Tall And True Short Reads

Five Meet On Zoom

Episode 1 (10 September 2020)

FIVE logged onto their first Zoom meeting. “Right-o, can everyone hear and see me?” asked Julian, who, as the leader, had scheduled the meeting and emailed invites, with help from his clever-clogs cousin, George.


Five Meet On Zoom

Show Notes

Season One: Episode 1 (10 September 2020)

Five Meet On Zoom is a short story from TallAndTrue.com, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/five-meet-on-zoom

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Writer’s Insight

I wrote Five Meet On Zoom for Furious Fiction, a monthly short story writing competition run by the Australian Writers’ Centre, in May 2020.

Held on the first weekend of the month, writers have 55 hours to write a 500-word story based on a brief set by the Writers’ Centre.

For Furious Fiction May, the first word of the story had to be FIVE, and it had to include something “being replaced” and the phrase “a silver lining”.

My boyhood love of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books inspired Five Meet On Zoom. And our socially isolated times, where it seems everyone is meeting via Zoom, even the family dog.

Julian, struggling with technology and lockdown, hands his leadership role to his “clever clogs cousin”, George.

And on replacing Julian as the leader of future Zoom meetings, George comments to Timmy-the-dog, “Perhaps there is a silver lining to this wretched virus?”

I didn’t win, nor make the short or long lists for the May competition. But I had fun with Five Meet On Zoom, especially as on the same furious weekend of writing, I wrote a blog post about my first Furious Fiction in April (Tall And True, May 2020).

Perhaps as George observed, there is a silver lining to the coronavirus lockdown? More time to write!

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Podcast Theme and Sound Effects

Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 ‘Pastorale’ – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan.

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Thanks to Josh (VoiceOverMaster) Meyer for Audacity recording tips and tricks.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.

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