The Word Count Episode 33



SpideyWelcome to Episode 33 of “The Word Count” podcast!

With podcasting comes great responsibility…or some such nonsense.

If your spidey-senses are tingling and the Bat Signal can be seen from your mixed comicbook publisher window, you are in for a treat.  The new show has five original stories and our first-ever non-fiction entry.

Plus a bonus.  But you’ll have to listen to find out what it is.

So grab your nipple-laden costumes and golden whips, dear sinners.  Because this week, You’ve discovered you have a superpower…

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.  It’s fantabulous, if I do say so myself.  And I do.


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 “Donna’s Knees”

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




EmmettEmmett Spain “Terry & The Possessed Burrito”

Writer of the urban fantasy novel Old Haunts, contributor to the short story anthology for Orange Karen, and husband-to-be of the most amazing woman in the history of ever. Lives in Sydney and will publish a novel next year – if he doesn’t you can punch him in the face.

Twitter: @oldhauntsauthor




me3R. B. Wood “The Contingency Plan”

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 with messy hair in front of recording equipment


Twitter: @rbwood




eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Power of Being Human”

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



Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “My Face is the Villain”

As a bio: Is it? And so what if it is? Now hum.

He wrote a little story about a beard

He wrote a little story about a beard, it’s true

And though the concept is cheesy, and the butt blood a little creepy

He wrote a little story about a beard for you

Stop humming. That was terrible, you should feel very ashamed. Now try again and make me really feel the butt blood.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

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MJKING1M. J. King “Snarktopus”

M. J. King is a Mainer who found her way back home by way of Massachusetts, Japan, and Seattle, and now lives in the coastal woods with her husband. Her short story “A Trick of Shadows” can be found in the Kickstarter-funded fantasy anthology Fight Like a Girl.



Twitter: @mjkingwrites