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No Extra Words one person's search for story
Kris Baker Dersch
A flash fiction podcast featuring short stories less than 2,000 words long.
Jul 19, 2020
Special 25: Sharing a New Project With You
*tap tap* Is this thing on? It's been an unexpectedly long hiatus but while I consider what this show will look like in the future I invite you to listen to Episode 1 of a new project my kid and I cooked up together. Stay in touch!
May 26, 2019
E121 The Missing Episode
May 10, 2019
E127 Raising Readers
May 2, 2019
E126 Me and Indie Bookstores
Apr 18, 2019
E125 I Learned About Poetry the Wrong Way (and so did you)
Apr 9, 2019
E124 My Journey With Graphic Novels
Mar 21, 2019
E123 Reading About Bad Guys
Mar 12, 2019
E122: Reading, Writing, and the F Word - Faith
Mar 5, 2019
E120: Reading Goals....to have or not to have
Today's Book Recommendation You Didn't Ask For is Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle Other books discussed today: Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Soul of Baseball: a road trip through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posanski Called to Create by Jordan Raynor My #theunreadshelfproject2019 picks (that I know about now): February: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen March On Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King April What is Poetry? the essential guide to reading and writing poems by Michael Rosen May The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne June Imagined London by Anna Quindlen July something from the Virago/Beacon Travelers series October You Can't Win by Jack Black Find #theundreadshelfproject2019 at instagram.com/theunreadshelf
Feb 24, 2019
E119: Bring on Season 3!
New style for a new phase of the show! Featuring a recap of nErDCamp Bellingham 2019 and today's Book Recommendation You Didn't Ask For: Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack.
Dec 23, 2018
Special #24: 24 Books of Advent Part 4
Join the conversation on Instagramand Goodreads! Today's books on the Advent theme of "Love" are: Christmas in America by Nancy S. Grant. Crescent Books, 1991. The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown. McSweeney's Books, 2007. Mince Pie and Mistletoe by Phyllis McKinley, illustrated by Harold Berson. J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959. Come Let Us Adore Him by Robert J. Morgan. Thomas Nelson, 2005. The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1985. The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas: an Austin family story by Madeline L'Engle, illustrated by Joe DeVelasco. Harold Shaw Publishers, 1984.
Dec 18, 2018
Special #23: 24 Books of Advent Part 3
Join the book conversation over on Instagramand Goodreads! Today's books on the Advent theme "Joy" are: It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon. The Blue Sky Press, 2010. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1993. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Janet Samuel. WorthyKids/Ideals, 2011. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Sergio Leone. Watertower Books, 1962. A Child is Born by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Jump at the Sun Hyperion Books for Children, 2003. Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood. The Blue Sky Press, 2003.
Dec 9, 2018
Special #22: 24 Books of Advent Part 2
The conversation continues on Goodreads and Instagram! Today's books on the Christmas theme of peace are: Santa Clauses: short poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. Carolrhoda Books, 2014. Winter Lights: a season in poems and quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Greenwillow Books, 2005. Amazing Peace: a Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou. Random House, 2005. A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley. Doubleday, 1988. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown. St. Martins Press, 1986. Refuge by Anne Booth, illustrated by Sam Usher. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Dec 3, 2018
Special #21: 24 Books of Advent Part 1
Today's books: The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, 1976. Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Tomie DePaola. Xerox Education Publications, 1977. Frosty the Snow Man retold by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by Corinne Malvern. Western Publishing, Inc., 1977 (28th Printing.) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Richard Scarry. Western Publishing, Inc., 1976. Santa's Toy Shop, adapted by Al Dempster, illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio. Western Publishing, Inc., 1980 (22nd Printing.) The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. Other Notes: Hay-on-Wye, Wales's City of Books
Sep 29, 2018
E118: The BSC is You and Me
Today's books are: The Baby-Sitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin. Scholastic, 1986-2000 Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003. Other books mentioned on today's episode: Harry: a history by Melissa Anelli. Penguin Group, 2008. Dear Genius: the letters of Ursula Nordstrom, edited by Leonard S. Marcus. HarperCollins, 2000. (my apologies for my mistake in the episode. Ursula Nordstrom was with Harper & Row, not Random House.) I'll Get There. It Better be Worth the Trip by John Donovan. Harper & Row, 1969. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982. Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. HarperCollins, 2003. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton Books, 2010. Other Things Discussed Today: Scholastic Book Orders The Baby-Sitters Club Movie Ann M. Martin "The Gay YA" book recommendations website Banned Books Week Baby-Sitters Graphic Novels Raina Telgemeier The Bechdel Test The Baby-Sitters Club Clu…
