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The Word Count Podcast-Episode 67

Four stories and six guests this week! That means we have two tag-team stories for your listening pleasure!

Plus a regular “Word Count Irregular” and a returning Irregular!

It’s ALL so exciting!

The prompt for this merry month of June was:

This was a shot from the Jones Beach Theater on the south shore of Long Island. As a LI native, I spent many a summer evening was spent enjoying concerts here in my youth.

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 you friends about us (use the #WordCountPodcast hashtag).

We have a cracking good show this time around. As always, it’s FREE to download and listen  via iTunes or Libsyn. Here is an embedded player, if you prefer:

 

 

So to Episode 67 (“Concert at the Beach in June”), shall we? Our guests this month:

Cameron Garriepy “The Comeback”

Cameron Garriepy is a rock star in her own car. Even when her 4th grader rolls his eyes. In April of 2015, Cameron released Damselfly Inn the first full-length novel in her Thornton Vermont series. The sequel, Sweet Pease is coming in October from Bannerwing Books.

 

Eden Baylee & Bill Kirton “In Two Minds” 

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 trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton—a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her novellas are available on Kindle Worlds.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often! To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Website: http://edenbayleebooks.com

Blog: https://edenbaylee.com/blog/

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

Twitter: @edenbaylee

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, 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.

Website: www.billkirton.com

Twitter: @carver22

 

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “The Love of the Last Tycoon

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 – “A Song for Hugo”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and certified translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

The #wordcountpodcast Episode 67 is now open for submissions!

The new format this year seems to be going over pretty well. Certainly our #WordCountIrregulars seem to enjoy writing for the new visual prompt.  And the advanced format for the show seems to be going over well with our listeners.

We would love more in the way of both authors and listeners.

Because the #wordcountpodcast is a free show, and due to the fact that I have thus far self-funded the show, we have a small but loyal following. The “loyal” stems from the quality of the stories my wonderful author friends (the “irregulars”) contribute each month.

If you are reading this, we would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. We have a Facebook Page that we have a goal of reaching a thousand likes this year. So give it a like or share it with your friends. The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows will be. Perhaps we can get those pesky advertisers to notice us–I will gladly trade some advertising space to receive monies to pay our authors!

There are nearly 400 original stories at this point—all free for your listen pleasure, all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

So, then. Episode 67.

Our prompt is the picture below and the month of June:

“Summer Concert at the Beach”

What happens next, dear sinners, is entirely up to you!

All submissions are welcome!

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

LIBSYN

or

iTUNES

There are sixty-six shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 67 “Summer Concert at the Beach”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Friday 30 June 2017 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the picture above and the month of “June.”

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
• 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 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@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 30 June 2017. 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.

***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. ***

Peace

The Word Count Podcast-Episode 66

I took the shot above while on a ferry in Boston Harbor near Georges Island. It was chilly that day–typical of late spring in New England. So I thought it would make a great visual prompt (along with the month of May) for this episode of the #WordCountPodcast.

And the Irregulars came through beautifully.

With regard to the competition for episode 65…I received no entries. Zero. I want to thank Bill Kirton for coming up with a delicious story idea to try out  this new twist in the show.

Perhaps we should do something different to build our audience.

Be that as it May (Month of may–get it?), we have a cracking good show this time around. As always, it’s FREE to download and listen  via iTunes or Libsyn. Here is an embedded player, if you prefer:

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 you friends about us (use the #WordCountPodcast hashtag).

Onto the show!

Show Notes:

Bill Kirton – “The Island”

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, 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.

Website: www.billkirton.com

Twitter: @carver22

Maria Haskins – “Hungry Beasts”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and certified translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “The Power and the Glory

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.

C. Thomas Smith – “Darlings”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and over half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two and a half children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way, he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty-eyed cat.

Website: www.infinity-forge.com

Twitter: @KRSTVR

Eden Baylee – “The Fury of Poseidon

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 trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton—a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her novellas are available on Kindle Worlds.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often! To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Website: http://edenbayleebooks.com

Blog: https://edenbaylee.com/blog/

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

Twitter: @edenbaylee

R.B. Wood – “Calliope”

R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Speculative and Dark Fiction.  His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012.  Mr. Wood is currently working on multiple stories and his MFA (Emerson College Class of ’19).  Along with his writing passion, R. B.  is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

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

Around the web:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon’s R.B. Wood page

The #WordCountPodcast episode 66 is NOW open for Submissions!

I can’t believe it’s May already! Where did the time go?

On the personal writing front, I’m working feverishly to tweak four short stories all with submission dates in the next 30 days or so. I’m plowing through all the college requirements so I can hit the fall semester running, and I’m prepping for Readercon in July.

Along with those things, life stuff (like finding mold in the house, getting that sorted, having a new roof put on and visits from my children and my father-in-law, ongoing rehab) is happening, as it does for all of us. It’s gonna be a busy rest of year.

That all being said, I’m enjoying reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and rereading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. And, of course, I have episodes of the #wordcountpodcast to devise.

Which brings me to the true purpose of this post. We’ll be opening up Episode 66 for submissions this weekend. But first, if you wouldn’t mind, give the show’s Facebook page a like, and get your friends to check it out as well. There are nearly 400 original stories at this point—all free for your listen pleasure, all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

The Word Count Podcast

So, then. Episode 66.

I’m supplying the picture this time around. I took this off a boat in Boston harbor near Georges Island where the missus and I go a few times a year with friends.

I feel this picture has many stories to tell, so I ask out Irregulars (as well as any aspiring writers who would like to join us) for their own take on this scene. Include the month of May as well.

What happens next, dear sinners, is entirely up to you!

All submissions are welcome!

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

LIBSYN

or

iTUNES

There are Sixty-five shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 66 “May in the Harbor”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Friday 26 May 2017 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the picture above and the month of “May.”

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
• 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 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@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 26 May 2017. 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.

***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. ***

Peace

The Word Count Podcast-Episode 65

Cool picture, isn’t it?

This was donated for the Episode 65 prompt by Bill Kirton, one of our dear Word Count Irregulars. And SPEAKING of Bill Kirton:


COMPETITION ALERT!!

There is a mystery to solve at the end of Bill’s story. Solve it, e-mail your answer to me (me@rbwood.com), and you will be put in a drawing to win a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Competition ends May 26th, 2017!


The Picture above and the month of April. That is the basis for four new stories’

The duo of John McCaffrey & Jack Gwaltney return as do Maria Haskins, Eden Baylee and the aforementioned Bill Kirton.

Feel free to download and listen to the latest show (or previous shows) via iTunes or Libsyn. Here is an embedded player, if you prefer:

 

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 you friends about us (use the #WordCountPodcast hashtag).

Onto the show!

Show Notes:

 Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “The Man Who Was Thursday

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 – “Magpies and Moonshine”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and certified translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com

Twitter: @mariahaskins

Eden Baylee – “The Cottage Life

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 trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton—a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her novellas are available on Kindle Worlds.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often! To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Website: http://edenbayleebooks.com

Blog: https://edenbaylee.com/blog/

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

Twitter: @edenbaylee

Bill Kirton – “The Coming of Night”

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, 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.

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Twitter: @carver22

 

 

The #WordCountPodcast Episode 65 is Now Open for Submissions!

For April, the picture selected for our prompt was from our own Bill Kirton, Word Count Irregular par excellence.

But before revealing the prompt, I must beg you all to get your friends to like the #WordCountPodcast Facebook page. I’ll be posting some new content there shortly, exclusively for fans of the show who liked the page.

Telling you what I’ll be posting would be playing fair. Stay tuned!

But here’s the link to the page. Spread the word won’t you? We have a goal of 1000 likes this season!

The Word Count Podcast

So, then. Episode 65.

 

Bill sent in the following:

I thought it was beautiful, a little haunting, and perfect for writers to sink their teeth into. You must also use the month of April in your setting.

What happens next, dear sinners, is entirely up to you!

Thinking of writing something for the show? Please do! All submissions are welcome!

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

LIBSYN

or

iTUNES

There are Sixty-four shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 65 “The Woods in April”

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Friday 28 April 2017 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the picture above and the month of “April.”

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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • 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@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 28 April 2017. 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.

***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. ***

Peace

The Word Count Podcast-Episode 63

The Picture above and the month of February. That’s the prompt for this month’s show.

The feedback I’ve been receiving on the “enhanced” podcast format and the new prompts for 2017 has been pretty good. And I think this month’s show will be very enjoyable.

Except for the host. He has a bit of a cold and is recovering from a weekend hanging out with other writers and fans at #Boskone54.

Feel free to download and listen to the latest show via iTunes or Libsyn. Here is an embedded player, if you prefer:

 

 

Show Notes:

Bill Kirton – “George”

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,  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.

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Twitter: @carver22

Eden Baylee – “Love and Death”

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 trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton—a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her novellas are available on Kindle Worlds.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often! To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Website: http://edenbayleebooks.com

Blog: https://edenbaylee.com/blog/

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

Twitter: @edenbaylee

C. Thomas Smith – “Fecking Direction”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and over half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two and a half children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way, he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty-eyed cat.

Website: www.infinity-forge.com

Twitter: @KRSTVR

Maria Haskins – “Wolves and Girls”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and certified translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com
Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

The Sixth HALLOWEEN Special #WordCountPodcast

unnamed-file-3288Boys, hang on to your significant other, because it’s time for four fighting tales of twisted All Hallow’s Eve fun.

Girls, you’re fine. Take care of the boys. You know how fragile they can be.

I SO love this time of year! The wife and I are binge-watching American Horror Story to get into the mood. We are up to Season five (and although I miss Jessica Lange, there is a possibility I’m infatuated with Lady Gaga as the Countess. But I digress).

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Lady Gaga. Picture Copyright American Horror Story, FX “Yummy”

Six years, six Halloween specials. This years show is far more intimate and disturbing. I like it. No fanfare, no special effects. Just four tales for your listening pleasure.

Welcome, dear sinners, to episode 61 the #WordCountPodcast – the most creepy Halloween special!

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.

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Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpageiTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

CTSC. Thomas Smith “Trick”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “The Demon

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog. Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin’s Eye – a collection of science fiction short-stories – was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015 – a collection of poetry – was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

13925275_10154245021905170_2194058733915037883_nMatthew Munson “Dreaming”

Matthew is a writer, a geek, disability advocate, a trustee, a marathon walker and a photographer. He’s written two contemporary fantasy novels published through Inspired Quill, is currently finishing off a serial crime novella for an online audience, is writing the first in a series of non-fiction books on disabilities, and has been appointed to the diversity panel of a new UK-based publisher. Life is good, although there could be more chocolate.

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

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

Rob EdwardsRob Edwards “A Lesson in Feldok

Rob Edwards is a British born writer and podcaster, currently living in Finland. His podcast, StorycastRob, features readings from his short stories and excerpts from longer work. His work can also be found in the anthologies *Tales from the Universe* and the forthcoming *Tales from Alternate Earths*, published in Kindle format by Inklings Press.

His greatest geek pride is his entry on wookieepedia, the a result of
writing several Star Wars RPG scenarios back in the day.

Rob is currently working on a YA novel featuring superheroes in space.

Twitter: @storycastrob

Websites:

PODCAST: www.storycastrob.co.uk

BLOG: www.storycastrob.co.uk/wp

 

The Word Count Podcast SIXTH Halloween Special is Open for Submissions!

Me, trying and failing to shut off the alarm: “Hngh. What day is it?”
Very Patient Wife: “Sunday.”
Me: “Whew. I can relax! And it’s still only September!”
VPW: It’s October.”
Me “What?”
VPW: “OCT. TOW. BERRR.”
Me: “HOLY CRAP!! I have to post the Halloween Theme for the Word Count Podcast!”


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It is my FAVORITE time of year, kids!

Fall in New England is stunningly beautiful.

Fall in New England with a holiday that celebrates ghoulies, ghosties, beasties, death and candy is priceless!

And what is Fall and Halloween without a #WordCountPodcast Halloween Special?

This time around, the theme is “TWISTED.

What do I mean? I mean I want a brilliant story with a surprise, twisted and dark ending that makes you go WOW. Think Twilight Zone. But without the censor limitations of the Television board.

And better special effects.

I can almost see the #WordCountIrregulars scrambling for their keyboards, pens and microphones!

Anyone can become a #WordCountIrregular! Just write and record a story for the show based on the prompt and follow the guidelines below. The Halloween Special is a great time to hop on board as these shows tend to get the most downloads!

It’s my distinct honor to run the #WordCountPodcast and I want to send a heartfelt “Cheers!” to the fans that have followed us for so many years.

Without you, there would be no podcast.

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

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Sixty shows available right now!

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THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 61

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any, but make it dark. If you write about sparkly Vampires, I love you, but go away.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2016 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work with a twisted ending.

 

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
  • 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 sixth Halloween Special.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 21 OCTOBER 2016. 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.

Get writing and recording!

Peace

Sixty.

Sixty shows.

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Nearly 400 original stories by 90 authors.

And we have six more brand new pieces of fiction for your listening pleasure!

In fact, I have one on this month’s show as well. How about THEM apples?

The intrepid Word Count Irregulars tackle a new three-word theme this time around: Charming, Key and Computer.

So, whilst listening the the podcast, read bit about our Irregulars below.  But first, a bit about the #WordCountPodcast:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.

 Why?

Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpageiTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

 

BillkBill Kirton “In an Alternative Dimension”

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,  Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 

CameronCameron Garriepy “Blood Magic Is Nothing to Trifle With

Cameron Garriepy doesn’t always write speculative fiction set in post-World War II Gotham, but when she does, it’s for the Word Count Podcast. Last April, Cameron released Damselfly Inn, the first full-length novel in her Thornton Vermont series. The sequel, Sweet Pease is coming soon from Bannerwing Books.

Websites:
http://camerondgarriepy.com
http://facebook.com/camerondgarriepy

http://amazon.com/author/camerondgarriepy

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/camerongarriepy

CTSC. Thomas Smith “Charmingman 3000″

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

14095910_10210873417531028_3332443765205751090_nR. B. WoodThe Watcher”

R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Speculative Fiction.  His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012.  Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years.  Along with his writing passion, R. B.  is host of The Word Count Podcast– a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

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

Around the web:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon’s R.B. Wood page

Screen shot 2016-04-16 at 1.41.13 PM-2Eden Baylee “Scene from a Bar”

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 trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her stories–A SNAKE IN PARADISE and SEAL OF A MONK can be found on Kindle Worlds.

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

 Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “OK Computer

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog. Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin’s Eye – a collection of science fiction short-stories – was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015 – a collection of poetry – was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mariahaskins

Twitter: @mariahaskins