It’s been two weeks, but a new episode of The Valley of Forever, my SF story podcast, is now up. I’m going to try to keep dropping new episodes on Tuesdays, and given my schedule with everything else, two weeks between episodes is probably going to be standard. But the story is moving forward, and Episode 9, “Palenque,” is probably the most consequential installment yet. Here is where you can find the podcast on a variety of platforms: Podomatic, iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn.com, and Stitcher.
At the end of the last episode, the narrator, Marcus, had just related how, in December 1994, he and his girlfriend Alyce (she eventually becomes the mother of Alex, the person to whom Marcus is dictating his story) arrived in Mexico on an impulsive Christmas vacation and met the mysterious traveler named Dale. In this installment, the trio attempt to reach the ancient Mayan ruins at Palenque, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, but a lot of strange and cryptic memories accompany this trip. It’s a pivotal episode because it finally establishes what The Valley of Forever really “is,” or at least one iteration of what it is. I won’t spoil it for you–listen to the episode!
The podcast format has enabled me to explore numerous aspects of the story that I couldn’t really get to in the novel on which it’s based, and in fact up until now virtually all of the podcast story has been significantly different than the book–though no one except the book’s test readers have read the novel version. Marcus Windom, in fact, is not even a character in the novel at all. Episode 9, however, begins to bring the podcast story closer to the written book. I find it interesting how I’ve been able to reinvent and reinterpret the story through the podcast form, which I’m convinced has a lot of untapped potential for storytellers and writers.
Take a listen to the new episode. If you like it, share it! Thanks again for everyone’s support.