Writing and reading–or more to the point, reading my own writing. Out loud. Recorded for public consumption. Oh my! How did that happen?

My short, somewhat tongue-in-cheek essay, “Real Real Red, or, Goodbye to All That,” was recently published in the Australian print journal, Skive, its farewell issue after ten years of publication. More than 100 authors are represented in this send-off anthology, a tribute to publisher Matt Ward.

To promote the issue, Matt asked several of us to record our work. “Real Real Red” is linked here, and other audio readings are linked on Skive’s website.

How’s that for ending the year on a high note? In fact, it’s been a fantastic year for me, and I consider myself fortunate beyond belief. Thanks to friends and readers for your support and encouragement. Here’s wishing one and all a happy and healthy and creative new year.