Episode 48 of The Word Count is now LIVE!

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Welcome to Episode 48 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 “Train. Blink. Dark.Theater.”

The temp site is still a work in progress—finally got all previous postings for the last four years ported over. But there are formatting and other changes which means going one by one to correct the blogs, posts, bio, book stuff…blah blah blah.

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 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?

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


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

Our guests this week:

BillkBill Kirton “Plant Life”

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


mmtosenM. M. Tosen “Psychopomp”

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


kimmydon2shrunk2Kimberly Gould ”Black Train”

Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She is the author of the Cargon series as well as Thickness of Blood and Never Say Die: A Zombie Time Loop Story. When she isn’t writing about the apocalypse, she is doing what she can to prevent one as an environmental scientist. You can find her almost everywhere as Kimmydonn, including her website, Kimmydonn.com

Twitter: @Kimmydonn

Web: Kimmydonn.com


eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “Down on Luck”

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!

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