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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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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. Wood "The 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

 

Episode SIXTY of the #WordCountPodcast is now open for submissions!

Holy crap, it's September already!  And that means we are about to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the #WordCountPodcast!

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Six years. Sixty shows...well, nearly.

But we all know nearly isn't good enough, so let's open up submissions for episode sixty!

But you'll need a prompt, won't you?

Well.  How about:

KEY, CHARMING, and COMPUTER. I totally pulled that out of my are. Let's run with it!

I have all the faith in the world that participating authors in the show--those intrepid adventurers I call the #WordCountIrregulars-will make some magic for us.

And anyone can become a #WordCountIrregular. Just write and record a story for the show based on the prompt and follow the guidelines below.

It's my distinct honor to run this show 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 Fifty Nine shows available right now!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 60 Prompt:

 

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Friday 16 September 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story and contain ALL three words somewhere in your story.  The three words are, of course: KEY, CHARMING, and COMPUTER.

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes without speaking to me first!

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 Friday 16 September 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.

Peace

The Sizzling’ Summer Episode 58 of the #WordCountPodcast is LIVE!

Ah Summer!

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This time around, our intrepid Word Count Irregulars tackle a bit of Flash Fiction starting with the line:

"I was enjoying the summer holiday when..."

The bios of our dear authors will follow.  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:

Rob EdwardsRob Edwards "Time Rigger's Lament"

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

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins "True Words"

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

CTSC. Thomas Smith "Doomsday"

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

BillkBill Kirton “Like A Butterfly”

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

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “95 Days”

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

 

The Word Count Podcast episode 57 – Pirate, Island, Rat

Finally!

Between radiation treatment and misbehaving software, it's taken me nearly a week to get the show done! But it's well worth the wait as we have four amazing tales of high-seas hijinks and mayhem for your listening pleasure.  The theme this go-around was Pirate, Island and Rat.

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Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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:

 

BillkBill Kirton “A Happy Ending”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

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

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

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

Twitter: @carver22

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

 

Rob EdwardsRob Edwards "Legend of Redhook's Gold"

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

CTSC. Thomas Smith "The Bear's Fate"

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. He and his two besties still work at ManDay but it's a tough slog and only Odin knows where it will all end.

I still love you Bear.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins "Treasure Island"

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

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

Twitter: @mariahaskins

The #WordCountPodcast episode 57 OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

 

What's this strange itching sensation?

No, it's not some sort of new medical malady nor is it the result of an illicit bit of naughtiness.

It's the itch to kick off another Word Count Podcast!

 

Let's get straight to the three word theme,then.  Contain your excitement!

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The 3-word theme:

Pirate, Island, Rat

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission! Not that anyone EVER reads past the theme.  I mean, RB always writes the same thing, right?  there is never anything past the theme worth reading.

Wibble, Wibble! Queen Elizabeth wears frilly knickers! I am the very image of a modern Major General!

Anyway.

The submission guidelines are below, but first--and for those unfamiliar with the show…

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

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

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

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media (use the hashtag #wordcountpodcast) to point folks at the show.

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

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty Six shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 57 – “Pirate, Island, Rat"

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by SUNDAY 22 May 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Pirate, Island, Rat

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 22 May 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.

Wibble, wibble.

Peace

Dog. Wheelchair. Addiction. The Word Count Podcast Episode 55 is LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 55 of “The Word Count” podcast!

A rather crazy three word prompt this go ‘round…had no idea what to expect. But I was incredibly pleased to receive three wonderful (and slightly mad) diverse tales based on:

Dog, Wheelchair and Addiction.

Cute dog listening to music 1_1

I need to get a new random word generator.

Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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:

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “Nemesis”

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

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

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

CTSC. Thomas Smith ”Doug Needs Mary”

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

 

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Runner”

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Word Count Podcast Episode 55 – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

 

White-Cute-Puppy-With 54 episodes in the can and Spring nearly here, the itch to create is already awakening from its winter slumber.

What does that mean? I have no idea--so lets move along...

The #wordcountpodcast provides YOU the listener with free original stories by brilliant authors--the 'peeps' I euphemistically call the Word Count Irregulars.

Over 300 stories, over 80 authors.  And we are still going!  Now it's time to open up episode 55 for submissions!

A new three-word prompt is on tap for this show:

DOG, WHEELCHAIR, ADDICTION

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and for those unfamiliar with the show…

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

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

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

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

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

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty Four shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 55 – “Dog, wheelchair, addiction.”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 11 March 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Dog, wheelchair, addiction.“

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 11 March 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.

Peace