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The Word Count Episode 47 OPEN for Submissions!

Theater

Back in the saddle, Ready to rock ‘n roll with a new Word Count Podcast!

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-six shows available right now!

But in the meantime…Episode 47.  We are back to our three word prompts:


Theater.  Tourist.  Savory.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 45

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 1 MAY 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Theater, Tourist, Savory”

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 1 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

 

FINALLY! The Word Count Episode 46

Welcome to the much-delayed Episode 46 of “The Word Count” podcast!

I apologize to everyone—especially our four storytellers on the show this month.  I’ve been dealing with some…entertaining…health issue of late.  Hopefully I’ve turned that corner and get back to both writing and podcasting!

The show this month was supposed to be released back in February.  The theme is “My Bloody Valentine” So now it’s My bloody Valentine…in the Spring?

Yeah.  That’ll work.

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/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 “Haemoglobin.com”

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: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 

JDJ. D. Robinson “The One Way Heart to Hell”

J.D. is a current resident of Durham, North Carolina with her husband, son, and beta fish named Ghost. She’s a foodie, a recovering coffee addict, and a rabid fan of the dark and deadly. When she’s not out traveling the world, you can usually find her hunched over a keyboard late at night, typing away into the wee hours of the morning about demons, wars, and all the poor humans that get stuck in the middle. You can find out more about J.D. and her passions by following the link to her lair: http://jd-indieauthor.com

Twitter: @Sachula

 

 

LTYM_HeadshotCameron Garriepy “The Folly”

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 http://writeonedge.com 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 http://bannerwingbooks.com Bannerwing Books, a small independent press and publishing services company. Cameron also writes for her own http://camerondgarriepy.com eponymous blog, fondly recalls writing her first romance novel in middle school on an antique typewriter, and shares her life with her patient husband and six-year-old son. Her second full-length novel, Damselfly Inn, will be released on April 13, 2015.

 

RionaRiona Mackey-Wood “My Bloody Valentine”

Riona is a high school student, avid swimmer and star of her water polo team.  Not only is she developing her talent for writing, she is exploring forensic science and other interests in school. This is her first short story

The Word Count Episode 46 OPEN for Submissions!

Ah, Valentine’s Day.  A Hallmark-store created sap-fest meant to remind jackwagons to actually be romantic to their partners.  What a load of…poop (What?  My kids read my blog).

Let me tell ya something, boys and girls—if you love someone, EVERY day should be Valentine’s day in some form or another. So for this, the 46th episode of the word count, our intrepid writers will NOT be writing about romance.

Heart 

THAT’s Better…

The Theme this time isMy Bloody Valentine.

This should be the antithesis of sweat hearts and cherub-faced cupids. We are talking horror stories that make the previous Halloween ‘casts look like Curious George stories.

So the detailed requirements:

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 46

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Horror

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 13 February 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time. How deliciously perfect.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the themeMy Bloody Valentine.”

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 13 February 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 45 is LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 45 of “The Word Count” podcast!

It’s 2015…the show’s been running for 4 years.  How the hell did that happen?  Well onward and upward!

The first show of the year has a very special collaborative story that I think you’ll enjoy.  Six wonderful authors and five stories for you this week!  All based on the theme:

 “Frozen.  Whiskey. Time.” 

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/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:

AngelicaAngelica Dawson “Dive In”

Angelica Dawson is the author of Blue Moon House, which has been in the top ten best-selling titles at Naughty Nights Press for over six months. She has also written two short stories, “The Highest Bidder” and “Leave Taking” which were each included in anthologies.She contributes flash fiction to several blogging collectives and excerpts from work in progress can also be found on her blog (http://angelicadawson.blogspot.com). She is active on Facebook (http://facebook.com/authorangelicadawson) and Twitter (@angelicadawson)She has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards – mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.
And her latest Blue Moon House book is releasing this Friday!

Naughty Nights Press – http://naughtynightspress.com/nnpstore2/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=4&amp;products_id=118

All Romance Ebooks – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-gentleman-1718043-358.html

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNIWRB2

 

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Skin”

I purposely copy (usually verbatim) the completely barking mad Bios CTS send to me.  This one is ALMOST copied in its entirety:

“Sometimes I wear my face, sometimes a total strangers, like

a hobo, or large goldfish. But deep down I’m still that same person

that crazed, manic and quite possibly dangerous sociopath voted most

likely to steal your kidneys in school.

By THE WAY, I JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE SEVERAL PAIRS OF slightly used

KIDNEYS if anyone wants to make AN offer. The BIDDING starts at TEN

EURO, a decent SANDWICH, your home ADDRESS, a spoon AND enough ice to

fill A bathtub.

For more details hit me up at <Redacted because: NO.  Just NO. J> on twitter.

Can anyone else hear that?

