"The Queen" is the first in a series of short pieces that have piled up on my hard disk since my retirement from games journalism in 2003. Last year I was asked to read something at "Reads Like A Seven" and rather than resorting to my archive I took a chance on this. After the reading I was approached by a couple of editors who offered me the opportunity to publish -- but I declined. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.
Now I've had time to think and I've decided to try something.
As an experiment in self-publishing I've recorded a studio version of "The Queen". Everyone can stream and listen for free but if you think it's any good I'd like you to pay a quid (or more!!!) to download it in a high quality audio format of your choice. If it's popular enough (say, 300 downloads?) then I'll record another one. And I promise to publish the download data in the text for INT#2, should it happen.
Am I crazy? Is the piece worth it? Is £1 the right price? Is that target out of reach? I have no idea. But the worst case scenario is that a piece that was locked away inside my PC is available to everyone now. I'm fine with that. I hope you enjoy it.
(Oh: if you'd like to book me to speak somewhere, www.stecurran.com
has more information about that kind of thing. Feel free to send me an email about writing, speaking or anything else.)
released September 12, 2013
Written, recorded and produced by Ste Curran at Resonance FM.
Music: Courtesy freesound.org
, intro04.aif by Tim Kahn
Cover art: 1907 Toria, Princess Victoria of Great Britain by Philip Alexius de Laszlo