ReaderCON 22 – Blog

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IMG_1332DAY THREE WRAP-UP -After the Kaffeeklatsches, Leah and I decided to have a bit of lunch and decompress.  It’s been a long, wonderful three days.  We met up with Glenn Skinner, Jennifer Gracen and Anne-Mhairi Simpson at the pub to say our good-byes.  Snapped a few last shots with Yves Meynard and Peter Dubé, then took Leah and Anne-Mhairi to Logan airport.  It feels a bit like the last day of a vacation– good to be home, but missing friends and the camaraderie that is ReaderCON.  But as I put away books I’ve bought and the notes/program for this year, I can’t help but let slip a small smile.  ReaderCON 23 is less than a year away…

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1:30 PM 17July11 -Leah and I just finished our Kaffeeklatsches with James Morrow and Scott Edelman.  Meeting with Jim is becoming a very pleasant ReaderCON tradition. The addition of Scott Edelman made this years little ‘coffee discussion’ highly enjoyable.  A chat about Darwin and the Galapagos Islands (Which Edelman had visited), the  ‘Social Darwinism’ and a quick peek of upcoming works from both authors.  Jim’s wife Kathy was on hand as well and it’s always a treat to see them.

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12:06 PM 17July11 -The 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards were handed out on this last day.  Shirley Jackson was of course the author of such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, The Lottery. The awards are given every year for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.  The Winners for 2010 are:

SHORT STORY – The Things by Peter Watts

SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION – Occultation by Laird Barron

ANTHOLOGY – Stories: All-New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

NOVELLA – Mysterium Tremendum by Laird Barron

NOVELETTE – The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

NOVEL – Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson

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  DON’T look at me.  That’s Neil over my left shoulder!

10:50 AM 17July11 -Meet up with fellow #Pubwrite friends in the lobby.  Steve Umstead gifts both Leah and I with signed copies of Gabriel’s Redemption–something I’ve been meaning to add to the queue for a while– a very special present indeed.  While chatting before the next panel, I notice a crowd growing off to my right.  I see a slender man, dressed in black, wearing the smile of the newly wed in the center of the expanding throng.  Neil Gaiman and his entourage had arrived.

10:41 AM 17July11 -The Young Adult (YA) panel– Do I Want to Grow Up? addressed the genre, it’s development, and changes in scope for various tropes post WW I.  And interesting debate on the differences between YA for Boys, vs. YA for girls, and how society imposes their gender-specific ideals on young protagonists of either sex.

9:45 AM 17July11 -Arrived back at the Burlington after a long day two.  Leah and I immediately grab coffee from the lobby Starbucks and head into Salon F for our first panel. 

6:27 AM 17July11 -Up, coffee on and getting ready for Day Three…

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DAY TWO WRAP-UP – A twelve hour day behind us, Leah and I headed back to “Stately Lampropoulos Manor” and crashed around midnight.  One of the best days ever for a ReaderCON…I haven’t learned so much and laughed so hard in a single day like this for a long time.  The last day of the convention approaches…

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11:39 PM 16July11 – Been looking forward to the last event of Saturday evening since last year’s CON. The 25th Annual Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition.  I’m still hoarse from laughing so hard at this one.  In a nutshell, five panelists participate with a ‘Rocky Horror-esque’ audience response.  A bad (REALLY REALLY bad –“Sank bonelessly and was dead” bad) piece of prose is read to a certain stopping point. Then each panelist reads a continuation of the snippet, but only one of the snippets is the ‘real’ one.  Craig Shaw Gardner and Eric M. Van have been running this competition for twenty five years.  They were joined on the panel by Mary Robinette Kowel, Mike Allen and last year’s winner, Yves Meynard. From Pirate tanker-truck drivers to Himalayan Sea Salt and “hands the size of a nubile woman,” the passages were funny in the extreme. I mentioned that there was audience participation, I’d also like to mention that the audience wins points, just like the panelists do–and for the first time in 25 years, the audience WON.  Remember that for next year as you drink your Solé (so-LAY)–but be careful.  If you taste Himalayan Salt for more than four hours, seek medical attention.

7:30 PM 16July11 – Spent time in the dealer’s room and had dinner and drinks with a few of the #PUBWRITE alumni all in preparation for the evenings premiere event.

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4:34 PM 16July11 – Adding two panels here at one time as they flow very nicely into one another.  The 2 PM session, Location as Character discussed the techniques and reasons behind using a fictional locale to paint a broader picture of worlds created by various authors (Innsmouth from Lovecraftian lore and Elizabeth Hand’s Kamensic were just two examples).  The 3PM Panel, Cities, Real and Imaginary expanded on this idea and discussed the detail required and urban development of ‘real’ cities used to create fictional tales.

2:10 PM 16July11Urban (Fantasy) Renewal was a discussion of the genre from Charles Williams (a contemporary of Tolkien’s) through to the more more modern interpretations by the likes of Hamilton and Butcher.  This was a panel I used more to confirm that my book series, The Arcana Chronicles, and more importantly book one due out this October (The Prodigal’s Foole) fit into this category.  Although, as the panel admitted, the definition of ‘Urban Fantasy’ is still fluid, I think I’m on the right track.

IMG_13121:02 PM 16July11 -Geoff Ryman, one of the living guests of honor for this year’s ReaderCON, is one of the funniest presenters I’ve seen at the convention to date.  His session, Mark Twain “Interviewed” had me in fits of laughter.  In full costume(s), Mr. Ryman performed as various characters from Twain’s more speculative works.  Each character (from Satan in The Devil’s Racetrack to a knight from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and Adam from The Diaries of Adam and Eve) gave us insight into Twain’s persona.  

IMG_131112:04 PM 16July11 – Holy crap….this last session was an hour long information sharing and future speculation on Book Design Typography in the Digital Era.  I’m still processing this one as it could have a huge impact on future publications.  I brief history of the development of the codex we know as a ‘book’ from different cultures given by Ken Liu, a discussion of desktop publishing’s early beginnings, and some future musings by all on how eBooks will look (and sound) in the very near future.  Loads of notes on this one, but the GOOD news is that Diane Nelson, my publisher, is on the right track.  This session deserves it’s own blog post somewhere down the road, so look for that in the future.

 

IMG_130910:58 AM 16July11 – This years posthumous guest author is (was?) Mark Twain.  The first session, The (Speculative) Fiction of Mark Twain was a discussion of some of the late authors more fantastical stories such as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Time Travel), The Devil’s Racetrack (Horror) and a few mythical stories such as The Mysterious Stranger and Letters from Earth.  And argument was made that, if Mark Twain had finished/published more of these works, he, and not H.G. Wells might have been considered the father of Science Fiction.  An interesting notion I’ll shelve for further exploration on my own.

IMG_13209:52 AM 16July11 -Leah and I arrive back at the Burlington, grab some more coffee and head to our 10 AM Panel.  One thing I left out from Friday’s session as that I’d run into a couple of authors I’d known from last year, and it’s always nice to be remembered by folks who deal with thousands of fans every year.  Yves Meynard, Peter Dubé, Scott Edelman and of course James Morrow were all as charming and warm as I’d remembered.

8:09 AM 16July11 (Start of Day Two)- Been up since 4:30 typing up notes, managing an annoying cat with my partner and general ‘puttering.’  Leah and I will be off to the Burlington Marriott in about an hour.

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE WRAP-UP – Leah and I went back to the house in time for a nice late dinner with my partner at Sophia’s Grotto in downtown Roslindale.  Exhausted, everyone was asleep by 10 PM.  A long day for Day Two ahead…we are anticipating staying at the conference for 12+ hours.  Ran into Yves Maynard and James Morrow along with the very funny Peter Dubé.  It’s nice to see famous genre writers who remembered me from last year.  On to Day TWO!!

7:45 PM 15July11 -Spent two hours in the best panel of my ReaderCON experience to date.  A full audience participation session called Vocal Performance for Writers ran us through vocal and breathing warm-up exercises, voice characterization techniques, public reading ‘dos and don’ts,’ podcasting, radio broadcasting and more than I can type here.  A discussion of audiobooks for writers and how to work through and record…fantastic, but exhausting!

3:45 PM 15July11 -Had drinks with a few of the tweeps Leah and I have met and been friends with for the last few months.  Steve Umstead (@steveumstead), Al Boudreau (@threecifer) with his lovely partner, Glenn Skinner (@keyaquests), Karen DeLabar (@karendelabar), Karen Smith (@kvictoriasmith) and of course Leah Petersen (@leahpetersen).  Great time and great to meet everyone.  Steve and Karen D were freakin’ hysterical and Al was as charming as I’d come to expect.

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2:11 PM 15July11 -A very interesting panel called Complicating Colonial Encounters included discussions of Tarzan and Robinson Crusoe era writings and their take on colonialism.  H.G. Wells warning on the subject via War of the Worlds was discussed.  Both Singh and Menon of Indian heritage discussed the influence of the 200 year English colonization of India, the impact not only on both cultures, but personal family stories.

1:04 PM 15July11 –Retelling Russian Folk Tales–thought this might end up a bomb as only two of the scheduled panelists were on hand.  But after a brief intro and a few reviews of Russian folklore, Ms. Surette engaged the audience, and a roundtable discussion of the meaning and evolution of Russian storytelling began.  Style, tone and over all political influences (Czarist Russian stories, verses Soviet era and the more modern (current) take on storytelling).  What could have been a disastrous panel turned into an exciting audience participation session.

11:45 AM 15July11 -First panel wasn’t what I was expecting.  Titled The Illustrated Novel, I was hoping to hear a discussion on the pros and cons of adding illustrations to books (a la the chapter drawings done by Mary GrandPre for J. K. Rowling’s Potter series). The panel was interesting enough…discussions of various artists and even a brief discussion of the ‘Graphic Novel’s’ rise to importance in the 1980’s.  Nipped out a little early and grabbed a bit of lunch.

IMG_129510:00 AM 15July11 -Check in and registration complete, Leah and I are getting the lay of the land.  Checking out the various panel venues and poked our heads into the book dealer room (won’t be open until 3 PM).  Was told by one of the dealers “Come back at three. It’ll look the same, just with more books.”  Ah.  Writer-snark.  I must be at ReaderCON. 🙂  Also put out the Pfoxmoor postcards and business card for Diane Nelson on the ‘freebie’ table.  Will check back day two to see what’s been taken!

 

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5:45 AM 15July11 -Up early this morning, coffee in hand and a bit of writing before we head out to ReaderCON. I’ll be keeping a bit of a log for each day of the conference so check back often throughout the weekend!

photoPicked up one of my favorite authors and dear friend Leah Petersen at Logan Airport yesterday. It was wasn’t until I was half way to the airport that it actually hit me– I was having someone I’d only “known” online for a year or so staying at my house…what would happen if we hated each other in real life?

Fortunately, it turned out we got on as well…better even…than we did online.

My partner Tina, Leah and I chatted, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company (along with a few beers) last evening. It was a great night.

As I type this, Tina’s getting ready for work, Leah’s sleeping and I’m writing and pulling together the marketing materials I’m bringing with us to ReaderCON.

Meeting more folks today that I’ve only met online. If it goes as well as last night, this should be a fantastic conference.

I might even attend a few panels!

More later.

 

Peace

Here comes ReaderCON 22

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Coming up this week is the only conference I’m able to attend this year – ReaderCON.

It’s my favorite of all the conferences—not just because it’s local to me in Boston, but also because– despite the large attendance– it has an intimate feel to it. Both the famous and unknown in the writing world (and of course I fall into the latter category—for the moment. 😉 ) get to mingle, listen to a myriad of panels dedicated to the craft of storytelling/writing and enjoy each other’s company.

It’s intense, exciting and unbelievably educational.

Last year, I attended for the first time. The only person at the conference I’d met prior to attending the conference was James Morrow—the award winning Science Fiction author.

Along with time spent with Jim, I made a lot of friends last year. I hope to reconnect to those folks when I get to the Burlington Marriott.

But this year will be different for two reasons.

One, because I know people who are going. People I met last year as well as friends I’ve made in the writing world since I attended last years’ con.

And two, because I’m no longer a ‘wannabe’ but a ‘soon to be published’ author.

Three days in the company of fellow writers. Been looking forward to this all year.

Peace

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.

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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

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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

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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

The Word Count Episode 11 – “I Have a Secret…”

Welcome to Episode 11 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 “I have a secret…

The show this week is dedicated to the victims, aid workers and heros in Japan.  To that end, I would like to invite all writers to check out FRANKIE SACHS’ request for submissions to his anthology Stories for Japan.  Find out more at http://storiesforjapan.blogspot.com.

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.
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

MonicaMONICA 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.

bill_KirtonBILL 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. His latest novel – a dark, comic satire on the spy/crime genres – is about to appear. It’s called The Sparrow Conundrum.
 
 
Twitter name: @carver22

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

Diane grew up not-Eye-talian but in a town that was. The experience left her with a love of words and a rather energetic style of verbal expression. She is the author of Dragon Academy, a YA fantasy-adventure tale set in Hunterdon County NJ. She is also the founder and Creative Director of Pfoxmoor Publishing, www.pfoxmoorpublishing.com and www.pfoxchase.com
Twitter: @diane_nelson

MMUNSONMATTHEW 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

Sachula32011J. 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.)

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

LMSTULLL.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.

5MF Roadshow Week 3

HEAD over to read all entries and see the finalists after 3:30 by clicking:
5 Minute Fiction Blog Tour: Week 3!

So the day is FINALLY here! 

Welcome to 5Minute Fiction, guys!  Ready?

Again, thanks so much to Leah Petersen, the founder of this INCREDIBLE contest, for letting me steal borrow her idea do this on my blog.
 
