The Word Count Episode 32



Welcome to Episode 32 of “The Word Count” podcast!

The show is a bit delayed due to my attendance at ReaderCON24 – Hijinks of which you can read about HERE.

The theme our writers used for the show this week is:


Being Dead Can be Quite Liberating


But before we introduce our 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.





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


Our guests this week:

bill_KirtonBill Kirton “Just Another One”

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 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.

Writing as Jack Rosse, he’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22




Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “A Whiff of Spirit”

As a bio; a frog in the pot is worth being sick over, or so the old French adage goes. But what do we really know about frogs? One survey I recently made up says that eighty-three per cent of most average frogs –goliath frogs don’t count because they are scary as all heck— would rather get squished beneath the wheel of a cheap Russian car driven by a man with overly pointed ears, potato breath and red hair rather than waste their poop in Justin Bieber’s mouth (though rumour has it that’s where his hairstyle originated). Another made up number is fifty-six. That’s right, fifty-six! Now consider what Dan Rather said, “If frogs had side pockets, they’d carry handguns.” That is pretty mental, where would they keep their loose change. It seems obvious to me that we really don’t know much about frogs. Where do they come from, where do they go when we can’t see them? If a frog had a Masters in architecture, would it build the Hubble Telescope?

You see just more questions.

In the end we should treat frogs like unicorns, yeti’s, honest politicians and David Beckham. Let’s move on and deal with real-world issues like, where do toads go when we can’t see them. If a toad had a B.A. in the arts would it draw its dole in sweatpants or a stylish beret? If four toads walked into an undertakers singing, could you say they croaked it? Either way, bear in mind, fifty-six. It’s even higher than forty-two.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =


rbwoodR. B. Wood “A Greaser’s Request”

It’s rather self-serving for me to put my bio here as it’s my site. Putting my name here just gave me an excuse to post a picture of me wearing my Hannibal Lecter hat.


Twitter: @rbwood




MJKINGM. J. King “Property of Afterlife, Incorporated”

When not answering the demands of wanderlust, M. J. King can be found in the woods of coastal Maine plotting world domination. She numbers among her many obsessions cats, and coffee, and corsets; languages; books (of course), theater, dance, and storytelling in all its forms.




eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “Blessings of Life and Death”

Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and infuses erotic elements into many of her stories. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is both sensual and sexual.

Her latest release is a book of erotic flash fiction and poetry called HOT FLASH.

SPRING INTO SUMMER is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to her first book, FALL INTO WINTER.

Connect with her via her websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook