Quite recently I’ve started listening to story podcasts on my way too and from work Lightspeed ( http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/podcasting/ ) and Podcastle (http://podcastle.org/) being the most listened to ones. I LOVE reading, but haven’t had as much time to do so these days, and what with Audiobooks being all the rage recently with the rise of Audible and portable sound-based entertainment in general, I had the thought that it might be a good idea to help legitimize and spread anthropomorphic fiction in a similar way.
I’ve often lamented the fact that the aesthetic is under-represented in any audio format I might choose to partake in, the last time I remember seeing an anthropamorphically based story being when Lightspeed featured Gordon the Self Made Cat by Peter S. Beagle
I’ve produced podcasts often in the past, and have ample audio editing experience, so if there’s any interest I’d be quite enthused about getting a gang together and starting something up. From an editing standpoint they are SUPER easy to produce, the main hurdle being finding good readers, though I know a few VAs who might be interested in the project.
Other hurdles being that for at least the first year submissions would most likely be unpaid unless it builds up some REAL steam, but I for one think a lot of short story authors would adore a chance at a wider audience for thier shorter projects. This endeavor would likely be for shorter fiction 1.5-2.5k words unless otherwise specified, to make for a 15-30 minute cast. This would be so as not to be to taxing on any readers who would put thier time forth, nor to drag on for listeners. Most likely it would be a bi-weekly project with a submission pile and a website I’d be more than willing to build and host.
Anyway let me know if this is a good idea, or if any of you have any further input!