The Word Count Episode 11 – “I Have a Secret…”

Welcome to Episode 11 of “The Word Count” podcast!
Links to the show:
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

This week’s show is based on the theme “I have a secret…

The show this week is dedicated to the victims, aid workers and heros in Japan.  To that end, I would like to invite all writers to check out FRANKIE SACHS’ request for submissions to his anthology Stories for Japan.  Find out more at http://storiesforjapan.blogspot.com.

Our guests this week:

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

MonicaMONICA MARIER

Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In. His latest novel – a dark, comic satire on the spy/crime genres – is about to appear. It’s called The Sparrow Conundrum.
 
 
Twitter name: @carver22

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

Diane grew up not-Eye-talian but in a town that was. The experience left her with a love of words and a rather energetic style of verbal expression. She is the author of Dragon Academy, a YA fantasy-adventure tale set in Hunterdon County NJ. She is also the founder and Creative Director of Pfoxmoor Publishing, www.pfoxmoorpublishing.com and www.pfoxchase.com
Twitter: @diane_nelson

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON
 
Bio: Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.
 
 
Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Sachula32011J. D. ROBINSON

J.D. is an anime and manga addict, just trying to get the voices out of her head. She tends to write mostly Urban Fantasy and Paranormal, but dabbles in Horror and traditional Fantasy as well.
Website: http://jdwrites.com (where you can follow her life and works in progress with snippets uploaded every week.)

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon
Written under her pen name of Stacey Danson.
Author
Empty Chairs
Twitter – @pursoot

LMSTULLL.M. STULL

Originally a Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull now resides in Southern Virginia.  She has always been a creative person and studied classical piano and dance from a young age.

During the day you will find her chained to a desk at a law firm.  Yes, she works for lawyers.  Now you understand why she writes about creatures . . . Boom!  At night she channels her inner creative monster and writes (sorry, she doesn’t turn into a werewolf or anything).  
Her debut paranormal romance novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, is scheduled to be released Spring 2011:
When she’s not writing or feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she laces up and runs (and sometimes drinks wine…yeah, okay maybe more than sometimes).
There are several ways you can go about stalking her on the web if your little heart so desires: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads (Hint: she’ll totally think you’re awesome if you add her upcoming books to your to-read pile) and of course her really cool Website.  She also runs the Fellow Writer’s group on Facebook.

5MF Roadshow Week 3

HEAD over to read all entries and see the finalists after 3:30 by clicking:
5 Minute Fiction Blog Tour: Week 3!

So the day is FINALLY here! 

Welcome to 5Minute Fiction, guys!  Ready?

Again, thanks so much to Leah Petersen, the founder of this INCREDIBLE contest, for letting me steal borrow her idea do this on my blog.
 
And we call it 5 Minute Fiction because you write a nice little piece of fiction in five minutes. Crazy people that we are. Are you new? Get in there and start scrapping!
The Rules
* You get five minutes to write a piece of prose in any style or genre
* You must directly reference today’s prompt: PUB
  
(Note: The prompt is the word. The picture is for decoration/inspiration.)
pub 
* Post your entry as a comment to this post. ***NOTE: if you have any issue with the comments, E-MAIL ME YOUR ENTRY at: me@rbwood.com ***

I’ll close the contest at 1:45 p.m. EST. That gives you 5 minutes to write and 10 to accommodate the vagaries of relative time, technology, and the fickle internets. If you are confused or just want to whine, feel free to email me.

At the close of the contest, this week’s guest judge, ME (Mwahahaha! The POWER!) will nominate five finalists. I’ll put the nominees in a poll in the left hand column, and at 9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, I’ll close the poll and declare the winner.

For updates, you can subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to my blog via email, or follow me on Twitter!!
  
What’s the prize? Well, nothing, obviously. But we’ll all agree to tweet and/or blog about the winner of today’s contest so their fame and fortune will be assured.

A Few Notes:
* In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internet decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, email me. Sometimes comments go into the suspected spam folder and I have to dig them out.
* I reserve the right to remove hate speech or similar but I’m not too picky about the other stuff.
* This is all for fun and self-promotion. So be sure to put your twitter handle at the end of your post and a link to your blog if you have one.
All right, that’s about it! Have fun, y’all, happy writing, and good luck! 🙂
Oh! And don’t forget to participate in the next two weeks of the blog tour, hosted by the following wonderful writerly folks: (In Claire Legrand words—yeah I totally copy-pasted from her blog, lol!)

