Episode 48 of The Word Count is now LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 48 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Creating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme of “Train. Blink. Dark.Theater.”

The temp site is still a work in progress—finally got all previous postings for the last four years ported over. But there are formatting and other changes which means going one by one to correct the blogs, posts, bio, book stuff…blah blah blah.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday

But before we introduce our cadre of 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?

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?

 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:

BillkBill Kirton “Plant Life”

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

Website & Blog: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 

mmtosenM. M. Tosen “Psychopomp”

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

Web: mmtosen.blogspot.com

 

kimmydon2shrunk2Kimberly Gould ”Black Train”

Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She is the author of the Cargon series as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie Time Loop Story. When she isn't writing about the apocalypse, she is doing what she can to prevent one as an environmental scientist. You can find her almost everywhere as Kimmydonn, including her website, Kimmydonn.com

Twitter: @Kimmydonn

Web: Kimmydonn.com

 

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “Down on Luck”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook

 

The Word Count Podcast – Episode 48 now OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

While the new site is still a work in progress (I FINALLY got past posts imported from the old database...they all need to have format updates and I need to build separate pages blah, blah, blah...), I thought of a new prompt for the next show.

Actually, I was on the train home to Boston from NYC when I came up with three little word to drive out esteemed, wonderful and amazingly talented authors (the "Word Count Irregulars") who participate in our show.

 

Those three words?  Hold onto your horses...

As we continue our march toward the seminal Episode 50 I’m soliciting ideas for the big show…so send me your thoughts on that.  Should it be a “Best of?”  Should we include Author interviews?  Should everyone record their stories naked (Like I always do)?  Who knows…email me or tweet me.

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are forty-seven shows available right now!

But in the meantime…Episode 48 and those three little words...

Train. Blink. Dark.

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 48

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Train. Blink. Dark.”

Do NOT exceed SEVEN 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 29 May 2015. 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.

I’ll only be accepting SEVEN stories this time—so get moving!

Peace

 

The Word Count Episode 47!

Welcome to Episode 47 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Creating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme of “Theater, Tourist and Savory.”

Getting ready to post when I discovered my main site –rbwood.com had had it’s Joomla CMS hacked.

Totally my fault. I didn’t keep up with the updates because I was planning to port the site over to Word press to coincide with my book releases from Ragnarok…it was a grand plan that failed miserably.

Thus this temp site while I work out the details and swear a lot.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday

But before we introduce our cadre of 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?

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/webpageiTunes (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:

C. Thomas Smith “Le Starbucks Douche”

Inside my brain is wet. Feel me ROAR!

Ten Questions with Chris

(Now sponsored by Satan, for all your infernal needs. Hail Satan!)

Eins – Chris, why are you so amazingly awesome?

Its possibly genetics or magic, many reasons have been put forth by scientists over the years. The prevailing theory is that I am awesomeness anthropomorphised, but I wouldn’t say that, it’s too big a word. Rather, I’d simply say that I’m just better than the rest of you peasant folk.

Zwei – Who would win a shark or a hedge-pig?

Depends, is it a variegated hedge-pig or a lesser spined laser eyed infinity hedge-pig with armour. You people need to be more specific. Sharks do indeed have big teeth but I’ve never seen a hedge-pig go bathing so that would mean the battle is on land and presumably quite a distance from the sea . . . I would win.

Drei – Some day you will be our Overlord, will you be just and fair?

Not a chance mate.

Vier – What is the most dangerous substance known to man?

Easy, sticky buns.

Fünf – The United Nations wants to turn your beard into a World Heritage Site, how do you feel about that?

I’m a little concerned actually that it may affect the beards eco system. At present it represents the breeding ground for seven species of rare marine bird, two tree dwelling mammals, a pack of velociraptors and a tribe of part man, part machine pygmies who have yet to be told their singing sucks. Also the beard likes to sneak out at night and kill cats. In the end it all depends on what assurances the UN will offer me, that and the huge piles of cash that I expect.

Sechs – What would be a fitting punishment for George Lucas?

Tie him to a chair and make him watch the 1978 Christmas special followed by those three, those, those, ugh, ehh, uargh *sound of intense retching follows for the next nine minutes* them frittata goats piss, god damn it. Now I’m upset, you happy guy, you made me sick. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Ah, fuck you people. *Drops the mic*.

Chris Smith is now available for children’s parties and wakes. Hail Satan!

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

 Kadin Seton “Guardian Unseen” (Read by M. M. Tosen)

Kadin Seton enjoys creating tales that combine strong characters with science fiction undertones.  Kadin lives in the rolling hills of western New York with her dire wolf (at least he thinks he’s a dire wolf).  When she is not writing, Kadin continues searching the Finger Lakes Wine County for another fabulous red wine. Author of the series: Eye of the Draco

Twitter: @Kadinseton

Web: www.kadinseton.com

 

 

M. M. Tosen “Gastronomique”

 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

Web: mmtosen.blogspot.com

 

Eden Baylee “Morning Ritual”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook

 

What the Hell Happened?

Hi Everyone!

 

Site looks a bit strange, doesn't it?

Well--my Joomla site got hacked pretty bad...so I've brought this up temporarily to accommodate the latest Word Count Podcast.  Bit of a disaster at the moment but I was thinking of getting rid of Joomla all together...just not as quickly as I wanted.  You know me....I prefer to plan!

Next post will be the show then we'll go from there.  Thanks for your patience!

 

RB