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What are the best short stories on HubPages?

  1. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    http://blog.hubpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/podcast_fascinating_fiction.png

    If you got this week's newsletter, you'll see I mentioned three new podcasts we'e doing.  One, which has yet to make its debut, is called the Fascinating Fiction podcast, and will consist of readings of short fiction stories on HubPages (both by Hubbers who are willing to record mp3s and HubPages staff).

    While having a short story featured in the podcast has nothing to do with earnings (we don't advertise on the podcast and there's no ad revenue associated with it), it could be a great way to gain readership. Besides, there's so much amazing fiction on HubPages.... I just feel like we ought to be doing more to share it!

    If you know of a short fictional story that you think should be featured that was written by another Hubber, share it here, and perhaps share a little about it, too big_smile

    If you want one of your own short stories to be featured, contact me directly.

    And hey- is anyone interested in doing some readings?

    1. Julie2 profile image61
      Julie2posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'd love to to some readings.

  2. tlpoague profile image87
    tlpoagueposted 5 years ago

    This sounds like fun, but I am a horrible reader, so I will try to think of a story line and browse for a few others. Thanks!

  3. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I enjoy reading and I am willing to read. What do I do? smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, awesome! Do you have a microphone on hand that you might be able to use to record any readings? And any short stories on HubPages that you know you'd like to read? big_smile

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I do have a microphone and I believe there are quite a few I enjoy reading. I will have to go capture those hubbers, hubs. But yes I can record them. smile

  4. ripplemaker profile image89
    ripplemakerposted 5 years ago

    Go AEvans go!!! smile

    Simone, what a wonderful idea! I love your ideas very much.  smile

  5. Theo20185 profile image90
    Theo20185posted 5 years ago

    Fantastic idea. I don't think the fiction on HubPages get enough attention.

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It totally doesn't!  But hopefully now it will smile

  6. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Readings . . . hmmmm, is there an audition process?

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      LOL I should hope not.  If Simone the Stutterer can read things.....

  7. Teylina profile image59
    Teylinaposted 5 years ago

    Great idea, but wonder about the readings? Kangaroo_Jase asks about audition process; not sure if he's on same wavelength I am, but some people won't admit they are poor readers! (AE: cannot imagine you being anything but the best!)

    1. AEvans profile image71
      AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I don't know about being the best, but I love to read. Thank you for the wonderful compliment. smile

  8. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I also just took all of my fiction down, but I can write more should be fun. smile

  9. sofs profile image87
    sofsposted 5 years ago

    That would be something to look forward to:)

  10. Susana S profile image90
    Susana Sposted 5 years ago
    1. sofs profile image87
      sofsposted 5 years ago in reply to this
    2. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, LOVE Stubs and the Dragon!  Julie James is great too, and so is The List.   I'll contact frogdropping and camlo and see if they might give us permission to feature their stories. big_smile

      1. camlo profile image82
        camloposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I've only just seen this thread.

        I'm really flattered by both your comment and Sofs'. I was thinking 'Julie James' isn't yet polished enough, and that 'The List' might be too long for a PodCast ... but I'm useless at judging my own work. Whatever, I'd be really happy to record whichever story (or stories) people might like to hear.

        By the way, I read 'Scent of Evil' by WillStarr a few days ago, and found it brilliant.

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          Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Go polish it then! Lots of luck.

          1. camlo profile image82
            camloposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            So much to do, and so little time. I hope to have the day off work tomorrow and Friday, so I'll take a look at it.

  11. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 5 years ago
    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, fabulous! Off to contact must65gt!

      1. cynthia50u profile image60
        cynthia50uposted 5 years ago in reply to this

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        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Why do you keep putting your email address on these forum threads?  Do you want to be flagged?  smile

  12. Rosie2010 profile image83
    Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

    Take a lookie at WillStarr's writings.  He is one of the best storytellers here in Hubpages.  All his short stories are worthy of mention, but here are my favourites...

    http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Western-Short … e-Anderson

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Western-Short-S … mbug-Creek

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Western-Short-S … -Proposals

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Western-Short-S … -Connected

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You're so right, Rosie2010!!  I'll send him an email - his stories are great!!

  13. suziecat7 profile image81
    suziecat7posted 5 years ago

    I'm wih Rosie - anything by WillStarr.

  14. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    I would be happy to oblige to do a reading or two. Just let me know what accent you would like it in, my natural Australian or Scottish, English, West Coast/Southern American or South African?

    1. Julie2 profile image61
      Julie2posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Good question! LOL

      1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I have a few, lesser known accents, but I will just stick with the majors for now, LOL.

