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Read “The Troll Bridge”, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

"The Troll Bridge" was written for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and the story prompt was the following photo: And yes, I did think of troll almost right away! (I guess it's just the way my brain works). Listen to the episode. The Troll Bridge Michael's always told me there's a troll living under the… Continue reading Read “The Troll Bridge”, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

A brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast is available for your listening pleasure right now. My story for this episode is called "The Troll Bridge", and not surprisingly, it involves a troll and a bridge... The picture prompt for this month's podcast was this photo: Listen to the episode. Also on this podcast:… Continue reading Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read “Mabel’s Pack”, written for the Word Count Podcast

The Word Count Podcast is back in action for 2018, and this month the story-prompt was a rather frozen picture from Boston harbour: What happens inside my writer brain when I see that photo? I'm not really sure, actually. I had a couple of story ideas trot through my head after I saw it (they… Continue reading Read “Mabel’s Pack”, written for the Word Count Podcast

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Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Season 8 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast has begun, and the first episode of the season is #72. This month, the photo prompt was this icy picture: Listen to episode 72. My story is called 'Mabel's Pack', and it's a dog story and also one of the stranger stories I've written. I don't know… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE

My flash fiction story 'Goodnight, Mr. President' is now live at The Centropic Oracle. It is beautifully narrated by Rob Gillespie, and I am just thrilled that this little story found such a great home. A possibly related gif: It's science fiction, there's a president, there's a golden robot, and... well, give it a listen!… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE

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Read ‘Angel’s Heart’, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read 'Angel's Heart' on the Halloween episode (#71) of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “October/Halloween”, and this photo of the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric hospital: Listen to episode 71 This was a difficult prompt for me. The photo is very evocative, but it took me a… Continue reading Read ‘Angel’s Heart’, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to my new story ‘Angel’s Heart’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

The brand new Halloween episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast has just gone live. It's episode #71, and this month, the theme was Halloween, October, and this photo of the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric hospital: Listen to episode 71 It took me a few tries to come up with a story I liked for this… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Angel’s Heart’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read my story ‘Buried’ – written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #70 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast - Poe-inspired, Telltale-Heart episode. The prompts for this episode were “September”, and this photo, taken by podcast master R.B. Wood of the Poe-statue in Boston:   Listen to the episode. My story is a riff on Poe's Telltale Heart and… Continue reading Read my story ‘Buried’ – written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Story-notes for my new story ‘The Wayfinder & His Sister’ at CAST OF WONDERS

My story 'The Wayfinder & His Sister' is now live at Cast of Wonders! It is part of Banned Books Week, and I wrote it specifically for this year's theme, Text Against Tyranny: "the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours." I was so… Continue reading Story-notes for my new story ‘The Wayfinder & His Sister’ at CAST OF WONDERS

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Read my story ‘Balawats portar’ / ‘The Gates of Balawat’ in SAMOVAR MAGAZINE

You can read my science fiction story 'The Gates of Balawat', originally 'Balawats portar', in the brand new issue of Samovar Magazine. Also in the issue: poetry by Salik Shah, a column by Rachel Cordasco, and fiction by Stamatis Stamatopoulos. (Next week, you will also be able to listen to the story read in both English… Continue reading Read my story ‘Balawats portar’ / ‘The Gates of Balawat’ in SAMOVAR MAGAZINE

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Banned Books Week – at Cast of Wonders & elsewhere

It's Banned Books Week - an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and also a time to highlight the many books that have been targeted for banning and even burning through the years. The wonderful YA Podcast Cast of Wonders is running a series of stories for Banned Books Week, between September 24th and… Continue reading Banned Books Week – at Cast of Wonders & elsewhere

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Listen to R.B. Wood’s (Poe-ish) Word Count Podcast #70 & my new story ‘Buried’

Podcast master R.B. Wood has just published a brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast. This is episode #70 and the theme this month was very, very Poe-ish. The story prompts were the month of September, and this photo of Poe and his raven. Listen to episode 70 My story 'Buried' is inspired by… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s (Poe-ish) Word Count Podcast #70 & my new story ‘Buried’

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Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #69 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Listen to the episode. The prompts for this episode were “August”, and this photo: The tent in my story might be a bit different than the tent in the photo, but, you know, poetic licence and all that... I… Continue reading Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #69 & my new story ‘Hidden’

The new episode of The Word Count Podcast just went live, and that means you can now listen to my new flash fiction story 'Hidden' Listen to the episode. The story prompt this month was this photo and the month of August.   I confess I might have cheated somewhat when writing this story, because… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #69 & my new story ‘Hidden’

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Read ‘Deathlight’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

July's story prompt for the ever-wonderful Word Count Podcast was a wonderful picture taken by our podcast-master R.B. Wood himself. This is a photo I took while hiking in Zion National Park in Utah. This is the beginning of the Narrows hike, previous hikers sometimes leave their walking sticks for future hikers. Listen to the… Continue reading Read ‘Deathlight’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘A Song For Hugo’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

June's story prompt for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast was the month of June, and this photo: As usual, I'm not sure how my brain ended up thinking of Mars, and robots, and a space-opera-ish setting for my flash fiction for the episode based on that photo-prompt... but that's what happened. I was also inspired… Continue reading Read ‘A Song For Hugo’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘Hungry Beasts’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #66 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “May”, and this gorgeous photo by R.B. Wood himself: Though this photo was taken in Boston Harbor, I set my story on the Pacific coast, just outside Vancouver. Hungry Beasts “Where are we… Continue reading Read ‘Hungry Beasts’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘Magpies & Moonshine’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #65 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “April”, and this wonderful photo by Bill Kirton, one of the regulars at the Word Count Podcast: I've contributed stories to the Word Count Podcast since January 2016, and without exaggerating, I can say that it's been a… Continue reading Read ‘Magpies & Moonshine’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘Lost’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #64 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “March”, and this awesome photo by Ms. Becca B. Jenkins (check out her website: Hunt, Gather, Brew). Something about that photo had my thoughts heading in a very particular genre-direction right away. I… Continue reading Read ‘Lost’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘Wolves & Girls’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #63 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were "February", and this image: I don't quite know what about that combo triggered thoughts about Little Red Riding Hood, but I've definitely had wolves on the brain lately. Anyway, as sometimes happens for… Continue reading Read ‘Wolves & Girls’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘The Weight of the Sea’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #62 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. One of the new tweaks to the show is the use of a photo as a story-prompt, together with the month of the podcast (January in this case). The podcast also has a new look, to quote R.B. Wood… Continue reading Read ‘The Weight of the Sea’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read ‘The Demon’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #61 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The story prompt this time was quite simply to write something dark and twisted for the special Halloween edition of the podcast. This tale is pretty dark. It also starts off with a spiked drink and a date-rape scenario… Continue reading Read ‘The Demon’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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‘OK Computer’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #60 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The story prompt this time was “charming, key, computer”. My inspiration came mostly from remembering the first computer I ever used: a big, boxy thing that I did indeed play Space Invaders on. As usual, HUGE thanks to R.B. Wood's… Continue reading ‘OK Computer’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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‘True Words’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on Episode #58 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Instead of a three-word story prompt, this time we had to deal with an opening sentence-fragment: "I was enjoying the summer holiday when..." I wrote this story while on vacation in Sweden, and I think it was partly inspired by… Continue reading ‘True Words’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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‘Treasure Island’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on Episode #57 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The three-word story prompt was: pirate, island, rat. (And who can resist pirates? Right?) In this episode you can also hear stories by C. Thomas Smith, Rob Edwards, and Bill Kirton. So: why write for the Word Count Podcast? Here's what podcast-master… Continue reading ‘Treasure Island’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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‘Miriam And Cat’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on Episode #56 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The three-word story prompt was: Cat, dawn, flower. I really love writing for this podcast, and in this episode you can also hear stories by C. Thomas Smith, Eden Baylee, Bill Kirton, and Cameron D. Garriepy. Miriam and Cat Cat waited for… Continue reading ‘Miriam And Cat’ – a story for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast