This is a hoot, an audio story that's now live:http://sniplits.com/storiesforauthor.jsp?a=263
"The Tale of Trapper Tommy" is the story of a wildlife trapper who gets more than he bargained for when tromping around the swamps north of Tampa. Tommy is based on a real guy. Well, sort of. When I was living in my lil' cottage, I had squirrels in the attic, in the chimney, in the walls, and beneath the house. I called one of the wildlife relocation services, and they sent this kid out to the house, who was maybe, I dunno, twelve years old.
Okay, so not twelve, but a Very Young Man. (And kinda cute). The name on his business card was Thomas, but the Trapper Tommy moniker immediately jumped to my mind and stayed. And I used it.
To his dismay.
So, I took the name and wrote a story. "My" Tommy is older and wiser, but he finds something pretty creepy out in the woods. Something that scares even an old-timer like him. It was fun to write with a colloquial first-person POV; it's just so much fun to break the rules, ya know?+
Sniplits sells audio stories for just 88 cents. Seems like a bargain to me. I'm hoping the audio markets pick up as more and more folks get plugged in with iPods and whatnot.
And yes, I'm surviving Fay. I wish the bitch would just move on.