And we call it 5 Minute Fiction because you write a nice little piece of fiction in five minutes. Crazy people that we are. Are you new? Get in there and start scrapping!
The Rules
* You get five minutes to write a piece of prose in any style or genre
* You must directly reference today’s prompt: PUB
  
(Note: The prompt is the word. The picture is for decoration/inspiration.)
pub 
* Post your entry as a comment to this post. ***NOTE: if you have any issue with the comments, E-MAIL ME YOUR ENTRY at: me@rbwood.com ***

I’ll close the contest at 1:45 p.m. EST. That gives you 5 minutes to write and 10 to accommodate the vagaries of relative time, technology, and the fickle internets. If you are confused or just want to whine, feel free to email me.

At the close of the contest, this week’s guest judge, ME (Mwahahaha! The POWER!) will nominate five finalists. I’ll put the nominees in a poll in the left hand column, and at 9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, I’ll close the poll and declare the winner.

For updates, you can subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to my blog via email, or follow me on Twitter!!
  
What’s the prize? Well, nothing, obviously. But we’ll all agree to tweet and/or blog about the winner of today’s contest so their fame and fortune will be assured.

A Few Notes:
* In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internet decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, email me. Sometimes comments go into the suspected spam folder and I have to dig them out.
* I reserve the right to remove hate speech or similar but I’m not too picky about the other stuff.
* This is all for fun and self-promotion. So be sure to put your twitter handle at the end of your post and a link to your blog if you have one.
All right, that’s about it! Have fun, y’all, happy writing, and good luck! 🙂
Oh! And don’t forget to participate in the next two weeks of the blog tour, hosted by the following wonderful writerly folks: (In Claire Legrand words—yeah I totally copy-pasted from her blog, lol!)

March 29: JM Frey, @scifrey (<<she’s a science fiction writer and fanthropologist living in Toronto. Her freakingfablulous book TRIPTYCH is available from Dragon Moon Press: http://bit.ly/hORLkN!)

April 5: Sam Adamson, @FutureNostalgic (<<one of the authors involved in the holycrapamazing The Splintered Lands collaborative writing project!)

The Word Count Episode 10 – “A Conversation with Death”

death2Welcome to Episode 10 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “A Conversation with Death.

We have stories of the macabre, stories with twists, and tales most erotic this week. We have six author’s submissions for your listening pleasure. I think you’ll really enjoy the show. As always, comments and feedback are very much welcome.

LINKS:

iTunes (which always takes a while to post): ITUNES

DIRECT Feed: RSS-DIRECT

***Note as of 6:40 PM Eastern Time I’m getting reports of intermittent download issues.  I’ve escalated this to my hosting service and the issue should be resolved shortly***

 

Our guests this week:

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

The theme for the ‘cast this week came at Monica’s suggestion.

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/

 

LMSTULLL.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.

 

NyaNYA RAWLYNS

Nya prefers the dark and gritty side of storytelling: dark urban fantasy, romance/erotica and action-adventure. Her novella, a contemporary romance, Sculpting David came out in Feb. from Red Sage and of course plays against her preferred type. She has a novel, Portals: Spar with the Devil, due out late spring from PfoxChase.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW 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.

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

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

Sachula32011J. 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.)

 

 

 

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_KirtonBILL 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

 


Week Forty Winning Entry

PROMPT: CRASHwhite_wine_sunset

 

Look, I know you’ll think I’m crazy when I tell you this but my neighbors, the Petersen’s, are cannibals.

There. I said it.

We’ve gone through twelve mailmen since I moved here a year ago. Twelve. This is not a normal turnover rate.

Then there were the guys working on the Petersen’s house. Started out with ten workmen. Then it was five. One day, I heard a loud crash, a scream and then silence. The next day Mr. Petersen was finishing the work himself.

Still think I’m nuts?

The old lady, Mrs. Tyson, who lived on the other side of the Petersen’s disappeared one day. How many eighty-something-year-olds just disappear?

The cops looked for weeks and never found the old bat. Now her house is for sale.

When my mom was sick last week, the Petersen’s stopped by to wish her well. They brought meatloaf.

Mom, dad and my stupid sister loved it. I almost gagged and had to leave the room.

Now I’m told that I’ll be cutting the Petersen’s lawn this summer for ‘college money.’ I’m leaving this note on my Facebook page in case you never hear from me again.

And Mr. and Mrs. Petersen? If you’re reading this, I hear sixteen-year-old boys are tough and chewy. My sister, however, eats nothing but ice cream all day and I’ll bet she’d go nice with a crisp white wine.

 

Writer of Things. Podcaster.