Podcast Review Special Edition 1: Every Photo Tells – Book 1

Title: Every Photo Tells – Book 1
Short Story Magazine by: Mick Bordet and Katharina Maimer
Genre: All
Released: 10 August 2010 – 21 August 2010
Located: iTunesPodiobooksAuthor’s Site
Formats Available: Podcast
Rating: Each story contains elements unto itself making an overall rating impossible.

I’ve been tempted to write this review for some time but have kept convincing myself of (valid) reasons not to. You see, back when I started writing Podcast Reviews, I stated my rules for review. One of those reviews was “no magazines or anthologies”. Every Photo Tells is exactly that. A montly magazine. Strike one.

I also believe that people should let the ones in their circle know about their creative endeavors. I really do. I love it when I see a tweet about someones new project. I don’t follow ever link or subscribe to every podcast but I love to know what people are up to and I truly appreciate this self promotion. Except when it comes to me. I rarely (in my self view anyway) promote myself or my endeavors. I was taught not to brag as a child, and self promotion (from me) always felt a bit to close to bragging. It even took a while for me to get comfortable with the three daily announcements of Podcast Review releases I do on twitter (I’m sorry if those become annoying). What does all of this have to do with Every Photo Tells? Well, I’m a contributor. I’m not saying my stories are any good, but I’m also not saying they’re not. I’ll leave that up to the listener. However, I will say that I am having a blast hearing my stories being podcasted. Being a contributor though quite possibly has provided me with a skewed point of view. Strike Two.

So, the next pitch is coming.. will it be strike three, or will the ball clear the fence? I’ve decided to go ahead and swing and let come what may. (I aplogize for the ongoing baseball ananlogy, but come on, it is October.)

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: Kilted pirate Greenbeard’s last voyage turns up some unexpected surprises…
Who is behind the murder at the Eagle Cave?

Love crops up when it is least expected…

An ancient terror awakens to threaten mankind’s existence…

‘Every Photo Tells…’ is a short story anthology that sets out to show that every picture can tell more than just one story, by presenting a range of tales inspired by seven photographs.

Read by hosts Mick Bordet and Katharina Maimer, and featuring the writing talents of several guest authors, the stories cover a wide range of themes and genres. Whether your taste is for horror or whodunnit, modern thriller or period swashbuckler, fantasy or sci-fi, there is sure to be something for you in this collection.  (Stolen from Podiobooks site.)

Production: Ms. Maimer and Mr. Bordet are both experienced podcasters. Mr. Bordet is the author and voice behind Some Other Scotland and Ms. Maimer produces Luscious Leftovers. This background shows through very well on Every Photo Tells. All episodes have consistent production elements and they work very well for me.

Cast: One of the things I really like about this magazines format is that the producers do all of the recording themselves. It gives a consistent sound and feel to the podcast. I personally do not have a decent recording setup (yet) and in a house with a toddler and an infant, quiet time to record would make participating an impossibility. Mr. Bordet is particularly impressive with his wide variety of accents and voicework (even sounding like a female teddybear).

Premise: As you can tell from the synopsis, this magazine provides it’s prompt if the form of a picture. The rules and photo’s can be viewed at podcast’s site. Anyone that is inspired by the photo is encouraged to submit their entry. There are no winners or losers, it is simply a way to share your story with the world.

Verdict: Well, I couldn’t very well slam a podcast I write for could I? However, I will say that more contributors are needed. There have been some VERY good stories. Richard Green, Doc Coleman, Mark Kilfoil, Orion Dauphin, Dan Rabarts, Emily as well as myself and the founders have all written stories for Every Photo Tells, but I would encourage others to write as well.

That being said, there are some amazing short stories here. I particularly liked Dan Rabarts “Pick Your Battles” and Mr. Bordet’s “The Song”.

Short stories require the writer to capture the audience quickly and make each word count. When done well, they are some of my favorite stories to listen to.

Disclosure: I’ve tried to make this as transparent as possible, but yes, I AM involved in writing for this podcast. I am also good friends with both of the founders. However, I have no say in the way the podcast is run or any other aspect of it. I am simply a contributor. If they ever threaten to quit again though, I will be forced to behead them with a machete and take over the studio as my own. Heidrun was promised, but has never been delivered and she really had no part in my writing this review.

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There are 18 Comments to "Podcast Review Special Edition 1: Every Photo Tells – Book 1"

  • Katharina says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for your review! You know, Heidrun wasn’t promised for this, and it’s really just Mick who owes her to you… Just a side note, Heidrun is a goat, and not some Eastern European floozy for Odin…

    And sorry for making you strike yourself twice. Or something…

    Now enough with that and get back to your October story, mister! :D :D

  • Scott Roche says:

    I’ve often thought about submitting. I really should.

  • Scott Roche says:

    Oh and you really should promote yourself more, not less. ;-)

    • odin1eye says:

      :) Thanks… I really just have this “I hope I’m not annoying anyone” complex that I need to tell “shutup”. Thanks again!

      • Doc Coleman says:

        I have heard it said that Odin’s three tweet limit for promoting each post is “perfect”. I’ve gone with four tweets, but only because one of my tweet delivery methods is unreliable. And yet I haven’t turned it off, either…

        Doc

        • odin1eye says:

          I don’t know if anything is perfect, but the three times work for me. It allows me to get the word out without feeling like too big of a schmuck and without (hopefully) annoying anyone.

  • MickB says:

    Thank you for the glowing review!

    I would like to add how much we have both enjoyed recording your stories, Odin. The nature of a podcast such as this is that we expected to have a range of different tales on a variety of topics, even all being based on the same photograph within a month. Your tales of ‘Al’ have become a thread running through the podcast and it is impressive that you have maintained an ongoing story, with the character developing over the months, based on a series of near-random prompts.

    Our thanks go to all the authors who have submitted stories to the podcast. When we began this endeavour, we would have continued on quite happily if it had just been the two of us. To be joined by so many great writers, with an impressive breadth of styles and stories, has been a real delight.

    The podcast itself continues to run, even though the podiobooks.com version is complete, and I’m pleased to say that we are already starting to prepare for Book 2 at podiobooks.

    One final thing to add…

    These are individual stories (with the exception of the occasional two-part tale and Odin’s ongoing saga), so there really is something here for everyone. The whole podcast is tagged as ‘explicit’ within iTunes, but in fact only a few episodes warrant that tag. I would say that at least half the stories are suitable for young adults or children (especially Odin’s “The Beginning” story), but parental discretion is advised.

  • As a contributor, I can’t claim to be unbiased. That being said, I love it when podcasts experiment in ways you don’t see in other media.

    Ordinary people (my stories were the first I’ve written in decades) taking inspiration from photos and writing short stories sounds like a big risk. And it is, but I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed these stories. O.K. … except my stories which are probably utter rubbish, but I had fun writing them so ….

    I hope you like the stories; and I hope you send your own in someday :)

  • Scott Roche says:

    A three tweet limit is good, but remember, because you don’t write a review a day you can tweet on off days.

    Also, to anyone writing short stories on an ongoing basis – http://flyingislandpress.com/flagship/submission-guidelines/

    And to anyone who likes good fiction – http://flyingislandpress.com/flagship/subscribe/

    (Self promotion ftw!)

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