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The Word Count Podcast Episode 52 – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

Some of you are aware what happened to me over the last month. I won’t rehash it here (if you are interested, I wrote a BLOG POST about my experience).

Let’s just say that The Word Count Podcast by all rights should have permanently and rather unexpectedly ended with episode 51.

But a couple minor miracles later, I’m alive and ready to open up Episode 52 for submissions.

The theme is simple. With the New Year on the horizon and the experiences I’ve had recently, I thought a story about “Second Chances” would be appropriate.

In the meantime, 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:

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THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 52 – “Second Chances

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MONDAY 4 January 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.   NOW THURSDAY 7 JANUARY!

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on a theme of “Second Chances”

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 4 January 2016  7 January 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.

 

 

 

 

Fifty

Welcome to Episode 50 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Five years and 49 previous episodes in the making, seven authors join me this week to celebrate a WCP milestone. The theme is simple:

“Fifty”

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

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

Why?

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

Okay. Where can I find it?

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

 

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

 

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

 Our guests this week:

 

MMunson-50Matthew MunsonThe Next Chapter

Matthew is a writer, a geek and … nope, that’s about it. 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

VWinifred 50 picV. Winifred “Roses for Dummies”

V. Winifred has been an educator with the NYC Department of Education for a decade, teaching children in the Gifted and Talented program.  She has additional certifications in life coaching, mentoring, and more. Other passions include teaching piano and chess, while dabbling in philosophy, amateur photography and ornithology.   V. Winifred has officially begun her journey as a writer, and has launched her website at: VWinifred.com, where you can keep up with her latest literary adventures. Her latest accomplishment is being shortlisted this month at mashstories.com, where her story The Price of Admission will be published.

V. Winifred lives with her incredibly creative husband, Joe, and their serendipitous cat, Bob.

Twitter: @vwinifredwriter

Web: VWinifred.com

CTS50C. Thomas Smith ”Grace”

In the long tradition of my bio’s, I would like to wax mental. But first. Thank you Richard for the show, the opportunity and the confidence it’s given me. It means a lot. And thanks to all the other writers who have taken part and given us so many wonderful stories. I’ve learned a lot, and enjoyed every minute. Cheers.

Now, mental.

Some of you may have noticed that my story contained some, em, questionable euphemisms. Some of you may have been offended by their usage. Ah well. Here’s some more.

Hot beef injection – kinda sounds tasty, like a medical hot-dog.

Two-person push-ups – healthy and fun, like watching an episode of Bear Grills & saying, “Yeah, someday.”

Doing the nasty – which I personally think can be cleared up with the proper application of soap.

The Bedroom rodeo – energetic though a little confining. Kitchen rodeo seems unhygienic. The baby changing table rodeo is a mouthful. But, eh, yeah.

Waka-waka – for some reason makes me think of Fozzie Bear. Now that’s an erotic image.

Violating the prime directive – you know what I mean. I mean Kirk showing Spock his captain’s log in his quarters. Oh yeah.

And finally.

Playing with the box the kid came in – Ever noticed how much fun kids get out of the box the gift came in? They’re like, sweet, a box. Things never change.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

AngelicaAngelica DawsonFifty”

Angelica Dawson is the author of Blue Moon House, which has been in the top ten best-selling titles at Naughty Nights Press for over six months. She has also written two short stories, “The Highest Bidder” and “Leave Taking” which were each included in anthologies.

She contributes flash fiction to several blogging collectives and excerpts from work in progress can also be found on her blog (http://angelicadawson.blogspot.com). She is active on Facebook (http://facebook.com/authorangelicadawson) and Twitter (@angelicadawson)

She has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards – mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.

 

Cameran50!Cameron Garriepy “A Gilded Promise

 An Aries, a self-described shenaniganist, and an unabashed romantic, Cameron writes romantic fiction and genre-crossing short stories from the metro-Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and a poorly behaved pug.

In the eighth grade, she wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music from Middlebury College, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry.

Cameron’s adventures (in flash fiction and real life) can be found on her blog. Formerly, she was an editor at Write on Edge, and she is the founder of and senior editor at Bannerwing Books.

 

Twitter: @camerongarriepy

Web:

http://camerondgarriepy.com

http://bannerwingbooks.com

http://facebook.com/camerondgarriepy

http://amazon.com/author/camerondgarriepy

 

 

Bill 50 picBill Kirton “Numbers”

 

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

 

Screen shot 2015-09-02 at 10.55.29 AMEden Baylee 50 and Single”

Eden 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 Episode 47!

Welcome to Episode 47 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Creating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme of “Theater, Tourist and Savory.”

Getting ready to post when I discovered my main site –rbwood.com had had it’s Joomla CMS hacked.

Totally my fault. I didn’t keep up with the updates because I was planning to port the site over to Word press to coincide with my book releases from Ragnarok…it was a grand plan that failed miserably.

Thus this temp site while I work out the details and swear a lot.

While I curse behind the scenes, I hope you all enjoy the latest show which is rather good and is the bright spot of a rather entertaining Sunday

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

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

Why?

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

Okay. Where can I find it?

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

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

C. Thomas Smith “Le Starbucks Douche”

Inside my brain is wet. Feel me ROAR!

Ten Questions with Chris

(Now sponsored by Satan, for all your infernal needs. Hail Satan!)

Eins – Chris, why are you so amazingly awesome?

Its possibly genetics or magic, many reasons have been put forth by scientists over the years. The prevailing theory is that I am awesomeness anthropomorphised, but I wouldn’t say that, it’s too big a word. Rather, I’d simply say that I’m just better than the rest of you peasant folk.

Zwei – Who would win a shark or a hedge-pig?

Depends, is it a variegated hedge-pig or a lesser spined laser eyed infinity hedge-pig with armour. You people need to be more specific. Sharks do indeed have big teeth but I’ve never seen a hedge-pig go bathing so that would mean the battle is on land and presumably quite a distance from the sea . . . I would win.

Drei – Some day you will be our Overlord, will you be just and fair?

Not a chance mate.

Vier – What is the most dangerous substance known to man?

Easy, sticky buns.

Fünf – The United Nations wants to turn your beard into a World Heritage Site, how do you feel about that?

I’m a little concerned actually that it may affect the beards eco system. At present it represents the breeding ground for seven species of rare marine bird, two tree dwelling mammals, a pack of velociraptors and a tribe of part man, part machine pygmies who have yet to be told their singing sucks. Also the beard likes to sneak out at night and kill cats. In the end it all depends on what assurances the UN will offer me, that and the huge piles of cash that I expect.

Sechs – What would be a fitting punishment for George Lucas?

Tie him to a chair and make him watch the 1978 Christmas special followed by those three, those, those, ugh, ehh, uargh *sound of intense retching follows for the next nine minutes* them frittata goats piss, god damn it. Now I’m upset, you happy guy, you made me sick. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Ah, fuck you people. *Drops the mic*.

Chris Smith is now available for children’s parties and wakes. Hail Satan!

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

 Kadin Seton “Guardian Unseen” (Read by M. M. Tosen)

Kadin Seton enjoys creating tales that combine strong characters with science fiction undertones.  Kadin lives in the rolling hills of western New York with her dire wolf (at least he thinks he’s a dire wolf).  When she is not writing, Kadin continues searching the Finger Lakes Wine County for another fabulous red wine. Author of the series: Eye of the Draco

Twitter: @Kadinseton

Web: www.kadinseton.com

 

 

M. M. Tosen “Gastronomique”

 M.M. always had a love of reading and books from a young age. So much so that his mother had to limit how many he could read or he would not get sleep. This developed into writing stories, musings, (attempted) poems, and an affinity for the arts and music in general. He has always had a passion to write and is steadily being encouraged again by those around him.

M.M. currently lives in the northern part of New York where he works and lives and is fond of the weekends when he can write and binge-watch Netflix movies.

Twitter: @MMTosen

Web: mmtosen.blogspot.com

 

Eden Baylee “Morning Ritual”

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