In the previous podcast spotlights, I covered the three Escape Artists podcasts and their weird uncle Drabblecast. This month I’ll be talking about Toasted Cake, the idiosyncratic flash fiction podcast that’s edited, produced, published and often narrated by Tina Connolly who is probably best known for her books Ironskin, Copperhead, and Silverblind published through Tor Books–the last of which I’m reading right now (to be reviewed sometime soon) and which I’d highly recommend. If you listen to any fiction podcasts, her voice may already be familiar to you, because she does a lot of voice work.
Flash fiction is an interesting art form. Even though it’s still prose it can often have a very different feel from longer short stories because every word has to count even more. A well-written flash story can hit you like a punch in the face, and then it’s over before you have time to react. It’s a form that suits itself to things that can be difficult to pull off in other forms, quick emotional punches, twist endings, weird but vivid world building. And even if you don’t like a flash story, it might take 5 or 10 minutes to listen/read the whole thing and then you’re on to something completely different. It’s great to keep the driver awake on road trips, too, because the constant change-up of settings and characters keeps your mind more active. Flash fiction is my favorite form of prose, and Toasted Cake is my favorite source of flash fiction.