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ChicagoA Chicago reference to headline the main submission event?  Why the hell not?

Two hundred and forty two (242) original stories.

Seventy three (73) distinct authors.

90,000 Downloads.

One amazing podcast.

It’s time, dear sinners, for the Fiftieth episode of the #wordcountpodcast! And I want YOU to celebrate with us!

The Show will be available to download on 12 September 2015—five years to the date that I released Episode 1.  Toward this end, I’ll be looking to receive all submissions by 4 September to allow time for editing, recording and post production work.

The theme is simple:  “50.”

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That could be fifty friends, fifty bottles of beer, fifty ways to leave your lover, or fifty shades of grey (as long as it’s better than the book).  Just include 50 somewhere in the story.  The detailed guidelines are at the bottom of this post—PLEASE read them carefully as they are a little different from the standard guidelines.

Along with the show itself, I’d like to ask for volunteers to participate in a “Word Count Podcast” blog hop that will take place beginning in September and running for the month.  Participation in the blog hop is NOT required if you plan on submitting a story—but as the show is just over 90,000 downloads I have a goal of pushing us over the 100,000 mark.  And–as the podcast is free of any advertising–I rely on participants and social media to get the word out…

The blog hop has no specific theme—but a mention of the show with links would be awesome.  After that, write what you like!  E-mail me at me@rbwood.com if interested.

To make this post a little longer, here are the guidelines for episode 50:

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 50

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 4 September 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the number: 50.

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

 

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name (if you have one)
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook, Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes—I ask that in the photo, you hold up a sign with the number “50” or incorporate 50 in some other clever way.
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to the 50th episode of the Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 4 September 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

 

I also ask that you help out via Twitter using the hashtag #wordcountpodcast.

 

I’m excited for this show…and I’m excited to receive as many stories as possible. I hope you will join me in the celebration!

 

Peace

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Final Update Sunday, 12 July 2:00 PM

***A note on reading the full post.  The RED timestamps indicate separate sections. Start at the timestamp at the bottom of the post and work your way up ***

Sunday is both a thrilling and depressing day at ReaderCON.  The parties have ended, friends line up in the lobby to check out.  Taxis and ride shares begin to leave with ever increasing rapidity.

Let’s walk through the abbreviated program day first, and then i’ll share my final thoughts.

IMG_10629:00 AM  Wish Fulfillment for Happy Adults. John Benson, LJ Cohen, Betsy Mitchell, Sheila Williams, Ann Tonsor Zeddies

And interesting discussion on how speculative fiction can capture older audiences. What defines happy for older readers is somewhat different than the younger generations. Mystery stories have that “sense of justice” at the end (for the most part). Romance formulae dictates that the lovers end up together in the end.  How can SciFi, Fantasy and other such genres satisfy the happiness gene for adult readers?

Personally, I’m satisfied when the demons are blasted to ash by the protagonist.  But I’m simple like that…

From the program:

Wish fulfillment for teenagers and wish fulfillment for adults with happy stable lives are necessarily going to be different. Speculative stories are great for navigating the trickiness of coming-of-age, but there’s precious little for those who are already of age and have started to prioritize comfort over adventure. Female readers in particular often turn to romance novels for stories about families and love and kindness, and to mysteries for stories about grown women with agency and purpose. Can speculative fiction draw in those readers by fulfilling different sorts of wishes?

IMG_106310:00 AM  Ghostbusting Lovecraft. Mike Allen, Gemma Files, John Langan, Adam Lipkin, James Morrow.

What does “dogs and cats living together” have in common with Cthulhu? More than you think–as the panelists compare Gozer, the Gatekeeper and the Key Master to Lovercraftian ideals.

Who ya gonna call? Lovercrafters!

In Max Gladstone’s blog post “Ghostbusting Lovecraft,” he writes: “Ghostbusters is obviously taking the piss out of horror in general. But while the busters’ typical enemies are ghosts of the Poltergeist persuasion, the Big Bad of the movie, a formless alien god from Before Time summoned by a mad cultist–cum–art deco architect, is basically Lovecraftian.” Unlike typical Lovecraftian protagonists, however, the Ghostbusters prevail over the eldritch horrors by exploiting the power structures and emotional connections that exist between people. Is the Ghostbusters story arc an alternative to the standard horror tropes, one that replaces fear with humor, defiance, and camaraderie? How else does it subvert our expectations of the conflict between humans and horrors?

