Title: Every Photo Tells – Book 1
Short Story Magazine by: Mick Bordet and Katharina Maimer
Released: 10 August 2010 – 21 August 2010
Located: iTunes, Podiobooks, Author’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.