The Word Count Podcast Episode 40 Now Open for Submissions!

twcep40Well, I have a new and wonderfully complex job with National Grid as Portfolio Director for all IT projects for the US Operations group.  Busy times are ahead, but that does NOT mean slacking on the Word Count Podcast!

Forty, people.  We are at 40 episodes—a milestone we’ll celebrate together with a spectacular new theme format!

Word Count Irregular, C. Thomas Smith, started referring to stories on the cast via single descriptive word—much like the Sherlock seasonal episodes are announced.  I loved the idea; so immediately stole it from him and have been doing it since.

In honor of Mr. Smith, I give you the THREE words that must be used in your story as key elements:

“Glass.  Bed.  Bow.”

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.

 A little 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 over 26,000 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 9 MAY 2014  at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.


THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the key words:

“Glass.  Bed.  Bow.”

 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 9 MAY 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 39

Welcome to Episode 39 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Grab a little frozen drink with an umbrella, dear sinners, and sit back on your beach chairs—for we have seven tales from the Caribbean for your listening pleasure this month, all based on the theme:

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

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 “The Locket”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual, sexual, and literary.

Spring into Summer is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to Fall into Winter. Her latest release is a book of flash fiction and poetry called Hot Flash.

She is changing genres in her next book due 2014—a psychological mystery set in the tropics.

Connect to her via her | websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook



Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Retirement

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

 “HAVE IT YOUR WAY” for all your euthanasia needs. Our free starter pack at just $1.97 includes a sharp rock, scissors, a picture of someone running with scissors while grinning and baggy containing the half decomposed remains of a field mouse that presumably died of rabies (note; the baggy is the one marked “eat me”). If you order today we’ll send you a Justin Bieber poster, a copy of Nicholas Cage’s ‘The Wicker Man’ and some popular quotes from some of the world’s most insane politicians regarding our future. These include old favourites from idiots such as, Newt Gingrich and the moon, Louie Gohmert and how Obama’s trying to rebuild the Ottoman Empire and Michele Bachmann’s wise words on how carbon dioxide isn’t harmful. In case you have second thoughts, we will include a remastered medley of David Hasselhoff’s greatest hits. Still depressed, then call Switzerland today on, 41 61 284 82 55 and ask about the specials.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY, we really aren’t that bothered, and you’ll not need the money.

 Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =


mmtosenM. M. Tosen Untitled

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 and is steadily being encouraged again by those around him.

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


CameronCameron Garriepy “Voluntary Amnesia”

Cameron D. Garriepy is the author of Buck’s Landing, the first of the New England Seacoast romance series, and a champion of emerging writers and independent authors everywhere. She is a Managing Editor at Write on Edge, where she created Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge as an annual spotlight for short fiction and memoir writers. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bannerwing Books, a small independent press and publishing services company. Cameron also writes for her own eponymous blog, fondly recalls writing her first romance novel in middle school on an antique typewriter, and shares her life with her wonderful husband and six-year-old son. Her second full-length novel, Damselfly Inn, will be released in late 2014.

Twitter: @camerongarriepy


Matthew Munson

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.

Lisa Payne is a completely different person, and not just Matthew’s alter-ego. It’s her dulcet, lovely tones you hear reading Matthew’s story.

Lisa is a trained actor based in England, and runs her own Drama Workshop Company, as well as the Perfectly Dreadful Murder Company (a touring theatre company, honest). She’s appeared both on stage and screen, and is an experienced director as well as actor.

Oh, and she also loves cake, just as Matthew does, and their friendship relies heavily on this one food type.


Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Websites: or


Katie_1Kadin Seton “Pangea” 

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




Bill_KBill Kirton “A Hole In The Beach”

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