The Dollar Short
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Over the course of the next year, story experts Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens write twelve brand-new short stories each, and share them with the world!
||CleanThe Dollar Short 33: Still A Good Idea||We interrupt our hiatus to bring The Dollar Short project to a premature but affectionate end. Thanks for listening!||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 32: You Know, Like Zaragosa||Lani celebrates Cinco de Mayo by facing down the superior forces of her creativity, and considers Death And What Comes Next.||5/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 31: Don’t Open The Box||It's time to talk about both death and Death as we begin to explore Terry Pratchett's story, Death And What Comes Next.||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 30: Football In The Groin||A day late for The Dollar Short, Lani talks about struggling with inspiration, and America's Funniest Home Videos.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 29: The Second Person||Alastair ponders why second person perspective is so difficult, and why interactive storytelling has so much potential.||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 28: The Hunter-Gatherer||Lani is running low on inspiration, but she knows where to begin looking for it.||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 27: What Do You Do?||Alastair discusses the potential of second-person narratives in Jennifer Egan's Black Box, and in his story of the month!||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 26: You Will Reflect||Lani tackles the femininity, utility and duality of Jennifer Egan's Black Box.||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 25: Agents And Agency||Alastair gets to grips with the rhythm of this month's story, and tries to unravel the mystery of second-person perspective.||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 24: Fresh Snow||Lani considers how much this month's story, Black Box, is another example of raw narrative potential finding a path to the reader.||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 23: Form And Function||It's a new month, and a new story! Today, Alastair looks at the narrative potential of Twitter, and Jennifer Egan's story Black Box.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 22: The Victory Condition||Today, Lani shares not one but two brand-new stories, and sets the stage for a return to form.||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 21: Yours Sincerely||Today, Lani talks about the snark-per-page count in her work, and her goals for the next story.||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 20: It Isn’t Rocket Science||Today, Alastair talks about the one that got away, and the problem with large numbers.||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 19: An Eye For Detail||Today, Lani sets a goal for last month's story, and for next month's, as well as paying attention to details.||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 18: Shiny Shoes||Today, Alastair talks about perfectionism, about the necessity of existence when it comes to coffee, and wishes he'd just played Ze Frank's Invocation instead.||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 17: Five Years Of Hey||Today, Lani talks about getting and keeping your confidence, creativity amidst adversity, and chooses our story for next month!||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 16: The Horse||Today, Alastair shakes off a week without writing, and starts over from the first page.||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 15: A Whole New You||Today, Lani talks about our old selves and our present selves, and about a couple of very special dates.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 14: Like, Share, Subscribe||Alastair wonders what the past and the future really mean in the age of the internet, and in the context of The Light Years.||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 13: It’s All Magic||Physics becomes psychology for Lani on today's The Dollar Short, as she responds to The Light Years.||2/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 12: The Speed Of Light||After spending some time with The Light Years by Italo Calvino, certified space-nerd Alastair has some thoughts on science and speculative fiction.||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 11: Slaps||How did Lani get through the publication of her first Dollar Short story, and what's ahead for February?||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 10: One Down||With the first pair of stories in the bag, we pause to look backward, then push on to our next story, The Light Years by Italo Calvino!||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 9: Beep||Sometimes, preparation is the enemy. Today on The Dollar Short, the sprint to the finish!||1/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 8: The Burn||We're fast approaching the first pair of Dollar Short stories, and Alastair has made a terrible mistake.||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 7: Splattering Paint||Lani has a concern: what happens when you think you're making art, but all you're doing is splattering paint?||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 6: Your Shovel Can’t Crash||What are short stories, and what are they good for? And why can't writing be more like shoveling snow?||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 5: #WWTAWWTAL||Lani dives into remix culture, and tries to figure out where the truth of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love can be found.||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 4: The Hottest Remixes||Alastair starts the new week by wrestling with Carver's original story and the Lish edit. Is the original always better?||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 3: Confessions||What did Lani make of the Carver short story? Or the real Carver short story? Plus, someone has some 'splaining to do!||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 2: What Are We Talking About?||Alastair gets the ball rolling, and the gin pouring, with our first story: Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love!||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dollar Short 1: Hey, What’s The Big Idea?||Welcome to The Dollar Short, a brand-new creative-writing project. In 2016, we're going to write twelve short stories each, and discuss the process -- as well as sharing the stories -- right here on the internet!||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
What will they come up with, these two?
Lani and Alastair have decided to get inspiration from one short story a month, and to write a short story each, somehow inspired by the monthly story. They exchange voicemails about it a few times a week, and aren't supposed to talk about it other than through the voicemails. So far it's pretty fun to listen to, and the first month's not even over yet. I eagerly await the unveiling of the two stories they write this month!
Another great podcast
A fun short podcast about short stories, by Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens, the duo behind Storywonk. Interesting format where the two of them leave alternating "voice mails" to each other while discussing the nuances of short stories. As an aspiring author, I could listen to these two (or one or the other) talk about stories every day. Keep up the good work!