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11:00 AM The Shirley Jackson Awards. Mike Allen, John Chu, Ellen Datlow, Daryl Gregory, Nicola Griffith, Gary K. Wolfe

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In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Jackson (1916–1965) wrote classic novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, The Lottery. Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. The awards given in her name have been voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors, for the best work published in the calendar year of 2014 in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

NOVEL

Winner: Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals)

Finalists

  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes (Mulholland)
  • Confessions, Kanae Minato (Mulholland)
  • The Lesser Dead, Christopher Buehlman (Berkley)
  • The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)

NOVELLA

Winner: We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)

Finalists:

  • The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
  • Ceremony of Flies, Kate Jonez (DarkFuse)
  • The Good Shabti, Robert Sharp (Jurassic London)
  • The Mothers of Voorhisville, Mary Rickert (Tor.com, April 2014)

NOVELETTE

Winner: “The End of the End of Everything,” Dale Bailey (Tor.com, April 2014)

Finalists:

  • “The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com, April 2014)
  • “The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta)
  • “Newspaper Heart,” Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Spectral Press)
  • “Office at Night,” Kate Bernheimer and Laird Hunt (Walker Art Center/ Coffee House Press)
  • “The Quiet Room,” V H Leslie (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, Undertow Publications/ChiZine Publications)

SHORT FICTION

Winner: “The Dogs Home,” Alison Littlewood (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Spectral Press)

Finalists:

  • “Candy Girl,” Chikodili Emelumadu (Apex Magazine, November 2014)
  • “The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014)
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” Garth Nix (Fearful Symmetries, ChiZine Publications)
  • “Wendigo Nights,” Siobhan Carroll (Fearful Symmetries, ChiZine Publications)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

Winners: Gifts for the One who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)

Finalists:

  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, Stephen Graham Jones (Dark House)
  • Burnt Black Suns:  A Collection of Weird Tales, Simon Strantzas (Hippocampus)
  • They Do The Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
  • Unseaming, Mike Allen (Antimatter Press)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

Winner: Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow (ChiZine Publications)

Finalists:

  • Letters to Lovecraft, edited by Jesse Bullington (Stone Skin Press)
  • The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications/ChiZine Publications)
  • The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele (Word Horde)

IMG_106712:00 PM  Reading: Mike Allen. Mike Allen reads Selections from my Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story collection UNSEAMING as well as some poetry.

I have a great deal of time and respect for Mike. I could wax on about is editing for Mythic Delirium and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, his poetry collections or his novel The Black Fire Concerto.  But I enjoy Mike’s readings not only for the content (the short Monster he read from Unseaming was especially creepy), but his presence and deliver is outstanding–the most theater-esque reading I attended and a great way to end ReaderCON.

 

 

Final Thoughts

I’m in the middle of putting my ReaderCON 26 badge in the hidey-hole that contains similar mementos from five previous conventions (along with a Glory Hand–but that’s a whole other story). I’ve already finished putting the dozen or so book purchases on the “to be read” pile and sealed up the few books I was lucky enough to get signed. As Monday, and the return to the “day job” looms, I find myself wistfully fantasizing about what it would be like to really make a living as a writer.

I know I have a long way to go to get to the point where my work will be seen as anything more than pulpish fun. But it’s fun to think about.  Hard to do.

But anything worthwhile takes effort. So the next steps are truly up to me.

ReaderCON 27 can’t come soon enough.

 

Peace.

RBW

 

 

Sunday, 12 July 6:58 AM

IMG_1176The social aspect of ReaderCON is one of the cornerstones of the weekend.  I know I alluded to seeing friends in an earlier part of this post, but I never do it justice when writing about ReaderCON.  Every year I decide to commute to the Marriott–and every year I regret not staying.  Yes, it’s an opportunity to network–but it’s way more than that for me.  I see people who I’ve come to know, working in a field that excites me more than any job I’ve ever had. There are cliques, of course–just like any gathering of a large number of people. But everyone is approachable–no matter if they are a multi-award winning internationally recognized author, or a fan.  I have coffee with Hugo award winning SciFi writers, drinks with NY Times best selling authors, break bread with poets, and debate with editors.

I enjoy spending time with these people. I learn something every time.

And I have a lot of fun.

Saturday shaped up to be the busiest day of the weekend.

9:00 AM  The Author’s Voice. Barbara Krasnoff (leader), Kate Marayuma, Tom Purdom, Paul Tremblay, Gregory Wilson.

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I admit, I will read what I write out loud.  I’m sure I look like a homeless dude discussing conspiracy theories while pushing a cart of tin cans when I do this.  The panel discussed ways to find the author’s voice, techniques used and advise for “newbies.” From the program:

An old writing advice chestnut is that you should read your work aloud; supposedly this will help you notice awkward phrasing. Let’s dig a little further: when, how, and why do writers do this, if at all? How has it helped—and has it ever hindered? Do authors who are performers have the opposite problem, where their ability to make something come alive in a reading obscures the fact that it’s a bit dead on the page? How does reading aloud square with things like footnotes, parentheticals, illustrations, digressions, or visual representations of dialects? Is anyone emphatically against the practice of reading aloud as an element of process?