Aug 8, 2018
E117: Anne of Green Gables Part 5
Today's books are: Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland and Stewart, 1921. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Random House, 2016. Other things discussed today: Hardcore History podcast The War Poets at Westminster Abbey John McRae The text of "The Piper" from The Blythes are Quoted
Jul 25, 2018
E116: Anne of Green Gables Part 4
Today's books are: Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart, 1917. Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace. Thomas Y Crowell Co., 1955. Other things discussed today: Episode 112, when we first talked about Betsy A list of the Betsy books The "Anne With an E" TV series. The 1980s Kevin Sullivan Anne miniseries Nancy Pearl, rock star librarian Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter in the U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2018
E115: Anne of Green Gables Part 3
Today's books are: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Co., 1915. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Roberts Brothers, 1868-1869. Other things discussed today: #12daysofannestagram on Instagram ProposalGate! Who copied who? Here's a blog post on the topic or skip right to the video (bad quality.) Louisa May Alcott as covered by The History Chicks Some wild speculation on the men in Louisa May Alcott's life. Tune in next episode for Anne's House of Dreams with Betsy's Wedding by Maude Hart Lovelace.
Jun 26, 2018
E114: Anne of Green Gables Part 2
Today's books are: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1909. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. Avon Books, Inc., 1997. Other things discussed today: #12daysofannestagram The history of Oprah's book club. Camp Nanowrimo
Jun 12, 2018
E113: Anne of Green Gables Part 1
Today's books are: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1908 Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. Frederick A. Stokes, 1923. Other things discussed today: #12daysofannestagram Instagram accounts @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter The History Chicks episode on L.M. Montgomery Anne movies: the 1919 silent film, the 1934 film (yes, that actress did change her name to "Anne Shirley" for the role, and the 1985 miniseries. The Anne of Green Gables musical. The newest graphic novel version. The new TV series "Anne With an E" The TV series "Road to Avonlea" Is Emily in the public domain? It was published in 1923. If you can decipher this chart to tell, you're smarter than I am. "The Alpine Path" and the poem that inspired both L.M. Montgomery and Emily.
Jun 6, 2018
Special #20: Librarian Life #1: A Guy Named Dewey OR How the Library World Got In Order (and why it matters)
A special episode in which I tell you the story of a guy named Dewey (or sometimes Dui,) some numbers, and the democratization of American libraries. Here's an overview of all the categories and call numbers. See you soon for the first of our Anne of Green Gables summer series. In the meantime, are you following the #12DaysofAnnestagram? You should be, because it is delicious...
May 29, 2018
E112: Two Girls Named Betsy
Today's books are: "B" is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood. Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1939. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. HarperCollins, 1940. Blog posts about Carolyn Haywood from the Free Library of Philadelphia: Part 1 Part 2 Complete list of Betsy-Tacy books with synopses Thank you for being here for this our 3rd anniversary episode. Find our first anniversary episode here. And our second anniversary episode here.
May 25, 2018
Special #19: My Thoughts on "The Great American Read"
Watch the full 2 hour PBS launch special here. Check out the full list of nominees. Find me on Goodreads and join the conversation.
May 16, 2018
E111: On Being a Little Boy
Today's books are: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Viking, 1962. A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Viking, 2016. Other things discussed in this episode: Ezra Jack Keats's former collaborator talks about him. Andrea Davis Pinkney's website.
Apr 27, 2018
E110: Poets in Picture Books
Today's books are: Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. (not pictured) A River of Words: the story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008. Pablo Neruda: poet of the people by Monica Brown. Henry Holt and Company, 2011. Other links and notes from the show: Some notes on the current Golden Age of Picture Books Horn Book's history of the picture book biography. The Sibert Medal, given by ALSC, awarding informational writing for children. Booklist interview with Jonah Winter, in which he talks about the similarities between picture books and poetry Jonah Winter's website How to read Gertrude Stein from Boston University Full text of "Sacred Emily" by Gertrude Stein.
