September 7, 2012

It’s Shakespeare meets the unexpectedly resurrected…with a Tom Jones chaser!

Nano, by Hacksaw & Ficly.com…a better, shorter story
Read by Xe Sands

Xe  writes…

Y’all know I have a love of flash fiction and that I’ve mentioned Ficly.com before (source of many a zombie piece). One of the coolest things about Ficly is that it allows readers to write a prequel or sequel to a story they really enjoy, and/or allows authors to release a story in serialized format.

That’s the case with “Nano,” which is a different take on a zombie tale, serialized in five parts. Sadly, the story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, with no sequels written, either by the author or an inspired reader-turned-author.

So if you enjoy this storyline and want to see it continued…consider writing a bit more yourself!

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Titania Monologue, by William Shakespeare 
Read by Diane Havens


Diane writes…

Summer’s almost gone, and school’s begun — gets me thinking of Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespeare play that ‘s included in most high school English teachers’ units of study.

This monologue is a fun one taken from the scene where Oberon, the fairy king, and Titania, his fairy queen, exchange jealous accusations. Titania tells of how their quarrels are affecting the change of seasons, that the people are suffering for it.

Loved doing this one since it’s always a blast channeling Billie Burke’s Glinda. (Ok, not technically a fairy, but close.)

This clip taken from the free literature education series “Acting It Out.”

 

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Tom Jones – Book 1, Chapter 7, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark  writes…

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

The story of Jenny continues this week, as she gets a stern talking to from Mr. Allworthy. It’s essentially one long monologue, and it was a lot of fun to record. the face is, the wisdom that Allworthy is imparting to Jenny is a bit outdated by modern standards, but, as you can certainly find out by his name, it’s all done for what’s best for Jenny. 18th Century country England was especially cruel for a “ruined” woman, and it’s somewhat sad to see a kind and intelligent girl like Jenny cut off from her life by what’s happened.

Next week, another bit of dialogue, but a much lighter one, in counterpoint to this chapter.

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