July 21, 2017

The “Tiny Dreams” Podcasts, Part 3

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The “Tiny Dreams” Podcasts, Part 3

Dear FC audio aficionados: Return with us now to those thrilling episodes of “Tiny Dreams” we’ve posted here the past two weeks and partake of nine [count ’em, 9!] more. In case you missed Part 1 and Part 2, click. “Tiny Dreams” were commissioned from ZBS Media as a series of short pieces for a group of radio stations, what they call “Triple A,” — commercial rock & roll radio!  The challenge for the ZBS people was figuring out how to tell a story, take someone on a little adventure (or trip into dreamland), and bring them back again, and do it all in 90 seconds!  The stories were inspired by the strange movies that are projected inside our brains while we’re asleep.  They’re truly original in concept, and also good for a few smiles…

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July 14, 2017

Podcast: ZBS’s “Tiny Dreams” Part 2

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Podcast: ZBS’s “Tiny Dreams” Part 2

Original art by Genevieve Shapiro, http://gentoons.com/ Welcome to Week 2 of “Tiny Dreams,” very short podcast stories which will appear here at the FC every Friday evening in July. I encourage you to visit the ZBS website, where you will find a treasure trove of fun listening. More about ZBS in coming weeks. A Short Introduction to “Tiny Dreams” by Tom Lopez, ZBS Earlier this year, we were commissioned to do a series of short pieces for a group of radio stations, what they call “Triple A,” commercial rock & roll radio!  And so our writer, M. Fulton, spent two days listening to one of their stations.  He woke up the next morning with an idea, a series of dreams that could be inserted between songs. The one restriction he was given – the pieces had to…

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July 7, 2017

Podcast: “Tiny Dreams” from ZBS

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Podcast: “Tiny Dreams” from ZBS

We welcome a new podcast to Fictional Café which can hardly be called new. The folks at the  ZBS Foundation have been producing audio/radio stories since 1970, and I’ve been listening to them since those times as well. The brave, intellectual, spiritual adventurer Jack Flanders lives in my memories.  I’ve listened to many ZBS stories and turned many others onto them as well, perhaps notably my son Josh who shares my passion for audio drama. I hope you will too, beginning with a premiere taste of some new stories from ZBS: “Tiny Dreams,” very short pieces which will appear here at the FC every Friday evening in July. I encourage you to visit the ZBS website, where you will find a treasure trove of fun listening. More about ZBS in coming weeks. A Short Introduction to…

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June 9, 2017

Mickie’s Back! Welcome to the First Podcast of Season 2

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Mickie’s Back! Welcome to the First Podcast of Season 2

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, we were delighted to run the entire first season of “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective,” a podcast written, produced and directed by Ruby Fink and delivered by her incredible Faux Fiction Audio actors. What Ruby and her people have done is extraordinary, creating a story of our times and producing it at the professional level of classic old-time radio dramas. Ruby writes scripts with a real twist: Mickie and his sidekick Sam [Samantha] are middle-schoolers, and their nemesis is the principal. They encounter and set out to solve various mysteries around their school. The Faux Fiction voice actors are terrific, and the sound effects discerning and clever. This is good stuff. We have the first two episodes from Season 2, which we’ll publish this week and next. We’ll publish subsequent episodes…

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May 30, 2017

Party Tonight! Join us at the Virtual Celebration of the Mickie McKinney Podcast!

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Party Tonight! Join us at the Virtual Celebration of the Mickie McKinney Podcast!

Please join us in wishing a happy first anniversary to Ruby Fink and the “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective” podcast series on Faux Fiction Audio. We were fortunate enough to publish the whole Mickie serial here at FC, and upon learning the franchise has been renewed for another year, anxiously await the first episode of Season 2, which we’re told is due any day. In the meantime, you’re welcome to join in congratulating Ruby, the creator and producer,  and her performers–Sam, Hannah, Lucas, Lyndsey and who knows who else will show up–tonight [Tuesday] for Mickie’s birthday/anniversary party! It will stream live tonight on Facebook, beginning at 5:00PM PST. You may even bump into one or two of us FC baristas there–virtually, of course. In the meantime, here’s what Ruby wrote about her experiences writing and producing Mickie:…

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April 2, 2017

Faux Fiction Audio: The Cast

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Faux Fiction Audio: The Cast

Writing, reading, recording  and sharing our creative work   Our featured podcasts for March were the first four episodes from “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.” The show was written, directed and produced by Ruby Fink, who heads up her own audio studio and staff of talented, hard-working performers of Faux Fiction Audio out there on the Left Coast [where else?]. What began for Ruby as something simply fun to do has turned into her passion. What next? She hopes a business, specializing in producing podcasts and audiobooks for authors. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, you can continue listening to Mickie here [we’re up to Episode 5, “Brawn and Brain”], while you wait for Ruby and her cast to get Season Two up. You can also listen to the Mickie podcasts on iTunes [podcasts, store, search “mickie mckinney”]….

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March 31, 2017

Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective, Part IV

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Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective, Part IV

From left to right: Violet Faux as Samantha, Lucas Faux as Mickie, Leann Faux as Burner and Writer-Director Ruby Faux.   Here’s the news, Fictional Cafe habitués: Although this is the last episode in the story of the chemistry lab explosion, it’s not the last in the Mickie McKinney story. If you like what you’ve listened to here, please head over to Faux Fiction Audio to listen to more. The next episode is “Brain and Brawn.” This is such a unique theme in today’s podcasting, featuring a teenager in middle school who solves mysteries and problems for his classmates. A tip of the barista hats to Ruby Fink, the series creator, and to all the folks who listened to weekly episodes on her site. They have inspired her to keep going. She and her talented team…

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March 28, 2017

Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective, Part III

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Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective, Part III

Mickie’s back in this third, continuing story of the boy detective who solves mysteries at Maple Ridge Middle School in exchange for anything made of sugar. In this episode, Mickie and his sidekick Samantha Hayes (pictured) begin a new investigation: there’s been an explosion in the chemistry lab. Was it a simple accident or something more? The principal  thinks it’s the former, but Mickie, of course, thinks it’s the latter. Enjoy this two-part, skillfully plotted, often humorous and always entertaining story. The second episode comes your way in two days, and more all week. Please click on the arrow below to listen to Mickie McKinney, Part III.  

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March 17, 2017

Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective Part II

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Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective Part II

Do you remember your days in high school? Well, we do too, even though we didn’t have our own private eye running up and down the halls. This week, we continue the adventures of Mickie as he cleverly and humorously solves case after case for his fellow students. Further adventures await in the weeks to come, and next week we’ll have a very special treat for you – in addition to the latest shenanigans of our boy detective. Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 2 of “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.”   Mickie McKinney is the brainchild of Ruby Fink, who wrote the story and developed this unique, original and exceedingly well produced podcast series. Ruby studied Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College, with a minor in Narrative and Dramatic Literature….

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March 9, 2017

Podcast: “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective”

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Podcast: “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective”

Today and throughout every Friday in March, we’re excited to present you with a new original series podcast, “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.” We think you’ll be delighted, listening to these episodes, which are performed by the cast of Faux Fiction Audio and directed and produced by Ruby Fink. It’s been quite a while since we’ve published podcasts with such high production values. This is a very original and entertaining series about Mickie, a high-school lad with Sherlock Holmes’ powers of deduction, and his sidekick, Samantha Hayes. You’ll learn more about how all of this came to be and who the performers are in coming weeks, but for now, let’s listen to Episode 1! Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 1 of “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.”   Faux Fiction Producer, Writer, Director and Editor Ruby…

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