Apr 20, 2018
E109: Real Poetry, No Pretension
Today's books are: Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008 Out of Wonder: poems celebrating poets by Kwame Alexander. Candlewick Press, 2017. Links to some of the things we talked about today: poets.org on National Poetry Month Last year's Poetry Month conversation with poet Kelly Russell Agodon on No Extra Words Poet James Berry, who was featured in Hip Hop Speaks to Children Tupac as most profane hip hop artist The Atlantic on what is a poem NPR conversation on Out of Wonder
Mar 31, 2018
E108: Women Writers on Baseball
Today's books are: Squeeze Play: a novel by Jane Leavy. Doubleday, 1990. (Not pictured. In his younger days, my little baseball fan tore the cover off my copy.) Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon & Schuster, 1997. She Loved Baseball: the Effa Manley story by Audrey Vernick. Balzer & Bray, 2010. Other books mentioned: Queen of the Diamond: the Lizzie Murphy story by Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015. Girl Wonder: a baseball story in nine innings by Deborah Hopkinson. Atheneum, 2003. The Streak: how Joe DiMaggio became America's hero by Barb Rosenstock. Calkins Creek, 2014 Links to things discussed today: The Attagirl podcast episode on Effa Manley The Negro Leagues Museum Twitter account Doris Kearns Goodwin's bibliography
Mar 19, 2018
E107: Where Do Books Come From?
Today's books are: A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005 Little Leaders: bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison. Little, Brown, and Company 2017. Other books I spoke of quite a bit are: Carver: a life in poems by Marilyn Nelson. Front Street, 2001. How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson. Dial Books, 2014. Links to some things we talked about today. The interview where Marilyn Nelson discussed the initial discussion about Emmett Till. Vashti Harrison's Instagram account. Vashti Harrison's interview in School Library Journal.
Mar 12, 2018
E106: Old Friends
Today we're talking about a book we once knew well. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1962. Thank you to today's special guest who stopped by to talk Wrinkle with me. Check out his other appearance on the show.
Mar 2, 2018
E105: How I Came to Love Historical Fiction
Today's books: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1932. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1935. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1933. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1937. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1939. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1940. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1941. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder, HarperCollins, 1943. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. HarperCollins, 1971. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Delacorte Press, 2006. Links to some of the things we talked about today: The History Chicks podcast episode on Laura Ingalls Wilder. Some basic info on the Homestead Act . Links to the two charts about number of Homestead Final Patents: 5 year increments, 10 year increments. Montana specific Homestead Act In…
Feb 23, 2018
E104: A Tale of Two Toy Rabbits
Today's books are: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco. Doubleday, 1922. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, 2006.
Feb 16, 2018
E103: Tell Your Story
Today's books are: Charles and Emma: the Darwins' leap of faith by Deborah Heiligman. Henry Holt & Company, 2008. Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter. Scholastic, Inc., 1997. Some things we talked about today: Deborah Heiligman's interview with Brown's alumni magazine. Deborah Heiligman's husband Jonathan Weiner Roni Schotter's website Other sources used for this episode include: Washington Post Article about Charles and Emma Interview with Deborah Heiligman
Feb 8, 2018
E102: Wild Things and Why Scary Matters
Today's books are: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. HarperCollins, 1963. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2010. Read this fabulous article on the career of children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom. Her collection of letters, Dear Genius, is very high on my to-read list. You must see Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report. Here's the link to Part 1. And Part 2. Find out about Adam Gidwitz and his life goals on his website. Last and most sadly, here's that Pew research on Americans who don't read books. Please come see me on Goodreads!
Feb 2, 2018
E101: Travel Books that Slow You Down
Today we're talking book pairings and why this is the new format. Today's books are: Never in a Hurry: essays on people and places by Naomi Shihab Nye. University of South Carolina Press, 1996 When Wanderers Cease to Roam: a traveler's journal of staying put by Vivian Swift. Bloomsbury, 2008. Naomi reads her poem "Please Describe How you Became a Writer." Full transcript of Naomi's "On Being" interview with Kristen Tippett. Vivian's 2013 interview Vivian's delightful blog For information on all the other books we discussed today, check out Kris on Goodreads.
Jan 26, 2018
E100: All the Things
"An Ode to Rejection" is by Marlene Woods, copyright 2018, used with permission. Marlene originally published this poem on her website iloveyougram.com. Read Marlene's bio. Special guest in studio today: James! The books James talked about are: Pocketful of Nonsense by James Marshall. Little Golden Books, 1992 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. HarperCollins, 1996 President Squid by Aaron Reynolds. Chronicle Books, 2016 My First Book of Baseball by Sports Illustrated Kids. Sports Illustrated, 2016 The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley. Scholastic Press, 2001. Thank you so much to Adam Kluger and Francis DiClemente for sending us feedback about favorite authors. Check out Francis's bio. Read Adam's bio or check out his collection Desperate Times. Special guest in studio today: Josh! The books Josh talked about are: The House With a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs. Dial Books, 1973 A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. Vintage Books, 1991 It by Stephen King. New…
Jan 19, 2018
E99: Women Writers on Choice
It was my privilege to put together this episode on an important topic and I can't begin to express my gratitude to our contributors and to my wonderful support community who made it possible. "Family Planning" is by Tina Tocco, copyright 2005, used with permission. It was originally published in Harper Palate Winter/Spring 2013 issue. Read Tina's bio and her her previous contributions to the show. "Choose" is by Mary O'Keefe Brady, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Mary's bio. "Single Sexless Mother" is by Linda Bonney, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Linda's bio. "A Whale of a Choice" is by Rebekah Nemethy, copyright 2017, used with permission. Visit Rebekah's website. Rebekah created this piece on her website originally for a Photo and 100 Words project, visit our website to see the photo that inspired the story. Other things discussed today: "A Private Matter" is a made for TV movie based on the true life story of "Miss Shari" Finkbine, a Romper Room TV s…
Jan 5, 2018
E98: A Sucker for Silent Communication
There are things we say, things we don't say, and things we say no one hears. The writer's buddy, "The Quizzical Lizard," is able to tell her what he really wants. By Anna Kander, copyright 2017, used with permission. Visit Anna's website. When the world falls apart it is the "Death of a Small Civilization." By Brittany Bronson, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Brittany's bio.
Dec 22, 2017
E97: Poetry Month Field Trip Revisited
Today we close out our Best of No Extra Words series with the best of 2017, which means we are once again headed out on the road for a poetry field trip and we're bringing some short fiction along for the ride. This episode features all of Episode 79 with a new editor's commentary. For those who love books, they become almost human beings standing there in their "Dust Jackets." By Samantha Dutton, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Samantha's bio. Some things just cannot be escaped, especially "The Curse of the Virgin." By Richard Sensenbrenner, copyright 1992, used with permission. Read Richard's bio. In the first ever installment of our Poet's Corner segment, Kelli Russell Agodon invited me into her office where she shares poetry and we discuss poetry, small presses, and the importance of finding your voice. Visit Kelli's website or the website for Two Sylvias Press. For photos of the field trip I took to see Kelli, check out the original post for Episode 79. All editors…
Dec 8, 2017
E96 Curmudgeons and Incorrigibles Revisited
The second in a three part series of reruns celebrating No Extra Words history...because if you don't know your No Extra Words history you are doomed to repeat it. Today we revisit Episode 51: Curmudgeons and Incorrigibles. Witness the creative destruction of “A New Heart.” By Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio. Grocery clerks are always the ones who hear your rants in “Blu-Ray/DVD.” By Daniel Maluka, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio. At what point do you get to call out the ridiculous? “Dean’s Dilemma” is by Paul Beckman, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio. Did you ever wonder who is reading your submissions? After “The Party,” will you wonder if it had remained a mystery. Written and produced by Adam Kluger, copyright 2016, used with permission. Featuring the voice work of Aesha Waks. Read Adam’s bio. One more rerun is coming in 2 weeks...see you then
Dec 6, 2017
Special #18: The NaNoWriMo Detox 2017
After sharing with you my prep work for this year's madcap novel writing adventure, I had to pop back in and tell you how it went and what happened. My goal tracker did change over the month. Here's the original version, here's my midmonth edit, and here's what it looked like on the day that I finished. For highlights of The Great Train Write-in, check out the show notes for this episode.
Nov 26, 2017
E95: The Microfiction Triumviarate Revisited
Happy holidays! Today we start a 3-part series where we revisit favorite moments from the show's history. Our first repeat is Episode 6: The Microfiction Triumvirate. This episode, the shortest in the show's history, contains only stories less than 400 words long. In “On/Off” by Taylor Eaton, a small boy uses a magical power no one else can see. Copyright 2015 by Taylor Eaton, used with permission. Read Taylor's bio. In “Selkie” by Lisa Falzon, a mythical creature does not do what the myth says she will do. Copyright 2014 by Lisa Falzon, used with permission. Read Lisa's bio. In “Requiem: for piano” by Nancy Stohlman a man’s true love is becoming something he loves, but her transition will come between them. Previously published in “Literary Oprhans,” copyright 2012 by Nancy Stohlman, used with permission. Read Nancy's bio. The story featured in the commentary is "Semicolon," by Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015. You'll hear the episode in its entirety with all-n…
Nov 10, 2017
E94: Too Late?