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I. Am. So. Jealous.  I'm getting a round up of the Hubs to feature, and when I do, perhaps I can send you the list and you can pick out any you might like to read!

          1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
            Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Simone, I would be delighted to do a read or several reads. Send me what you would like and I will most likely do many in many different accents including my own accent, then you hardest part you will have is deciding which ones to use!

            1. camlo profile image82
              camloposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I can only do a London accent and a BBC one. Should Simone be interested in my 'The List', maybe you could do that one for me. It needs a British Essex accent, a neutral American accent, a rough New York accent, and a sophisticated New York accent (a woman - sexy, purring, catty). If you heard my idea of a US accent, you'd cringe.

              1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
                Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Wow , this would be a bit of a task Camlo!

                British Essex accent - Id have to hear this one to imitate
                Neutral American accent - I can do
                New York accent - I can do, think Christopher Walken like....
                Sophisticated New York accent (a woman - sexy, purring, catty) - Im not female, so would be a REAL tough gig, this one.

                Would be a heck of a lot of fun to try though !

  15. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago

    This is a good idea, and the time is ripe for it.

  16. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    I'm technical illiterate these days. What exactly is a podcast?

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      A podcast, by the correct definition, is an audio program delivered via an RSS feed, meaning the listener can subscribe to the program. However, so-called "podcasts" are oftentimes merely single episodes that listeners can hear online and/or download as mp3 files. Listening online can be via an embedded player. Downloaded files can be played locally on the computer or on a portable mp3 player.

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        So a podcast could simply be the .mp3 version of the latest chart topper? or it could be an audio file? thanks smile

        1. profile image0
          Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          "Pod" refers to a portable player, like an iPod. "Cast" refers to a broadcast. So for it to be a podcast, it has to be available online (either for listening or for downloading). If I sent you a song on Mp3 via email, it wouldn't be a podcast.

          For example, the podcast concept is implemented through iTunes, where you can subscribe to all kinds of neat programs, to be delivered through the software, then played on your computer or an mp3 player. It all happens in the background once you have subscribed.

          So podcast is intended for content that is not delivered all at once, like a weekly program, or a novel delivered with individual chapters over a period.

          1. IzzyM profile image86
            IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks, makes sense.
            You do realise you have to explain again tomorrow...us older folks have trouble retaining those things.

  17. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    I like the idea!  I've sold a few short mystery stories for children and one is sold on AudioBooks.  It's really neat to hear one's own story narrated by someone else.  This may lead to something similar if handled correctly and enough good readers are found to narrate the tales.

    A new reason to write more fiction for those of us who enjoy the craft.  Thanks Simone!  smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That's seriously impressive, Randy Godwin!  I hope this has a similar positive impact for the authors featured big_smile

      1. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No big deal, really!  But I did get $50 for every story I submitted, so it was fairly easy money.

        I do think there is a future in e-books and pod casts for some writers, though!  Perhaps this is a good chance for those who had rather write fiction than sales hubs.  One never knows what will happen! smile

  18. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 5 years ago

    Quill's fireside writes are fabulous!!!!!!

    1. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      meaning I would love to hear his work on podcasts

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        He isn't on HP anymore:( He is busy working on his novels. smile

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          kimberlyslyricsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks hon, figured it out right after I posted

          oops

          me bad

          but good for him

          thank you

        2. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Aw, shucks!!  Well, that is pretty cool, though.

  19. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image92
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years ago

    I have short stories - but mine are not fiction.  My short stories could possibly be presented as if they were fiction though.

  20. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago

    Like the OP says, if you want your own stories to be considered, you should contact Simone Smith directly.

  21. WillStarr profile image84
    WillStarrposted 5 years ago

    Good morning, Simone,

    I'm curious...when to you plan to publish the 'Fascinating Fiction' podcast?

    Will Starr

  22. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago

    That is indeed an intriguing question, Will Starr.

  23. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Will Star and W.E,

    Hey folks there are two podcasts already done on the Fascinating Fiction in the HP Blog.

  24. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 5 years ago
  25. BRIAN SLATER profile image84
    BRIAN SLATERposted 5 years ago

    The best ones I have read are from Will starr smile

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Many people seem to think so.

  26. WillStarr profile image84
    WillStarrposted 5 years ago

    Thank you, Brian, for that kind comment!

    Will

    1. BRIAN SLATER profile image84
      BRIAN SLATERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Credit where credits due Will. Wish my dad was still alive to read your stuff, he was a real western fan.

 
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