SUBMISSIONS now being accepted for episode 34 of The Word Count Podcast!

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED…Shhh Recording underway.
Theoraclesom

<Holding a sealed envelope to my head>

I see…a new prompt for episode 34 of The Word Count Podcast.

And how about that…I’m right!

Our prompt as chosen by the massively brilliant readership of my blog:

The Oracle smiled and said “Ah. I have been waiting for you…”

The Word Count is open to submissions to anyone.  And I want to be clear here.  I affectionately call those who contribute more than once to the show the “Word Count Irregulars.”  Submissions to the show are absolutely open to ALL artists out there.  I have had poems, songs and rants submitted that have made it onto the show.

My point is this.  If you write and want to expand your audience for free, this is a really fun way to do it.  Just follow the submission guidelines and get writing!

But first, allow me to provide a little background 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. I rely on the contributing writers and fans to promote the hell out of it and we are way over 17,000 downloads at this point.

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.

Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans. So…now you’ll be needing the guidelines.

Oracle 

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 34

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 6 September, 2013 at MIDNIGHT.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“The Oracle smiled and said “Ah. I have been waiting for you…”).

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 me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 6 September 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.

Peace

Time for another WORD COUNT PODCAST – and You get to pick the prompt!

witchesI SO love hosting The Word Count Podcast!

Where else can I torture fellow writers into writing & recording original stories for me?

I just post them on the ‘cast because it would seem unbelievably self-centered if I didn’t share the brilliance of The Word Count Irregulars!

I feel a tingle to get moving on the next show, so I thought I’d post five potential themes for what will become episode 34.

I’ve setup up a poll off to the left with a choice of FIVE potential prompts.  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 cat with a bag of catnip.

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?

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 30th of August  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 Irregulars await your pleasure.

Peace

An Author Survey

BooksIf you are looking for the latest WORD COUNT PODCAST click HERE

 

I was recently trolling on fellow author/friend sites and came across an Author’s Survey of sorts over at Alex  Kimmell’s site. A survey which he in turn had swiped from Jeff Tsuruoka ‘s blog so I figure swiping is a good thing in this instance.

At least that’s how I sold it to myself.

Once I get around to redesigning my site, I’ll add a section for these marvelous writer blogs o follow religiously.  But until then, here is the survey with my own answers from ‘A’ to ‘Z.’

Enjoy!

Author(s) You’ve Read the Most Books Of:

Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler on the ‘adventure’ side of the house.  Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher and Anne Rice in the ‘Dark Fantasy’ corner.  In the creepy attic called horror, Stephen King and (continuing the metaphor) in the high-tech kitchen of Sci FI, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells.

Best Sequel Ever:

2061 from Arthur C. Clarke just made me a happy camper.

Currently Reading:

Twisted Vengeance: A Supernatural Thriller by Jeff Bennington and a book I won’t mention as it has to do with research for a future installment of my series.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

During the morning, coffee.  In the afternoon, tea.  In the evening/night either ale or Jack Daniel’s.

E-Reader or Physical Book:

I read using my Kindle app for my iPad mini most of the time.  When I can curl up with a physical book, I will.  But I find the portable library concept highly convenient as my wife and I own a very small house.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – All three books in the series are marvelous.  Too bad Larsson died too soon…

Hidden Gem Book:

The Evan Gabriel Trilogy by Steve Umstead.  I know the question stated ‘book’ meaning singular, but I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and I probably would never had picked it up had I not made the authors acquaintance a couple years ago.  He’s a good man, and his writing is superb.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Finishing the seventh book in the Harry Potter series and asking myself “Muggles can’t really be THAT stupid, can they?” It’s where The Arcana Chronicles were born.

Just Finished:

Godspeed by February Grace and Inferno by Dan Brown

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

There is nothing I won’t try once.  Twice, if I like it.

Longest Book You’ve Ever Read:

War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

IT by Stephen King.  Mr. King, I love you to pieces but you scare the living crap out of me sometimes.  Well done, sir. 

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Seven, and they are all triple filled.  Thus my acceptance of the iPad/Kindle combo.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times:

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.  The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Preferred Place to Read:

On the patio that I built with a nice Newcastle and my wife during the nicer months, in front of the fire during winter.

Quote That Inspires You:

“Ni.”  Makes me laugh every damn time.  And No matter what the situation, if I laugh I can get through it.

Reading Regret:

Twilight. Sorry, fan girls and boys.  It’s just boring.

Series You Started and Need to Finish:

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  Of course, he has to write the last few books first…

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

Sandman – Neil Gaiman

2001 – Arthur C. Clarke

Unapologetic Fanboy For:

Jim Butcher and Clive Cussler.

Very Excited for This Release Over All Others:

Honestly?  House of Hades by Rick Riordan coming in a month. 🙂

Worst Bookish Habit:

I fold over pages to mark my place.  I’ve even been given a hand designed bookmark by D. Savannah George.  Yet I keep folding…

X Marks the Spot – Stop at the Top Left of Your Shelf & Pick the 27th Book:

Really?  The 25th would have been cool.  So, the 27th:

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography which is a bit cool I guess, but I don’t like Michaelis’ writing style.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Out of the Deep: Stories of the Supernatural by Dennis Hamley 

Zzzzzzz…. The Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late:

Cold Days by Jim Butcher.  We get up at 4:30 AM every day…It takes something quite amazing for me to lose a night’s sleep. 🙂

The Word Count Episode 33

SpideyWelcome to Episode 33 of “The Word Count” podcast!

With podcasting comes great responsibility…or some such nonsense.

If your spidey-senses are tingling and the Bat Signal can be seen from your mixed comicbook publisher window, you are in for a treat.  The new show has five original stories and our first-ever non-fiction entry.

Plus a bonus.  But you’ll have to listen to find out what it is.

So grab your nipple-laden costumes and golden whips, dear sinners.  Because this week, You’ve discovered you have a superpower…

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?

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.

 

 

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpage

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

 

Our guests this week:

 

bill_KirtonBill Kirton “Donna’s Knees”

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

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

 

EmmettEmmett Spain “Terry & The Possessed Burrito”

Writer of the urban fantasy novel Old Haunts, contributor to the short story anthology for Orange Karen, and husband-to-be of the most amazing woman in the history of ever. Lives in Sydney and will publish a novel next year – if he doesn’t you can punch him in the face.

Twitter: @oldhauntsauthor

 

 

 

me3R. B. Wood “The Contingency Plan”

It’s rather self-serving for me to put my bio here as it’s my site. Putting my name here just gave me an excuse to post a picture of me with messy hair in front of recording equipment

Website: http://www.rbwood.com

Twitter: @rbwood

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rbwoodwriter

 

 

eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Power of Being Human”

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

 

 

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “My Face is the Villain”

As a bio: Is it? And so what if it is? Now hum.

He wrote a little story about a beard

He wrote a little story about a beard, it’s true

And though the concept is cheesy, and the butt blood a little creepy

He wrote a little story about a beard for you

Stop humming. That was terrible, you should feel very ashamed. Now try again and make me really feel the butt blood.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

MJKING1M. J. King “Snarktopus”

M. J. King is a Mainer who found her way back home by way of Massachusetts, Japan, and Seattle, and now lives in the coastal woods with her husband. Her short story “A Trick of Shadows” can be found in the Kickstarter-funded fantasy anthology Fight Like a Girl.

 

Website: http://mjkingwrites.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mjkingwrites

SUBMISSIONS now being accepted! Episode 33 of The Word Count Podcast.

***Submissions will be Accepted until SUNDAY 18 AUGUST!!!***

 

Right then.  It’s time to open up episode 33 of The Word Count Podcast to those intrepid writers out there.

And by ‘intrepid writers,’ I mean YOU!

Our prompt as chosen by the massively brilliant readership of my blog:

You’ve discovered you have a superpower…

AAA

The Word Count is open to submissions to anyone.

ANN. KNEE. ONE.

There are a group of folks who contribute on a regular basis whom I affectionately call ‘The Word Count Irregulars.”

Whist I know they are chomping at the bit to get writing and recording, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into the pool with us.

The more the merrier!  Whoa—just had a flashback to college.

Anyway…

My point is this.  If you write and want to expand your audience for free, this is a really fun way to do it.  Just follow the submission guidelines and get writing!

But first, allow me to provide a little background 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. I rely on the contributing writers and fans to promote the hell out of it and we are way over 15,000 downloads at this point.

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.

Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans. So…now you’ll be needing the guidelines.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 33

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 16 AUGUST, 2013 (I’m giving you all an extra week as I will have my children in Boston with until then).

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“You’ve discovered you have a superpower…”).

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 me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 16 August 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.

 

Peace

YOU pick the SUPER PROMPT!

WolverineSNIK!  Just like that it’s time for another poll to choose the next Word Count Podcast prompt, bub!

Forgive me.  I recently saw Wolverine

We are up to episode 33 for the Word Count, for those of you keeping score at home.

I’ve setup up a poll off to the left with a choice of FIVE choices.  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 clown with foot fungus.

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?

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 3rd of August  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 Irregulars await your pleasure.

Peace

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