The Word Count Episode 31 is LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 31 of “The Word Count” podcast!

I really do need a separate site for the podcast—DSGJ!  I need you!!

The show was a bit delayed (seems to be the story these days…ba-DUM-bum) due to life reasons, but we’re back on track now!

This week, four of the “Wordcount Irregulars” join us for the reader chosen theme of “THE THIEF.

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.  It’s fantabulous, if I do say so myself.  And I do.


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 BayleeOne Stolen Night

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


AngelicaAngelica DawsonBlue Moon House – Kitten

Angelica Dawson is the author of Blue Moon House, a Vampire BDSM novella, as well as contributor to the third Campus Sexpoits Anthology and the first Serviced Anthology. As an environmental consultant, she is no stranger to blood sucking hordes, but finds they are more often mosquitoes and black flies than vampires.

Twitter: @angelicadawson




Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas SmithVolume 36c – Meta

Wait what, I wrote something. I don’t remember doing that. I remember thinking about it. I remember having a conversation with my brain box but then . . . oh schnitzel fuck!

I, yeah.

Mum says I’m a very talented, “Writer”. My English teacher for the last four years of school once said, and I quote, “Smith, stop playing with that and pay attention”. I’ve never forgotten those words. That’s how come I can write them down. My influences include, sugar, imaginary friends (Hi Stabby Hands), inconsistent drug use as a teen, my Uncle Joe sitting on my head when I was a baby, my little sister trying to murder me with a van when I was seven. Some of my favourite things are jabbering, ruining TV for people by loudly criticising whatever is on, asking people to lower their music, scowling at teenagers and arguing with pets regarding the veracity of eighteenth century French philosophers.

I am C. Thomas Smith, and I apologise for this message.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =


AntonioAntonio AngeloA Simple Misunderstanding

Antonio is the super secret identity of Brad O’Neill who is really bad at keeping secrets.  Antonio writes things that would get Brad in trouble and that is why he is confined to live out his entire existence on the internet and is never allowed to pass over into the physical realm where Brad lives happily with his wife and daughter and is currently in the process of completing a science fiction novella with a touch of spice– and we aren’t talking Dune here.

Twitter: @antonioangelo21

Book location:

Roll a d20 for Entertainment…

One of the things I love about Boston is the local theater scene.  The Company One production of  Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters” was in it’s last evening kickass performances when the wife and I saw it (note to any cast member who happens to read this: 4:00 PM show, the guy with the loud laugh.  That was me).

I write fantasy—so yes.  I played D&D when I was younger.  And the show is heavy with outstanding references that poke fun and embrace the ‘game of nerds’ at the same time.

It’s the story of straight-laced Agnes, a 25-year-old schoolteacher who lost her parents and her younger sister, Tilly, in a car accident.  While cleaning up her sister’s room, Agnes discovers a D&D game written by the late teen and decides (with the help of Dungeon Master Chuck) to play the weird game her geek-sister had loved so much.

We meet Tilly through her character, Tillius the Paladin, and share in the adventure as Agnes finally finds out who her teenage sister was.

And there are two evil succubi cheerleaders.  How can you go wrong with that?

Intertwined with the game, the audience is drawn into the life Tilly led— we experience her fears, her love and most of all–her hopes. And we also, along with Agnes, learn a bit about ourselves as well.

The cast were fab—each in her or his own way bringing to life a cast of characters born from dice.


The Cast

Back Row: Stewart Evan Smith (Orcus), Paige Clark Perkinson (Agnes), Jordan Clark (Tilly/Tillius the Paladin), Adobuere Ebiama (Kaliope/Kelly), Meredith Saran (Lilith/Lily)

Front Row: Jordan Sobel (Miles), Jacqui Dupré (Evil Gabby), Mike Handelman (Dungeon Master Chuck), Kaitee Tredway (Evil Tina)

PHOTO: Copyright © 2012


This gem of a play was well performed and well received.  It’s in its last night, so I’m afraid the review is a bit late to help build an audience.  However, if you are local or ever visiting Boston, check out the Boston Center for the Arts and especially the shows that Company One put on.

Bravo and brava.  Well done all.


SUBMISSIONS now being accepted! Episode 31 of The Word Count Podcast.

thiefThe reader chosen theme for the next Word Count Podcast got out to an early start and never looked back!

So without further ado, I give you the episode 31 story prompt:

The Thief

As I cackle madly in imagining what our Word Count Irregulars will come up with, allow me to provide generalities about the show.

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 and 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 12000 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 SUNDAY 12 May, 2013

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“The Thief) 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 MUST 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 12 May 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.



In Memoriam

J_and_Doug_Flutie“Can I %^&*ing talk to you for a minute?”

Those were the first words my late friend Jeannine Lennihan Firestone said to me.  I was running a project–moving her and the department she worked for to another building.  The type of project I’ve run a dozen times in my 30-year career.

“Sure,” I said.  “What’s up?” (Having grown up in New York, I was very used to the f-word being used as punctuation).

Jeannine spent ten minutes grilling me with questions she had regarding the move.  I answered each of her questions–and at the end, she smiled at me (with that nose wrinkling crooked smile that melted hearts everywhere) and said “Okay then.  That’s satisfactory.”

From her, that was high praise.

I know it sounds bitchy—and I guarantee I thought the same thing back then.  But it wasn’t.  It was just Jeannine.  She is—was (I’m still having difficulties speaking about her in the past tense) a perfectionist.  And the simple fact is she expected that from everyone.

T_and_JWe are talking about a woman who made director of a pharmaceutical company in her mid-thirties, was an extremely talented artist, a sports competitor (She played professional dodgeball while pregnant.–very VERY pregnant), a mom and a wife.

Many of these things she also did while fighting stage four cancer.

While I was dating my wife in 2007, she mentioned to Jeannine that I was going to move in.  Confused, Jeannine asked “But where will he sleep?”

My wife gave her a look. Jeannine responded with “Oh!  I thought he was gay!”

“I assure you,” said my wife. “He’s not.”

A conversation we never let her forget.

Jeannine was someone full of life, full of competitive spirit, and full of love.  For her husband, Brant. Her son, Graham.  Her sister and the rest of her family.  Not to mention the far too numerous number of friends to name. She was a bright light that everyone wanted to see and be with.  Honest to a fault, demanding as all hell and one of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege to know.

Her memory is something I will carry with me forever.  As I used a bit of who she is in one of the main characters in my series, I will always be visiting with her from time to time.


Right now, she’d be yelling at me for being sentimental.  But she’d be doing it with a twinkle in her eye, secretly pleased.

She might even consider it… satisfactory.

We love you J.  And always will.