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Stranger at Sunset

5stars

StrangeratsunsetReviewer note: I received an ARC from Ms. Baylee.

Having read some of Eden Baylee’s other works in the erotic genre; I am used to her superb storytelling and masterful character development. “Stranger at Sunset” removes Ms. Baylee from her comfort zone as this is her first thriller—and I call it that because the work is a masterful suspense-building piece. Beginning with a voyeuristic experience, the stage is set for the coming together of characters at a Jamaican resort post hurricane damage where lies, secrets, sexual tension and intrigue.

Ms. Baylee breathes life into a bevy of well thought-out characters embossed with character traits we all have. From our deepest insecurities, to our relationships with friends and potential lovers, the tapestry of traits and flaws are woven into a suspenseful plot that builds intensity to the surprising climax.

The details of Jamaica and the resort are flawlessly woven into a tale with such realism I felt I was there experiencing the dinners and privates conversations. Ms. Baylee’s marvelous tendency to write strong and deeply passionate female leads is realized in the perfectly human (and brilliant) heroine Kate Hampton.

With each new release, Ms. Baylee’s craft improves—and this foray outside her normal genre is a shining example of a well written and well-crafted story. Brava!

I am also VERY happy to announce that Ms. Baylee will be my guest on the upcoming episode 42 of The Word Count Podcast!  Stay tuned!

Peace

Eden

ReaderCON 25

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badgesSATURDAY 12 July 6:10 PM

The day starts off a little bittersweet to be honest.  My ReaderCON experience this year will end today—I won’t be attending on Sunday for personal and “day job” reasons.  I try not to dwell on this thought as I climb into the car to make the trek to the Burlington from Boston.  By the time I hit the lot, my mood is better and I’m determined to enjoy the day to the fullest.

I’m early and let Glenn know I’m in the lobby.  I settle in with my kindle with a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks (when did I become a fru-fru coffee guy?). I run into John Chu and we chat for a minute or two then Glenn and I head off to our first panel.

Imaginative Resistance. Matthew Cheney, Felix Gilman, Kameron Hurley, Anil Menon, James Morrow (leader), Paul Park. In Mimesis As Make-Believe, Kendall Walton describes a reader’s “…curious reluctance to allow fictional worlds to differ in fundamental moral respects from the real world as we understand it.” This reluctance, now called imaginative resistance, manifests when a reader is wiling to accept fantastical claims as long as they don’t violate a personal belief. Even readers who accept the logic behind the decision in “The Cold Equations” (which not all readers do) will balk at the inevitable conclusion. How does this resistance affect the inerplay between reality and fantasy when it comes to morality? Why are we comfortable with dragons, but not with lovable murderers? Do authors have enough control to overcome this resistance?

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A very lively discussion ensued—especially over novels written that had a significant impact and created significant resistance—think Satanic Verses.

Melissa King joined us during the panel and we moved from the philosophical to the technological.

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Life in Space: Fact and Fiction.
Saira Ali, Cecil Castellucci, Tom Purdom, Allen Steele (leader), Gayle Surrette. Life in space has been a backbone of science fiction from the beginning. More recently, works about space have focused less on the glory/excitement of the experience and have instead focused on the practicalities: politics (Kim St
anley Robinson’s Mars series), neglect (J.G. Ballard’s Memories of the Space Age), or outright disaster (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity). What has caused this shift from fiction to fact? Has the passing of the Golden Ages of both science fiction and space exploration played a role in how writers approach their subject matter?

7-12_no3After a brief lunch and a cocktail (or three) I went to the first reading of the day.  Old friend, mentor and brilliant mind—James Morrow. Jim read from The Madonna and the Starship. And the laughter could be heard across the hotel.

From a 1950’s alien visit, to the zombie apocalypse then!

7-12_no4The Shiny, Candy-like Zombie: Commoditizing the Undead. Dale Bailey, Scott Edelman, Catt Kingsgrave, John Langan, Sarah Langan (leader). On Twitter, M. John Harrison wrote about the appeal of zombies: “You can hate them without feeling wrong. You can kill them like eating sweets. Then you’re hungry again & you can kill more. They’re fully dehumanized. There’s no off-season, no moral limitation. They’re the *enemy*. What’s not to love? They’re what we really want.” So do we like zombies because they’re the consumer-friendly, ambiguity-free face of implacable evil? Are they, in fact, the most perfectly commoditized monsters?

From the comedic, we go back to a discussion of technology.

Educated Guesses: Tech Pros Writing SF. Saira Ali, John Chu, Jim Freund, Barbara Krasnoff, B Diane Martin (leader), Walt Williams. In response to a Silicon Valley technologist frustrated with the current state of science fiction, blogger Andrija Popovic wrote, “Change the question from ‘Why are people not writing about the future I’m making?’ to ‘Where can I find and support people who are writing about this future I see coming?’ Or better: tell your story.” Tech professionals like Ramez Naam, Brenda Cooper, and Daniel H. Wilson are doing just that. What do their portrayals of the future say about our present, and conversely, about the visions of the future that are driving today’s technological development?

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At the end of the panel, that’s when it hits.  ReaderCON, for me, was almost over.

 

7-12_no7Dark Fantasy and Horror: What’s the Difference?. Jeanne Cavelos, Ellen Datlow (leader), Gemma Files, Jordan Hamessley, Jack Haringa, Steve Rasnic Tem. “As an editor of both dark fantasy and horror,” Ellen Datlow writes, “I’ve been struggling with differentiating the difference for the last couple of years, particularly when editing the Best Horror of the Year, but also when reading for the Women Destroy Horror issue of Nightmare magazine.” This panel of editors will discuss how they draw the line between horror and dark fantasy when selecting stories for publications that are firmly in the horror field—or vice versa.

A great discussion of the impact of cinema to the horror genre and what the lines are (if any) between Dark Fantasy and Horror.

And my fifth ReaderCON is over…as always, this convention goes so fast.  I say goodbye to friends I probably won’t see again until next year.  I was heading out the door, keeping my emotions in sharp check when friend and author Peter Dubé. Stopped me.  He presents me with an ARC of his upcoming short story anthology, Beginning with the Mirror.  “I wanted you to have a copy because there is a story inside I started to right for your anthology” (the ill-fated Winter in the City).

Suddenly, I have something in my eye.

Until next year, dear friends.

 

 

FRIDAY 11 July 7:23 PM

What a day.  ReaderCON isn’t over yet, but I’m wiped!  Back to Boston to take care of my regular life, but what a close out for the day!  I think—for the first time ever—I may have gone to more readings then panels so far.  Let’s check out the rest of the day:

2014-07-11_14.07.09More Magic ensued with When the Magic Returns. John Chu, Max Gladstone, Daryl Gregory, Lev Grossman, Victoria Janssen (leader). The “return” of magic into a mundane world is one of very few ways in which we see fantasy set in the future. Why is this? What makes fantasy and futurity so incompatible? Why is the return of magic so often associated with apocalypse, while its banishment is usually the consequence of scientific or industrial progress? From Aarne-Thompson tale types like Richard Corbet’s “The Fairies’ Farewell” to Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, panelists will talk about the ways in which magic-as-technology can be explored.

The iPhone was both hailed and cursed as “magic-like” technology.  I think some Android users would argue the point but there you go.

Stayed for the first half of the next panel– Plot Without Conflict. Liz Duffy Adams, F. Brett Cox (leader), Samuel Delany, Eileen Gunn, Shira Lipkin, Anil Menon. In Western writing, conflct is considered essential to plot. The classic three- and five-act structures taught in writing courses and workshops revolve around a central conflict. But does plot require conflict? The Japanese kish?tenketsu structure is built on four acts: introduction, development, twist, and reconciliation—best known to Western readers as the structure of four-panel manga. Deep and rich stories are told within this structure, which, by comparison, shows the three-act structure to be fundamentally confrontational. What can writers steeped in Western notions of plot conflict learn from a careful analysis of alternate structures?

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Then attended a Scott Edelman Reading which was bloody brilliant followed by  Allan Steele reading his upcoming “The Prodigal Son”, an upcoming novella in the Arkwright series being published in Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Spent time perusing the book store (as always), had a lovely dinner with Glenn Skinner and back to Boston to see my beautiful bride.

 

FRIDAY 11 July 1:49 PM

 

Already been a great morning!  Of course in the bar grabbing a quick adult bevey and some food.

Started the sessions with a reading by one of my favorites—Elizabeth Hand!

2014-07-11_11.42.08Spent time after chatting with her and I have to say she is as delightful as I remember.  Also saw John Clute who stopped to say hi where we took his first “selfie” with me…I think he was pulling my leg but we had a great chuckle over it.

Next I went with dear friend Melissa King to our first panel of the day:

The Past Is a Terrible Place. K. Tempest Bradford (leader), Christopher Cevasco, John Chu, Adrienne J. Odasso, Walt Williams. Compared to the present day, the past was filthy, bigoted, stratified, polluted, violent, and crude—whether thousands of years ago or yesterday. What possible appeal could travel into the past have? How does it vary based on your current socioeconomic status, or on the status you have (or can acquire) in the past with your knowledge of history, technology, and sociology? We’ll discuss various depictions of travel into the past, including Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book, and Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series.

A wonderful discussion of the pros and cons of living in the past as a modern 21st century human.

Next up was a talk on magic & science the the differences between them (a critical theme running through my series):

2014-07-11_10.04.52The Difference Between Magic and Science . Max Gladstone, Lev Grossman, Andrea Hairston, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), J.M. Sidorova. In an interview with Avi Solomon, Ted Chiang proposed that “The difference between magic and science is at some level a difference between the universe responding to you in a personal way, and the universe being entirely impersonal.” How can we complicate this statement? Are there magic systems that are entirely impersonal, and if so, are they indistinguishable from science and technology? Is science only possible in an impersonal universe? How do we make allowances for the personal applications of science and the impersonal applications of magic, and where do the boundaries between them lie?

 

More Later!

 

FRIDAY 11 July 6:06 AM

Glenn_and_RichThe Thursday evening program for ReaderCON is, historically, an “open to the public” night.  A good mix of panels and readings are scheduled and they are free for anyone to attend.

But Thursday is more important to those of us who have attended a few cons.  It’s a chance the reconnect with people you may not have been in contact with since the last ReaderCON.  I ran into Yves Meynard (newly married, by the way), Scott Edelman, Shira Lipkin (who I brought a bottle of rum for—you know, those readings can be nerve wracking.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it), Peter Dubé, Greer Gilman, Leah Bobet and of course my old compatriot in arms—Glenn Skinner.

The Burlington Marriott has been updated since last year—there is a new bar and restaurant in place of the old Irish pub (and just for the record–Steve the bartender recognized me, remembered my name and my drink).  The Conference rooms have all been revamped (and renamed which should cause some entertainment and consternation for the first official day of the con) and the lobby has been completely refreshed.

Took a little time to find the renamed conference room for the first panel, but find it both Glenn and I did.

The Map and the Story. Jonathan Crowe (leader), Chris Gerwel, Greer Gilman, Shira Lipkin. Maps are a familiar sight in our field, but lately a number of stories have placed maps and cartography at the core of the story itself. Maps serve as portals to other worlds, cartographers remake the world in a map’s image, and mapmaking itself becomes a means to discuss the distance between perception and reality, between the map and the territory. Panelists will discuss the ways in which maps and cartography have escaped from the endpapers in recent works of fiction.

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I found the discussion around the role of the map in various genre stories fascinating—and I have a new list of stories to read and a new short idea I’ll explore later today.

Meant to go to Shira’s reading right after (Sorry Shira!!), but had to head home to take care of a minor family issue.  But all is back to normal this morning so I’ll be heading back up to Burlington for the official start of ReaderCON later this morning.

