Episode 46: The Broken Mirror Story Event, Part 1

“Someone arrives in town, and discovers that everyone there is exactly the same.”

In this episode, we feature three different pieces on the above theme, by three different authors.

In “The Return,” Kevin Anderson interprets the subject in verse.

In “Scriptopia,” Michael A. Kechula tells of a visit to a strange place, where everyone is a writer, but Kevin would decidedly not be welcome.

In “Chemo: The Town of Golden Woods” by J.M. Perkins, an elite team of trained agents is sent into a little town, in search of the previous team that went in . . . and didn’t report back. bloopers

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Nicole Suddeth, Liz Mierzejewski, Abbie Hilton, and Marcus Brodeur for lending their voices to today’s show.

Right click to download the episode HERE.


Related Links:
Kevin Anderson’s site
Michael A. Kechula’s two books: The Area 51 Option and Full Deck Of Zombies
J.M. Perkins’ site
Josh Roseman’s Site
Liz Mierzejewski’s site
Abbie Hilton’s site
Music by Roger Subirana: Requiem, A Piece Of Heaven, Morphosis, and Pyraminx


18 Responses to “Episode 46: The Broken Mirror Story Event, Part 1”

  1. Hey guys.
    You did such an amazing job with my story! It sounded incredible, and all the work you put into it -from the music to the sometimes synchronized reading- really elevated the work. It’s also great to be in such good company and it is a ton of fun to see all the different takes on the premise.
    Thanks a million, and keep up the great work.

  2. Marcus Stefan Brodeur Says:

    Wow. Just finished listening to this episode (trying to be more vigilant lately about downloading eps when they’re ‘hot off the presses’ rather than after they’re a week old), and you guys pulled it off with aplomb.

    I enjoyed all three of the stories and look forward to the other half of them next week… I only wish I had stumbled upon the Dunesteef in time to hear about this whole Broken Mirror Story Event and submit something myself. (Then again, my stuff is crap, so perhaps it’s all for the best. Your poor listeners; they need not be subjected to it. ;-)

    In particular, your production of ‘Chemo’ was amazing. I’m not just talking about the vocal performances. (You never disappoint on that front, but I certainly think you deserve an additional pat on the back for the multispeak segments this time around.) I also noticed the subtle shift from sound effects towards soundtrack — complete with ambient and thematic music! — and it came across as rock solid. Nor did it hurt that the story was great to start with, natch.

    In tangentially-related news, I’ve discovered an alternate cycle route between my place and the university that affords a bit more tree cover from the road noise, so even if I forget to up the gain on the MP3s before listening to them, I shouldn’t experience quite the epic fail I had last week in trying to make out what the hell was going on.

    p.s.: And sorry for my rubbish reading; I’ll do better next time. Srsly.

  3. I really enjoyed the story collection, especially the third story. The funny thing is that when I heard the story, instead of picturing the soldiers as people, I pictured them all as dogs with Berk as the master. Weird? Maybe. But it made sense to me.

    Also, during the part where Rish and Big were speaking as the collective, I kept hearing a little Christopher Walken in there. Hehe.

    But seriously, I really liked the theme and the different ways it was interpreted! I can’t wait for next week’s episode.

  4. Wow, this is really great to hear. I’m wondering if maybe we should have done more than just six stories, if people are enjoying them that much.*

    In fact, I was considering NOT doing an October Scary Story Event next month, since I thought the listener(s) would be as burned out on themed contests as I am. But hey, looks like my mind is changed.

    And I gotta apologize about the many times Chris Walken or William Shatner or (the great) Sean Connery come out as I speak. You see, I’d gladly trade any my own voice for any of theirs.


    *I’ll remind y’all, though, that you can read several of the contest submissions right here on the site by looking at the box on the top right of the main page and choosing the Broken Mirror Stories option. If you want to really waste a few minutes, you can even read my submission.

  5. I am a fan of poetry, in small doses.
    They don’t all have to rhyme (and often suck if they do).

    Here is a poem I love – It’s funny, dark, all that good stuff. It was written by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and it’s called the Revenant:

    The Revenant by Billy Collins

    I am the dog you put to sleep,
    as you like to call the needle of oblivion,
    come back to tell you this simple thing:
    I never liked you–not one bit.

    When I licked your face,
    I thought of biting off your nose.
    When I watched you toweling yourself dry,
    I wanted to leap and unman you with a snap.