Never mind.”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

Email = krstvr.scribbler@gmail.com

 

SetonKadin Seton “Killing Some Time”

Someone who makes up stuff and puts it on paper. Lover of science fiction and fine wine – especially when consumed together.  Author of the series: Eye of the Draco

Website: http://www.kadinseton.com

Twitter: @kadinseton

 

 

 

MMunson2Matthew Munson “Time is a Killer”

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

Websites: www.matthewmunson.co.uk or www.facebook.com/matthewmunsonauthor

 

Eden Baylee & Bill Kirton “The Wrong Shoes”

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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 websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook

 

 

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: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

The Word Count Episode 45 OPEN for SUBMISSIONS

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-four shows available right now!

So it’s now 2015…and I’ve sobered up nicely—hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday!

But it’s back to work…so clear away all the empty bottles, discarded pizza boxes, and relatives that just won’t go home so you can write in peace.

The theme for the next show consists of three words:

FROZEN, WHISKEY, TIME

Jack


 

 

Please read and comply with ALL the Guidelines below. I look forward to your stories!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 45

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 16 JANUARY 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Frozen, Whiskey, Time”

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 16 January 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! J

Peace

The Word Count Episode 44

Welcome to Episode 44 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Well things do tend to taper off for the end of the year—between NaNoWriMo, the holidays and the general chaos that accompanies all of it.  So we have three stories for you this week based on a three word prompt.  Those three words?

“Woman. Book. Fall.”

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/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:

eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “Bookmark”

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 websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook

 

bill_KirtonBill Kirton “The Fall”

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: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

 

kimmydon2shrunkKimberly Gould “Wonderland”

Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. When she isn’t writing about the post-apocalyptic world, she is working to prevent an apocalypse as an environmental consultant. She is the author of Never Say Die: A Zombie Time Loop Story, Thickness of Blood, and her post-apocalyptic renaissance series, Cargon. You can find her anywhere online as Kimmydonn, including her webpage, Kimmydonn.com, and twitter (@Kimmydonn).

 

SUBMISSIONS are now OPEN! The Word Count Podcast Episode 44

NoirThe 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.

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-three shows up there now.

Now for Episode 44

The theme for the next show consists of three words:

 

WOMAN, BOOK, FALL

Please read and comply with ALL the Guidelines below. I look forward to your stories!

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 44

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Woman. Book. Fall.”

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 21 NOVEMBER 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.

This time, there will be NO LIMIT to the number of stories we’ll be accepting.  Get writing and recording!

 

Peace

The Fourth Annual HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Word Count Podcast is now LIVE!

evil_pumpkin_by_newcomix-d4h5kdsWelcome to Episode 43 of “The Word Count” podcast!

It’s HALLOWEEN, people!  And this is the Fourth Annual Halloween special.  Ten stories of Ghosties, murder and Goolies for your listening pleasure.

Ten graveyard stories stories this week based on three little words. The three words?

 

“Knife. Cloak. Blood.”

 

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/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_KBill Kirton “Game Over”

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: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

 

rebweeksRebecca Weeks “The Other Me”

Rebecca currently lives in Leicester, UK but grew up in Devon which is where she got most of her inspiration. Devon is riddled with folklore and legends, and it inspired her to research more into these legends. Now her writing mostly incorporates folklore in them.

Her first novel Elizabeth’s Betrayal was  published on the 27th August 2014 by W&B Publishers.

She wants to make a difference in peoples lives, and tries to everyday.

Vampire diaries, The Originals and Harry Potter are her three biggest fandoms.

As well as writing, she loves blogging about anything mysterious and magical.

She loves reading and received a letter from JK Rowling at age 8. Growing up books were her best friends.

She loves quaint scenic places and plans on travelling the world. The first place she plans to visit is New Orleans, USA. She is also a Graveyard writer, check out the page at www.graveyardwriters.com

Visit www.elizabethsbetrayal.com for any more information.

Personal site: www.elizabethsbetrayal.com

Twitter: @rebeccalucy1993

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Weeks/797234790299740?ref=hl

 

me3R. B. Wood “The Poem”

R. B. Wood is a 30-year technology veteran and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series calledThe Young Practitioner, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years. Along with his writing passion, R. B. is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories. R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time. Around the web:

Website: http://www.rbwood.com, www.graveyardwriters.com

Twitter: @rbwood

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

 

 

emmettEmmett Spain “Heart of the Mountain”

Sydney-sider and hard-working professional stiff, Emmett writes novels in the young adult and dark fantasy genres when he’s not blogging and being domestic. He loves books, he loves writing, and you can find him on twitter @oldhauntsauthor and on the graveyard writers

 

 

 

 

 

JessicaDelgadoJessica Delgado “Mary, Mary” (Read by her brother)

Jessica is a shape shifter who takes on the form of full-time student, costume designer, and death enthusiast. She has lived in Southern California all of her life and is aspired to be an English Professor with emphasis in film, theater, and Chicano Studies. When she is not lingering amongst the graveyards, she spends her time articulating skeletons, with her sweet and sinister boyfriend, or thinking about animals. She will be published in a local magazine and is also working on various personal writing projects. You can haunt her in all social medias under her alias albastraluna

 

 

Julia_StaleyJulia Mae Staley “Knife, Cloak, Blood”

Julia Mae Staley is a rock harpist, singer/songwriter, and a writer of fiction from Bucks County, PA.  She will shortly become a published author, but her contract doesn’t allow her to tell you more than that, yet!  Stay tuned to her website to find out more, but know the first installment should be out in the next few months.

She also does copywriting, as well as occasional editing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and writes all her own song lyrics, which have been described as “haunting.”  She hopes to reach people through her words, especially YOU.  For more, go to http:///

 

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Right in the Goolies

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

“As many of you already know, Hedge-pigs were invented inYorkshire in the mid thirteen hundreds to exterminate Irishmen. Thoughthe endeavour failed with disastrous consequences for the local turnip population, by 1420, every household claimed at least one hedge-pig per room. By 1421 and the new fad of having more than one room in a house having caught on, hedge-pig to room ratios decreased sharply all over the world. By 1422 it was said that only the very rich and the very inbred (technically one and the same) could boast to having had slept with a hedge-pig. By 1424 it was all over. Hedge-pigs, feeling icky and hard done by formed unions and began marching on the palaces of Europe. At first the elite were shocked, then aroused, then shocked some more. Until a knight by the name of Sir Larry Bip, known as Bip the bopper to his friend Dandy McGee appeared before the King of

Tyrone with a cunning plan. The plan was simple. Ignore the Hedge-pigs until they got bored and wandered off. And it worked. By 1425 only insane people talked about hedge-pigs. By 1426 even the insane were too busy pretending to be Pope to remember to be pretending to be hedge-pigs. Sir Larry bathed in the congratulations of well-wishers right up until February seventeenth 1427 when he was locked up as a madman by the King of Tyrone for prattling on about how he defeated some imaginary monster known as a hedge-pig or something. Later that same year the King of Tyrone was viciously bitten on the toe by his invisible pet.”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com


MMunson2Matthew Munson
“The Crypt Keeper” 

Matthew has never been a Crypt Keeper before .. well, there was one occasion, but he never talks about it. The Official Secrets Act and all that …   His work covers a multitude of sins; he has had two contemporary fantasy novels published by Inspired Quill – Fall From Grace and Leap of Faith – as well as been featured in two American horror anthologies and various fiction magazines.   Matthew blogs about disability, writing and marathons (which he has been known to participate in) over at www.matthewmunson.co.uk, and he is also co-founder of The Two Dyspraxics (T2D). There’s another one, obviously, otherwise the name would just be absurd. T2D raises awareness of a condition called dyspraxia, which he has and waxes lyrical at the drop of a hat.   Lastly, Matthew is an Englishman. Yes, there’s a Gilbert & Sullivan song there, but he won’t be singing it. Even he isn’t that cruel.   Well, maybe he is; keep the earplugs ready and enjoy reading. 

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Websites: www.matthewmunson.co.uk or www.facebook.com/matthewmunsonauthor

 

JDR2J. D. Robinson Awaken the Dead

J.D. is a current resident of Durham, North Carolina with her husband, son, and beta fish named Ghost. She’s a foodie, a recovering coffee addict, and a rabid fan of the dark and deadly. When she’s not out traveling the world, you can usually find her hunched over a keyboard late at night, typing away into the wee hours of the morning about demons, wars, and all the poor humans that get stuck in the middle. You can find out more about J.D. and her passions by following the link to her lair: http://jd-indieauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdrobinson.author

Twitter: @Sachula

 

eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “Clowning Around”

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 websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook

The Word Count Episode 43 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Halloween.

It’s October 1 as of this writing and those of you who follow the Word Count Podcast know that it is time.  Time for the fourth annual Halloween Special show!

I love this time of year—especially in New England where I live.  And the Halloween shows are always a special treat.  Therefore, I’m opening up submissions for episode 43 early to get those creative juices flowing and to perhaps get more than the usual number of submissions!

As a special treat, I’ve already invited my Urban Fantasy/Dark Fantasy/Horror compatriots from my new blogsite Graveyard Writers to participate this year!

But fear not, dear sinners.  We are also calling for open submissions as well.  The guidelines are below, but the theme for this very spooky special is “Graveyard” and most incorporate the following three words:

Cloak.  Knife.  Blood.

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 31,000 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 43

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Cloak. Knife. Blood.”

And must also involve a graveyard in some way.

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 24 OCTOBER 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.

This time, there will be NO LIMIT to the number of stories we’ll be accepting.  Get writing and recording!

Peace

The Word Count Podcast: Stranger at Sunset

This week we have a VERY Special Word Count Podcast!

 

With the triumphant release of her first novel Stranger at Sunset, author EDEN BAYLEE brings the psycological thriller to a sexy new level.  Read my review below, but this latest show includes an exclusive interview as well as an excerpt read by the author herself!

 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/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

 

Writer of Things. Podcaster.