Changes to Our Podcasts

If you pay frequent visits to the HubPages blog, you will know very well that we have been regularly sharing new installments in three different podcast series:

  1. Fascinating Fiction: A series dedicated to the reading of short fiction Hubs
  2. The Online Writing Insider: A series sharing tips and advice for the modern online writer
  3. Weekly Advice from Everyday Experts: A series exploring interesting subjects through the Hubs of some of HubPages’ best writers

Because we will be dedicating more time to developing features and programs that will debut in 2012, we are putting the Fascinating Fiction and Weekly Advice from Everyday Experts podcasts on hiatus.

That said, if you would like to submit a recording of your own reading to the Fascinating Fiction podcast (something many Hubbers have already done in the series), we would be happy to run it. So in effect, the Fascinating Fiction podcast can run as frequently or infrequently as you please.

We will continue to share new Online Writing Insider podcasts each week, so keep an eye out for new episodes, and as always, feel free to submit any suggestions and ideas via email to podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com!

The Snow Princess

Fascinating FictionOne of the fun things about writing fiction on HubPages is that the process can become deliciously interactive. In addition to getting feedback on your work, you may also get new ideas, suggestions, tips, and even challenges!

The latter was the case when it came to the creation of The Snow Princess: A Short Story by Website Examiner.  The Hub (or rather Hubs, since the first Hub evolved into a series) was inspired by Acaetnna who challenged him to write a short romantic story that had to include the words diamond, passionate, jealous, tantalising, and fragrance.

Listen in to this week’s Fascinating Fiction podcast to hear The Snow Princess read by Website Examiner (Morten Rand) himself!

Is there an awesome short story on HubPages that you think deserves more coverage, or are you interested in submitting some of your own narration (either of your work or that of another Hubber) to this series? Send us an email!


Theodore Shade

Though known primarily for his Emerland Wells Cafe series on HubPages (which has already been featured in the Fascinating Fiction podcast series), mckbirdbks also writes the occasional stand-alone short story.  One of these is Theodore Shade- a somewhat dark vignette that builds up an impressive amount of tension.  Have a listen!

If you don’t have time to download or stream the podcast (or even if you do!) be sure to check out the original Hub. It’s a good one.

If you have any suggestions for future Fascinating Fiction podcasts, or if you would be interested in contributing some recordings of your own, send us an email! You can reach us by emailing podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.

Revenge of the Glowing Green Cats

What happens when electron-genetic-construct experiments go terribly, terribly wrong? Paradigmsearch explored this very potentiality in Revenge of the Glowing Green Cats, a short but highly amusing Hub.

It was pretty fun to record the podcast version of this short story.  Listen in if you’re on the go!

Big props to paradigmsearch for turning a somewhat newsy topic into a fun fictional vignette.

If there’s a short fictional story on HubPages that you think would do well in the Fascinating Fiction podcast, tell us about it! We’re always looking for new authors and stories to feature in this series.  Send your suggestions and feedback to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.

Why the Zebra Has Stripes

Fascinating FictionCreation stories, ‘why’ stories, and origins stories are great fun, which is most likely why Truckstop Sally created a series of them on HubPages.

This week, we’re featuring a particularly popular edition of her ‘why’ series – Why the Zebra Has Stripes.  This short, fun, playful, and poignant story is sure to entertain.

Big thanks to Truckstop Sally for sharing this story with us! I urge you to check out the original, as well as Truckstop Sally’s other ‘why’ stories: Elephant/trunk,  Turtle/shell,  Sheep/bleat,   Chicken/teethKangaroo/pouch,  Giraffe/neck,  Deer/antler,  Octopus/8 arms,  and  Seahorse/pregnant.

If you have a short fictional story that would go well with the Fascinating Fiction podcast series, or if you are interested in contributing your own recordings (either of you reading your own work or that of another Hubber), send us an email at podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.  We would love to hear from you!

Once Upon a Childhood: Pirate Gold

Fascinating FictionI’m a sucker for short, funny stories, so when Hyphenbird shared Once Upon a Childhood: Pirate’s Gold with me, I knew we had to make a podcast of it!  Though she created her own fantastic recording, some technical glitches have prevented me from using it for the time being, so this week’s Fascinating Fiction podcast (Pirate Gold) is in my voice.

I hope you enjoy Hyphenbird’s story- it has a fantastic twist at the end!  If you don’t have time to plug in and listen to something, do check out the Hub itself, and have a look at Part II of this story as well.

Big thanks to Hyphenbird for sharing these fun vignettes with us.

Do you have a short story on HubPages that you think would be good for a stand-alone podcast, or do you have a microphone and some interest in contributing your voice to this podcast series? If so, send an email to us!

The Family Secrets – Chapter 8

Fascinating FictionMost of our Fascinating Fiction podcasts are just short stories, but from time to time, it’s hard to leave out snippets of longer series.  That is definitely the case with today’s podcast, The Family Secrets – Chapter 8, which is one chapter of a 40-part series by Joseph Owens (Dobson on HubPages).

If you like this chapter of the series, I recommend hopping over to its beginning.  Dobson has them wonderfully organized in a group on HubPages, so moving from one chapter to the next is a breeze.  Right now, Chapter 8 is the latest installment, but there are sure to be more!

Do you have a short story that you’d like to see featured in this podcast? Are you interested in providing your own recordings of your readings, or recording narration for others’ stories?  Drop us a line if you would like to join in on the fun!

Funny Business: The Rodent

This week’s Fascinating Fiction podcast is by a new Hubber. In fact, Funny Business: The Rodent, a humorous story about the Acme Newsletter (and survival!), is only mollymeadows‘ third Hub.

I hope you enjoy the recorded version of the story, and I encourage you check out mollymeadows‘ other fun Hubs, too.  It is quite exciting to discover new writers on HubPages.

Is there a fabulous fictional Hub on HubPages that you think would be great as one of our Fascinating Fiction podcasts? Or are you interested in volunteering your fabulous voice for a reading (of your work, or that of another Hubber)?  Send us an email.  We’d love to hear from you. 😀

Colors of the Mind

Today’s Fascinating Fiction podcast is read by the author.  This is always a fun opportunity, since we rarely get to hear HubPages authors read their work in their own voices!

In this podcast, Morten Rand (Fiction Factory on HubPages) reads Colors of the Mind, a story exploring moods, colors, and gatherings in which people display their moods by wearing certain colors.

Is there a great short story on HubPages that you’d love to hear read?  Tell us about it!  We’d also love to hear from you if you’re interested in contributing your voice to the podcast- either by reading your own short story or that of another Hubber.   HubPages is filled with amazing fiction- let’s share it!

Enemy Hearts

Fascinating FictionRarely do I read things online that prompt me to make audible reactions, when something I’m reading does cause me to make noise, said noise is typically laughter.

Enemy Hearts by Taressa Klays is one of the very unusual Hubs out our site that has made me actually yell out in alarm- in a good way of course! That said, I should warn anyone listening to this week’s podcast to proceed with caution, because there might be just a little bit of blood.  Just a little.

But really folks, this is a wonderful short story, and I’m very thankful to Taressa Klays for sharing it with us!

Again, my apologies for my voice- and please, if you’d like to grace us with your (without a doubt) superior voice for Fascinating Fiction recording purposes, drop us a line!  We’d also love to get any suggestions of additional short stories to feature in this fiction-focused podcast.