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The Word Count Podcast: Episode 100

Humans: Of the FUTURE

Listen to the last show right here:

Ten years, 100 podcasts–it all comes down to this very last show.

Author Eden Baylee surprised me last Friday by arranging a socially- distanced teleconference with quite a few of the authors I’ve worked with over the years.

I was an act of kindness and friendship that goes beyond the simple “thank you” I offered to her, and the #WordCountIrregulars who were on the call.

We all chatted and caught up….and when the call ended, I sat alone in my writing lair sipping a double-bourbon for a very long time, reflecting on all that has happened in the last decade or so.

To our listeners, I say thank you for allow us to entertain you with our stories–nearly 700 of them. We wrote these for you.

To the authors who have shared stories on the show–there would have been NO “Word Count Podcast” without you. Thank you for your time and your talent.

Before I shed more tears, let’s get on with the show. There are ELEVEN stories to share with you this time–tied for the most stories in a single show. We have a few “blasts from the past” who wanted one more go before the end of the podcast. This show is the third in our end-of-season trilogy of animal stories. This one deals with  Humans of the Future  and is based on this visual prompt:

Our Guests:

Rob Edwards – “100 Humans of the Future”
Rob Edwards is a British writer and podcaster living in Finland. What he would mostly like you to know though is that his debut novel The Ascension Machine, a scifi superhero adventure was released last month. He’s still slightly excited.
Twitter: @storycastrob

M. J. King – “They Don’t Win in This One”

Melissa lives in the woods of coastal Maine with her family and writes many flavors of fantasy. Her short stories have been published in the crowd-funded anthologies Fight Like a Girl and What Follows, and she is a co-founder of the blog Anxiety Ink.
Twitter: @Mwithpen
Instagram: @writinginterrupted
Karl Dandenell – “Stones of Särdal” 
Karl Dandenell is a first-generation Swedish American and an Active Member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lives on an island near San Francisco with his family and cat overlords. He is fond of strong tea and distilled spirits. When not editing help files for a major HMO, he reads a lot of speculative fiction, and serves as a First Reader for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Twitter: @kdandenell
Cameron Garriepy –Dinner Plans”
Cameron Garriepy’s humans of the future are inspired by the Dresden Dolls. Can you name that tune? In April of 2015, Cameron released Damselfly Inn, the first full-length novel in her Thornton Vermont series, which is not about a dystopian off-world future or synthetic life partners. The Thornton series is complete, and she is hard at work writing more works of contemporary, small-town romance.
Websites:
Twitter: @camerongarriepy
Instagram: @camerongarriepy
Pinterest: @camerongarriepy
C. Thomas Smith – “Morpheus”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of such groundbreaking and memorable pieces as, “Whoops, that wasn’t meant for you”, “Seriously though, it was a joke” and “no, I did not shave the cat… it always had a mullet you just didn’t notice”.

He is presently trapped in his house with a wife who is rapidly losing patience with him, two children who ask their mother “when’s our real daddy coming home” and a cat with a mullet that it always had but no one noticed.

He writes in many genres, though has mastered the art of the “apology” email above all others. Currently, he is pretending that a small green torch is a spaceship while making pew-pew noises. This and other works will someday be available on his psyche eval.

If pushed, his favourite colour is grand strategy games, and his favourite flavour is purple.

Um, that’s it really. He’s bald. Did I mention that? He’s got a beard, a wonky eye. I mean, it doesn’t plop out of his face or anything. It’s just, you know, useless. Eh, he wishes they’d hurry up and make a season three of Lost in Space. That kinda fits in with the story, kinda. That’s a good show too. I mean, is it as good as Battlestar Galactica? I don’t know. It’s different. Saw Brian Cranston on an episode of X-Files recently. That was pretty cool. Not really space stuff. His head exploded, or his ear, or something. Not sure why I thought of that. The Brian Cranston thing, just, you know… it popped in there.

Not sure what goes here, really. What do the professionals do? Sure, I could check. But then there would be no mystery. Where’s the fun in that? Except, I guess a professional would check. Anyway.

I think that’s it. Did I mention the bald and wonky eye? Yes, yes, I did.

So, eh, yeah. Thanks for reading this. If you did read this. Well, you must have. Otherwise, how would you be reading this bit? Maybe you skimmed. I guess all that’s left to ask is if anyone is interested in buying about a pound of cat fur I found. If you are, send a detailed essay to Richard explaining why you want it. Include any plans you have for about a pound of shaved cat fur. I’m thinking of turning it into a wig, a cat fur mullet perhaps.

Imagine, if it were not for the Wordcount Podcast, no one would see this. Then again, if it were not for Richard and the show, I’d probably have given up writing a long time ago.

(HOSTS NOTE: I missed these insane bios, mate.)

Instagram: @KRSTVR

Maria Haskins – “The Stars in Heaven Sing a Music”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Black Static, Mythic Delirium, Fireside, and elsewhere. She was born and grew up in Sweden but currently lives in Canada with a husband, two kids, a snake, several birds, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

W. B. J. Williams – “A Phoenix Lands”

W. B. J. Williams, the author of The Garden at the Roof of the World (Dragonwell Publishing) and the InfoCoup (Abyss and Apex Magazine, October 1, 2019 http://www.abyssapexzine.com/), holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters, and lives in Sharon Massachusetts. When he is not at home or at his computer, he can often be found haunting the various used bookstores of Boston.

 

Websites:

http://www.wbj-williams.net

https://www.facebook.com/wbjwilliams

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey“Unclogged”

Jack Gwaltney was born in Virginia, went to the University of Virginia and lives in New York, fortunate to perform as an actor on stage, television and in film. Collaborating with John McCaffrey is one of the wisest things Jack does. Thanks to The Word Count Podcast!

John McCaffrey grew up in Rochester, New York, attended Villanova University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is the author of The Book of Ash and Two Syllable Men. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Bill Kirton – “Perhaps. Nothing More”

Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog): http://www.billkirton.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620980849
https://www.facebook.com/bill.kirton/

Eden Baylee – “Final Cut”
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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! 

Website: http://www.edenbaylee.com

Blog: https://edenbaylee.com/blog/

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

Twitter:@edenbaylee

R. B. Wood – “100”

R. B. Wood is a recent MFA graduate of Emerson College and a writer of speculative and dark thrillers. Mr. Wood recently has appeared in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Water’s anthology, as well as online via SickLit Magazine & HorrorAddicts.net, and in the award-winning anthology “Offbeat: Nine Spins on Song” from Wicked ink Books.  Along with his writing passion, R. B. was the host of The Word Count Podcast—a show of original flash fiction and will be introducing a new show in 2021.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner Tina, a multitude of cats, and various other critters that visit from time to time.

Submissions open for episode 100–the LAST Word Count Podcast!

Humans: Of the FUTURE

This is it, dear friends! The last prompt for the Word Count Podcast’s TEN YEAR RUN.

If I had time to be sad, I would be. But there are so many things going on that I’m looking forward to “what’s next.”

More about that later, but first, the Episode 100 visual prompt:

“Humans of the future is the third of three prompts focused on the most dangerous animal of all–namely, us!

What does the future hold for humanity? The #WordCountIrregulars are now tasked to take us to their interpretation of the future for us hairless apes. Is the future a dystopia? utopia? apocalyptic in nature…or hopeful?

You’ll find out soon enough!

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 500 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure; all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

If you want to listen to the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-nine shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 100 “Humans: Of the Future”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 25th October 2020 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English based on the picture theme above.

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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST) Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 the author of […] and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 25 October 2020. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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.

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***

The Word Count Podcast: Episode 99

Humans of the Present

As I mentioned last time, after the 100th show, the sun will finally be setting on the Word Count Podcast after ten years.

