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Oct 11, 2017

The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Gary Emmet Chandler.  #SciFi #sciencefiction #dark #underground #podcast #fiction #silverscreen

 

"Together, we made our way to Burrow's cinema.  Each time the Five set us to digging a new outpost, that was the first room we carved; the cinemas were our cathedrals, our last remaining sparks of faith.  We were ambling through the rows, running our hands along the surface of each abandoned throne, when Toaster began to howl."

 

Gary Emmet Chandler works from his apartment in Portland as a copywriter and web developer, mostly in pajamas, with a cat nibbling at his leg.  His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and Pseudopod, among others.  Recently he has shifted his creative focus to photography, and you can follow his work on Instagram at @theangryluddite.  

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Sep 30, 2017

Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Caroline M. Yoachim.  #SF #SciFi #blackholes #milkshakes #fiction #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth #podcast

 

The day we found out we didn't have enough fuel to escape our orbit, Carlos programmed the replicator to make a chocolate milkshake.  He figured if we only had 628 days left to live - a mere 628 days until we were stretched spaghetti thin by the tidal forces of the black hole - he at least wanted one last chocolate milkshake.

 

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold, cloudy weather.  She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, among other places.  Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in 2016.  You can find her online at carolineyoachim.com and on Twitter @CarolineYoachim.

 

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Sep 17, 2017

EveryChild To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.  Read by Tina Connolly.  Featuring an afterword by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.  #fantasy #tropes #orphans #chosenone #fairygodmother #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth

 

"So, you wished for a child," I said to open up the conversation.  They traded glances before Mr. Bumpkin ventured a nod.

"That would be right, Mizz--" He squinted at my nameplate.

"Merriweather," I said.  "Comma Flavia J.  At your service."

 

Karlo Yeager Rodriguez is originally from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, but now lives in Baltimore.  He has long since put up his wand, and only works his magic on issues of accessibility at the Ministry of Magic.  The taste of gruel has grown on him, honest!  Find him online at www.alineofink.com  and on Twitter @kjy1066.

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin and Seriously Wicked series, and the collection On The Eyeball Floor and Other Stories.  Her books have been finalists for the Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards.  She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at tinaconnolly.com

 

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Sep 9, 2017

Beacon by K.S. O'Neill.  Featuring an afterword by K.S. O'Neill.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #wreckers #aliens #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth

 

"There was a survivor.

Sarah heard Elena calling from across the wreckage, and saw her daughter's lantern waving in the dark and the driving rain.  The sound of the storm's wild surf wafted in from the tip of the Cape a mile away..."

 

K.S. O'Neill's fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Plasma Frequency Magazine, and in the Orthogonal SF anthology "Code".  When he's not writing, he teaches at a small college on the Texas coast.

 

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Sep 2, 2017

And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty.  Featuring an afterword recorded by Brandon McNulty.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #satan #comedy #horror #media #fantasy #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth

The rest of the HON6 news station doesn't share my excitement over today's hundred-and-thirty degree high.  Maybe it has something to do with our busted A/C unit, but...

Brandon McNulty writes from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania.  He dabbles mostly in horror.  Occasionally he tries to write something sunny, but it always ends up veering hard into darkness.His work has appeared in NewMyths.com, Sci Phi Journal, and Digital Horror Fiction.  He is a 2015 graduate if Taos Toolbox Sci-Fi/Fantasy Workshop.  Find him online at www.brandonmcnulty.com.

And on Twitter @McNultyFiction.

 

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Aug 16, 2017

The Whisper of Clockwork Wings by Sandra M. Odell.  Featuring and afterword by Sandra M. Odell.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #steampunk #clockwork 

 

"On the first day of the end of the world, Lieutenant Archimedes Phillips bleeds, and drinks stale water from a canteen cup..."

 

Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog.  Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen's UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, and Crossed Genres.  She is a Clarion West 2010 graduate, and an active member of SFWA.  Find her online at www.writerodell.com.

And on Twitter @WriterOdell.

 

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Aug 1, 2017

Protector of the Village Near Death by Voss Foster.  Featuring an afterword recorded by Voss Foster.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy #Humor #Tropes #Hero 

 

Garin's head pounded, ears filled with his own heartbeat.  He tightened his grip on his claymore and brought it swinging up.  So hard that it kept going, swung out of his hand, and clattered to the floor behind him.

 

Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes science fiction and fantasy from inside a single-wide trailer.  He is the author if the Evenstad Media Presents series, The Mountains of Good Fortune, and the Immortal Whispers series.  His short fiction has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and the bestselling Alternative Truths Anthology.  When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found singing, practicing photography, cooking, and belly dancing, though rarely all at the same time.  Find his online at http://vossforter.blogspot.com and on Twitter @VossFoster.

 

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Jul 16, 2017

Almost Angels by Ian McHugh.  Featuring an afterword read by Ian McHugh.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #robots #space #SciFi #zombieslugs #angels

 

It had been Nipper's idea, to follow the humans back to the stars.  Eccentric, the humans might have said, or even faulty.  But how could all five of them have the same fault?

 

Ian McHugh's first success as a fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian National SF convention.  Since then, his stories have appeared in publications including Asimov's Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Escape Artists podcasts, and Australian year's best anthologies.  His short story collection, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for Best Collection at Australia's Aurealis Awards in 2015.  In 2017 he'll have his first story in a world years's best collection, Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction.  Find him online at ianmchugh.wordpress.com

 

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Jul 3, 2017

Long As I Can See The Light by Maria Haskins.  Featuring as afterword by Maria Haskins.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  #Aliens  #PNW

 

"Thomas, why do you think I brought you here?"

"To kill me.  Or to let them take me away.  One way or another, you will destroy me."

She sighs.

"What is it you think happened when the light came?  Can you tell me that?"

 

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator.  She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the 1980s.  Since 1992 she lives in Canada, and is currently located just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.  Her most recent published book is "Dark Flash", a collection os flash fiction stories.  Her work has also appeared in, or will be appearing in, Flash Fiction Online, Shimmer, Gamut, Capricious, and elsewhere.  Find her online at http://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/ and on Twitter @mariahaskins.

 

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Jun 15, 2017

How to Paper Train Your Dragon by Nadya Duke.  Featuring an afterword by Nadya Duke.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy #Dragons #Unicorns #Magic #Sisters  #comedy

 

"I'll tell you how NOT to paper train your dragon.  Don't bap it on the nose with a wooden practice sword.  It will light the sword on fire and then..."

 

Nadya Duke is a licensed electrical engineer who now makes her living as a product manager for a software company.  She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop and her work has appeared in Crossed Genres magazine.  Nadya lives in Portland, OR and makes an excellent Manhattan.  Find her online at www.nadyaduke.com

 

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Jun 1, 2017

Tessa by Edward Ashton.  Featuring an afterword by Edward Ashton.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #space

 

"I look around the cafeteria.  There's a lot of stuff wafting through the air now, some of it heavy, and some of it sharp.  This would be a dangerous place to be if gravity came back.

   Of course, gravity's not coming back.  We're in an elevator at the top of infinity, and the cable has just been cut."

 

Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his inordinately patient wife, three beautiful daughters, and an adorably mopey dog named Max.  He sold his first short story to Raphael Alvarez for a sheet pizza, and has since then published in dozens of venues, ranging from Louisiana Literature to Daily Science Fiction and Escape Pod.  His first novel, Three Days in April, was released by HarperCollins in 2015.  His second is in the final stages of editing, with a scheduled release date of June 2017.  You can find him online at edwardashton.com 

 

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May 14, 2017

Graveyard Shift by Holly Schofield.  Featuring an afterword by Holly Schofield.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  #podcast  

 

"When Ryan Leong received the call about his mother's death, he had one foot crammed in a tree fork and the other dangling over an electrified fence."

 

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between alternate realities of city and country life.  Her fiction has been published in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction", Unlikely Story, Crossed Genres, and many other venues.  She lives in British Columbia.  For more of her work see: http://hollyschofield.wordpress.com

 

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May 2, 2017

The Trouble With Vacations by Robert Bagnall.  Featuring an afterword by Robert Bagnall.  Read by J.S. Arqun.  #SciFi  #podcast

 

"He wiped his hand across his forehead and came away with a palmsmear of pinky-red nanomites.  He watched as they coalesced into a single vermillion tear that ran down his pinky and dropped down onto the hard plastic surface of the bed-like layout.  From there they found their way back into one of the sinkholes.  It looked like a self-propelled bloodclot.  He could feel the remaining nanomites crawling off his body and away.

 Damn crummy vacation routine.  So shoddy the program didn't even bother getting all the mites back into the layout before it woke him up."

 

Robert Bagnall is an English writer who has completed four undistinguished marathons, but holds a world record for eating cream teas.  The two may be related.

His speculative fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, websites, and anthologies since the early 1990s.  His words also very occasionally cropped up on radio, in newspapers, and out of the mouths of UK government ministers, for whom he was briefly a speechwriter.  He is currently taking a break from corporate wageslavery to renovate a Victorian villa on the English Riviera.

He can find his musings on science fiction and writing at meschera.blogspot.co.uk, and his non-fiction book "127a - Diary of a Self-Builder" on Amazon.  His science fiction novel "2084" will be released by Double Dragon Publications in late 2017.  He doesn't like dogs and is allergic to cats.  

