The Word Count Podcast episode 56 – Dawn, Cat and Flower

Welcome to Episode 56 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Been a continuing health saga as of late. During the rather difficult task of determining why I had a sudden pulmonary embolism along with a few dozen strokes, my Sit-com of a story took a turn when (unrelated to everything else) it was determined I had thyroid cancer requiring a full thyroidectomy.

I’m in week two post surgery and am exhausted, but getting better.

CatDawnWhat better way to celebrate a horrendous few months then recording a new show? And how’s THAT for subject avoidance? Five returning Word Count Irregulars (those intrepid writers who participate on the show on an…irregular… basis) have written stories for you, good listener, based on the three-word theme:

Cat, dawn and flower.

Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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/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:

CTSC. Thomas Smith ”Truly”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice /50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

 

CameronCameron D. Garriepy “Fresh Scandal”

Cameron D. Garriepy has been writing love stories since she was old enough to get a thrill from reading Sweet Valley High. What does her love story look like today? A house in a Boston suburb, a husband, a second-grader, and a pug named Maurice who barks at the scrolling headlines on the nightly news. It looks like working through dialogue while folding laundry, trying not to plot novels at the office, and scribbling in a Moleskin during swimming lessons. Cameron’s earliest stories were very glamorous — Sweet Valley meets Pine Valley (oh, yes, straight to All My Children). Fame, wealth, drama, exotic locales: your basic teenage nightmare. These days, she finds the beauty in small town love stories. Last April, Cameron released Damselfly Inn, the first full-length novel in her Thornton Vermont series. The sequel, Sweet Pease is coming soon from Bannerwing Books.

 

Webpages:

http://camerondgarriepy.com

http://facebook.com/camerondgarriepy

http://amazon.com/author/camerondgarriepy

Twitter:

@CameronGarriepy

 

Screen shot 2016-04-16 at 1.41.13 PMEden Baylee “Puppy Love”

 

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton--a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her stories--A SNAKE IN PARADISE and SEAL OF A MONK can be found on Kindle Worlds.

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 | facebook | goodreads

 

BillkBill Kirton “Cats”

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

 

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “Miriam and Cat”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog.

Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin's Eye - a collection of science fiction short-stories- was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015 - a collection of poetry - was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

Smashbooks: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mariahaskins

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

 

Just for the record, #fuckcancer

Cancer Sucks.  Here are two kissing bunnies to make up for it.
Cancer Sucks. Here are two kissing bunnies to make up for it.

It’s been an exhausting few months so let me try and bring all you folks up to speed.

After the pulmonary embolism and mini-strokes back in November, I’ve been slowly recovering. The brain is a marvelous tool (go ahead, make the joke) and I have been relearning many things as well as reconnecting neurons damaged by the little brain-bastards.

One of the things that happened during that whole emergency room/ICU scene was I had a PET scan for possible cancer (originally the doctors thought I had a mass in my right lung which they were sure was cancer and were equally sure that’s what had caused all my problems).

They were wrong. The “mass” was just a blood clot that was reabsorbed by the body.

However, my thyroid lit up during the scan.

Since this was the least of my problems at the time, this little factoid was put on the shelf temporarily.

I’d made enough progress to have the anomaly finally looked at—turned out to be a 1.7 cm carcinoma embedded in the thyroid. I spoke to an endocrine expert and a thyroid surgeon and we all agreed that the mass couldn’t just be removed—the entire thyroid should come out to be on the safe side.

This past Friday, I had that done. Too bad I couldn’t collect frequent flyer miles for my hospital stays.

Although I’ll be on a synthetic thyroid hormone the rest of my life, the good news is it looks like they got everything…AND the lymph nodes in the area were clear.

The support I’ve gotten from everyone has been overwhelming. From kind words, notes, and cards from friends and family (not to mention a small GoFundMe campaign that was successful in every way—thank you all again) —to the most amazing care I’ve received by the dozen or so doctors working my case.

So why am I telling you all this? Because, honestly, I feel amazingly blessed. The love of an amazing woman (yes, wife….that’s YOU), the prayers, the notes of support, the comedy. They all added (and continue to add) to my recovery.

I survived. I expect to thrive. After all, it took four separate cancers to take my dad down a few weeks ago and he was nearly 90. I think he would be disappointed if I checked out early.

I’m recovering. I have things to do. Life has complete new meaning for me—probably the meaning it should have had all a long.

Better late than never.

Love to you all,

RB

 

 

 

 

The Word Count Podcast Episode 56 OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

A little disclaimer before releasing the theme for episode 56 of the Word Count Podcast.

This Friday (April 1st appropriately enough) I will be going into hospital for surgery. Because all the health entertainment of the past six months that I’ve been through obviously didn’t test me enough, I now have to go and get my thyroid ripped out. You know…because cancer.

#fuckcancer, by the way.

flowers-cat-cats-flower-flowers-garden-kitten-kitten-in-purpleSo…with additional medical nonsense going on, why am I soliciting stories for the next show?

For two simple reasons.

One, I EXPECT TO SURVIVE this. Period. Anything else will just piss me off. Second, there is a possibility I could lose my vocal chords as a part of this. I’m determined that THAT won’t happen either.

So. Plan for greatness. And the authors who write for the Word Count Podcast epitomize greatness. For me, my own mindset, and the listeners, I therefore declare it time for a new show. And I’ve picked rather positive words for a change.

The 3-word theme:

Cat, Flower and Dawn

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and 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 (use the hashtag #wordcountpodcast) to point folks at the show.

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

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty Five shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 56 – “Cat. Flower. Dawn.”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by SATURDAY 16 April 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: " Cat. Flower. Dawn.”

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 16 April 2016. 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.

Peace

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Dog. Wheelchair. Addiction. The Word Count Podcast Episode 55 is LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 55 of “The Word Count” podcast!

A rather crazy three word prompt this go ‘round…had no idea what to expect. But I was incredibly pleased to receive three wonderful (and slightly mad) diverse tales based on:

Dog, Wheelchair and Addiction.

Cute dog listening to music 1_1

I need to get a new random word generator.

Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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/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:

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “Nemesis”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog.

Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin's Eye - a collection of science fiction short-stories - was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015 - a collection of poetry - was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

Smashbooks: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mariahaskins

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

CTSC. Thomas Smith ”Doug Needs Mary”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

 

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Runner”

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 55 – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

 

White-Cute-Puppy-With 54 episodes in the can and Spring nearly here, the itch to create is already awakening from its winter slumber.

What does that mean? I have no idea--so lets move along...

The #wordcountpodcast provides YOU the listener with free original stories by brilliant authors--the 'peeps' I euphemistically call the Word Count Irregulars.

Over 300 stories, over 80 authors.  And we are still going!  Now it's time to open up episode 55 for submissions!

A new three-word prompt is on tap for this show:

DOG, WHEELCHAIR, ADDICTION

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and 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 Fifty Four shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 55 – “Dog, wheelchair, addiction.”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 11 March 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Dog, wheelchair, addiction.“

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 11 March 2016. 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.

Peace

Chocolate, Thorns and Lust – The Word Count Podcast episode 54

lustWelcome to Episode 54 of The Word Count Podcast!

We return to our “three word prompt” format, a little late for Valentine’s Day, with four stories based on:

Chocolate, thorns and lust.

Should have just said “write about RB’s favorite things.” Would have been quicker.

Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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/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:

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Letter”

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

 CThomasSmith2C. Thomas Smith ”Take Me”

It has been brought to my attention that my bios are not “good”, that they are in fact, “silly” and I should do as the professionals do and extol my values and my work. Ok. Here goes:

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

Wasn’t that a hoot. Of course the point of a bio is to tell someone who you are and what you are offering. I’m a highly strung neurotic scribbler who likes to write “silly” things in the hope that they make you smile, or laugh or shake your head in confusion. Or at the very least take a moment out of an otherwise challenging day to enjoy a little bit of the ridiculous for no other reason than it's on offer from someone who wants to thank you for giving up some of your time. I’m not a professional, though I am working to change that. I’m someone who knows that the words don’t always work, but that once in a while when they do, they’re golden. I thank you for your time, I thank you for hearing and reading my words and I promise to always try and creep you out or make you laugh. Because that is who I am and that is what I offer.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

BillkBill Kirton “Genesis”

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

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “The Unicorn”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog.

Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin's Eye - a collection of science fiction short-stories - was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015 - a collection of poetry - was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

Smashbooks: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mariahaskins

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

 

 

 

The Word Count Podcast Episode 54 – Open for Submissions!

4441417155_a8bab0cdd9I'm so amazingly excited.

The last few episodes of the #wordcountpodcast have been downloaded more than all the previous episodes...53 shows and well over 100,00 downloads at this point.

Free original stories by brilliant authors--seems to be taking hold.  I'd love the show to go viral!  And your help in promoting the show via social media has been a huge help.

But we'd be nothing without our authors--the 'peeps' I euphemistically call the Word Count Irregulars.

Over 300 stories, over 80 authors.  And we are still going!  And it's time to open up episode 54 for submissions!

So I think for this next show. we'll return to out three word prompt:

CHOCOLATE, THORNS, LUST

 

 

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and 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 Fifty Three shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 54 – “Chocolate, thorns, lust,”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 19 February 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Chocolate, thorns, lust “

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 19 February 2016. 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.

Peace

The Word Count Podcast Episode 53 – Celebrity Death

Welcome to Episode 53 of “The Word Count” podcast!

With all the celebrity deaths of late--some of which have impacted me in ways I never imagined, I switched up from the normal three-word theme to a simple one:

Celebrity Death, a Fan’s Perspective.

This time around we have three stories for your listening pleasure.

Before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent tales of wonder, 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/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:

 

CameronCameron Garriepy “Serious Moonlight

Cameron D. Garriepy is the author of Damselfly Inn (the first of
the Thornton Vermont Trilogy) and a champion of emerging writers and independent authors everywhere. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bannerwing Books, a small
independent press and publishing services company, and was previously a Managing Editor at Write on Edge, where she curated Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge as an annual spotlight for short fiction and memoir writers. Cameron also writes for her own eponymous blog, fondly recalls writing
her first romance novel in middle school on an antique typewriter, and shares her life with a patient husband, a goofy second grader, and a poorly behaved pug.

Twitter: @camerongarriepy

Web:

http://camerondgarriepy.com

http://bannerwingbooks.com

http://facebook.com/camerondgarriepy

http://amazon.com/author/camerondgarriepy

 

CTSC. Thomas Smith ”To Kadath and Back”

Things and stuff. You know? Like, what? Maybe. Grrraaaaarghhh.
And now for the weather.

Freezing temperatures, frigid eerie conditions and off peak howling gales. But enough about my home life. Perhaps I did over step the mark. Maybe sometimes I go too far, I dangle my good nature over the precipice of good taste and good god but it's a long way down. So I try to reel myself in, honest I do. But sanity isn’t my forte. Neither is reason for that matter.
Oh, you don’t want to hear what I did. You don’t need to hear my horrific sob story. Why would you want to hear me repeat the damnable thing I said?

Who can it help now? And it was wrong, by gods it was filthy. I’m
shuddering even now. But that might be because I’m sitting outside my front door in a pair of heavily worn socks and Sponge Bob Speedos as ice rains down from Valhalla. And the language. Wow, that’s all I’ll say. How does one even fit ‘crevice’ and ‘turgid proboscis’ into a sentence of only six words without expecting repercussions? It's madness. And that was but the start. A simple heart-warming joke about—never mind. I shall say no more and bother you no further. Adieu dear reader, adieu. And should you find
these words, digitised in some form and locked within the alien mind of this far fangled electronic lap suitable finger tap operated device. And said device is protruding from my anus. Know this. For what I said god’s love and hold me- I deserve better. Because I am better than you people.

Most of you people, like 90% at least. Unless Neil deGrasse Tyson pops his clogs before I do. Then it's more like 98% better. Build a statue to my name. Carve my face into some poor unsuspecting mountain and gaze lovingly on it. For I am your better and you should never be allowed to forget that.

But seriously, the joke was hideous so I probably did deserve it. Wow. I am a bad person. Anyhoo, cheerie pip and all that.

(HOST'S NOTE: I have requested that an ankle monitor--two, in fact, for redundancy-- be surgically attached to CTS so that we may know where he is at all times)

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee "I Just Want to be Your Everything"

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!

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The Word Count Podcast Episode 53 – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

Alan-Rickman-Wallpaper-alan-rickman-7878035-1280-1024Wow.

2016 has started on a very sour note! From the deaths of Natalie Cole and Motörhead front man Lemmy Kilmister to David Bowie and Alan Rickman’s passing.

So I thought I’d ask for a story based on a different sort of theme for the next show

Celebrity Death, a Fan’s Perspective

I want stories from a fan’s perspective—dealing with the death of a favorite celebrity. Could be a musician or an actor. Perhaps a famous author. It can take place in present day or in the past.

A unique challenge for those I lovingly call “The Word Count Irregulars.”

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:

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THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 53 – “Celebrity Death, a Fan’s Perspective”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 29 January 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on a theme of “Celebrity Death, a Fan’s Perspective.”

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 29 January 2016. 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.

Peace

 

 

 

 

On Death and Celebrity

You, ma'am, need a "Time Out."
You, ma'am, need a "Time Out."

We are just barely at the halfway mark of the first month in the New Year and we have already lost so many iconic performers. Death, that fickle bitch, needs to take a time out, in my very humble opinion.

Over on social media, David Bowie posts, memes, and notes of remembrance, are already being over taken by “always,” and many other Alan Rickman-isms. I get it—I really do. It’s not so much their celebrity, it’s more about how these people helped us discover who we are.

alan-rickman

To paraphrase Moriarity (from the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman most brilliant Sherlock series) People die. That’s what they do.

Bowie

Celebrate life. Celebrate the good things you’ve enjoyed and the people that mean something to you. Laugh. Be different. Be something special.

I know we are sad for these most recent losses because these performers (actors, musicians, what have you) touched our own lives in different ways. Cancer took both Bowie and Rickman-- both at the too-young age of 69. But look what they accomplished in those 69 years.

So I say reflect. Watch a copy of Galaxy Quest or Labyrinth. Listen to one of David Bowie’s 25 albums or enjoy an Indie film of Alan Rickman’s.

Then stop mourning and start living. That’s my plan for today, anyway.