Welcome to Episode 40 of “The Word Count” podcast!
NINE, my friends. NINE original stories this week. I guess it’s time to come up with a “do not exceed” threshold for future casts.
But I wanted to include every one of the stories sent in because they are just that good. We tried something a little different this week. I posted three words that our intrepid “Word Count Irregulars” would need to weave into their tales…and they all did a magnificent job.
The three words?
“Glass. Bed. Bow.”
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.
iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting. If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989
Our guests this week:
Eden Baylee “The Final Countdown”
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual, sexual, and literary.
Spring into Summer is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to Fall into Winter. Her latest release is a book of flash fiction and poetry called Hot Flash.
She is changing genres in her next book due 2014—a psychological mystery set in the tropics.
M. A. Fink “Living in a Bubble”
The author of the ontological mystery novel “The Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer,” M. A. Fink estimates he has read aloud 25,000 pages of text in his lifetime to date, on stage and in more intimate settings. He has also had a number of poems and flash fiction pieces published, including “A Murder,” which won first place in the 2013 “Monterey County Weekly’s ‘101-Word Short Story Contest.'”
Website of Tornado Skin Press, the novel’s publisher: www.tornadoskin.com
Jane Ayers “Finders, Keepers” Read by Lisa Payne
Jane is a writer, tutor, thinker and fundraiser who also enjoys a good rant (and finds plenty to rant about). She had her first pony story published at the age of 14 and has continued to trot out (sorry!) more than 30 pony novels for teenagers, most available from Amazon. She is also naively excited about completing the first year of a part time MSc in Science, Communication and Society (as a rather mature student). Her current project is organising events to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of her parents.
C. Thomas Smith “El Chupr’aw Who Gives A Shit”
I’m cutting and pasting this bio to make sure I’ve captured it correctly (He’s barking. That’s why I like him):
People often ask me questions that are not so easily answered. Where do you get your ideas from, why is your awesome beard both beautiful & terrifying. Why won’t you let me go, I got you the money. It’s hard as an artistic genius & genius artist to state where the pool of perfection that is my mind dwells exactly, the true source of my power as it were. Is it my life experiences, raised by cats, trained by strangely articulate seals (yes, otters helped), or that time as a baby when my uncle sat on my head. Is it the time I have spent researching the secret lives of gingerbread men, or writing epic non linear poetry about snails in battle. Is it this glue filled hefty bag? Or, as many believe, am I simply a god. The reality is … yes, to all those things.
C. Thomas Smith is the beloved author of, How to Train your Snail Self Defence. Barking Mad – The true story of one hobo’s urgent need to poop. And the acclaimed Just Give Me Your Money And Stop Asking So Many Fucking Questions series starring the loveable rogue and serial Killer, Terrible the Crooked Face. He will be doing book signings in your closet or under your bed any time now. See you then, chums.
Twitter = @KRSTVR
Web = krstvr.com
Cameron Garriepy “Calm as Glass”
Cameron D. Garriepy is the author of Buck’s Landing, the first of the New England Seacoast romance series, and a champion of emerging writers and independent authors everywhere. She is a Managing Editor at Write on Edge, where she created Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge as an annual spotlight for short fiction and memoir writers. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bannerwing Books, a small independent press and publishing services company. Cameron also writes for her own eponymous blog, fondly recalls writing her first romance novel in middle school on an antique typewriter, and shares her life with her wonderful husband and six-year-old son. Her second full-length novel, Damselfly Inn, will be released in late 2014.
M. M. Tosen “Caprice”
M.M. always had a love of reading and books from a young age. So much so that his mother had to limit how many he could read or he would not get sleep. This developed into writing stories, musings, (attempted) poems, and an affinity for the arts and music in general.
He has always had a passion to write and is steadily being encouraged again by those around him.
M.M. currently lives in the northern part of New York where he works and lives and is fond of the weekends when he can write and binge-watch Netflix movies.
Matthew Munson “Glass” Read by Lisa Payne
Matthew is English, a writer, a Grammar Pedant and a writer. Quite possibly in that order.
He’s the author of two books, Fall From Grace and Leap of Faith, that are published through Inspired Quill, and an unabashed fantasy geek He loves – absolutely adores – the work of Terry Pratchett, China Mieville, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman … etc, etc, etc.
Oh, and he’s also one of The Two Dyspraxics. There’s another one, obviously, otherwise the title just doesn’t make sense.
Lisa Payne is a completely different person, and not just Matthew’s alter-ego. It’s her dulcet, lovely tones you hear reading Matthew’s story.
Lisa is a trained actor based in England, and runs her own Drama Workshop Company, as well as the Perfectly Dreadful Murder Company (a touring theatre company, honest). She’s appeared both on stage and screen, and is an experienced director as well as actor.
Oh, and she also loves cake, just as Matthew does, and their friendship relies heavily on this one food type.
Kadin Seton “The 3rd Division”
Kadin spent over 15 years managing book stores and then another 7 years writing training manuals before finally deciding to branch out into her favorite fiction genre, sci-fi. In 2013 she released her first novel, Eye of the Draco: Darkfall. Kadin now lives in New York State with her husband and two dogs. She is still writing training manuals, but is also hard at work on the next book in the Draco series.
Bill Kirton “Princess”
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.