The Word Count Episode 49

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Welcome to Episode 49 of “The Word Count” podcast!

FlamencoCreating the show was a breeze this week with four amazing original stories built around the three word theme from my recent holiday with my lovely bride. Our three words? “Barcelona, Tapas and Flamenco.”

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?

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

Direct: (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):

 Our guests this week:


BillkBill Kirton “Frank’s Triumph”

***NOTE: The music used in Bill’s story is from Wikimedia commons by a group called JCZA and the link is:

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:


VWinifredV. Winifred “The Bear’s Counsel”

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:, where you can keep up with her latest literary adventures. Her latest accomplishment is being shortlisted this month at, 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



CThomasSmith2C. Thomas Smith ”The Joy of Travel”

Now pay close attention, because this is important, it’s my career for flip sake. I take things very seriously and wish to be taken seriously so for the first time in a bio, I will actually give a bio. Here goes.

I was born and am presently alive.

Thanks for your patience.


Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =


Kaden2Kadin Seton “End of List”

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 to search the Finger Lakes Wine County for another fabulous red wine. Author of Eye of the Draco: Darkfall, and the upcoming series, The Rim Wars.

Twitter: @kadinseton