Ducklings” by Nicholas M. Morris, and “Love Lost.”

 

Enjoy!

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10.3 – “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” by Thomas Paine

In the wake of the 2017 US Presidential Inauguration, Episode 10.3 reminds us all upon which ideas the USA was founded by way of the words of Thomas Paine. .

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from the MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  These track used here is “String Quartet, Op.6 – I. Allegro moderato” by Joachim Neergaard. The MusOpen artist performing is Steve’s Bedroom Band, a frequent contributor to the site and its mission.  A sincere thank you to the artist and MusOpen.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

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10.2 – “Senior Sixty, or A Treatise on Complacency, or Farewell Self, or a Handbook to Simple Living”

“Senior Sixty, or A Treatise on Complacency, or Farewell Self, or a Handbook to Simple Living” gives instructions for aging gracefully.

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The backing tracks for this story were taken from the MusOpen at musopen.org. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. As they say, their mission is to set music free.  These two tracks are two parts of “Danse sacrée et danse profane” by Claude Debussy. The MusOpen artist performing is actually the United States Marine Band.  A sincere thank you to the performers and MusOpen.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

 

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10.1 – “Paragon of Animals”

“Paragon of Animals” revisits the intrepid space explorer with a dark from episode 1.1’s “Just Earth,” SJFC Ezekial Jatayu.

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The backing track for “Paragon of Animals” was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  This particular track is “Theme for an Unmade Space Film” by Jelsonic.  “Theme for an Unmade Space Film” comes from Jelsonic’s album Various Moods.  More information on Jelsonic and its founder Jeremy Wray can be found at jelsonic.com/royalty-free. A sincere thank you to the artist and the Free Music Archive for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

 

The sound effects were taken from another great artistic community based on sharing, Freesound.org.  Users Tristan Lohengrin and Fool Boy Media provided all sound effects, which are also being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0.  

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10.0 – Episode 10

Welcome to episode ten of Prose.  This episode revisits the intrepid space explorer from episode 1.1’s “Just Earth,” gives instructions for aging gracefully, and, in the wake of the 2017 US Presidential Inauguration, reminds us all what the USA was founded upon by way of the words of Thomas Paine.

 

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Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Paragon of Animals,” “Senior Sixty, or A Treatise on Complacency, or Farewell Self, or a Handbook to Simple Living”, and Thomas Paine’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech.

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9.3 – “My Autumn Companions”

“My Autumn Companions” speaks to having small, woodland friends.

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The backing track for “My Autumn Friends” was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  This particular track is “The Curious Roe” from the album Hengesteseig by Axletree, who also goes by the name Alexander Westmacott.  More music from Axletree is available at the Free Music Archive or their website at axletreewood.com.  A sincere thank you to the artist and FreeMusicArchive.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0.

 

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9.2 – “Mirror” by Nicholas B. Morris

“Mirror” by Nicholas B. Morris highlights a man trying to hide.

 

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

 

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

 

 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

 

 The soundtrack was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art. Kosta featuring A-a provided this song titled “Het” from their Avant-Garde album with what I assume is a gorgeous and creative title that happens to be in Russian  You can find more music from them, and that Russian title, at the Free Music Archive or at their website, kostat.bandcamp.com.   This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0

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9.1 – “Study of a Young Married Couple in Hobby Lobby”

“Study of a Young Married Couple in Hobby Lobby” peeps in at a young married couple’s home life.

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The soundtrack for this short story was taken from the Free Music Archive at freemusicarchive.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  All three tracks are original pieces by Axletree, who also goes by the name Alexander Westmacott.  More music from Axletree is available at the Free Music Archive or their website at axletreewood.com.  I have a link in this story’s description where you can head over to his webpage.  A sincere thank you to the artist and FreeMusicArchive.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0.

 

All sound effects were taken from Freesound.org, another community dedicated to bettering audio art.  User Jmayoff created the grocery store sounds, user JohnsonBrandEditing provided the parking lot sounds, user Fillsoko recorded the handwashing sounds, and user IESP brough the toilet flushing sounds to the story.  Thank you to these contributors for enlivening the story.  These sounds are being used under a Creative Commons 1.0 Universal, Public Domain Dedication license. 