    I resented the way you moved,
    your lack of animal grace,
    the way you would sit in a chair and eat,
    a napkin on your lap, knife in your hand.

    I would have run away,
    but I was too weak, a trick you taught me
    while I was learning to sit and heel,
    and–greatest of insults–shake hands without a hand.

    I admit the sight of the leash
    would excite me
    but only because it meant I was about
    to smell things you had never touched.

    You do not want to believe this,
    but I have no reason to lie.
    I hated the car, the rubber toys,
    disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives.

    The jingling of my tags drove me mad.
    You always scratched me in the wrong place.
    All I ever wanted from you
    was food and fresh water in my metal bowls.

    While you slept, I watched you breathe
    as the moon rose in the sky.
    It took all my strength
    not to raise my head and howl.

    Now I am free of the collar,
    the yellow raincoat, monogrammed sweater,
    the absurdity of your lawn,
    and that is all you need to know about this place

    except what you already supposed
    and are glad it did not happen sooner–
    that everyone here can read and write,
    the dogs in poetry, the cats and the others in prose.

  6. You a poet!?! You a poet!?! You a poet!?! You a poet!?! You a poet!?!

  7. I deny it! I won’t try it!
    Poems are not my gig.
    Writing prose is what I’ve chose
    To send to Rish and Big.

  8. Liz,

    Great poem. Mu dog and I had a great laugh. Although I was a little worried when he kept looking at my nose. :)

    But perhaps, just perhaps..

    your skin is to thin…

    Consider for a moment…

    the critics within.

    But I digress…

    Even if the “experts” were a bit predjucied agsnist poets…perhaps as time goes by, they will expand their understanding, become a bit smarter, and appreciate the poet just a wee bit more.

    My favorite piece was “Chemo: The Town of Golden Woods.

    To quote someone far more insightful than myself… “If I have to explain it…you wouldn’t understand it. “

  9. That was so much fun to listen to! Chemo was cool, not just for the story, but for the concept and the larger world. It made me curious.

    It is hilarious that this posted around the same time as my latest episode, which includes my brother reading The Old Gumbie Cat….which is now stuck in my head, running round and round and round…

  10. I wasn’t expecting this episode to have three stories in it, so that was interesting. I preferred CHEMO because personally I’m not a huge fan of satire. Of course, I also had a lot more fun playing my role in CHEMO than in Scriptopia, but that’s just me.

    I too noticed the shift in CHEMO from effects to music, but then, a good piece of music can really make a story, film, or TV show that much better — from the Stardust soundtrack enticing me to buy it after hearing the scene where Tristan and Yvaine are running along the ridge to John Williams’s various Harry Potter themes to even the hard-rock choices in Supernatural, I’ve always loved listening out for the various music cues and songs used in the fiction I enjoy.

  11. Oh, and THANKS SO MUCH, Abbie, for making “Gumbie Cat” start playing in my head. I hear if you sing “Kung Fu Fighting” in your head it makes all other earworms go away.



  12. Wendy Cooper Says:

    What great stories! I enjoyed all three, but, like the consensus, I enjoyed CHEMO most of all.

  13. I found this awesome site that finds haiku’s within text. http://mrfeinberg.com/haikufinder/
    I plugged in the text of Chemo and came up with these 2 haikus…

    Either we figure
    out just what is going on,
    or we get out quick.

    I shut my eyes tight,
    and began to loop a Beach
    Boys song in my head.

  14. Cambodia Carl Says:

    You know, that haiku thing is really interesting. And a bit disturbing, Liz.

  15. Awesome episode guys, but CHEMO really stood out the most for me. The concept of a ‘hive mind’ is so creepy, but seeing where he took it… and the idea of shifting into alternative paradigms as a technique in combat? Seriously, dope. Also, did I hear it mentioned that this was a piece of a novel? I’m sure I’m not alone when I say:

    -J.M. Perkins… I want to read more of your CHEMO universe!!-

  16. Derek L. Palmer Says:

    Hey guys, I really enjoyed SCRIPTOPIA. The girl who did the waitress’s voice was awesome.

  17. I enjoyed the whole podcast, but CHEMO in particular. Fantastic story, realllllllllllllllly loved the writing. I have to agree with Lauren of Stopgo Photography – if this is a piece of a novel I DEFINITELY want to read the rest!

    Kudos to all three authors!

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