Timing is everything. The "Laundromat" is not what you expected. By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul's bio. Things look different from the "Beyond." By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2015, used with permission. Originally published in The Siren's Call, issue #24, December 2015. Visit Francis's website. The third part of our three-part NaNoWriMo segment. Are you writing? How? Be my buddy! is there just one story of how "He Died?" By A. Elizabeth Herting, copyright 2017, used with permission. Originally published in Literally Stories in June 2017. Visit A. Elizabeth's website.
Oct 27, 2017
E93: Scary Stories of a Different Sort
Happy Halloween, No Extra Words style! Caught by cops will never feel the same after you've had a little "Night Vision." By Michael Anthony, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Michael's bio. For our segment today, Part 2 of my NaNoWriMo prep journey. Click here to see the spreadsheet I've created to help me track my word goals. You probably wouldn't want your significant other to try "The Experiment" on you. By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2015, used with permission. Previously published in Eunoia Review, 2015. Read T.E.'s bio.
Oct 13, 2017
E92: Damaged Goods
We're showing where all the broken pieces are. Carefully prepping which face we show the world in "Kintsugi." By Jaclyn Tan, copyright 2017, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn's website. New segment! I talk all about my NaNoWriMo prep. Learn all about NaNoWriMo and be my writing buddy. With love sent to our friends in Vegas, we survive a long night "All the Hard Ways." By Dan Hernandez, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Dan's website.
Sep 29, 2017
E91: Beauty in the Broken
Clarissa's meticulously organized life wanders off track in "The Planner." By Catherine Moscatt, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Catherine's bio. Tears are the weapon in "Reading a Letter." By J. Franklin, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read her bio. Nonfiction break: "Death of a Luna Moth." By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Paul's bio. Click here and here to see photos of the luna moth taken by Paul. We are all made of stardust and there are "No Failed Stars." By A.E. Harrison, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read A.E.'s bio. One day is "How it All Starts." By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Originally published in Across the Margin. Read T.E.'s bio.
Sep 15, 2017
E90: A Liar's Duplicity
Good and bad are closer together than you think. She didn't know what "The Law of Buoyancy" would come to mean in her family. By Brittni MacKenzie Dale, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Brittni's bio. He's lost "26" but won't lose anymore. Buy Guy Wilkinson, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Guy's bio.
Sep 1, 2017
E89: Hold Hands and Stick Together
The back to school episode is so much more than that. It's the lesson that's not in the curriculum but one we all remember learning in "Read Across America." By Jeff Bakkensen, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Jeff's bio. Today's commentary was inspired by Robert Fulgham's All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Read an excerpt here. The podcast mentioned is The Stoop Podcast. Today's writing spaces segment features Audra Kerr Brown, who first appeared on Episode 47. Click here to see her writing space. Also featured is M. Pepper Langlinais, who was first featured on Episode 34. Click here to see her writing space. We end this episode with the childhood joy of the "Uncovered Track." By Matt Page, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Matt's website.
Aug 18, 2017
E88: Seeing the Divine
What do you see when you look into the eye of humanity? A chance encounter with a stranger on a train makes a woman wonder who is friend and who is stranger in "The Good Samaritan." By Mary J. Breen, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Mary's bio. First round of a new segment! "I'm a Meme Writer" features "After I Finished my Salad..." by Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2017. Rental of a place sight unseen leads to "The Lonely Key." By Joan MacIntosh, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Joan's bio.
Aug 11, 2017
Special #17: An Important Call for Submissions
I'm here on a special episode to ask women writers to share stories about an issue important to all of us. Literature is a powerful thing and in 2018 we are going to be brave and tackle big truths head-on.
Aug 4, 2017
E87: Crack the World Open
The world is always on the verge of exploding and reinventing itself. "A Town Built on Salt" is on a shaky foundation indeed. By Windy Lynn Harris, copyright 2014, used with permission. This piece was originally published in Crack the Spine in April 2015, issue 147. Visit Windy's website. Hanako's world is very small and carefully observed, but observers miss things in "Hanako Learns to Count." By Sean Patrick Whiteley, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Sean's bio. Today's Writing Spaces features longtime friend of the show and repeat contributor Dr. Jeffrey Toney. He was originally featured on Episode 49 and was part of Episode 82's drabble spectacular. Click here to see his writing space. There are the things you see about a person, and things you don't, especially when that person is "Watermelon." By Lisa Ko, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Lisa's bio.
Jul 21, 2017
E86: Those Seams Will Never Break
There are the ties that bind and those we run from. Jim Szabo's six word story is the beginning of (a beautiful?) marriage. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Jim's bio or find him on the Second Hand Stories Podcast. Five-time No Extra Words contributor Tina Tocco ponders whether you really can go home in "That Boy's a Catch." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Tina's bio. Writing Spaces for Episode 86 features Dallas Woodburn, who first appeared with us back on Episode 28. Click here to see her writing space. We are also featuring Sheila Good, whose story was featured on Episode 35. Click here to see her writing space. Sometimes escape takes you away from something. Sometimes it takes you towards something. "Moira Actually" is by Adam Kluger and voiced by Bill Tush. Copyright 2016, used with permission. People aren't perfect, but there's perfection in the imperfection, like when your girlfriend gets "Sweaty." By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2017, used with permission. R…
Jul 14, 2017
Special #16: Drabble on Instagram: Ode to Coffee
Today's drabble writer is my buddy and fellow podcaster Kelly J. Covert, and she pays tribute to something sacred to us all. Find Kelly on Instagram or head over to her website to check out her amazing podcast.
Jul 7, 2017
What do you do when time away is simultaneously long enough to sink your teeth into and yet not nearly long enough? "Walk a Pavement Once." By Eivend Nerberg, copyright 2007, used with permission. Originally published in 2008 in the anthology Nano2ales, edited by Ziv Navoth (Franc Roddam's Ziji Publishing, UK.) Read Eivend's bio. It's funny how every familiar place eventually becomes a "Ghost Town." By Jessica Psenski, copyright 2017, used with permission. Originally published over on her lovely blog. Read Jessica's bio. For today's segment, a grand experiment: Found Literature. This is an anonymous piece and there is no good way to locate its author so as I said on the show it lives in a murky area of U.S. copyright law. I am choosing to take the risk and bring it to you, trying to operate on good faith. Story really is everywhere, and if anyone knows where the author(s) of this piece might be, I hope you'll reach out. As a Pacific Northwest native, I am a sucker for excellent visu…
Jun 29, 2017
Special #15: Feature the Podcaster
I loved my chat with Jim Szabo, host of the Second Hand Stories podcast. We chatted about the inspiration for our shows, how we deal with submissions and what our pet peeves are, how much we love our writers, our recording spaces, and so much more. Here's some links to the things we talked about. * Camp Nanowrimo * The Ira Glass video on taste and creativity * The silly podcast Kris used to be obsessed with is TBTL. (Haven't listened in years, no idea if it's any good anymore.) * Dan Carlin is an indie podcasting legend * Jim recommends Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People * If you haven't listened to S-Town, it is great as literature * Kris loves the How to Be a Girl podcast * Here's the article on podcasting as literary nonfiction * Jim talked about being featured on Bookstr * No Extra Words submission guidelines [READ THEM] * Second Hand Stories submission guidelines [READ THEM, TOO] * The Twitter account @AdviceToWriters And the two recommendations Kris…
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Jun 23, 2017
E84: LIfe After Death
Not what you think. This is what happens to the living that the dead don't have to deal with. "The Adequate News Report" gives us just the facts, and just the end. As in all good microfiction, you get to come up with the beginning. By Dan Seiters, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Dan's bio. Paul and Emma have had "A Death in the Family," and someone has to decide how they tell. By Amanda Staples, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Amanda's bio. No new announcements on today's episode, but definitely think about contributing your 100 word story to our Instagram challenge and check out how you can support the show. Supporters also get a behind the scenes look at how I used Google to create poems like the one featured on today's episode "What Happens After Death?" Dealing with Grandma's death is one thing. Getting Grandma to her final resting place is something different in "The Ministry." By Niles M. Reddick, copyright 2014, used with permission. Visit Niles's websi…
Jun 16, 2017
Special #14: Drabble on Instagram: Magic Contained
One minute, one hundred words, one story. Click here to see the photo that inspired this story and here to learn how to submit your own work via Instagram.
