Tall And True Short Reads

Splendid Views

Episode 8 (30 November 2020)

The trip app listed the hotel as an “Exotic Getaway” with “Splendid Views”. After the year-long anxiety of COVID-19 and lockdowns, it looked perfect. I tapped BOOK on my phone, entered my credit card details, and texted Sally: “Pack the bags. We’re off to the mountains for the weekend.”

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Splendid Views

Show Notes

Episode 8 (30 November 2020)

Splendid Views is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read Splendid Views: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/splendid-views

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

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Buy Robert’s short story collections online:

• Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM

• Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead

Writer’s Insight

I wrote Splendid Views in August 2020 for Furious Fiction, a monthly short story competition run by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The brief for Furious Fiction August was that the 500-word story had to contain HUMOUR and include the words: DIZZY, EXOTIC, LUMPY, TINY and TWISTED. And a SANDWICH.

Much of my writing contains humour, so I thought this would be the easiest part of the brief. However, I soon discovered the difference between doing something naturally, for instance, writing a humorous scene versus being forced to think about a punchline.

Also, having written four previous Furious Fiction entries in and around lockdown, I wanted to set this story in a more joyous post-COVID time.

Thankfully, the idea of an exotic weekend away in the mountains and “Fawlty Towers” false advertising about splendid views came to my rescue. And it offered me an alternative SANDWICH!

As for the other words from the brief, did you hear them in the story?

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Production Notes

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

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

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