FINALLY! Episode 41 of The Word Count Podcast is LIVE!



HellWelcome to Episode 41 of “The Word Count” podcast dear sinners!

First off, sincerest apologies for the significant delay in getting this show out there…technical and other issues were against me until now…but we are finally back on track.

FIVE stories this week based on three little words. The three words?

“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”

 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!):




Our guests this week:


Bill_KBill Kirton “Sign”

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




Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Na Diabhail Chaoineadh Líne Tharrthála

I’m cutting and pasting this bio to make sure I’ve captured it correctly (He’s barking. That’s why I like him):

“I will haunt you in your dreams. You will see my great beard

bedecked face in every stuffed animal that watches you. My name shall

sit on the tip of your tongue like a delicate mouse poop, soft yet

chewy. You will feel my breath on every wind, hear my voice in every

bird song, and know that even in the dark I can see you at your

naughtiness. I am ever present, ever ready, ever JUST THERE IN THE


And people said I couldn’t write for the kiddies. Idiots.

Bernard wants you to know that;

‘As I sit and merely ponder the nonsensical madness as it is about to

unfold one can only tighten the harness for the undoubtedly trilling

ride that is Lucifer’s lamenting lifeline, like an overindulging fat

kid in a candy store spending his mammas welfare check.’

Ps. The point is, there is no point.”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =


kadinKadin Seton “Soldier Without a Cause”

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.

Twitter: @kadinseton



MMUNSONMatthew Munson “This is Time” 

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.

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

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mmtosenM. M. Tosen Untitled

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.


Twitter: @MMTosen