The Word Count episode 29 – SUBMISSIONS now Being Accepted!

paparazzi1Well that was exciting!

The poll to choose the prompt for the next Word Count Podcast went well past midnight, tied for a good part of the weekend.

But there can be only one in the end, so without further ado, I give you the episode 29 prompt:

That’s when the cameras all turned toward me…

It’s gonna be a weird one!

So now that the glove has been tossed down, you might be wondering– what IS The Word Count and how do you participate?

I put together the podcast to feature writers (new and “old hands,” famous and just starting) as a way to get YOUR writing out there.  The show is simple; based on a prompt, you create an original short story, then record yourself reading it.  That’s it.

No ads, no hard sell.  Just a podcast with great stories.

Why do I do it?  It’s a hobby.  And I’ve been meeting wonderful authors through the show.  It’s all about networking and friendships.

The show has been downloaded over 10,000 times since it started, an average of

about 500 per episode.  Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans.

So…you’ll be needing the guidelines then.  Right.



Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by 29 March, 2013

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“That’s when the cameras all turned toward me…”) 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 or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission should also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • 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.

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 29 March 2013. 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.



YOU Choose the Prompt – The Word Count Episode 29

aavoteSeven stories last time!  It looks like the Word Count Podcast is back to stay!

(You can check out ALL the past shows via iTunes or by heading to my Libsyn page. )

I’m lining up a few tweaks to the show in the coming months—from a dedicated show webpage (with a bit more flair than the Libsyn site) to trying out a few suggestions I’ve received from some of the “Word Count Irregulars”—authors who participate on the show on a semi-frequent basis.

But for the next show—episode 29—we’ll do things the old fashioned way.

I’ve setup up a poll off to the left with a choice of FIVE possible prompts for The Word Count episode 29.  You know the drill—vote for your favorite by making a selection and clicking on the “vote” button.  Remember to check the results to confirm your vote counted as sometimes the interwebs are as touchy as a menstruating cougar.

WAIT.  You don’t KNOW what the Word Count Podcast is?  Well, read ON dear sinner!

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 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.

Now for the voting!

Again, to the LEFT, I’ve posted five potential prompts for the next Word Count.  The poll will remain open for the weekend, and close out midnight the 17th of March 2013.

I think there are a few good ones to choose from…so vote often an early and get your friends to help YOU pick the theme for the next Word Count!


The Word Count Episode 28 is LIVE!

noir_detective2Welcome to Episode 28 of “The Word Count” podcast!

I blame C. Thomas Smith for the lateness of the show this weekend.  I tried to read his bio numerous times on the ‘cast and ended up laughing each time.  So I skipped it and posted it below.  Along with the bios of our six other guests.

It’s a special hour-long Word Count this week so I hope you enjoy it!

The theme our writers used for the show this week is:



One. Two. Three. He caressed each bullet in the palm of his hand before slipping it into its chamber…

But before we introduce our writers, 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 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.




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




Our guests this week:

eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “Farewell My Love”

Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and infuses erotic elements into many of her stories. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is both sensual and sexual.

Her latest release is a book of erotic flash fiction and poetry called HOT FLASH.

SPRING INTO SUMMER is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to her first book, FALL INTO WINTER.

Connect with her via her websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook


TristanTristan John S. “A Sea of Troubles”

Born the eldest of non-identical twins in Kent, Tristan’s first ambition was to become a writer.  Having trained as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, London from 1995-2001 on a joint first study of violin and piano, he went up to Cambridge University where he graduated with an MA in Theology and Religious Studies.  Since 2008 he has been a Qualified Secondary Teacher of Music and RE.

Tristan started writing poetry as a teenager and then turned his attention to prose, completing his first novel whilst still at University.  He has written five plays, three of which have been produced and is now seeking publication for the first in a series of novels for young adults, The Lesser Evil.

Having left full time teaching, Tristan now works as a freelance musician, writer and private tutor.  He is also an avid film maker and directed a feature film adaptation of the beloved book “Blitzed” by celebrated children’s author, Robert Swindells in 2010, in collaboration with a local primary school.

Websites:,    Facebook =


MMUNSONMatthew Munson “Chamber”

Matthew is the proud author of Fall From Grace, which was published in October 2011. Its sequel, Leap of Faith, is due out in August 2013. He’s British and lives in a small town you’ve probably never heard of right by the sea. Aside from his slow-burning writing career, Matthew is a disability advocate (through The Two Dyspraxics), is learning British Sign Language and is very proud of the fact that he is contributor to the Word Count Podcast.


Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Website & Blog:


IMG_20130301_220843_1M. Holder “Memory”

M. Holder shares her life with two men, a daughter and three cats. When not checking the bottom of her laundry basket for stories, she studies Taekwondo and training for a 5k. “Memory” was whispered in her ear on the way home from work.

Follow her ramblings, pictures and adventures on Twitter: @runawaylolrus


AntonioAntonio Angelo “It’s All for Luck”

My pen name is Antonio Angelo, which I write erotica under.

I write some action adventure type short stories under Brad O’Neill

My current work in progress is a choose your own adventure style erotic novel.  It is a cross between Mike Hammer and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  There are some BDSM elements and the reader gets to play the part of the Detective.  Who in addition to harboring a minor drug problem and doing some pimping on the side has a series of murders he is trying to get to the bottom of.

@antonioangelo21 is my twitter handle.

You can find his erotic stories on Smashwords:


KRSTVR__DINGIRC. Thomas Smith “Our Hero”

I have been remiss here on the Word Count Podcast in the past. I see that others take this bio malarkey as an opportunity to tell the world about their writing, to showcase their talents and their achievements and all that other good stuff. So here, for your own edification are some recent quotes about my work.

“Don’t read this, please.”

“This book gave me crabs.”

“It’s a rectal prolapse as prose.”

“This book is so badass, it took my dog out back and shot him twice in the face before ravishing my woman and sailing off into the sunset with her while sipping champagne and curling its evil moustache. Now my kids call me, “our other daddy”.”

“This book totally changed my life. Now I cry every morning when I wake up.”

“It’s like sucking the tongue of a ten dollar hooker who you just paid fifty dollars to slurp the ass of a neighbour’s cat after you fed it a mortal dose of super strength laxatives.”

Granted the above quotes are mine but they are all true and really sincere. I take myself very seriously and hope you don’t remember the prolapse quote or the super strength laxative out of a cat’s ass quote the next time you chew down on a warm sticky chocolate muffin or slurp a mouthful of luke warm coffee. As ever, I remain your faithful scribbler at large. Now I must write an apology letter to my neighbour. I hope she has a strong stomach and sees Twinkles death as art rather than blatant insanity.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =

Email =


Bill_KBill Kirton “Mighty Words”

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 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.

Writing as Jack Rosse, he’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22