 

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Apr 15, 2017

A Long Fuse to a Slow Detonation by Anaea Lay.  Featuring an afterword by Anaea Lay.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Podcast 

 

"Marni nodded, smiled, wished him luck.  Just before he went through the doors, she yelled at him, then performed a perfect pirouette and did not overcompensate with either hip.  They blew kisses.

Then Marni went back to her room and built her bomb."

 

Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington where she writes, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and sells real estate under another name.  She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week.  Her fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Podcastle.  She lives online at anaealay.com where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.

 

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Apr 1, 2017

Episode 52:  Skin in the Game by Jeff Samson.  Our 2 year anniversary episode!!!  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  

 

Jeff Samson brews Irish stout when he's not writing science fiction and occasionally drinks it when he is.  His work can be found in numerous publications, including Nature Magazine, Cast of Wonders, Perihelion, and Lore.  Jeff lives in the great Garden State of New Jersey with his wife and children, and no cats.  Find him online at jeffsamsonwrites.com.  

 

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Mar 19, 2017

Episode 51: Showing the Colours by M. Darusha Wehm.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  

M. Darusha Wehm is the three-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of five science fiction novels, most recently Children of Arkadia (Bundoran Press).  Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in many venues, including Nature, Escape Pod, Mothership Zeta, and several anthologies.  Writing as Darusha Wehm (withot the M.) she is the author of the Devi Jones Locker series and is the editor of the crime and mystery magazine Plan B.  She is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years traveling at sea on her sailboat.  Find her online at http://darusha.ca.

 

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Mar 1, 2017

A Slow Constant Path by Erica L. Satifka.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #scifi #cats

Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm.  She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos.  Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, and her debut novel Stay Crazy was released in August 2016 by Apex Publications.  Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats.  Find her online at www.ericasatifka.com .

 

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Feb 17, 2017

Endless and the End by Jennifer Brozek.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #steampunk  #horror

 

Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award nominated editor and a Bram Stoker nominated author.  She has worked in the publishing industry since 2004.  With the number of edited anthologies, novel sales, RPG books, and nonfiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist.  Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com  or follow her on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek.  

 

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Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the Adrenaline Age by Jen Finelli.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Humor

 

Jen Finelli is a world-traveling scifi writer who has ridden a motorcycle in a tropical monsoon, crawled into a flaming car, found Greek wall-poetry in a city's underground tunnels, gotten locked in a German nunnery, showered under a jungle mountain water fall, had sex in a bamboo grove, and pooped on four continents.  She'll have her MD completed in 2017, right after she releases her novel about a comic book character who shoots his author.  Check her out at byjenfinelli.com and on twitter @petr3pan

 

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Jan 25, 2017

The Bug Fix by Hall Jameson.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction  #Fantasy  #Robots  #Magic

Hall Jameson is an American writer and artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and an assortment of furry and feathered creatures.  Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming in, Nature Futures, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Drabblecast.  When she's not writing stories or taking photographs, Hall spends her time kayaking, playing the piano, and cat wrangling.  You can find her online at www.halljameson.com

 

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Jan 6, 2017

Second to Last Stop by Evan Dicken.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Horror  #Comedy  #Fantasy

 

By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical experiments at the Ohio State University.  By night, he does neither of these things.  His audio fiction has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Starship Sofa, and on Audible, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Gallery of Curiosities, and Pseudopod.  Feel free to visit him at evandicken.com

 

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Dec 27, 2016

Episode 45: Images Across a Shattered Sea by Stewart C. Baker.  Featuring an afterword by the author.    Read by J.S. Arquin    #ScienceFiction  #TimeTravel

 

Stewart C. Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer, and occasional haikuist.  His fiction has appeared in Writer's of the Future, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places.  Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family - though if anyone asks, he'll usually say he's from the internet.  You can find him online at http://infomancy.net  and on Twitter @stewartcbaker.

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Dec 13, 2016

Episode 44: Razorhands by Derrick Boden.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction #Cyberpunk

Derrick Boden's fiction has appeared in numerous online and print venues, including Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and Perihelion.  He is a writer, a software developer, a traveler, and an adventurer.  He currently calls New Orleans his home, although he's lived in thirteen cities spanning four continents. He is owned by three cats.  Find him at derrickboden.com  

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Dec 13, 2016

The Overcast is open to submissions four times a year, during the months of January, April, July, and October. 

 

What We Want

We are interested in speculative fiction, whatever that means to you, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre.  Anything that looks at the world and life from an unexpected angle.  We want the original vision of William Gibson.  The magic and beauty of Erin Morgenstern.  The uncompromising voice of Margaret Atwood.  The technical brilliance of Ted Chiang.  We want to read stories that transport us to places that we've never imagined.  We want to still be thinking about a story days after reading it.  Be original.  Be amazing.