IMG_117410:00 AM  Successfully Writing About Horrible Things. Mike Allen, Catt Kingsgrave, Kate Nepveu (leader), Mary Rickert, Patty Templeton.

There things in life that happen–horrible things.  Writers often have to add these elements to their work.  The key point was simple–if it’s necessary for the story–if whatever horrible thing you are writing furthers the plot or changes your characters, then it must be done. The program states:

If you’re not writing horror but your plot calls for something horrific to happen to a character, how do you handle it? You might go overboard and be detailed to the point of undermining or derailing the narrative, or might be so vague that the horrific event has little effect on the reader or the story. A reader who’s been through a similar experience might be offended or distressed by a description of awfulness that’s lurid, gratuitous, clichéd, or bland. What strategies can writers use to help readers empathize with the characters’ suffering and build stories that respectfully handle the consequences of terrible events, without falling into these traps?

IMG_117511:00 AM Not Just Pointy-Eared Humans. Susan Bigelow, Don D’Ammassa, Sioban Krzywicki (leader), Allen Steele, Fran Wilde.

Moving from the deep and disturbing discussion of horrible things, I switched gears to a SciFi oriented panel discussing aliens. Many times in writing, TV and the Movies, aliens are portrayed as basically human.  Whether it’s the limitations of special effects (like in the old Star Trek series from the 60’s) or a desire to have an audience relate to the aliens on a human level–the panel discussed ways to introduce aliens to the story without making them look like or have motivations similar to us human meat-sacks.  The program:

How do authors create aliens that are drastically different from humans, and how do readers respond to them? Many non-humanoid aliens are insectoid, such as the Buggers of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and the parasites in Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild; to what extent does this allow for aliens who are clearly nonhuman but still recognizable? How do aliens like Octavia Butler’s Oankali, who evolve to become more humanoid, or China Miéville’s sexually dimorphic species, which have one humanoid sex and one nonhumanoid sex, play into or subvert this dichotomy? And how might portrayals of truly alien aliens continue to evolve?

12:00 PM  The Animate Universe. Judith Berman, Max Gladstone, Mikki Kendall (leader), James Morrow.

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Every ReaderCON has that one panel that just doesn’t work. Unfortunately, this was it. Each of the participants had a different take on what the panel should be about and it really became a bit of a disaster. As you know, I have all the respect in the wold for Jim Morrow.  And I adore Mikki Kendall. Judith and Max are fabulous too–but I don’t know them as well.  See if the program description makes sense to you:

In Western post-Enlightenment thought, the universe is seen as inanimate, acted upon by other forces. In some cultures, however, the universe is an actor with agency. What is the role of the universe in our stories, and in the worlds we create to house them? How does an animate universe inform or subvert the author’s and reader’s understanding of meddling gods, dead gods, prophesies, fate, Chosen Ones, and quests?

IMG_11781:00 PM  Hero/Antihero. Jeanne Cavelos, Daryl Gregory, Elaine Isaak, Sonya Taaffe.

All well developed characters have flaws and quirks–just like we all do.  The concept of the perfect Superman type character doesn’t work anymore (if I continue the metaphor, the Man of Steel flick optimizes this deeper character development). A discussion of heroes who do truly horrible things during their journey toward the “right thing.”

From the program:

The more well-rounded and realistic a character is, the less they seem like a traditional hero. Is it possible to have both heroism and realism, or does the introduction of multiple character flaws automatically make that character an antihero? How do shifting and competing definitions of heroism influence this discussion?

IMG_11802:00 PM Reading: Elizabeth Hand. Elizabeth Hand reads Hard Light, the forthcoming third Cass Neary novel

I’m an Elizabeth Hand fan-boy.  There.  I said it.  The Cass Neary series is a favorite–After all, who doesn’t like a main character who is a photographer (briefly famous for her work in the 70’s during the Punk Rock craze), who is a drug addict, alcoholic and kleptomaniac?

Hard Light continues Cass’ journey and the scene Liz read takes place at a London party.  The wit, cynicism and sheer brilliance of the deeply troubled Cass was a delight to listen to…

She also had a book launch the same evening which I couldn’t attend due to a wonderful opportunity that I’ll write about in a moment.

After going back to back from morning until 2:30 PM…I found myself looking forward to lunch with Glenn Skinner and a potential cocktail.

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Pictured: Foreshadowing

IMG_11823:30 PM Reading: Mikki Kendall. Mikki Kendall reads An excerpt from a dragon short story.

Mikki is one of my favorite genre writers.  She asks questions that most people do not and approaches her writing from an oblique angle–always interesting and thought provoking.  With a healthy does of snark.

She decided on changing what she would read for ReaderCON, and I’m glad she did.  I wonderful interview with a dragon–outlining the dragon’s perspective on humanity.  Look forward to seeing this one in print.

During the con, I met a man I’ve know from the 80’s – Walt Williams. We both grew up on Long Island and now live in the Boston area.  I had the pleasure of meeting his wife Margo as well.

During his reading Thursday night, we ran into someone who went to High School with Walt-Phil Merkel. He does a radio show on Long Island–and after he and Walt caught up on old time, he invited the very talented Mr. Williams to appear in an interview for his radio show.

Then I was gobsmacked when Walt suggested–and Phil agreed– to interview me as well.

I closed out the Saturday program talking about writing, my series, my podcast, Ragnarok Publications (who want to pick up my series), the latest short story just published in Tales of Magic and Misery and the work I’m doing to submit to Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Edited by Mike Allen of Mythic Delirium). It was an experience I’ll never forget and I’m humbled by the “ask.”

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IMG_1029Saturday, 11 July 6:24 AM

With Friday behind me, and a great night’s sleep under my belt (aided and abetted by a Jack Daniel’s or two) I wanted to update you all on activities for the day before diving into the Saturday program. Bumped into quite a few friends as I made my way to Salon F (The biggest panel room) first thing Friday morning.  Shira and Adam Lipkin, Mike Allen, John Clute, among many others.  Of course, I also eventually found partner-in-crime, scotch drinker and fellow IT nerd Glenn Skinner, and he and I attended the late morning panel.

11:00 AM  Mystery and Speculative Crossovers. Meriah Crawford, Chris Gerwel, Greer Gilman, Nicholas Kaufmann, Adam Lipkin (leader)

As my Arcana Chronicles series is a noir type of mystery stories wrapped in the supernatural, I was very interested in this panel–how have speculative fiction writers handled this previously?  Am I missing an opportunity–or am I heading down a bad path? The Prodigal’s Foole has been pretty well received since it was published in 2012–and the prequel short in Tim Marquitz’s Tales of Magic and Misery is receiving similar kudos. But a writer can always be better–and this panel really showed me how long I have to go to button up this sort of story-telling.  From the con program:

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There are many books that draw from both the speculative fiction and mystery toolboxes, in both macro ways (China Miéville’s The City & the Cityand Peter F. Hamilton’s Great North Road are catalyzed by hard-boiled murder investigations) and micro ways (urban fantasy was initially defined by its relationship to noir, now often more evident in tone than in plot). Where is this crossover most satisfying? How do magic and advanced technology open up new avenues of investigation or methods of befuddling the detectives? How have trends, tropes, and developments in each genre influenced crossover works?

Afterwards, I caught up with Adam pipkin and we spent a few minutes discussing Effinger’s When Gravity Fails–my first introduction the a Mystery within SciFi.

IMG_1032Realizing it was well after 12:00, I decided not to be “that guy” showing up incredibly late for a panel.  So Glenn and I grabbed lunch and caught up.  Discussing the trials and tribulations of trying to write while working a full-time (plus) IT job, Electric Smart cars, story plot points and a general catch up was on the menu.

It was nearing 1:30 when I realized I needed to go hear a reading from a friend of mine.

 

1:30 PM  Reading: Shira Lipkin. Shira Lipkin read from her upcoming novel –the title of which was finally revealed, but (as of this writing) Shira hasn’t posted it.  So I’m not going to spoil the surprise!  Needless to say, the title is very different then I expected–but based on the thirty minute reading and what I felt building, it’s amazingly appropriate.

Shira is the type of writer who puts multiple layers within the words typed on a page.  Last year, I realized dialog for a different story changed to unconsciously imitate the back-beat “thump thump” of a dance club.  Bloody brilliant.  This year I was amazed how seamlessly she changed the Point of view of the various characters (each chapter is a different POV–and in some cases a different time).  The seven year olds SOUNDED like seven year olds, the tension in the adults were palatable and there was one scene that was so fucking creepy, that I’m getting goosebumps while typing this nearly 18 hours later.

IMG_10342:00 PM  Where the Goblins Go: A Tour of Hells and Underworlds C.S.E. Cooney, Greer Gilman, Jack Haringa (moderator), Faye Ringel, Sonya Taaffe.

For such a dark topic, this panel was one of the most delightfully bubbly and evil panel I attended Friday.  Greer Gilman had my favorite quote of the day: “Dante is kind of the interior decorator of hell.” #snort.

The discussion revealed around the various depictions of the underworld from different writers and cultures. From the program:

Many types of underworlds feature prominently in religion, folklore, horror, and fantasy. We will discuss the varied roles of hells and netherworlds in world mythology and how authors from Dante to Valente have explored (and exploited) these concepts in fiction.

I was about half-way through the panel when I realized another friend and writer had a reading at the same time.  I snuck out of salon G and nipped across the hall to listen to Allen Steele.

IMG_10352:30 PM  Reading: Allen Steele. Allen Steele read an excerpt from the forthcoming novel ARKWRIGHT. This is an expansion scene for background on the fictitious writer Nathan Arkwright–from what was a short published last year.  The story has now been expanded into a soon-to-be-released novel. SF Signal says:

Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Arkwright features the precision of hard SF with a compelling cast of characters. 

In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true, timeless legacy.

Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.

This is classic, epic science fiction and engaging character-driven storytelling, which will appeal to devotees of the genre as well as fans of current major motion pictures such as Gravity and Interstellar.

The scene he read had to do with the first Science Fiction convention in 1939 and the baseball game held at the end.  Wonderful background scene.  Ray Bradbury was score-keeper (a historical fact). :)

I stayed in the same room, as the next reading was by a man I’ve respected for many years.

IMG_10363:00 PM  Reading: James Morrow. James Morrow reads from a soon to be published short story.

I met Jim as a fan-boy over a decade ago at a wedding of my friend Sean Develin (who is distantly related to one of my favorite authors).  Sean–knowing how much I enjoyed Jim’s work, sat me at the same reception table and we struck a friendship which has delighted me over the years.  The work he read from will be published this fall and it was a brilliant satire of Hollywood in the 1950’s. In thirty minutes, Jim entertained the audience with his biting wit, charm and brilliant flowing style.

Following a down-on-his luck author whose brothers run a shady studio called PARC (yeah–it reads backwards in a most appropriate way for the shlock movie production company), our man character finds himself in Mexico reviewing Black and white horror movies that can be exported to the study, re cut and dubbed for quick release and sale.

Tongue-in-cheek and reminisce of the type of TV movies the SYFY channel puts out today, our poor author friend finds himself ghostwriting stories for a fabricated Mexican screen writer.

Jim’s SciFi work is always thought inducing–but is satire is deliciously evil and I always adore his word play.

Another reading followed.  This one by a man who made me cry last year.

4:00 PM Reading: Scott Edelman. Scott Edelman reads “The Pillow of Disappointment and What Was Found Beneath It”

Scott has been busy in the year since he left as editor for the SyFy channel’s web articles.  And I’m happy to hear that as his writing always makes me feels though I’m running in his dreams.  Last year, he read an extremely emotional tale.  This year he wrote about the tooth fairy.

And it worked brilliantly.

I won’t say to much about it, when he’s posted the video of his reading on his YouTube channel.  Take a listen for yourself:

After this, I spent a bit of time in the book story, grabbed dinner with Glenn and ran out to grab the rum from the car because it was time for my first Kaffeeklatsch–or as we have now redubbed it—the rumklatsch.

7:00 PM  Kaffeeklatsch. Shira Lipkin.

I’ve mentioned before the amazing work of Shira Lipkin.  Joining this intimate group discussion, were a few writers I hadn’t met before along with Mike and Anita Allen.

The rum flowed as did the “iced tea” a concoction that included Makers Mark bourbon.  We spoke about Shira’s novel, her poetry. Life in general and the fact that she is submitting the the upcoming anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5 edited by Mike.

To which I found out submissions close on the 26th of July.  And THEN I was told by Shira that I better be sending in a story.

Crap.  More work to do!

There were other activities that ran until the wee hours of the morning, inclusive of the “Meet the Pro(se)” party and an 80’s dance.  But it had been a long day, and between the battery of tests and the non-stop activities of ReaderCON Friday, I was exhausted.  So I drove home and fell into a deep sleep, dreaming of story ideas for Clockwork Phoenix 5.

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Friday, 10 July 7:00 AM

The first evening of readings and panels for ReaderCON are open to the public.  Many of the regular guests and attendees are there as well–certainly for the free program, but more importantly (IMHO) to see and reconnect with friends.

Within moments of walking into the Burlington, I’d bumped into Yves Meynard (who supplied me with raspberries), Jim Morrow, Leah Bobbitt, Greer Gilman and Walter Williams.  I saw Liz Hand and Scott Edelman briefly and hope to catch up with them later today (after a few hours undergoing some testing–not for the raspberries, I swear).

I also had the opportunity to have a glass of wine and a chat with Peter Dubé.

Pictured: My definition of wine

Pictured: My definition of wine

Brilliant start to my favorite con!  What I attended:

IMG_10208:00 PM (Thursday) A Reading with Walt Williams. Walt Williams (who writes under W. B. J. Williams) reads his work in progress, the nearly complete novel the Hacker of Guantanamo Bay. This was a pretty special reading.  Both Walter and I grew up on Long Island and met in the mid 80’s.  The funny thing is that we were both writers at the time (unpublished back then of course) and never knew about each other’s work. So it was wonderful to hear him read from HoGB which will be coming out soon.

Walt applies his skills to what will be a futuristic thriller–and from the chapter or so I heard, I suspect it will be a marvelous read. I own both his printed works–one is work related.  The other–The Garden at the Roof of the World is on my to-read list.

 

 

IMG_10259:00 PM  (Thursday) If Magic Has Always Been Real. Karen Burnham, Lila Garrott (leader), Max Gladstone, Romie Stott, Walt Williams

This panel intrigued me–so many fantasy authors who write in the Urban or Dark fantasy genres have a magic system where by the “art” is hidden from the real world, how does one address if magic really exists?  It’s the idea I’m playing with longer term as an over-all arc in The Arcana Chronicles but it was a fascinating and lively panel.  From the ‘Con program:

“Regarding the challenges of “the world we know, but with magic!”, Monique Poirier wrote, “If magic has always been real, why did colonialism and genocide roll the way it did?… It couldn’t possibly be the world we know without all the painful, fucked up history. And what good is magic if it can’t have altered that?” Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books address this by keeping many elements of history familiar but dramatically changing others. In Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries, paranormal entities have always been there, but they hid from ordinary humans for safety and therefore lacked the ability to influence the course of history. How do other authors of historical fantasy and urban fantasy balance the inherently world-changing nature of magic with the desire to layer it on top of the world we have?

Magic. Techno-thriller. Authors and friends. ReaderCON 26 has begun!

Pre-gaming ReaderCON 26

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This will be the sixth year I’ll be attending ReaderCON.  Held in the Burlington Marriott, outside of Boston (and about 15 miles from home), the conference has been my absolute favorite of anything I attend as a writer.

I always try to post my daily experience with friends, panels, and updates on the various wackiness that goes on.  If you are interested, some of my past posts on ReaderCon can be found:

ReaderCON 22

ReaderCON 23

ReaderCON 24

ReaderCON 25

I look forward to ReaderCON every year.  As many of you are “part-time” writers yourselves, you’ll understand that this weekend is special. It’s my little slice of the year when I am a full time writer.

It’s glorious.

As a little primer, I’m including the full reading of Scott Edelman (a friend and a bit of a mentor to me–but don’t tell him that) sharing with us his short story And the Trees Were Happy.

Enjoy!

Here is Scott and I being totally serious and stoic:

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The Word Count Episode 49

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Welcome to Episode 49 of “The Word Count” podcast!

FlamencoCreating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme from my recent holiday with my lovely bride. Our three words? “Barcelona, Tapas and Flamenco.”

The temp site is still a work in progress—finally got all previous postings for the last four years ported over. But there are formatting and other changes which means going one by one to correct the blogs, posts, bio, book stuff…blah blah blah.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday.

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

 

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.

Why?

Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpageiTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

 Our guests this week:

 

BillkBill Kirton “Frank’s Triumph”

***NOTE: The music used in Bill’s story is from Wikimedia commons by a group called JCZA and the link is:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JCZA_-_JCzarnecki-Flamenco.ogg

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 

VWinifredV. Winifred “The Bear’s Counsel”

V. Winifred has been an educator with the NYC Department of Education for a decade, teaching children in the Gifted and Talented program.  She has additional certifications in life coaching, mentoring, and more. Other passions include teaching piano and chess, while dabbling in philosophy, amateur photography and ornithology.   V. Winifred has officially begun her journey as a writer, and has launched her website at: VWinifred.com, where you can keep up with her latest literary adventures. Her latest accomplishment is being shortlisted this month at mashstories.com, where her story The Price of Admission will be published.

V. Winifred lives with her incredibly creative husband,Joe, and their serendipitous cat, Bob.

Twitter: @vwinifredwriter

Web: VWinifred.com

 

CThomasSmith2C. Thomas Smith ”The Joy of Travel”

Now pay close attention, because this is important, it’s my career for flip sake. I take things very seriously and wish to be taken seriously so for the first time in a bio, I will actually give a bio. Here goes.

I was born and am presently alive.

Thanks for your patience.

 

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

Kaden2Kadin Seton “End of List”

Kadin Seton enjoys creating tales that combine strong characters with science fiction undertones. Kadin lives in the rolling hills of western New York with her dire wolf (at least he thinks he’s a dire wolf).  When she is not writing, Kadin continues to search the Finger Lakes Wine County for another fabulous red wine. Author of Eye of the Draco: Darkfall, and the upcoming series, The Rim Wars.

Twitter: @kadinseton

Web: www.kadinseton.com

 

The Word Count Episode 49 Now Accepting Submissions!

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Just got back from an amazing trip to Barcelona, Spain.  Freaked out a little when I toured the Picasso Museum, pressed play on the English translation MP3 player and hear–what I thought– was WCP Irregular Bill Kirton’s voice taking me through the various phases of Picasso’s painting life.  I subsequently found out later (from the man himself) that it, alas, was not Bill.
barcelona-picasso-02Billk

Picture this man explaining Picasso.  Only Eden Baylee writes better Erotica.

 

 

But my trip to Spain has inspired the three word prompt for episode 49.  Those three words?  All in good time, dear sinners.  But first:

As we continue our march toward the seminal Episode 50 I’m soliciting ideas for the big show…so send me your thoughts on that.  Should it be a “Best of?”  Should we include Author interviews?  Should everyone record their stories naked (Like I always do)?  Who knows…email me or tweet me.

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are forty-eight shows available right now!

But I digress. Episode 49 and those three little words you’re waiting for:

 

Barcelona. Tapas. Flamenco.

 

2015-06-12 09.06.11THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 49

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 3 July 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the key words:

“Barcelona. Tapas. Flamenco.”

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 3 July 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

I’ll only be accepting SEVEN stories this time—so get moving!

Peace

Tales of Magic and Misery

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Mand MAwhile back, I had the privilege in announcing I’d signed on with Ragnarok Publications Who want to publish my Arcana Chronicles series (Once I finish book 2, that is). Co-owner, editor-in-chief and all around great guy, Tim Marquitz himself signed me on.

Tim, along with his already full plate, is also an author–and a damn fine one at that.  He writes the critically acclaimed Demon Squad series, wrote the Blood War Trilogy, is co-author of the Dead West series and has numerous anthology and standalone novels to his credit.

Just this week, he has released a collection of his short stories called Tales of Magic and Misery. Along with his collection, he has also inclined short stories by C.L. Werner, Armand Rosamilia, Nathaniel Connors, Adrian Collins, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, N.X. Sharps, Daniel Weaver, Amanda Shore, Glenn Hefley, Chris Garrett, GR Matthews, and J. Cameron McClain.

Oh.  And a short by me.

Portents is a prequel to my novel The Prodigal’s Foole, and takes place in Dublin, Ireland five years before Symon Bryson’s fateful return to Boston.

If you like Dark Fantasy and Horror, you really should pick this one up.  It’s a ghoulish tome chock full of goodies to keep you going for days.

Brilliant stuff, Tim, et al.  Thanks for including me in your collection.

Pick up Tales of Magic and Misery now available at Amazon!

Episode 48 of The Word Count is now LIVE!

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Welcome to Episode 48 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Creating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme of “Train. Blink. Dark.Theater.”

The temp site is still a work in progress—finally got all previous postings for the last four years ported over. But there are formatting and other changes which means going one by one to correct the blogs, posts, bio, book stuff…blah blah blah.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.

Why?

Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

 Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpage

 

iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

BillkBill Kirton “Plant Life”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward

National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 

mmtosenM. M. Tosen “Psychopomp”

M.M. always had a love of reading and books from a young age. So much so that his mother had to limit how many he could read or he would not get sleep. This developed into writing stories, musings (attempted) poems, and an affinity for the arts and music in general. He has always had a passion to write and is steadily being encouraged again by those around him.

M.M. currently lives in the northern part of New York where he works and lives and is fond of the weekends when he can write and binge-watch Netflix movies.

Twitter: @MMTosen

Web: mmtosen.blogspot.com

 

kimmydon2shrunk2Kimberly Gould ”Black Train”

Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She is the author of the Cargon series as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie Time Loop Story. When she isn’t writing about the apocalypse, she is doing what she can to prevent one as an environmental scientist. You can find her almost everywhere as Kimmydonn, including her website, Kimmydonn.com

Twitter: @Kimmydonn

Web: Kimmydonn.com

 

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “Down on Luck”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook

 

The Word Count Podcast – Episode 48 now OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

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train

While the new site is still a work in progress (I FINALLY got past posts imported from the old database…they all need to have format updates and I need to build separate pages blah, blah, blah…), I thought of a new prompt for the next show.

Actually, I was on the train home to Boston from NYC when I came up with three little word to drive out esteemed, wonderful and amazingly talented authors (the “Word Count Irregulars”) who participate in our show.

 

Those three words?  Hold onto your horses…

As we continue our march toward the seminal Episode 50 I’m soliciting ideas for the big show…so send me your thoughts on that.  Should it be a “Best of?”  Should we include Author interviews?  Should everyone record their stories naked (Like I always do)?  Who knows…email me or tweet me.

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are forty-seven shows available right now!

But in the meantime…Episode 48 and those three little words…

Train. Blink. Dark.

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 48

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the key words:

“Train. Blink. Dark.”

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 29 May 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

I’ll only be accepting SEVEN stories this time—so get moving!

Peace

 

The Word Count Episode 47!

Welcome to Episode 47 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Creating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme of “Theater, Tourist and Savory.”

Getting ready to post when I discovered my main site –rbwood.com had had it’s Joomla CMS hacked.

Totally my fault. I didn’t keep up with the updates because I was planning to port the site over to Word press to coincide with my book releases from Ragnarok…it was a grand plan that failed miserably.

Thus this temp site while I work out the details and swear a lot.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.

Why?

Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site. 

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpageiTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

C. Thomas Smith “Le Starbucks Douche”

Inside my brain is wet. Feel me ROAR!

Ten Questions with Chris

(Now sponsored by Satan, for all your infernal needs. Hail Satan!)

Eins – Chris, why are you so amazingly awesome?

Its possibly genetics or magic, many reasons have been put forth by scientists over the years. The prevailing theory is that I am awesomeness anthropomorphised, but I wouldn’t say that, it’s too big a word. Rather, I’d simply say that I’m just better than the rest of you peasant folk.

Zwei – Who would win a shark or a hedge-pig?

Depends, is it a variegated hedge-pig or a lesser spined laser eyed infinity hedge-pig with armour. You people need to be more specific. Sharks do indeed have big teeth but I’ve never seen a hedge-pig go bathing so that would mean the battle is on land and presumably quite a distance from the sea . . . I would win.

Drei – Some day you will be our Overlord, will you be just and fair?

Not a chance mate.

Vier – What is the most dangerous substance known to man?

Easy, sticky buns.

Fünf – The United Nations wants to turn your beard into a World Heritage Site, how do you feel about that?

I’m a little concerned actually that it may affect the beards eco system. At present it represents the breeding ground for seven species of rare marine bird, two tree dwelling mammals, a pack of velociraptors and a tribe of part man, part machine pygmies who have yet to be told their singing sucks. Also the beard likes to sneak out at night and kill cats. In the end it all depends on what assurances the UN will offer me, that and the huge piles of cash that I expect.

Sechs – What would be a fitting punishment for George Lucas?

Tie him to a chair and make him watch the 1978 Christmas special followed by those three, those, those, ugh, ehh, uargh *sound of intense retching follows for the next nine minutes* them frittata goats piss, god damn it. Now I’m upset, you happy guy, you made me sick. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Ah, fuck you people. *Drops the mic*.

Chris Smith is now available for children’s parties and wakes. Hail Satan!

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

 Kadin Seton “Guardian Unseen” (Read by M. M. Tosen)

Kadin Seton enjoys creating tales that combine strong characters with science fiction undertones.  Kadin lives in the rolling hills of western New York with her dire wolf (at least he thinks he’s a dire wolf).  When she is not writing, Kadin continues searching the Finger Lakes Wine County for another fabulous red wine. Author of the series: Eye of the Draco

Twitter: @Kadinseton

Web: www.kadinseton.com

 

 

M. M. Tosen “Gastronomique”

 M.M. always had a love of reading and books from a young age. So much so that his mother had to limit how many he could read or he would not get sleep. This developed into writing stories, musings, (attempted) poems, and an affinity for the arts and music in general. He has always had a passion to write and is steadily being encouraged again by those around him.

M.M. currently lives in the northern part of New York where he works and lives and is fond of the weekends when he can write and binge-watch Netflix movies.

Twitter: @MMTosen

Web: mmtosen.blogspot.com

 

Eden Baylee “Morning Ritual”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook

 

What the Hell Happened?

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Hi Everyone!

 

Site looks a bit strange, doesn’t it?

Well–my Joomla site got hacked pretty bad…so I’ve brought this up temporarily to accommodate the latest Word Count Podcast.  Bit of a disaster at the moment but I was thinking of getting rid of Joomla all together…just not as quickly as I wanted.  You know me….I prefer to plan!

Next post will be the show then we’ll go from there.  Thanks for your patience!

 

RB