Today I am commemorating the loss of guitarist Duane Allman who died in a motorcycle accident on this date in 1971.   Also on this date in 1929, the New York Stock exchange crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression.  On October 29th, 1969 a judge ordered Chicago Eight defendant Bobby Seale gagged and chained to his chair during his trial for conspiracy to cause a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

I retitled my short story The Message to … Vespers.  I recorded audio of Vespers yesterday and am completing preliminary sound design.   Hope to have text and audio off to readers by mid-week.

And I am genuinely excited at the pieces of writing I’ve secured permission to adapt to audio for the winter edition  of My Audio Universe … looking forward to producing excellent writing gleaned from literary magazines high and low.  A literary magazine of sound has a future.

Reading journal notes:  Over the past two days I read the Tennessee Williams short story Rubio y Morena from the collection of his stories Hard Candy.  Read a Harlan Ellison short story How’s the Nightlife in Cissalda.  Read the Borges essay about Billy the Kid- The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan.  Loved the Shirley Jackson short story – Dorothy and My Grandmother and the Sailors.  And I do not have to read much of John Cheevers’ journals to elicit a long journal entry.  Finally, read two chapters from Sound Design by David Sonnenshein, a book about film sound but a rich read for a short audio fiction producer.  Around the edges read October Harpers and a half dozen short pieces of fiction in online journals.

The worst part is waiting.

I filled this little jar with salt and am using it as an incense burner.  I paid two dollars for ‘Magic Kitty’ at the thrift store: