The Word Count Podcast Episode 39 Now Open for Submissions!

magens-bayWhat’s that itch?  Is it spring after a very long winter? Some sort of fungus? Bugs?

No!  That itch means it’s time for another Word Count Podcast!

The Word Count is not only open to this contributing crazy-people I call ‘The Irregulars.”  It’s open to ANY writer, as long as you follow the guidelines below.

But before the guidelines, what shall our theme be?

 With a Nor’easter on approach scheduled to bring even more snow to the Boston area, I’m having dreams of sun, surf, beaches and boozy drinks with little umbrellas in them.  So let’s go with that:

“I was walking on the white sands at Magen’s Bay in St Thomas when…”

So there it is.  Got those creative juices flowing?  Have at it then! I think I’ll make myself a Daiquiri and dream of warm waters and all the stories I’ll get for this one…

DaiquiriBut first, allow me to provide a little background on the Word Count for those of you not familiar with the podcast.

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 over 24,000 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.



Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 4 April 2014  at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.


THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt “I was walking on the white sands at Magen’s Bay in St Thomas when…”).

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 4 April 2014. 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.


The Word Count Podcast Episode 38

Girl-on-fireWelcome to Episode 38 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Six stories by fan favorites and a newcomer (soon to be a fan favorite) await you for this month’s show.  This time our adventure-writers have composed for you a tale based on the written theme:

“It was in the dim light of the fire that I saw…”

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:


Bill_KBill Kirton “Love Song”

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 published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

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. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

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

Twitter: @carver22




MJKing_NEWM. J. KingAshes

M. J. King currently lives with her husband on the coast of Maine. Her urban fantasy short story  “A Trick of Shadows” can be found in the Kickstarter-funded anthology Fight Like a Girl (, and she is one of the three women behind Anxiety Ink ( M. J. can be found at her blog ( or occasionally on Twitter @mjkingwrites.






MMUNSONMatthew Munson “Sorry” 

Matthew is English, a writer, a Grammar Pedant and a writer. Quite possibly in that order.

He’s the author of two books, Fall From Grace and Leap of Faith, that are published through Inspired Quill, and an unabashed fantasy geek He loves – absolutely adores – the work of Terry Pratchett, China Mieville, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman … etc, etc, etc.

Oh, and he’s also one of The Two Dyspraxics. There’s another one, obviously, otherwise the title just doesn’t make sense.

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

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mmtosenM. M. Tosen Change or Die

M.M. always had a love of reading and books from a young age. So much so that his mother had to limit how many he could read or he would not get sleep. This developed into writing stories, musings, (attempted) poems, and an affinity for the arts and music in general.

He has always had a passion to write, but this is his first attempt at putting out a short story.

Be gentle.

M.M. currently lives in the northern part of New York where he works and lives and is fond of the weekends when he can write and binge-watch Netflix movies.


Twitter: @MMTosen


kadinKadin Seton “Theoretical Physics” 

Kadin spent over 15 years managing book stores and then another 7 years writing training manuals before finally deciding to branch out into her favorite fiction genre, sci-fi.  In 2013 she released her first novel, Eye of the Draco:  Darkfall.  Kadin now lives in New York State with her husband and two dogs.  She is still writing training manuals, but is also hard at work on the next book in the Draco series.

Twitter: @kadinseton



Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Was

I’m cutting and pasting this bio to make sure I’ve captured it correctly (He’s barking. That’s why I like him):

“I’m a little sociopath, have no doubt. I’m eating squirrel babies in my mouth. Because the drugs don’t work you’ll hear me shout. “Fuck all yall”, drop the mic and I’m out..”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

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