I'm very excited to announce that my story Chrysalis will air as a podcast on Cast of Wonders on July 16!
It's part of their "Little Wonders" series, which means they've put a few very short stories together in one podcast. Mine will be paired with stories by Jenny Rae Rappaport, Evan Berkow, David Steffen and Christine Lucas, with narration by Stephanie Morris, Setsu Uzume, Kate Baker, Makenzi Newman, and Mur Lafferty.
According to the very ominous promo picture, these stories all involve death. Mine is about the death of the world's oldest man, whose body mysteriously becomes encased in a chrysalis after he dies.
It was inspired by the woolly bear caterpillars that plague Upstate New York roads every fall. I learned that they can live for several years as caterpillars, and realized that, with all of them that get hit by cars, it's entirely possible that a caterpillar could live its whole life never knowing anyone who lived long enough to become a moth. Imagine the shock of your friend suddenly becoming a chrysalis!
I'm so excited. This was the first story that I ever had accepted.
GAAAAH I can't wait!
A link will be provided when the podcast is live. (I think I'll have to write up a bunch of cards with the link on them so I can hand them out to everyone I know.)