Ten years. My God.

But before I tear up and get all “old man nostalgic,” we still have two shows left to knock out of the park.

Episode 99 continues our “Human” trilogy of shows and we have six brand new stories about Humans of the present.

The #WordCountIrregulars certainly have outdone themselves this time ’round!

The picture for the prompt and inspiration?

You can listen to the episode here:

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my talented friends starring in this episode:

Our Guests:

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey“I Feel Love…I Think”

Jack Gwaltney was born in Virginia, went to the University of Virginia and lives in New York, fortunate to perform as an actor on stage, television and in film. Collaborating with John McCaffrey is one of the wisest things Jack does. Thanks to The Word Count Podcast!

John McCaffrey grew up in Rochester, New York, attended Villanova University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is the author of The Book of Ash and Two Syllable Men. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Maria Haskins – “From A Distance, Constellations”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Black Static, Mythic Delirium, Fireside, and elsewhere. She was born and grew up in Sweden but currently lives in Canada with a husband, two kids, a snake, several birds, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

Rob Edwards – “Doctor Deathray and the Girl in the Orchard”
Rob Edwards is a British writer and podcaster living in Finland. What he would mostly like you to know though is that his debut novel The Ascension Machine, a scifi superhero adventure was released last month. He’s still slightly excited.
Twitter: @storycastrob

W. B. J. Williams – “An Old Grudge”

W. B. J. Williams, the author of The Garden at the Roof of the World (Dragonwell Publishing) and the InfoCoup (Abyss and Apex Magazine, October 1, 2019 http://www.abyssapexzine.com/), holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters, and lives in Sharon Massachusetts. When he is not at home or at his computer, he can often be found haunting the various used bookstores of Boston.

 

Websites:

http://www.wbj-williams.net

https://www.facebook.com/wbjwilliams

http://wbjwilliams.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @wbjwilliams

M. J. King – “Pay Attention”

Melissa lives in the woods of coastal Maine with her family and writes many flavors of fantasy. Her short stories have been published in the crowd-funded anthologies Fight Like a Girl and What Follows, and she is a co-founder of the blog Anxiety Ink.
Twitter: @Mwithpen
Instagram: @writinginterrupted

 

Eden Baylee & Bill Kirton – “I Am What I Am”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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! 

Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog): http://www.billkirton.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620980849
https://www.facebook.com/bill.kirton/

Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 99

Humans: Of the Present

Two episodes left…then we close the book on the Word Count Podcast’s Decade of Original Free Flash Fiction.

I was going to end this year’s theme with the most dangerous animal of all: namely humans. But I felt one show wouldn’t do us monsters justice.

Episode 98 started us with “Humans of the past.” Now I’m looking for present-day stories.

2020 certainly has been a colorful year, to say the least.

The prompt? Something a little uplifting:

It would be so easy to write something terrible about modern humans. Go different, this time. Tell me a happy story.

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 500 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure; all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

If you want to listen to the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-eight shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 99 “Humans: Of the Present”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 27th September 2020 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English based on the picture theme above.

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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST) Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 the author of […] and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 27 September 2020. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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.

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***

The Word Count Podcast: Episode 98

Humans of the Past

As I mentioned last time, after the 100th show, the sun will finally be setting on the Word Count Podcast after ten years.

Ten years. My God.

But before I tear up and get all “old man nostalgic,” we still have a few shows left to knock out of the park.

Episode 98 begins our “Human” trilogy of shows, and we have five brand new stories about Humans of the past.

The WordCountIrregulars certainly have outdone themselves this time ’round!

The Picture for the prompt and inspiration?

You can listen to the episode here:

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my talented friends starring in this episode:

Our Guests:

Bill Kirton – “The Dig”

Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog): http://www.billkirton.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620980849
https://www.facebook.com/bill.kirton/

Eden Baylee – “How to Get A Head”
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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! 
Rob Edwards – “Professor Prodigious’ Discovery“

Rob Edwards is a British writer and podcaster living in Finland. What he would mostly like you to know though is that his debut novel The Ascension Machine, a scifi superhero adventure was just released. He’s slightly excited.

Twitter: @storycastrob

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey“Modern Man”

Jack Gwaltney was born in Virginia, went to the University of Virginia and lives in New York, fortunate to perform as an actor on stage, television and in film. Collaborating with John McCaffrey is one of the wisest things Jack does. Thanks to The Word Count Podcast!

John McCaffrey grew up in Rochester, New York, attended Villanova University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is the author of The Book of Ash and Two Syllable Men. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 

W. B. J. Williams – “The Girl and the Unicorn”

W. B. J. Williams holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters and lives in Sharon Massachusetts. When he is not at home or at his computer, he can often be found haunting the various used bookstores of Boston.

Websites:

http://www.wbj-williams.net

https://www.facebook.com/wbjwilliams

http://wbjwilliams.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @wbjwilliams

 

Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 98

Humans: Of the Past

Three episodes left…then we close the book on the Word Count Podcast’s Decade of Original Free Flash Fiction.

I was going to end this year’s theme with the most dangerous animal of all: namely humans. But I felt one show wouldn’t do us monsters justice.

So Episode 98 will have a loose theme of “having to do with Humans of the past.” Tell a Timetravel story. A story set in the past (and how far back is entirely up to you). The sky is the limit for this month’s prompt–limited only by your imagination!

Ah. You’ll be needing the picture portion of said prompt. I nearly forgot:

 

Intriguing, no? An ancient skull. Have at it, creatives!

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 500 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure; all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

If you want to listen to the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-seven shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 98 “Humans: Of the Past”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 30th August 2020 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English based on the picture theme above.

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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST) Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 the author of […] and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 30 August 2020. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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.

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***

The Word Count Podcast: Episode 97

Strength in Numbers

Finally.

The “Year of Hell” as I’m calling 2020, took a personal turn over the summer.

The details are unimportant. But suffice to say that there were troubles and they were addressed (or continue to be addressed).

Let me make my apologies, make an announcement, then we’ll get on with episode 97.

First, to those writers who volunteer their time and creative efforts to the Word Count, Sorry about the long delay in releasing this episode. And second, to our listeners, this is no one’s fault but my own.

Now for that announcement.

The upcoming 100th episode of The Word Count will be the final show for this podcast. For ten years I, and the WC Irregulars, have been posting stories for your listening pleasure. It has been our absolute delight to work on this show.

 More details as we progress through our final shows.

Our theme this final year is Animals and I gave our intrepid author’s this creepy picture to get the creative juices flowing:

You can listen to the episode here:

THREE brand new stories this month (two collaborative tales) for your listening pleasure!

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my talented friends starring in this episode:

Our Guests:

Bill Kirton & Eden Baylee – “A Tale of Two Geralds”

Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog): http://www.billkirton.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620980849
https://www.facebook.com/bill.kirton/

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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! 
Maria Haskins – “The Rules of Meerkats

 

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. She lives just outside Vancouver with two kids, a husband, a large black dog, a ball python, and several birds (some of you might or might not hear in this recording). Find out more at mariahaskins.com, or follow her on Twitter at @mariahaskins.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey“Saturday Morning”

Jack Gwaltney was born in Virginia, went to the University of Virginia and lives in New York, fortunate to perform as an actor on stage, television and in film. Collaborating with John McCaffrey is one of the wisest things Jack does. Thanks to The Word Count Podcast!

John McCaffrey grew up in Rochester, New York, attended Villanova University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is the author of The Book of Ash and Two Syllable Men. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 

Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 97

Strength in Numbers

This bloody year, huh?

My only hope, as someone who lived through various social upheaval cycles, is that what is happening now will truly lead to social justice and equality. “Numbers” get things done. Many voices are louder than one voice. And with our annual theme of animals, we’ve selected a ‘clan’ of Meerkats looking to protect their burrow and each other:

 

I’m calling the episode “Strength in Numbers.” Let’s see what our Word Count Irregulars make of this one!

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 500 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure; all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

If you want to listen to the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-six shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 97 “Strength in Numbers”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 28th June 2020 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English based on the picture theme above.

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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST) Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 the author of […] and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 28 June 2020. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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.

One minor note: 28 June is also my brother’s 60th birthday!!

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***

The Word Count Podcast: Episode 96

Who Goes There?

In the “Year of Hell,” it’s already May.

Time flies when you’re in quarantine, I guess. But my bright spots each month include receiving stories from the Word Count Irregulars based on a theme posted earlier in the month, and putting those stories in a FREE to Listen podcast just for you!

Our theme this year is Animals and I gave our intrepid author’s this creepy picture to get the creative juices flowing:

I do love owls–probably stems from me identifying with the Nite Owl character from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic of the 80’s.

But enough of my psychological baggage! You can listen to the episode here:

FIVE brand new stories this month for your listening pleasure!

Why? Because we love doing this podcast for you.

Before we get on with the show notes, a reminder that we are looking to increase the number of likes on the show’s Facebook Page, so hope on over there and tell your friends about us (use the #WordCountPodcast hashtag).

Second, as always, the WCP is FREE to download and listen via iTunes or Libsyn. This show is brought to you by writers who love the opportunity to share their stories with you. In many ways, the #WordCountPodcast is a hobby for us, as there are no advertisers or revenue streams. It’s just us, a microphone, a four-channel mixing board, and a passion for sharing our words with you.

We are not asking, nor have ever asked, for monetary compensation. This is our playground, and once a month we invite you to join us around a virtual campfire and listen for a bit.

However, I, and my colleagues, would very much appreciate it if you shared links for the podcast on social media, and perhaps check out each author’s links and bios (posted below).

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my talented friends:

Our Guests:

 Bill Kirton – “Who Am I?”

Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog): http://www.billkirton.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620980849
https://www.facebook.com/bill.kirton/

W. B. J. Williams – “What the Owl Brings at Night”

W. B. J. Williams holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters and lives in Sharon Massachusetts. When he is not at home or at his computer, he can often be found haunting the various used bookstores of Boston.

Websites:

http://www.wbj-williams.net

https://www.facebook.com/wbjwilliams

http://wbjwilliams.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @wbjwilliams

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey“Jeopardy”

Jack Gwaltney was born in Virginia, went to the University of Virginia and lives in New York, fortunate to perform as an actor on stage, television and in film. Collaborating with John McCaffrey is one of the wisest things Jack does. Thanks to The Word Count Podcast!

John McCaffrey grew up in Rochester, New York, attended Villanova University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is the author of The Book of Ash and Two Syllable Men. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Maria Haskins – “Owl, Girl, Rooks

 

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She writes and reviews speculative fiction, and her work has appeared in Fireside, Interzone, Black Static, Shimmer, Mythic Delirium, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @mariahaskins, or find out more on her website mariahaskins.com.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

Eden Baylee – “At Long Last Sleep
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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! 

Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 96

Who Goes There?

Wisdom is something we need but sorely lack these days from those we’ve chosen to lead us. Perhaps, here in the US, we’ll change that come this November.

While the pandemic continues its rampage through the population, murder-hornets are gathering in Washington state, and (as I write this) a Polar Vortex is descending into the North East for the next few days.

We truly need the wisdom of the ancients these days. Towards that end and keeping with our annual theme of animals, we give you this month’s prompt:

I’m calling the episode “Who Goes There?” Let’s see what our Word Count Irregulars make of this one!

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 500 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure; all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

If you want to listen to the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-five shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 95 “Who Goes There?”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 24th May  2020 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English based on the picture theme above.

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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST) Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 the author of […] and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 24 May 2020. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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.

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***