Episode 47: The Broken Mirror Story Event, Part 2

“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 “Wrong Turn,” a traveling family encounters a world that could only exist in Wendy Cooper’s imagination. Or could it?

In “Where Once Your Soul Dwelled” by Liz Mierzejewski, Mike has the misfortune of stopping for gas in the wrong little town, running into an unfriendly bunch of . . . twins? bloopers

In “27 Jennifers” Josh Roseman tells of a young woman who is considered all-too replaceable by her demanding husband Michael.

Also, Rish and Big open the doors to next month’s story contest.

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski, and Dani Cutler for lending their voices to today’s show.

Right click to download the episode HERE.


Related Links:
Liz Mierzejewski’s site
Liz Mierzejewski’s Novella Apparition
27 Jennifers by Mike Doughty on YouTube
Josh Roseman’s Site
Dani Cutler’s Truth Seekers Podcast
Music by Roger Subirana: Thryst, Point Of No Return, Christmas Lullaby
Music by Tryad: You Are God


13 Responses to “Episode 47: The Broken Mirror Story Event, Part 2”

  1. I enjoyed this episode.

    “Soul” had some great scene-setting moments — especially the “picked up a part of Kansas” thing. That line really stood out for me. I didn’t get the pyramid-scheme angle at first, but upon reflection that is REALLY chilling and if the story is rewritten/revised, I bet it could be made even scarier — Amway plus Soul-Thieves? Sweet!

    As for that last one… *grin* Amusingly, when I sent this in, I thought “hmm, I wonder if they can get Dani Cutler to read this”. I honestly had NO idea they’d do it, and I NEVER mentioned it to them. So, serendipity? Coincidence? Happy accident?

    Thanks, guys, for choosing to publish the story, and thanks to Dani for pulling off all the characters (all the character?). I look forward to next year’s BMSE topic.

  2. Dani ended up pulling through with very little time, too. She sent Big the unedited file, and it was pretty much the story from beginning to end with very little to change or edit out. If you’ve ever heard one of our recording sessions, you’ll get about an hour of extra (worthless) material, but hearing how Dani Cutler did it showed us how professionals do their work.

    Great work, all.

  3. *chuckle* “If I’ve ever”? The blooper reel on that last story I edited for you (hasn’t aired yet) was epic. (My inner 12-year-old loved it.)

  4. Wrong turn = very entertaining.
    27 Jennifers = made my head spin. Probably shouldn’t get my classroom ready while listening to something that complicated. I’ll have to give it another listen. But now I’m enjoying Mike Doughty! A most excellent reading, though. Would that I could sound like that. Instead I’m chock full of cartoon voices.

    I agree about my title (WOYSD) – I tagged it on at the last minute. I would gladly entertain a better title. And the percentages – Not well thought out on my part. Most def need a structure that keeps them there for a long time, like the mates that worked on whaling vessels. They always ended up owing more $$ than they made.
    But the reading was fantastic! I was so proud of the story when I heard it done. More than when it was just in print.

    I am now chomping on the bit for the OSSE. I’ve got an idea ready to go.

    And Rish – you finally got my name right. Hats off.

  5. I just submitted a story right at the deadline because I couldn’t think of a title. I too went with a poem — Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind”.

  6. Great episode! I enjoyed all three of these a lot. I think Liz’s was actually my favorite. Body snatchers operating under some kind of a Avon system is just awesome.

    The girls writing guys/ guys writing girls thing is interesting to me. I’ve written 4 large books, and only one of them has a female protagonist. It was the third, and it was a conscious decision. I was distressed when I noticed (in college) that I hadn’t written a female protag yet, and I decided to do it. With the 4th, I returned in relief to a male protagonist, although I think the 5th will be a female.

    I have lots of theories about why this is. When I was 14 and started writing novels, it never occurred to me to write a female protagonist. The idea just did not cross my mind, either with that book or the next. I think it’s because I never sympathized with the girls in any of the books I read growing up. The characters I liked, the ones who made sense to me were the guys. I think there are a lot of female writers who think this way, although it can’t be the whole story because there are men (though not as many of them, I think) who primarily write women.

    Hey, I thought you guys were going to put a link to all the stories up. I don’t see it? Am I just blind? This is possible. Direct me.

  7. Yes, Abbie, you are blind. On the right side of the screen, at the top, where all our links are, you’ll find:

    About Us
    Contact Us
    Submission Guidelines
    Summer Issue 2008
    Fall Issue 2008
    Winter Issue 2009
    Spring Issue 2009
    Summer Issue 2009


    Broken Mirror Stories

    This link called Broken Mirror Stories will take you to the page that contains…wait for it…Broken Mirror Stories.

    Sorry, I just love to give you a hard time.

  8. Thanks, Abbie!
    I have written 2 novellas – both female, both wack. Most of the female characters I write are unbalanced, although so far only one of them has actually committed murder. I write mostly from a male POV, and usually that man is between 50-70 years old. I can’t begin to fathom why.

    Now I’m completely jazzed about OSSE – I’ve written 2100 words already. I didn’t think I had it in me to write horror, but then I remembered the first story I ever wrote was in 7th grade. A little piece called “The Killer Dog” about a rogue Irish wolfhound.

  9. Big – Oh, I see! Not in the show notes. I am no match for your logical skillz, Big.

    Liz – Your ghost story is on my to-listen list (have you podcast both of them, or have you not released one yet?). My ears are currently over-booked. Sadly, they actually make anesthesia audio, which means it’s now competing with podcasts for ear-time, but boards too shall pass.

    Oh, and you have thought about releasing it on Podiobooks? ‘Cause I get an awful lot of listeners coming from there.

  10. My first novella is really really bad. It won’t see the light of day. I am currently working to release Apparition as a Kindle book, though.

    Anesthesia Audio – I’m pretty sure I saw them in concert.

  11. I love your episodes… I guess I must be one of your “two” listeners :)

    Thanks for another bunch of laughter’s and some kinda creepy stories

  12. I really enjoyed “27 Jennifers”. I thought it was an interesting take on cloning and I liked the way Josh handled the grouping of the clones and the different relationships between them. Good job!

  13. I freely admit having stopped in for only one reason: wanting to hear Josh Roseman’s “27 Jennifers.”

    I loved the whole issue, though. Very nicely done.

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