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The Word Count Episode 22 – “I Washed the blood from my hands…”

Welcome to Episode 22 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Ah, and here I was thinking The Word Count had run its course. There is no ‘Episode 21’ as that was to be the Holiday Special, of which I’d only received one entry. Disenfranchised, yet determined, I decided to give it another go.

Well, low and behold I had the most votes on the next theme (187 total) and no less than NINE stories submitted for episode 22.

Be prepared, my friends. The stories in this weeks show are weird, graphic, erotic and creepy in the extreme. Nine talented souls stepped up for our theme:

“I washed the blood from my hands…”


Links to the show:

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:

eb_newweb_picEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.

Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

AM_resizedMHARI SIMPSON

Real life is just too real, which is why Mhairi usually writes fantasy, with real people encountering the requisite griffins, unicorns, werewolves and/or vampires. And because she likes a laugh, there are also pink mice and gods with faulty moral compasses. Because the real world can’t be totally ignored, there’s often a lot of blood in her stories too. She’s been to six schools (seven if you include university) and lived in four countries on two continents. She speaks three languages and bits and pieces of three more. She once galloped a horse into a cow (by accident) and she’s been to Machu Picchu three

times. Apart from writing, she likes pretty shoes, making jewelry, films, dancing, reading and chocolate. Don’t forget the chocolate.

Websites: http://www.mhairisimpson.com

 Your Twitter name (if you have one): @AMhairiSimpson

 

kadinKADIN SETON

Kadin Seton is a professional trainer who teaches management and leadership skills. She loves her new job working for a large non-profit company and is proud to be giving back to society. Kadin also enjoys reading and writing science fiction.  She is currently working on a sci fi series and hopes to have the first book, “Descent Into Darkness” available later this year.

Twitter: @kadinseton

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew had his debut novel (Fall From Grace) around the same time as RB, and was also very fortunate to be a beta reader on the Prodigal’s Foole (which, by the way, is awesome – buy it now!). Matthew is British and lives in a small town you’ve probably never heard of, but loves it all the same.  Aside from eating his own body weight in chocolate, his hobbies include reading, plotting ways to make a regular enough income from writing, and learning British Sign Language.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/matthewmunsonauthor

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk and http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

Julia_StaleyJULIA MAE STALEY

Julia Mae Staley has been writing since she could put words together. At the age of 8, she wrote her first short story entitled: “The Adventurer”, a twist on an Australian folktale.  As a teen, she longed for a novel about a strong but imperfect female heroine, and it was then that Ebony Havenworth and the world she inhabits first walked into Julia’s head. She is in the process of submitting the YA fantasy trilogy to agents.  Her blog, http://crosshavenharpist.wordpress.com is currently home to much of the backstory of “Ebony”.  While she reads voraciously, Julia’s favorite works tend to be in the realm of fantasy. Escapism and shirking duty is a motivating factor in this. Don’t tell anyone.  She attends a bi-weekly writer’s group of local authors, where they discuss the elusive perfect novel over cups of steaming tea. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her parents and her cats: the queen Alpha, and the mischievous Maui.  Julia is also a very accomplished musician and singer/songwriter, and has a BM in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. You can learn more at http://www.juliamaestaley.com.

Twitter: @juliamaestaley

KRSTVR__DINGIRC. THOMAS SMITH

C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on www.write4all.ie under the name Krstvr being the other). I’ve written two novels this year, Godkiller (122000 Words) & Tale (100000 Words). And I hope to hone my craft to the point where others enjoy the stories in my head as much as I do.

 

Twitter = @KRSTVR

 

 

 

Hordan
JORDAN JONES (“Rather Drunk”)

Podcaster out of Broken Bow Oklahoma.

Website: podcast.talkdrink.me

Twitter: @apforce

 

 

kimmydon2shrunk2KIMBERLY GOULD

Author of Cargon: Honour & Privilege and regular contributor to the

Picture Prompt Writing Challenge. Kim, also known as Kimmydonn, is also a part time environmental consultant, wife and mother. Her husband describes her as aerodynamically curvaceous. She is easily flattered.

Websites:        http://kimmydonn.blogspot.com

http://picprompt.blogspot.com

http://kimmydonn.com

Twitter: @kimmydonn

 

bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

I was born in Plymouth, England a long time ago but I’ve lived most of my life in Scotland. I’ve written stage and radio plays, songs and sketches for revues, flash fiction, short stories, novels, stories for children and books aimed at helping students to get the most out of university and write effective academic essays and dissertations. I’ve been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter. I’ve also spent a few years as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

(Novels)

SHADOW SELVES (October 2011)

THE DARKNESS (July 2011) (Runner-up in the Mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)

THE SPARROW CONUNDRUM (March 2011) (Winner of the Humor category in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)

THE FIGUREHEAD (June 2010)

ROUGH JUSTICE (2008)

MATERIAL EVIDENCE (2007)

 

(How-to books)

BRILLIANT WORKPLACE SKILLS FOR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES (October 2011)

BRILLIANT DISSERTATION (January 2011)

BRILLIANT ESSAY (December 2010)

BRILLIANT STUDY SKILLS (2010)

JUST WRITE (2007)

 

(As Jack Rosse)

THE LOCH EWE MYSTERY (March 2011)

 

Websites:        www.bill-kirton.co.uk

http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

 

Twitter: @carver22

The Word Count Second Annual Halloween Special!

Welcome to Episode 20 of “The Word Count” podcast!
 

This is the SECOND HALLOWEEN SPECIAL cast with macabre stories to enthrall and frighten you all!  As it is also Release day for my book, The Prodigal’s Foole, I read a bit of chapter one which fits nicely into the Halloween themed cast.
 

Links to the show:

 
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:

MonicaMONICA MARIER
The theme song for the ‘cast this week is from Monica’s Webcomic: Skeleton Crew.
 

Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

Twitter: @lil_monmon

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON 

On the day that Matthew planned to record this (the day of submission), he had practically consumed his body weight in cake at some events … and is quite impressed that the nausea he felt during the recording process doesn’t seem to show through.    

His debut novel – Fall From Grace – has just been published and is available online and in all good bookshops, so go buy it! Matthew would also like to seriously congratulate R.B. for his success with his book, and is very excited about getting his edition in the post across the pond in good old Blighty! 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/matthewmunsonauthor

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/ 

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk and http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: @mnwjm1981
 

 

 

awantikaAWANTIKA JOSHI
 

Awantika is developing her bio, but in the meantime, check out her site and what’s she’s working at ithunkit.wordpress.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRSTVR__DINGIRC. THOMAS SMITH

 
C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on www.write4all.ie under the name Krstvr being the other). I’ve written two novels this year, Godkiller (122000 Words) & Tale (100000 Words). And I hope to hone my craft to the point where others enjoy the stories in my head as much as I do. 

Twitter: @KRSTVR

The Word Count Episode 19 is now LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 19 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the quote “The only difference between a madman and me is that I’m not mad

Links to the show:
 

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpage
 

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

Our guests this week:

Bill_KBILL KIRTON
 

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In. 

 

Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk 

Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter name: @carver22

 

pennerphotoAUBRA PENNER

Aubra is a fantasy writer, world traveler, and all-round glutton for punishment. She’s currently sending everything over the wires from St. Petersburg, Russia, where she’s trying to fix her terrible American accent and learning to eat mayonnaise on everything.
 

Websites:

Travel blog: http://uptheglasshill.com

Fantasy serial: http://thesealiesafterdeath.com

Twitter name: @aubrapenner

kadinKADIN SETON

Kadin Seton is currently working on the science fiction series “Descent Into Darkness” and hopes to have the first book available by the end of the year. 

Twitter Name: @kadinseton

 

 


KRSTVR__DINGIRC. THOMAS SMITH

C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on www.write4all.ie under the name Krstvr being the other). I’ve written two novels this year, Godkiller (122000 Words) & Tale (100000 Words). And I hope to hone my craft to the point where others enjoy the stories in my head as much as I do. 

Twitter Name: @KRSTVR

 

 

eb_newweb_picEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website. 
She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Website:  www.edenbaylee.com

Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

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

The Word Count Podcast Episode 18: Steve Umstead

Welcome to Episode 18 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is a special celebration of the release of Gabriel’s Return by Steve Umstead. Steve and I chat about random writer things and social media, and he reads the first chapter of Book Two in the Evan Gabriel Trilogy!

Links to the show:

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 guest this week:

SU2STEVE UMSTEAD

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.

Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011, and Gabriel’s Return, the second in the trilogy, launched in August. If his life allows it, Gabriel’s Revenge, book 3, will arrive before the holiday season.

Follow Steve on twitter: @SteveUmstead

Steve’s Website: http://steveumstead.com/

BTW the manuscript software Steve uses and was mentioned on the show is called “Scrivener” and can be found HERE.

     

The Word Count Episode 17 – “It happened so quickly I had no time to think, only react…”

Welcome to Episode 17 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “It happened so quickly I had no time to think, only react…”

Links to the show:

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

Our guests this week:

Bill_KBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In. 

Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk 

Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter name: @carver22

 

eb_newweb_picEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website. 
She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Website:  www.edenbaylee.com

Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

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

 

 

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew Munson has followed the Word Count Podcast since #1, and he is honoured to be a regular contributor to its hallowed halls. Matthew is a advocate for dyspraxia and deaf awareness and has his first fiction book being published by Inspired Quill at the end of September (Fall From Grace, look out for it!). Matthew has heard of the concept of free time, but believes it to be nothing more than an urban myth. 

Twitter; @mnwjm1981

Blog; http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

kadinKADIN SETON

Kadin Seton is currently working on the science fiction series “Descent Into Darkness” and hopes to have the first book available by the end of the year. 

Twitter: @kadinseton

The Word Count Episode16 is LIVE!

Welcome to Episode 16 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “Your character suspects his/her husband is having an affair and decides to spy on him. What she/he discovers is not what he/she was expecting…”

Links to the show:

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:

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

 

Website:  www.edenbaylee.com

Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

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

 

Bill_KBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In. 

Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk 

Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter name: @carver22

 

 

facebook_pic_by_Stan_Tunstall-OtterburnMICHELLE BIRBECK

Ever tried to teach the fish how to read? That’s what I was doing with my books when I was five; it’s one of my earliest memories involving books. Apparently I thought their little fishy mouths working away made them look bored, so instead of reading to them, I popped my entire Peter Rabbit collection right on into the fish tank and started trying to teach them how to read. I’m not sure if they learned anything, but I’m pretty sure that it was a memorable start to my journey into the world of literature, if only for the mess my parents had to clean up afterwards. Since then that journey has taken me to many places, and eventually led here, to the world of writing and publishing. Over the years however, I went from children’s classics to the darker worlds of horror and fantasy. Now my creative world is one filled with blood and pain, with characters that are tortured and tormented and put through hell on the fleeting hope that there might be an end in sight. 

Website link: http://michellebirbeck.co.uk 

Twitter: @michellebirbeck

The Word Count Episode 15 – “A Taxi ride late one night in the city turns strange, when…”

Welcome to Episode 15 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme A taxi ride late one night in the city turns strange when…”

Links to the show:

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:

 

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

 

Website: www.edenbaylee.com

Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

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

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk and http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

 

 

mJamesBloodM. JAMES BLOOD

M. James Blood is an upcoming Hardboiled and Dark fiction author from Melbourne, Australia, who writes everything from Noir to fantasy to gore-spattered horror. His obsessions include ritual magic and the Occult, LGBT fiction, Psychology, and Literature, which he studied for his Masters Degree. He currently writes and lives around the Pacific, between the city of his birth Down Under and a house full of artists and mythical creatures in Seattle, Washington.