People, friends, laughter and above all—I get to spend the next few days with story lovers from all walks of life.

Ahhh.  ReaderCON

 

PREGAME

RBWI’m…just not ready yet!

Tonight kicks off one of my favorite conventions—ReaderCON.  This will be the fifth time I’ve attended and normally there is this build up of excitement before hand.

This year, with the new gig at National Grid, I’ve been working so hard and traveling so much that suddenly ReaderCON 25 is here and I’m not prepared.

Where is my new set of witty t-shirts?  What about a new hat? By now, I’ve usually spent hours going through the schedule—lamenting about panels occurring at the same time my favorite author readings.

Hat

Nah.  Not Funny Enough

I don’t even know which kaffeeklatschs I want to attend.

And I haven’t even setup a “meet & scotch” with any of my friends who I haven’t seen since last year.

But perhaps that’s okay.  Maybe this year I’ll wing it and see what happens.

This post is the first of this years “semi-streaming” blog for the convention. 

I’m exited.  Currently wrapping up a long few months on a new gig so I can hang up my “Day Job” moniker in favor of my passionate calling.  See, I maybe many things—but what I am proud of most beyond wife and family is the fact that I am a writer.

Passion comes in many forms.  This weekend, it’s ReaderCON.

Jack

Somtimes, I have other passions.

FINALLY! Episode 41 of The Word Count Podcast is LIVE!

HellWelcome to Episode 41 of “The Word Count” podcast dear sinners!

First off, sincerest apologies for the significant delay in getting this show out there…technical and other issues were against me until now…but we are finally back on track.

FIVE stories this week based on three little words. The three words?

“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”

 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 “Sign”

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

 

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Na Diabhail Chaoineadh Líne Tharrthála

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 will haunt you in your dreams. You will see my great beard

bedecked face in every stuffed animal that watches you. My name shall

sit on the tip of your tongue like a delicate mouse poop, soft yet

chewy. You will feel my breath on every wind, hear my voice in every

bird song, and know that even in the dark I can see you at your

naughtiness. I am ever present, ever ready, ever JUST THERE IN THE

CORNER COMING FOR YOU. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

And people said I couldn’t write for the kiddies. Idiots.

Bernard wants you to know that;

‘As I sit and merely ponder the nonsensical madness as it is about to

unfold one can only tighten the harness for the undoubtedly trilling

ride that is Lucifer’s lamenting lifeline, like an overindulging fat

kid in a candy store spending his mammas welfare check.’

Ps. The point is, there is no point.”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

kadinKadin Seton “Soldier Without a Cause”

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

Website: www.Kadinseton.com

 

MMUNSONMatthew Munson “This is Time” 

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

 

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.

Blog: mmtosen.blogspot.com

Twitter: @MMTosen

The Word Count Episode 41 OPEN for Submissions!

signingcontractWell, episode 40 was a marvelous success for the Word Count Podcast!  We had nine intrepid authors who submitted stories for our “Three Word” prompt.  The show lasted 90 minutes and took two days to put together.  I’m thinking we are finally at the point where I will need to limit the number of stories I place in the ‘cast.  For future reference, I’ll be imposing a new time limit (down to 7 minutes from ten) and will limit the number of stories to SEVEN as well.

After all, I’ve been told seven is a most magical number.

Now, below fine a new set of three words for consideration, creativity and consternation:

 

“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”

 

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.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 41

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 6 June 2014 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

 

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

“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”

 

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 6 JUNE 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.

 

I will be limiting the number of stories to SEVEN per show, the criteria being “first come, first serve” –so get writing and recording!

 

Peace

The Word Count Podcast Episode 40 is LIVE!

BowWelcome to Episode 40 of “The Word Count” podcast!

NINE, my friends. NINE original stories this week.  I guess it’s time to come up with a “do not exceed” threshold for future casts.

But I wanted to include every one of the stories sent in because they are just that good.  We tried something a little different this week.  I posted three words that our intrepid “Word Count Irregulars” would need to weave into their tales…and they all did a magnificent job.

The three words?

“Glass.  Bed.  Bow.”

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 “The Final Countdown”

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

 

MAFinkM. A. Fink Living in a Bubble”

The author of the ontological mystery novel “The Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer,” M. A. Fink estimates he has read aloud 25,000 pages of text in his lifetime to date, on stage and in more intimate settings. He has also had a number of poems and flash fiction pieces published, including “A Murder,” which won first place in the 2013 “Monterey County Weekly’s ‘101-Word Short Story Contest.'”

Website of Tornado Skin Press, the novel’s publisher: www.tornadoskin.com

Twitter: @onetarot

 

 

JaneAyersJane Ayers Finders, Keepers” Read by Lisa Payne

Jane is a writer, tutor, thinker and fundraiser who also enjoys a good rant (and finds plenty to rant about).  She had her first pony story published at the age of 14 and has continued to trot out (sorry!) more than 30 pony novels for teenagers, most available from Amazon.  She is also naively excited about completing the first year of a part time MSc in Science, Communication and Society (as a rather mature student).  Her current project is organising events to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of her parents.

Websites: Blog: http://www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/ and  https://www.justgiving.com/Jane-Seaman1

 

 

 

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “El Chupr’aw Who Gives A Shit”

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

 

People often ask me questions that are not so easily answered. Where do you get your ideas from, why is your awesome beard both beautiful & terrifying. Why won’t you let me go, I got you the money. It’s hard as an artistic genius & genius artist to state where the pool of perfection that is my mind dwells exactly, the true source of my power as it were. Is it my life experiences, raised by cats, trained by strangely articulate seals (yes, otters helped), or that time as a baby when my uncle sat on my head. Is it the time I have spent researching the secret lives of gingerbread men, or writing epic non linear poetry about snails in battle. Is it this glue filled hefty bag? Or, as many believe, am I simply a god. The reality is … yes, to all those things.

C. Thomas Smith is the beloved author of, How to Train your Snail Self Defence. Barking Mad – The true story of one hobo’s urgent need to poop. And the acclaimed Just Give Me Your Money And Stop Asking So Many Fucking Questions series starring the loveable rogue and serial Killer, Terrible the Crooked Face. He will be doing book signings in your closet or under your bed any time now. See you then, chums.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

CameronCameron Garriepy “Calm as Glass”

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. 

 

mmtosenM. M. Tosen Caprice

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.

Blog: mmtosen.blogspot.com

Twitter: @MMTosen

 

MMUNSONMatthew Munson “Glass” Read by Lisa Payne 

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

 

kadinKadin Seton “The 3rd Division” 

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

Website: www.Kadinseton.com

 

Bill_KBill Kirton “Princess”

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 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.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 40

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

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 me@rbwood.com (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.

Peace

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?

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 “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 = krstvr.com

 

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.

 Blog: mmtosen.blogspot.com

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

 

MMUNSON
Matthew Munson
“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.

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

 

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

Website: www.Kadinseton.com

 

 

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

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

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.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 39

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

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 me@rbwood.com (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.

Peace

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?

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 “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

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

 

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 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17980397-fight-like-a-girl), and she is one of the three women behind Anxiety Ink (http://anxietyink.com). M. J. can be found at her blog (http://wordpress.com/mjkingwrites) 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

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

 

 

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.

Blog: mmtosen.blogspot.com

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

Website: www.Kadinseton.com

 

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

Web = krstvr.com

Episode 38 of The Word Count open for Submissions!

FireOh I think it’s time for another 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?

It’s currently 12 degrees here in Boston (that’s -11 to you Celsius lovers).  So to help stay warm, I’ve picked a theme that brings to mind toasty thoughts:


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

 

So there it is.  Got those creative juices flowing?  Have at it then!

But 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 23,000 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 38

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 14 March 2014  at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

 

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt “It was in the dim light of the fire that I saw…”).

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 14 March 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.

Peace