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The Word Count  NaNoWriMo Special Edition Podcast

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This is a shorter episode entitled “Half Way” as it is close to 15 November, half way through Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The theme for this episode is, of course, in honor of National Novel Writing month– where four intrepid guests are reading from their NaNo-based Works In Progress.

Our guests for this show:


NoelleNoelle Pierce – Noelle started writing fiction in 2009, when a story crept into her head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, she’s lost countless hours of sleep writing into the early morning hours because more stories wanted to be written. Her novels are historical romance, but her short stories include romance, mainstream fiction, and erotica. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with photo-editing software to make book covers and movie-making software to make book trailers. Anything to keep from doing housework.

Website: http://www.noellepierce.com

Twitter: @noellepierce




Chris_PictureChristopher Blanchard – Christopher Blanchard is a 37 year old husband and father who has decided to really get serious about becoming a published author. He is currently shopping around his novel The Windsmith. He currently is working on a project where he writes one short story a week for a full year, which can be found at his blog, http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com. His newest novel, The Life and Times of Aries Webb, which is a series of short stories about the first man born on Mars, is being posted on his blog each week. He is also planning on working on an epic fantasy as soon as his weekly short story project is done, and also sending out some of his shorts to get published. He’s crazy like that.

Website: http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com

Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor




denred-resizedNya Rawlyns
– is the author of Sculpting David, scheduled for release in early Winter by Red Sage.  She writes primarily erotica and paranormal romance.  Nya will post daily galleys from her NaNoWriMo book, Portals: The Devil and the Falcon, on her blogsite www.romancingwords.com.  Nya also writes under the name ‘Diane Nelson’.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson


LMStallL.M. Stull –  is a Washington DC native who relocated to southern Virginia. During the day, she works with lawyers, but at night she channels her inner creative monster and writes. Her debut novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, will be available early next year.

Website: http://www.lmstull.com

Blog: http://lmstull.blogspot.com
Twitter: @LMStull

Special 5MF NaNoWriMo Edition – Week 2

Winning Entry (TIED with Jeff Pfaller)

Prompt: Your Main Character finds a painting of himself/herself.


Penelope Price stopped dead in her tracks.  The echo of her heels coming to an abrupt halt, much to the relief of the visitors around her.

Having almost an unlimited source of money and a black hole where her scruples were supposed to sit, makes for an interesting time traveler.

The plans she had made were all working quite well, thank you very much.

It was the little things–the unexpected things—that were a direct result of her meddling with the fabric of time/space that always shocked her.

She stared at her discovery.

She was meeting her contact with a line into Mussolini’s new government.  Penelope was about to close a deal to sell the 20th century dictator microchip technology.  

“It must have been a side journey,” she thought.

The little Italian weasel of a go-between–Carducci—had insisted on meeting somewhere public.

Three years ago, she thought.  That mistake with the time settings.  She though she’d left before anyone noticed.

But obviously not.  She began to laugh.

The Sistine Chapel in Rome was as public a place as any.

And there, on the ceiling, was a perfect representation of Penelope…in her 1930’s costume.


“Michelangelo, you old dog!” she said.