"A Window, Clear As A Mirror," Live At PodCastle

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 15.678% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

You guys.  This is amazing.
As you may or may not know, “A Window, Clear As A Mirror” is the most personal story I’ve ever written – the story of a man whose wife leaves him to go through a magic portal, and what he does to try to cope with that loss.  And that story was blessed – it appeared in one of my favorite magazines, had artwork so beautiful I bought the originals and had them framed, got me my first “Recommended” review from Locus, and now?
Now it’s one of the most perfect audio productions I’ve heard.
Seriously, I’ve had audio productions done of my stories before, which I always adore – “As Below, So Above,” “Suicide Notes, Written By An Alien Mind,” “The Sound of Gears,” and “My Father’s Wounds” are all better read than I’ve had a right to have ’em – but…
…look.  There’s a scene early on, when my heartbroken protagonist is sitting on a chair in his now-empty apartment, a magic mirror in his hand, trying to see the last of his wife.  And he says, “Who – who’s the fairest one of all?”  And Rish Outfield nailed it, the hitch in the voice, the hoarseness, the barely contained attempt to keep it together.  All in one sentence.  It was the voice in my head.  And it was beautiful, and sad, and everything I wanted.
They did a great job.  I hesitate to announce that this story’s also eligible for Hugos and Nebulas and what-have-you, but what do I care?  It’s the voice in my head, reading to you.  Go check it out.  Share it if you love it.


  1. Jamie Wakefield
    Jan 5, 2012

    I hate Livejournal. Everytime I try to post a comment it gives me shit.
    Hey, congrats, no one deserves success as much as a hard worker like you. You deserve it and this sounds amazing.

  2. Rish Outfield
    Jan 6, 2012

    I try to give every story reading my all, but it’s a way better experience if I actually like the story. This was one of those. Dave presented the tale to me as a Comedy, but I found it tremendously sad, and easy to relate to.
    Sounds like maybe I had it right after all. Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Ezra
    Feb 10, 2012

    Are this one (and “Suicide Notes, Written By An Alien Mind”, and “My Father’s Wounds”) going to make it to your Stories page?

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