March 29: JM Frey, @scifrey (<<she’s a science fiction writer and fanthropologist living in Toronto. Her freakingfablulous book TRIPTYCH is available from Dragon Moon Press: http://bit.ly/hORLkN!)

April 5: Sam Adamson, @FutureNostalgic (<<one of the authors involved in the holycrapamazing The Splintered Lands collaborative writing project!)

The Word Count Episode 10 – “A Conversation with Death”

death2Welcome to Episode 10 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “A Conversation with Death.

We have stories of the macabre, stories with twists, and tales most erotic this week. We have six author’s submissions for your listening pleasure. I think you’ll really enjoy the show. As always, comments and feedback are very much welcome.

LINKS:

iTunes (which always takes a while to post): ITUNES

DIRECT Feed: RSS-DIRECT

***Note as of 6:40 PM Eastern Time I’m getting reports of intermittent download issues.  I’ve escalated this to my hosting service and the issue should be resolved shortly***

 

Our guests this week:

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

The theme for the ‘cast this week came at Monica’s suggestion.

Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

 Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

LMSTULLL.M. STULL

Originally a Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull now resides in Southern Virginia. She has always been a creative person and studied classical piano and dance from a young age.

During the day you will find her chained to a desk at a law firm. Yes, she works for lawyers. Now you understand why she writes about creatures . . . Boom! At night she channels her inner creative monster and writes (sorry, she doesn’t turn into a werewolf or anything).

Her debut paranormal romance novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, is scheduled to be released Spring 2011:

When she’s not writing or feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she laces up and runs (and sometimes drinks wine…yeah, okay maybe more than sometimes).

There are several ways you can go about stalking her on the web if your little heart so desires: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads (Hint: she’ll totally think you’re awesome if you add her upcoming books to your to-read pile) and of course her really cool Website. She also runs the Fellow Writer’s group on Facebook.

 

NyaNYA RAWLYNS

Nya prefers the dark and gritty side of storytelling: dark urban fantasy, romance/erotica and action-adventure. Her novella, a contemporary romance, Sculpting David came out in Feb. from Red Sage and of course plays against her preferred type. She has a novel, Portals: Spar with the Devil, due out late spring from PfoxChase.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Bio: Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk and http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

Sachula32011J. D. ROBINSON

J.D. is an anime and manga addict, just trying to get the voices out of her head. She tends to write mostly Urban Fantasy and Paranormal, but dabbles in Horror and traditional Fantasy as well.

Website: http://jdwrites.com (where you can follow her life and works in progress with snippets uploaded every week.)

 

 

 

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

 

Website: www.edenbaylee.com

Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edenbaylee

bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

 

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In.

 Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

 Twitter name: @carver22

 


Week Forty Winning Entry

PROMPT: CRASHwhite_wine_sunset

 

Look, I know you’ll think I’m crazy when I tell you this but my neighbors, the Petersen’s, are cannibals.

There. I said it.

We’ve gone through twelve mailmen since I moved here a year ago. Twelve. This is not a normal turnover rate.

Then there were the guys working on the Petersen’s house. Started out with ten workmen. Then it was five. One day, I heard a loud crash, a scream and then silence. The next day Mr. Petersen was finishing the work himself.

Still think I’m nuts?

The old lady, Mrs. Tyson, who lived on the other side of the Petersen’s disappeared one day. How many eighty-something-year-olds just disappear?

The cops looked for weeks and never found the old bat. Now her house is for sale.

When my mom was sick last week, the Petersen’s stopped by to wish her well. They brought meatloaf.

Mom, dad and my stupid sister loved it. I almost gagged and had to leave the room.

Now I’m told that I’ll be cutting the Petersen’s lawn this summer for ‘college money.’ I’m leaving this note on my Facebook page in case you never hear from me again.

And Mr. and Mrs. Petersen? If you’re reading this, I hear sixteen-year-old boys are tough and chewy. My sister, however, eats nothing but ice cream all day and I’ll bet she’d go nice with a crisp white wine.