The Word Count Episode 22 – “I Washed the blood from my hands…”

Welcome to Episode 22 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Ah, and here I was thinking The Word Count had run its course. There is no ‘Episode 21’ as that was to be the Holiday Special, of which I’d only received one entry. Disenfranchised, yet determined, I decided to give it another go.

Well, low and behold I had the most votes on the next theme (187 total) and no less than NINE stories submitted for episode 22.

Be prepared, my friends. The stories in this weeks show are weird, graphic, erotic and creepy in the extreme. Nine talented souls stepped up for our theme:

“I washed the blood from my hands…”

Links to the show:


iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):


Our guests this week:

eb_newweb_picEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.

Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.






Real life is just too real, which is why Mhairi usually writes fantasy, with real people encountering the requisite griffins, unicorns, werewolves and/or vampires. And because she likes a laugh, there are also pink mice and gods with faulty moral compasses. Because the real world can’t be totally ignored, there’s often a lot of blood in her stories too. She’s been to six schools (seven if you include university) and lived in four countries on two continents. She speaks three languages and bits and pieces of three more. She once galloped a horse into a cow (by accident) and she’s been to Machu Picchu three

times. Apart from writing, she likes pretty shoes, making jewelry, films, dancing, reading and chocolate. Don’t forget the chocolate.


 Your Twitter name (if you have one): @AMhairiSimpson



Kadin Seton is a professional trainer who teaches management and leadership skills. She loves her new job working for a large non-profit company and is proud to be giving back to society. Kadin also enjoys reading and writing science fiction.  She is currently working on a sci fi series and hopes to have the first book, “Descent Into Darkness” available later this year.

Twitter: @kadinseton




Matthew had his debut novel (Fall From Grace) around the same time as RB, and was also very fortunate to be a beta reader on the Prodigal’s Foole (which, by the way, is awesome – buy it now!). Matthew is British and lives in a small town you’ve probably never heard of, but loves it all the same.  Aside from eating his own body weight in chocolate, his hobbies include reading, plotting ways to make a regular enough income from writing, and learning British Sign Language.



Website: and

Twitter: @mnwjm1981



Julia Mae Staley has been writing since she could put words together. At the age of 8, she wrote her first short story entitled: “The Adventurer”, a twist on an Australian folktale.  As a teen, she longed for a novel about a strong but imperfect female heroine, and it was then that Ebony Havenworth and the world she inhabits first walked into Julia’s head. She is in the process of submitting the YA fantasy trilogy to agents.  Her blog, is currently home to much of the backstory of “Ebony”.  While she reads voraciously, Julia’s favorite works tend to be in the realm of fantasy. Escapism and shirking duty is a motivating factor in this. Don’t tell anyone.  She attends a bi-weekly writer’s group of local authors, where they discuss the elusive perfect novel over cups of steaming tea. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her parents and her cats: the queen Alpha, and the mischievous Maui.  Julia is also a very accomplished musician and singer/songwriter, and has a BM in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. You can learn more at

Twitter: @juliamaestaley


C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on under the name Krstvr being the other). I’ve written two novels this year, Godkiller (122000 Words) & Tale (100000 Words). And I hope to hone my craft to the point where others enjoy the stories in my head as much as I do.


Twitter = @KRSTVR




JORDAN JONES (“Rather Drunk”)

Podcaster out of Broken Bow Oklahoma.


Twitter: @apforce



kimmydon2shrunk2KIMBERLY GOULD

Author of Cargon: Honour & Privilege and regular contributor to the

Picture Prompt Writing Challenge. Kim, also known as Kimmydonn, is also a part time environmental consultant, wife and mother. Her husband describes her as aerodynamically curvaceous. She is easily flattered.


Twitter: @kimmydonn


bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

I was born in Plymouth, England a long time ago but I’ve lived most of my life in Scotland. I’ve written stage and radio plays, songs and sketches for revues, flash fiction, short stories, novels, stories for children and books aimed at helping students to get the most out of university and write effective academic essays and dissertations. I’ve been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter. I’ve also spent a few years as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.


SHADOW SELVES (October 2011)

THE DARKNESS (July 2011) (Runner-up in the Mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)

THE SPARROW CONUNDRUM (March 2011) (Winner of the Humor category in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)





(How-to books)



BRILLIANT ESSAY (December 2010)




(As Jack Rosse)





Twitter: @carver22

The Word Count Podcast Episode 22 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!

Bloody_handsThe people have spoken and we have our theme for the next ‘cast!

“I washed the blood from my hands…”

Well, the theme is selected, you know what happens next—a short original story, written by YOU and recorded for inclusion in the next Word Count.


Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

PROMPT: “I washed the blood from my hands…”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday 27th January 2012

THE DETAILS:The work must be an original of yours. It could be a poem, short story, song—anything really as long as you write something based on the stated theme (“I washed the blood from my hands…”). Do NOT exceed ten 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, please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail. The e-mail should also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your bio
  • Links to your websites
  • Your Twitter name (if you have one)
  • A photo I can use for the show notes
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast

At the end of the recording, please add the following: “The is <YOUR NAME> author of <YOUR WORK(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast

Send your file to by Friday the 27th of January. You can also e-mail me with questions before hand. 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.

The First podcast theme poll of 2012!

Books02It’s a New Year so it’s time for a new themed show!

Off to the LEFT, you can select what you’d like to see for the next Word Count. I’ll close the poll next Tuesday (17 January) so come back each day and vote…

Your Selection this week is “Starting Lines…” from the first person perspective:

“I awoke to find myself in the smoldering wreckage…”

“I washed the blood from my hands…”

“It was the first time a woman had ever done that for me…”

“Before he could say another word, I had the sword in my hand…”

“I’d been haunting the keep for centuries…”

Pick your favorite and get ready to write!



The 2012 Resolutions Post

calvin-and-hobbesSo, we are now into a New Year. It’s a time to set goals for 2012 and look at the longer-range plans and modify them accordingly. I thought I’d share a few of my goals with all of you for two reasons:

  1. To write down goals that I consider to be realistic and achievable.
  2. To publicize them so you all can guilt me into success. 🙂 

I, of course, have personal resolutions which my partner and I share every New Year’s Eve. And those things will remain private. Believe-you-me, we will encourage and support each other as we have for the last five years. I have no doubts about that.

These are my writer-goals. And in no particular order, I list all ten here for your comment and laughter. 🙂


  1. Publish TWO books of the Arcana Chronicles this year. Yes, I said TWO. Book two is about 35% written and I have a goal of July 1 for “go live.” I’d like to get Book 3 ready by Christmas.
  2. Publish THREE short stories (There is one anthology already in the works)
  3. Make a final decision on the future of The Word Count Podcast– Submissions have dropped dramatically for the last few episodes, to the point where I actually had to cancel 2011’s Holiday Show. Do I change formats? Get a co-host? Or close it down all together.
  4. 2012 publishing strategy
  5. Collaborative writing-I have been bouncing ideas around with Emmett Spain and others for months now. I’d like to get moving on some of these
  6. Attend ReaderCON and one other writing conference
  7. Review and publicize more of my fellow Indie writer’s work
  8. Be available to help along newbie writers when possible
  9. Participate on Social Media in a social way, less sales blasts
  10. Read twice as many books as I did in 2011


Will I achieve all of the above? I’ll let you know at the end of December, assuming the Mayan calendar hoopla is wrong.

Happy 2012. My your dreams become reality this year!