The Word Count Episode 24 is now LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 24 of “The Word Count” podcast!

A smaller show this week with the theme: “The urn you picked up in a garage sale still contains ashes…”

Three stories and three talented writers join us this week!

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Our guests this week:


kimmydon2shrunk2KIMBERLY GOULD


Author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, mother of a five year old with imaginary friends and wife to her non-imaginary husband. She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.


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



Twitter: @kimmydonn


plumer-photo.JPGCARL PLUMER

Carl earned an MA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. His short stories have appeared in The Book Times Blink | Ink, Black Lantern Publishing,                                                                              The Foghorn Magazine, Girls with Insurance, Static Movement, and elsewhere.



Twitter: @carlplumer






“I lost my mind some time ago and am putting up a fifty cent reward for anyone who finds and brings it back, fifty one cent for anyone who squishes it mercilessly. It looks a lot like a walnut / cephalopod hybrid and answers to the name of Trixie. Approach with caution. Or just throw rocks at it from a safe distance.”


Twitter: @KRSTVR



Submissions for the next WORD COUNT PODCAST are now OPEN!

GhostThe Word Count Podcast Episode 24.

Ah…now we are back to the creepy themes that seem to be a staple here at The Word Count. As a Dark Urban Fantasy writer, I say “Good on ya!”

Without further waffling, the theme for the next show is:


“The urn you picked up in a garage sale still contains ashes…”


 Submission guidelines below. I expect stories that will keep me awake at night!


Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

PROMPT: “The urn you picked up in a garage sale still contains ashes…”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday 23th March 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 (“The urn you picked up in a garage sale still contains ashes…”) 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 ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail. The e-mail should also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest 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 23rd of March. 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.

Get writing and recording!



YOU select the Theme for the next WORD COUNT PODCAST!

StalkingWell, it certainly is that time…time for a new podcast I mean!

Off to the left is a poll to select the next them for the Word Count Podcast

(For previous shows, notes and links–click HERE)

So what to choose this time around?  Well, pick from the following:

  • The urn you picked up in a garage sale still contains ashes…
  • Standing on the ledge of a 40-story building, a woman contemplates the unthinkable…
  • The hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you realize you’re being followed…
  • Being blind has its advantages…
  • The robbery went horribly wrong when…

I’ll close the poll on 16 March.  You can vote once a day for your favorite…so come back often!