The Word Count Podcast Episode 52 – Second Chances

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Welcome to Episode 52 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Second Chances.

This phrase will forever have new meaning to me. See…I should have died in November. If you are interested in THAT story, read my post on it here.

But we are celebrating six different stories today. All about Second Chances.

Before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent tales of wonder, 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.


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


Our guests this week:

CTSC. Thomas Smith ”Fledglings”

Yup. Oh, I’m going to write a book. I was just wandering if I could get your opinion. You see, there are two clear choices and I can’t choose between them.

The first ones called, “Pictures of Cats in Hats”, there are no pictures though. Actually there are no cats either. It’s really about Hedge pigs you see. I just love their demented little grins.

The second book is called, “Fun with Gnomes” and it can go one of two ways. Either it’s a seriously dark erotic crime thriller were the main protagonist is an albino gnome called Sven chasing after the elusive *I*nternational *K*nights of the *E*litist *A*lliance or, it’s a joke book for kids where the punchline for every joke is essentially the same. For example, why did the kitten cross the road? Doesn’t matter now its heads been knocked clean off its body. Its neck hole is spurting blood for fuck sake. Or, why did Jeremy Fish cross the road? Who cares dumbass, its ass blew out and its gills followed after that bus squished the shit out of it. There’s also jokes about grannies too, same answers though. I’m aiming for pre-schoolers I think.

Anyway, just let Richard know your thoughts and remember, <insert bland statement here> HOSTS NOTE: No.  Don’t let me know your thoughts. Honestly, I stay awake at night rocking myself slowly, wondering what demented Bio CTS will devise next….

Twitter = @KRSTVR

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MJKINGM. J. King “Full Deck”

M. J. King lives in the woods of coastal Maine with her husband. Her short stories have appeared in the fantasy anthologies Fight Like a Girl and What Follows, and she is the Monday contributor to the Anxiety Ink group blog.

Between writing, travel, and the dreaded day job, she can generally be found reciting lines on a stage.


Twitter: @mjkingwrites


Tristan Stone pictureTristan Stone “How to Get a Promotion in Time Travel”

Born the elder of non-identical twins, Tristan Stone trained as a classical pianist and violinist at the Royal College of Music,
where he was a Junior Exhibitioner for seven years. He then read Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge University, where he begun to develop an idea of Imaginal Theology –that in order to speak meaningfully of what is otherwise beyond our epistemology, we must use our imaginal faculty. This will be the focus of his forthcoming doctoral research on philosophical/theological method.

Upon graduation, Tristan trained as a Secondary School teacher, teaching English, Music and RS in schools and colleges around Kent. He is delighted to be currently teaching Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Harris Westminster Sixth Form, London (which opened in September 2014).Over the past decade, Tristan has written and produced several plays and published Study Guides for topics in Philosophy of Religion.

When he is not writing, teaching or working on independent films, Tristan occasionally sleeps, and enjoys living in Surrey with his wife, Laura, and their imaginary pets.

This short story is a tie-in to the Time’s Fickle Glass series, the first book of which, “The Lesser Evil” is available from Amazon or on kindle.



CameronCameron Garriepy “Uncertain Chapters

 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



 MMunson2Matthew Munson “Stitch in Time”

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

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 BillkBill Kirton “Second Time Around”

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

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