We are based in Portland, OR, and shine a spotlight on writers hailing from, living in, or connected in some way to the Pacific Northwest, as loosely defined by the bioregion of Cascadia.  We feel there is an exceptionally strong talent pool of speculative writers in Cascadia, and we want to celebrate and promote them to a larger audience.  Roughly half the stories we publish are by PNW writers.  That said, we are not exclusive, and the other half of our stories come from authors all over the globe.  So no matter where you live, send us your stories.  If they make us laugh, cry, or turn cartwheels of astonishment, preferably all at once, we will find a place for them on The Overcast.

This is an audio format publication.  We feel that stories of around 20-30 minutes in length are the best fit for our podcast.  While we will consider submission between 1,000-5,000 words, we read at around 100 words per minute, so the sweet spot for submissions is 2,000-3,000 words.  If it comes to a choice between two stories of equal merit, we will generally choose the one that is closer to the sweet spot.

Reprints are welcome, so long as they have not been previously produced in an audio format.

What We Don't Want

Fan Fiction

Generic settings or characters we've seen a million times before (lithe elves, dour dwarves, charming vampires, etc)

Horror.  Dark, gritty fiction is fine, but straight horror really isn't our thing.

What We Pay

Our authors are the soul of our podcast. We strongly believe that creators should get paid for their work.  Period.  We would love to pay pro rates, but alas that is beyond our current financial reach.  We currently pay a semi-pro rate of $0.01 per word.  We hope, however, that our podcast will soon bring us fame, fortune, and success beyond our wildest dreams, as well as the ability to pay pro rates.  We'd also like a pony.  A genetically modified pony with six legs that runs 100mph and urinates a rich, tasty stout.  

All payment made via Paypal.

(Our rates are directly tied to our Patreon funding goals. As we reach our goals, our rates will go up.  Simple!  If you want our authors to get paid more, please help spread the word!)

How To Submit

Please attach your story in standard manuscript format to a brief email containing the following information:  Story Title, Word Count, and what, if any, connection you have to Cascadia.  Please DO NOT include a bio or list of credits.  We do not care how many degrees, awards, or publications you have.  We want your fiction to speak for itself.  If we love your story, we will ask for a bio upon acceptance.

Send your stories to: overcastsubmissions@gmail.com 

Please make the Subject line: "Submission: (Story Title)"

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.

If you have not heard back from us by the beginning of the submissions period following the one in which you submitted your story, please query.

For some reason, we have had numerous problems responding to submissions from AOL users.  Most of our responses get bounced back as undeliverable.  To prevent future frustration on all sides, please do not send submissions from AOL mailboxes.  Thank you. 

Rights

We purchase first worldwide exclusive audio rights, as well as the right to keep the episode in which your story is produced available in our archives for as long as The Overcast remains in operation.  We do not own your story, nor do we wish to.  You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere in any other format.  

Dec 13, 2016

The Overcast is a speculative fiction podcast featuring breathtaking stories from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.  Every other week we produce short stories in an easy to digest audio format, perfect for listening to while driving, biking, jogging, riding a unicycle, or striding across the land perched atop your giant killer robot.  Listening while swimming is not advised.  

 

STAFF

 

J.S. Arquin  

J.S. Arquin

Host, Narrator, Editor, Producer, Publisher, Benevolent Dictator, Intern #3

J.S. Arquin is a writer, actor, musician, stiltwalker, and renaissance man.  Or maybe he just likes wearing tights.  He has performed, traveled, and lived in strange, inspiring, and disturbing places all over the world, and currently makes his home in Portland, OR, where he gleefully rides his bicycle in the rain year round and sometimes writes about himself in the third person.  His narrations have been featured on Escape Pod, Cast of Wonders, and Starship Sofa, and his fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency, Digital SF, Acidic Fiction, and elsewhere.  He hopes you enjoy listening to the Overcast as much as he enjoys making it.  If you do, he hopes you will help him make it better by becoming a supporter.

 

Conditions of Use

We couldn't say it better than the wonderful people at Escape Pod.  You can find their clear, common sense Condition of Use page HERE.

Our conditions are exactly the same as theirs, except you must replace "Escape Artists Inc" with "The Overcast".  Frankly, we're too lazy to do this ourselves, and we don't want to piss them off by copying and pasting their content.  But if you're the type of person who needs to see things in clear print to believe them, any word processing program can accomplish this with a simple find and replace search in about three seconds.  Or you can just use your imagination.  That's what we do, and it's even faster than the word processor.

The bottom line is, we're all adults here and we're really not trying to offend anyone.  Besides, if you did decide to sue us, all you'd end up with is our soul-destroying pile of unpaid credit card bills, and you're welcome to those.  So let's just play nice and enjoy some amazing stories together, shall we?

 

CONTACT

Send questions, comments, and unforgettable cookie recipes to: 

overcastsubmissions@gmail.com 

 

 

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