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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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