You know that heartwarming myth about how the prettiest girls are also the loneliest ones, since no guys dare approach them? Yes, a disgusting lie, as Albert Einstein mathematically proved. But as far as podcasters go, the fact that Big and Rish are rarely asked to narrate on other podcasts anymore, does give us a little pause.
Maybe the other podcasts see us as competition, maybe they don't like that we're a duo, maybe there are tons of newer narrators out there clamoring for work, maybe we have a reputation as slackers or monsters, maybe other podcasts just utilize their friends, maybe the other readers are just friendlier.*
Of course, my theory is, they're intimidated by our talent and marvelous heads of hair.
But Graeme Dunlop over at the Cast of Wonders podcast swallowed down a little liquid courage recently, and asked if I, Rish, would perform a story for his show. CoW is a fairly new but already prolific show, producing short stories that are, ostensibly, aimed at a YA audience.
The story I was given, "Cosmetic Procedures" by Desmond Warzel, was so not YA, it's made me question what exactly "YA" means. But that's a question for another blog. It's a pretty delightful (if short) tale about a Private Investigator hired by a husband to figure out what has happened to his now-distant, now-unemotional wife. The P.I. and his team discover that it's due to something banal, that might be a front for something much darker, much more unexplainable. It's a heck of a story, and highly recommended.
I did wonder why Graeme would ask me, since there are so many prettier girls at this dance, but when I got to one particular line of dialogue, I had to laugh. If you're a longtime listener to our show, I think you'll know it when you hear it.**
We recently recorded a story for our show (this one waaaaay longer, but more YA in my definition), with a very similar premise. It's called "Office Visit," written by a certain shaggy-headed lonely boy, and I look forward to comparing the two when/if that story ever runs on the Dunesteef.
But head on over to Cast Of Wonders: The Young Adult Fiction Magazine. Once my audiobooks start dropping, you'll get sick of hearing me do all the character voices in a story. But this one may seem quaint.
Rish "Cosmetic Pro Seizure" Outfield
*There's a certain not-to-be-named podcast that we have even asked the producer(s) if we could be on, only to be ignored.
**It's as though a script handed to Steve Martin just happened to include the line, "Well, excuuuuse me!" Or somebody gave Dane Cook a screenplay requiring him to be an unlikeable, overrated jagoff.