Website: http://mjblood.com

Twitter name: @mjamesblood

The Word Count Episode 14 – “Interaction with a character of your creation with a famous fictional character”

Welcome to Episode 14 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “Interaction with a character of your creation with a famous fictional character.”

Links to the show:
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:
Monica
MONICA MARIER “Linus Meets Gandalf”
Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

MAFink

M. A. FINK “”The Unusual Patron”

M. A. Fink estimates he has read aloud 25,000 pages of text in his lifetime to date, on stage and in more intimate settings. He is the author of the soon-to-be-published illustrated novel The Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer, as well as number of published poems and flash fiction pieces.

Website — http://thefounddiary.wordpress.com/      (my novel’s page)
                http://onetarot.livejournal.com/        (writing/art page)
                http://alternativerealism.wordpress.com/       (site that explores the themes of my novel)
Twitter handle — @onetarot

MMUNSON
MATTHEW MUNSON “Thursday’s Life”
 
Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.
 
 
Twitter: @mnwjm1981


kadinKADIN SETON “Conversations Over Coffee”

Kadin Seton is currently writing her first novel – due out in late 2011.  Having written training documents for too many years, she finally decided to break out of the mold and write material that truly inspired her.

Twitter: @kadinseton


ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE “A Man of Wealth and Taste”

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

Podcast for Japan

New_Sun_RisingThis week is a very special episode of The Word Count podcast. “New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan,” is an anthology being compiled by FRANKIE SACHS. Stories, poems and a celebration of Japanese culture will be included and some of the talent that have contributed to New Sun Rising have provided their work for the podcast.

 

Links to the show:
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

 

New Sun Rising will be out at the end of May, but in the meantime, please enjoy this very special episode of The Word Count: Podcast for Japan.

An interview with editor and writer FRANKIE SACHS is included!

FRANKE’S Bio: Frankie Sachs’ literary qualifications consist of an extensive collection of restraining orders from editors. Being in charge of this project is karma.

 

I like her. 🙂

 

Our guests this week:

 

berit_EllingsenBERIT ELLINGSEN “Three Posters for Japan” –Read by Annie Evett

 

Berit Ellingsen is a Norwegian literary and speculative fiction author. She is also a science journalist and has a dark past as a game, film and music reviewer. Her work has or will appear in various online literary journals and in print anthologies, most recently in SPLIT Quarterly, The Subterranean Literary Journal and Zouch Magazine. Berit admits to pine for the fjords when abroad. Her debut novel, The

Empty City, is inspired by philosophies like zen and taoism.

 

Links

Blog: http://www.ninja-wizard.blogspot.com/

Book site: http://emptycitynovel.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BeritEllingsen

or @BeritEllingsen

Mark_Kerstetter_in_Central_ParkMARK KERSTETTER “The Three Halbun”
Mark Kerstetter steals time away from restoring an old house in Florida to write and make art out of salvaged wood. His writing has appeared in many online journals, and he is the winner of several awards, including the Jerry Jazz New Short Fiction Award. He is the former poetry editor for the online arts journal Escape into Life.
Website: The Bricoleur  http://markerstetter.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @markerstetter

 

 

 

fritz_bogott_author_photoFRITZ BOGOTT “Ningyodash” –Read by Annie Evett

Fritz Bogott keeps bees and writes stories in Northfield, Minnesota.

 

Website: http://fritzbogott.com/

Twitter: @fritzbogott


 

damiencedwardsDAMIEN C. EDWARDS “The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weeinie” –Read by Marcus Pater

Damien lives in Sydney, Australia with his lovely couch and two computers called Blackie and Molly.?http://damiencedwards.com

http://twitter.com/damiencedwards

 

The audio recording for The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weenie was read and produced by Marcus Pater http://www3.showcast.com.au/showcast/marcuspater

 

 

 

marcus_speh_pic_zweiMARCUS SPEH “Gyoza Express”

 

Marcus Speh is a writer, ex-particle physicist, professor, executive coach, web head, father, fictionaut, former fencer and paratrooper, cur­rent maitre d’ of the  kaffe in katmandu and curator of the  One Thousand Shipwrecked Penguins project, who lives in Berlin and blogs at  Nothing To Flawnt .

 

LINKS: http://marcusspeh.com

TWITTER: @marcus_speh

 

DJUDONALD JACOB UITYLUGT “The Road to NeoSendai” –Read by Solange Noir 

Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon.

 

 

 

Tyson_BleyTYSON BLEY “Please Help Me Find the Dollar I Lost” –Read by Frankie Sachs

 

Tyson Bley walks dogs for a living. He writes mainly about these experiences. He lives in Germany.

 

Website: http://soapstain.blogspot.com/

 

Twitter: @FrankZok

 

 

Simon_Paul_WilsonSIMON PAUL WILSON “Kibou” –Read by Jane Roberts

 

Simon Paul Wilson was born in England but decided to travel around Asia and forgot to go back.

 

Currently living in Guangzhou, China, his writing has been deeply influenced by Asian culture and authors such as Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa.

 

His first book, ‘Yuko Zen Is Somewhere Else’, can be found on the Authonomy website and has received high praise. His second book, ‘See You When the World Ends’ is nearing completion.

 

Simon is extremely proud to be a part of the ‘New Sun Rising’ project and considers his contribution, ‘Kibou’, to be a kooky tale that may bring a tear to the eye.

 

When not writing, Simon usually spends his time listening to very loud music while playing air-guitar and other instruments.

 

Website: http://simonpaulwilson.wordpress.com/

 

 

The Word Count Episode 12 – “Pick a Line from Your Favorite Song…”

Welcome to Episode 12 of “The Word Count” podcast!
Links to the show:
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


This week’s show is based on the theme “Pick a Line from a Song you Love…

Our guests this week:

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J. D. ROBINSON
J.D. is an anime and manga addict, just trying to get the voices out of her head. She tends to write mostly Urban Fantasy and Paranormal, but dabbles in Horror and traditional Fantasy as well.
Website: http://jdwrites.com (where you can follow her life and works in progress with snippets uploaded every week


Monica
MONICA MARIER

Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

Chris_BlanchardCHRISTOPHER BLANCHARD
Christopher Blanchard is a 37 year old husband and father who has decided to really get serious about becoming a published author. He is currently shopping around his novel The Windsmith. He currently is working on a project where he writes one short story a week for a full year, which can be found at his blog, His newest novel, The Life and Times of Aries Webb, which is a series of short stories about the first man born on Mars, is being posted on his blog each week. He is also planning on 
working on an epic fantasy as soon as his weekly short story project is done, and also sending out some of his shorts to get published. He’s crazy like that.
Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor

SETONKADIN SETON
Kadin Seton is currently writing her first novel – due out in late 2011.  Having written training documents for too many years, she finally decided to break out of the mold and write material that truly inspired her.
Twitter: @EnigmaOfWriting

MMUNSON
MATTHEW MUNSON
 
Bio: Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.
 
 
Twitter: @mnwjm1981

LMSTULL
L.M. STULL

Originally a Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull now resides in Southern Virginia. She has always been a creative person and studied classical piano and dance from a young age.

During the day you will find her chained to a desk at a law firm. Yes, she works for lawyers. Now you understand why she writes about creatures . . . Boom! At night she channels her inner creative monster and writes (sorry, she doesn’t turn into a werewolf or anything).

Her debut paranormal romance novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, is scheduled to be released Spring 2011:

When she’s not writing or feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she laces up and runs (and sometimes drinks wine…yeah, okay maybe more than sometimes).

There are several ways you can go about stalking her on the web if your little heart so desires: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads (Hint: she’ll totally think you’re awesome if you add her upcoming books to your to-read pile) and of course her really cool Website. She also runs the Fellow Writer’s group on Facebook.


SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE
Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon
Written under her pen name of Stacey Danson.
Author
Empty Chairs
Twitter – @pursoot

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE
Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.
Website:  www.edenbaylee.com
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee