Saddle Up Saloon; Fetched in from the Fringe Fest- Live Recording!

Written by D. Avery @shiftnshake

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July 27, 2020

Saddle Up Saloon


“Hey Kid. Last week we told folks ta ’spect a recordin’ a readin’s from the folks thet responded to the Buxton Fringe challenge. Ya ready?”

“Yep. Shorty and Doc Ranger recently roped some international talent inta writin’ 99-word stories.”

“Yep. Their challenge was accepted by the UK’s 2020 Buxton Festival Fringe.”

“Really? What was the prompt?”

“Really? It was ta write a 99-word story, no more, no less, ’bout something fringe. A course, like a lotta words, they’s dif’rent meanin’s dependin’ on where yer from.”

“Yep. Tell ya what, let’s have a lissen ta the writers thet wrote an’ read. Some gathered to read, some were read by the ranch hands.

Fringe Around the World is now at the Saddle Up Saloon! Starring Anne Goodwin (UK), Charli Mills (Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, US), JulesPaige (US), Jenn Linning (Greenock, Scotland), Jeff Gard (Sioux City, Iowa), Beverley Cherry (UK), Eliza Mimski (San Francisco, California – USA), Chris Sewart (Beverly, UK), Stephen Walker (UK), Sam Kirk (USA), Deborah Dansante (Louisiana), Joanne Fisher (Christchurch, New Zealand), and D. Slayton Avery (Vermont, US).”

Stories can also be read at:

Thanks ta all the participants!

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  1. Charli Mills

    Hey Kid and Pal — thanks for opening the stage at your saloon for a grand literary gathering of literary artists! Why, I declare, is that your writer, D. Slayton Avery?

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      Aw, shucks, Shorty, reckon we didn’t do much at all this week. Thanks ta them whut took up the challenge.
      An’ you an’the Ranger fer gittin’ it all t’gether.

  2. joanne the geek

    So good to see and hear everyone read. Thanks to Anne for reading my one so well. I wear plaid shirts too.

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      Plaid’s a great color, no matter where yer from. Thet’s a fine fringe story, gave me a chuckle.

      • H.R.R. Gorman

        Plaid is my favorite color/colour!

    • Charli Mills

      Yes to plaid!

  3. Ann Edall Robson

    Excellent! It’s nice to hear and see wordsmiths from around the world. The Saloon has fast become my Monday morning go to while enjoying my coffee and the start of the day. Thanks to Kid, Pal, and D for pulling this off and providing such a diverse selection of entertainment.

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      Well, thet’s real nice ta hear, thet ya hang out in a saloon of a Monday mornin’.
      ‘Twas mostly Shorty got this one off the groun’ an’ onta the stage. Tech knowledge- Eee!
      But it’s all corralled now. Thanks fer stoppin’ in.

  4. Anne Goodwin (Annecdotist)

    Beautifully put together, Charli, Kid and Pal – although a bit of a shock to go straight into my reading! It was a fun event to do and so glad we took the plunge.

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      Someone’s gotta be first outta thet chute. Ya had a fine ride. Thanks fer instigatin’ this in’ernational event.

    • Charli Mills

      *Somebody* is still learning to finesse these events and recording! Thanks for taking us to the Buxton Festival Fringe, Anne!

      • D. Avery @shiftnshake

        Reckon thet *Someone* has got a lot on her plate ta begin with. It’ll be easier next time, Boss.

      • Charli Mills

        I’m thinking *someone* ought to make a checklist. #1 — Don’t just throw readers out the gate like a bull ride (introductions, maybe some clowning around first, ease into).

      • D. Avery @shiftnshake

        Ha! Good thing ol’ Doc Ranger is a tough hand aroun’ the bulls. Next time, Boss.

  5. Norah

    Internet is too slow to listen at the moment, but I read. Great takes on the prompt with a few different ideas, some on the fringe of what I’d expect. What fun for everyone.

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      There was some good reading! Sure hope your internet perks up though. It was fun; a fun prompt and a fun group.

      • Norah

        I might try again tonight. 🙂

  6. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Thank you for sharing your story in print!


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