The Word Count Podcast: Episode 82

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Mysteries of the Lake

Mysteries of the Lake

Welcome to the start of SEASON 9  of the #WordCountPodcast!

We hope that you all enjoyed your holiday season, I know we enjoyed our time away–yet that burn of creativity flared up after the New Year and here we go with a new season!

Listen to the show here:


The theme for this season is Landscapes and we start with new stories all written around this beautiful lake in Norway:

WCPep82 Prompt 1

Although a setting in Norway is not necessary for the story.

We have six stories and TWO newcomers to the Word Count this time around–and while I know I said I would be writing for the show more, circumstances and graduate school got in the way this month.

Excuses, excuses.I know how lame that all sounds.

But…the stories that are included are fabulous!

Before we get on with the show notes, a reminder that we are looking to increase the number of likes on the show’s Facebook Page, so hope on over there and tell you friends about us (use the #WordCountPodcast hashtag).

Second, as always, the WCP is FREE to download and listen  via iTunes or Libsyn. This show is brought to you by writers who love the opportunity to share their stories with you. In many ways, the #WordCountPodcast is a hobby for us, as there are no advertisers or revenue stream. It’s just us, a microphone, a four channel mixing board and a passion for sharing our words with you.

We are not asking, nor have ever asked, for monetary compensation. This is our playground, and once a month we invite you to join us around a virtual campfire and listen for a bit.

However, I, and my colleagues, would very much appreciate it if you shared links for podcast on social media, and perhaps check out each author’s links and bios (posted below).

In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my talented friends:

Our Guests:


Bill Kirton – “The Void”

Bill was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his PhD on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989.

He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and have extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999.

Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia.

Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award.

Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still give workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on study, writing and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge.

Website (and blog):

Facebook pages:

IMG 20161017 150015Maria Haskins – “Catching the Train”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but now lives just outside Vancouver with her husband, kids, and a very large black dog.


Twitter: @mariahaskins

KarlDKarl Dandenell – “Burial Detail”

Karl Dandenell is a first-generation Swedish American, survivor of Viable Paradise XVI, and active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lives on an island near San Francisco with his family and cat overlords. He is fond of strong tea and distilled spirits. When not sitting in project meetings, he reads a lot of speculative fiction, and serves as a First Reader for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.


Twitter: @kdandenell

smaller wbj williamsW. B. J. Williams – “The Mystery of Lake Ronkonkoma”

W. B. J. Williams holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters, and lives in Sharon Massachusetts. When he is not at home or at his computer, he can often be found haunting the various used bookstores of Boston.


Twitter: @wbjwilliams

DeannaRiceDeanna Rice – “The Sisters of Grün Lake”

Deanna Rice was born in a small town in northern Maine and spent the first decade and a half of her life surrounded by pine trees, potato farms and moose. After relocating to Central/Downeast Maine, she’s still surrounded by trees, but there are fewer moose and even fewer potato fields. She loves to knit, crochet, bake and perform Shakespeare with a local theatre troupe. On a typical night, however, you can find her at home binge watching shows with her husband and most likely untangling a knotted mess of yarn.
In December of 2018 she completed her Master’s Degree in English Literature, all while working full-time at a nearby university. Now that she has free time again, she’ll be focusing on achieving her author dreams. The first step is getting back to work on editing her first novel, with the hopes of sending it to agents and publishers by the end of the year. She is an avid participant in NaNoWriMo and after this past year’s thirty days of frenzied writing, has a solid start on a second novel.
Screen shot 2016 04 16 at 1.41.13 PMEden Baylee – “The Demon Drink”
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her STRANGER TRILOGY with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called “Stranger at Sunset.” In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created the LAINEY LEE SERIES about a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii.

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!