On July 9, 2022, “The Dream Machine” was featured during a live broadcast called “Authortube After Dark” (on Youtube). The podcast’s host, Katie @YearOfTheAuthor, is a professional editor who accepts open submissions to the show for live critiques, which could be the first chapter of a novel as well as flash fiction.
Accompanied by her co-host Ian Kirkpatrick, who read the piece aloud during the show, the pair exchanged constructive commentary as well as developmental insights, while the audience chimed in with quips and engaging banter. Authortube After Dark gave me a chance to interact with the hosts while receiving feedback on my work. The laidback atmosphere was lighthearted and fun, but also offered an invaluable experience for an independent writer.
Fun Fact: The story is named after an actual arcade that operated out of the Auburn Mall, located in Androscoggin County (ME).