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9.0 – Episode 9

Welcome to episode nine of Prose.  This episode peeps in at a young married couple’s home life, highlights a man trying to hide, and speaks to having small, woodland friends.  The second of thee three stories, “Mirror,” is the second from Prose’s current guest author in residence, Nicholas B. Morris. More information about Mr. Morris and his works can be heard in episode 9.2.

 

Yes, Prose is still pushing ever-toward implementing PayPal giving and Patreon backing possibilities for the show; those are both still coming

 

If you are continuing to enjoy Prose, I would be greatly appreciative if you could head over to iTunesGoogle Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review. These are the lifeblood of podcasts and would help Prose to keep sending tales your way.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “Study of a Young Married Couple in Hobby Lobby,” “Mirror”, and “My Autumn Companions.”

 

Enjoy!

 

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8.3 – “Doppleganger” by Nicholas B. Morris

“Doppleganger” by Nicholas B. Morris takes in the terrors of having another you out in the world. 

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Nicholas B. Morris grew up in Arkansas but fell in love with Colorado. His stories and other assorted writings have been published in The Harpoon ReviewCliteratureConnotation PressDanse Macabre Online, and Nebo. He has published two short story collections, the full-length Tapeworm and the chapbook The Boy in the Well, both with the now sadly defunct Monkey Puzzle Press. (You can buy copies of Tapeworm from him directly on Amazon.) He works in his dream job as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Denver and watches endless re-runs of Star Trek with his partner Alyssa Piccinni.

Mr. Morris tweets at @totallynotNickM. 

Caleb Hicks produced the original audio for the narrative.  He and Mr. Morris worked closely together on the spoke album of Mr. Morris’s stories called The Boy in the Well.

All music and sound effects, save the paul-stretched flute, were taken from Freesound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  Lazymonk contributed the door bells, Jormap contributed the street sounds, and Editijo contributed the Epic Orchetra piece. A sincere thank you to the artist and Freesound.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0.   The paul-stretched flute is an original sound effect.

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8.2 – “Snoring Throughout”

“Snoring Throughout” questions use of time. 

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The sound effects for this story were taken from the Freesound.org, an amazing community of artists that set out to help one another through the sharing of their art.  User Eric Prizens provided the snoring effect, and user Olver provided the clock ticking.  A sincere thank you to these two and Freesound.org for the contribution.  These effects are being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0.

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8.1 – “Fast”

“Fast” laments aging and mediocrity. 

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The backing tracks for “Fast” were taken from the MusOpen at musopen.org. “MusOpen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. They provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.” As they say, their mission is “to set music free.”  These two tracks are the Allegro and Adagio from String Quartet no. 1, Op. 46 by Swan Hennessy, a composition in four sections. The MusOpen artist performing is Steve’s Bedroom Band, a frequent contributor to the site and its mission.  A sincere thank you to the artist and MusOpen.org for the contribution.  This track is being used under a Creative Commons attribution share alike license 4.0

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8.0 – Episode 8

Welcome to episode eight of Prose. This episode laments aging and mediocrity, questions a use of time, and takes in the terrors of having another you out in the world. The last of these three stories, “Doppleganger,” is the first from an amazing guest author, Nicholas B. Morris. More information about Mr. Morris and his works can be heard in episode 8.3.

In the realm of updates, I am continuing to work toward PayPal giving and Patreon backing possibilities for the show; those are both coming. Do please be patient, and I’ll let everyone know as soon as those are ready to roll. (Again, I’d like to note how very humbled and grateful that this is something that’s even being asked about!)

Remember, if you are enjoying Prose, I would be greatly appreciative if you could zip over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review. These are the lifeblood of podcasts and would help Prose to keep sending tales your way.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose. Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week, we have “Fast,” “Snoring Throughout”, and “Doppleganger.”

Enjoy!

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7.3 – “Cinderella in Beige Heels”

This story makes known to us a damsel very much not in need of saving.

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7.2 – “Technically Food”

Come ponder the effectiveness of philanthropy.

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7.1 – “Black Widow”

Meet a dangerous and fiery young lady.

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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7.0 – Episode 7

Welcome to episode seven of Prose.  This episode introduces us to a fiery young lady, ponders the effectiveness of philanthropy, and makes known a damsel very much not in need of saving.  For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, episode 7.1 is not at all for you, so please do proceed with caution.

This is also a good time for a quick update, as we are just starting what will hopefully be a new year filled with joy and progress for us all, Prose included.  In the coming months, a couple authors that I respect greatly will have stories show up in Prose alongside my own original compositions, and, as I noted in the very first introductory episode, once the first season comes to a successful close, a general call for submissions will open up via the official website at www.prosepodcast.com.  Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for both of those happenings.  Also, I have been asked several times now about the upcoming PayPal giving and Patreon backing possibilities for the show; those are both coming.  Do please be patient, and I’ll let everyone know as soon as those are ready to roll.  (I am GREATLY humbled that this is something that’s even being asked about!)  Lastly in the realm of updates, I have been sorely behind in reminding everyone that, if you are enjoying Prose, I would be greatly appreciative if you could zip over to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or the podcast-catcher of your choice and leave a rating and/or review. These are the lifeblood of podcasts and would help Prose to keep sending tales your way.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week, we have “Black Widow,” “Technically Food”, and “Cinderella in Beige Heels.”

Enjoy!

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6.3. – The Christmas Story (Gospel of Luke)

In the spirit of the holidays, our third tale is from the Bible and is the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke.  For those that celebrate Christmas, I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas, indeed.  For those that celebrate something else altogether or are just enjoying family, friends, and general, merriment, happiest of holidays to you all.

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6.2 – “A Modern Affair”

Experience a sordid affair.

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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6.1 – “The Very Dark”

Come face to face with the source of all horror in our world in “The Very Dark.”

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6.0 – Episode 6

Episode six of Prose presents us with the source of all horror in our world and a sordid affair. For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, episode 6.2 is not at all for you, so please do proceed with caution.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose podcast. Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week, we have “The Very Dark” and “A Modern Affair.”

In the spirit of the holidays, our third tale is from the Bible and is the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke. For those that celebrate Christmas, I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas, indeed. For those that celebrate something else altogether or are just enjoying family, friends, and general, merriment, happiest of holidays to you all.

Enjoy!

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5.3 – “A Natural”

An obsession with scent takes the spotlight in “A Natural.”

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5.2 – “The Noose”

We take a cynical look at adult reality in “The Noose.”

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5.1 – “Just a Look”

Two writers might be in love in “Just a Look.”

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5.0 – Episode 5

Episode Five of Prose touts two writers who might be in love, a cynical look at adult reality, and an obsession with scent.   All three short stories are appropriate for most audiences.

This week, we have “Just a Look,” “The Noose”, and “A Natural.”

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4.3 – “So, They Stopped”

An alien race interacts with humanity, and then…doesn’t in “So, They Stopped.”

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4.2 – “The Cypriot Empress”

A woman takes charge amid a crisis in the days of the Byzantine Empire in “The Cypriot Empress.”

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4.1 – “Moving On”

A man is in pain at leaving a job in “Moving On.”

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Episode 4.0 – Episode 4

For episode four of Prose, a man is in pain at leaving a job, a woman takes charge amid a crisis in the days of the Byzantine Empire, and an alien race interacts with humanity.  All three short stories are appropriate for all audiences.

This week, we have “Moving On,” “The Cypriot Empress”, and “So, They Stopped.”

Enjoy!

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3.3 – “Necessity”

Experience the fall of a golden child of life in “Necessity.”

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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3.2 – “I Might Just Get Lost”

Hear the tale of a stargazer in “I Might Just Get Lost.”

Note: This story is based on similar-to-life, historical happenings, but the work itself is complete fiction.

 

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3.1 – “A Friend”

Consider the friendship of a plant in “A Friend.”

 

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3.0 – Episode 3

Under the banner of episode three of Prose, we will consider the friendship of a plant, hear the tale of a stargazer, and experience the fall of a golden child of life. For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, episode 3.3 is not at all for you, so please do proceed with caution.

This week, we have “A Friend,” “I Might Just Get Lost”, and “Living History.”

2.3 – “Living History”

Experience a man cursed by his family history.

 

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2.2 – “Everybody Does It”

Listen in on two friends discussing underpants.

 

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2.1 – “All That There Is”

Meet an unraveling crime writer in “All That There Is.”

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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2.0 – Episode 2

In the second release from Prose, we will meet an unraveling crime writer, two friends discussing underpants, and a man cursed by his family history.  For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, episode 2.1 might not be for you, so please do proceed with caution.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Prose.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

 

This week, we have “All That There Is,” “Everybody Does It”, and “Living History.”

 

Enjoy!

1.3 – “Marlboro Man”

Listen to a dark response to an even darker crime in “Marlboro Man.”

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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1.2 – “Lusus Naturae”

Explore a failing relationship in “Lusus Naturae.”

For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, please proceed with caution. This story contains adult themes and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised

explicit

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1.1 – “Just Earth”

Encounter an intrepid but doomed space explorer in “Just Earth.”

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1.0 – Episode 1

In the inaugural release from Prose, we will encounter an intrepid space explorer, a failing relationship, and a dark bit of response to an even darker crime.  For those sensitive to language, sexuality, or violence, episodes 1.2 and 1.3 might not be for you, so please do proceed with caution.

Thank you for taking the first leap into the Prose podcast.  Let’s get to the tales, shall we?

This week, we have “Just Earth,” “Lusus Naturae”, and “Marlboro Man.”

Enjoy!

Episode 0 – Introduction to Prose

Journey together through innumerable worlds of fiction with Prose, a weekly podcast series that offers up short stories of all genres and subject matters.

If you like fiction of all sorts with the occasional bit of poetry or verse thrown in for good measure, join us on our adventures through the labyrinths of the human psyche and the infinite spaces of the imagination.

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Episode 71: “The Whimper” and “Charred”

This week, come visit the post-apocalypse world and let’s take another foray into the world of Ash and Bone with Rowan pen Warren to see his side of the story. *** Subscribe via iTunes. Subscribe via Google Play. Subscribe via Stitcher. Subscribe via RSS Feed....

Episode 69: “The Amended” and “Lame”

 This week, experience true vulnerability with a…different sort of couple AND confront a much different take on one of the major events in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   *** Subscribe via iTunes. Subscribe via Google Play. Subscribe via Stitcher....

Episode 68: “On the Lake” and “Sasha Leaving”

This week, travel back in time to a small pond in Yell County Arkansas and freeze by a bonfire in the wake of a breakup and a loss of self.   *** Subscribe via iTunes. Subscribe via Google Play. Subscribe via Stitcher. Subscribe via RSS Feed. Follow on Instagram....

Halloweenisode 2018

Happy Halloween!  For All Hallow’s we have a trio of tales, one new and two old.  Please sit back and prepare to enjoy “Ms. Obituary” and the combined “Grafting Street” Parts I and II. *** Subscribe via iTunes. Subscribe via...

Episode 67: “Lodestar” and “Back to Before” by James Harrington

This week, see what happens when magic and negative emotions mix and delve into the power of memory, reminiscing, and our ability to reach back but not into the past. *** Subscribe via iTunes. Subscribe via Google Play. Subscribe via Stitcher. Subscribe via RSS Feed....

Episode 65: “Borrow My Bliss” and “The Neon Halo”

This week, we continue the last couple weeks’ themed packing, the focus being speculating about the world of tomorrow, with a galactic offer that is BOUND to make anyone happy and a recounting of the power of democracy and death through the lens of a futuristic...