The Wayback Machine: Every Photo Tells…: Episode 51 – The Price of Surrender

by Doc Coleman on October 5, 2011 · 0 comments

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It is Wednesday, and time for another trip with the Wayback Machine. For a change, this time we are NOT going to be revisiting an episode of The Galley Table. This time we’re going to January 30th, 2011 when the Every Photo Tells… podcast released their performance of my short story The Price of Surrender. This story was nominated for a Parsec Award in the category of Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form), but unfortunately did not make it to the finals because of the amazingly fierce competition in that category.

The prompt for this story was a picture of a stream with clear water running over rounded stones. And a duck sitting on the end of a plank. So looking at this, it was obvious to me that magic was involved…

This was the first time I wrote a story for a particular performance. While I had written stories for the Every Photo Tells… podcast before, this was the first time I’d written specifically for Mick and Katarina’s voices. And I think it came out very well. They both did an excellent job with the accents of the multiple characters, making them distinct despite only the two of them reading. I was very happy with their performance.

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast. I hope to have the text version of this story up on Smashwords before the end of the month, but life often does interfere. I will make the text available soon. It is just a question of when.


If you like this story, please go to the Every Photo Tells… site and sample some of the other stories. Or better yet, go to and subscribe to the Book 1, Book 2, or Book 3 collection of stories from the podcast.

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