Jun 9, 2017
E83: Losing Sleep
Up late wondering if they know what they are doing to memories of "My Last Husband." By Mary J. Breen, copyright 2013, used with permission. "My Last Husband" first appeared in The Waterhouse Review in January 2013. Read Mary's bio. Today's episode features a silly campfire story by Kris Baker Dersch. The three guardians of this podcast are Submissions, Promotion, who would like to introduce you to the wilds of Instagram and YouTube, and Support. Writing spaces for Episode 83 features Steven Mayoff, who was previously with us on Episode 47 and Episode 56. Click here to see his writing space. Our second Writing Spaces contributor is Rachel Lyon, whose work can be heard on Episode 46. Click here to see her writing space. You can also see detailed photos of the balloon, the lion, the angel, and the novel-in-progress featured in her piece. It's always hard to explain a dream. "I Had Children in a Dream" is by Stacy Stepanovich, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Stacy's bio. T…
Jun 2, 2017
Special #13: Drabble on Instagram: Gnome Home
This mini-episode launches our Instagram challenge! Click here to see the photo of the found poem that inspired the story. To participate in the Instagram challenge, find us on Instagram @noextrawords Be sure to follow #drabbleoninstagram and on Fridays look for our #foundpoetry
May 25, 2017
E82: Drabbles, a Podcastiversary, and Katharine Grubb of the 10 Minute Novelists
It's our two year podcastiversary! This jam-packed episode honors the short form of the drabble, a story of exactly 100 words. All 12 of today's stories were part of the Apples to Apples Drabble contest put on by Katharine Grubb at the 10 Minute Novelists blog. Katharine herself stops by on this episode to talk writing, the contest, and the 10 Minute Novelists facebook group. We are grateful to Katharine and the 10 Minute Novelists for being part of this special episode. Read Katharine's bio. Read the bios of today's contributors here, here, and here. All of the stories featured on this episode are copyright 2017. All are used with permission and remain the intellectual property of their creators. The blog post I spoke about in my interview with Katharine is on the Blonde Write More blog.
May 14, 2017
Special #12: Mother's Day 2017
A little history of the No Extra Words podcast and a story I really want to share with all of you. "Mother's Day in the NICU," by Kris Baker Dersch, is copyright 2015. I shared the true story from this time in my own life on the New Parent podcast back in April. This is the fictionalized version.
May 12, 2017
E81: You Looking at Me?
Do you think the cop in your rearview mirror knows you are "Tipsy?" By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read T.E.'s bio. Lunch with a friend teaches us that in so many ways there is a "First Time for Everything." By Amanda Staples, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Amanda's bio. What's truth and what's fiction in "The Afternoon Sleepwalk?" By Cara Lopez Lee, copyright 2012, used with permission. Visit Cara's website. Back for Episode 82, Writing Spaces! Past contributors share with us where they write. First up is Charles O'Hay, who shared his poem with us back on Episode 45. Click here to see his writing space. Next up the master storyteller Eldon Reishus from Episode 71 takes us into his world. Click here to see his writing space. Coming next episode! A two year anniversary and a jam-packed episode with 11(!) stories. Let us know what you want to know about No Extra Words history.
Apr 27, 2017
E80: No Matter Where I Am and No Matter When I Am
Everyone's on some kind of a journey today. No border wall could ever keep out the "Dust." By Patty Somlo, copyright 2009, used with permission. Visit Patty's website. Episode 67 contributor and poet Anuja Ghimire is our guest on the Poets' Corner today. Born in Kathmandu and always seeming to visit her homeland in periods of great tumult, she tells us how poetry and place entwine in her life and shares with us some poetry. Read Anuja's bio. A brief encounter reveals so much of "The Fishermen of Dragon-Tooth Beach." By Michael Paul Hogan, copyright 2001, used with permission. Read Michael's bio. Not all journeys are long or grand. Sometimes it's the small distances that mean the most, like the search for the "Thrush." By Norbert Kovacs, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Norbert's bio.
Apr 14, 2017
E79: Poetry Month Field Trip
For those who love books, they become almost human beings standing there in their “Dust Jackets.” By Samantha Dutton, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Samantha’s bio. Some things just cannot be escaped, especially “The Curse of the Virgin.” By Richard Sensenbrenner, copyright 1992, used with permission. Read Richard’s bio. In the first ever installment of our Poet’s Corner segment, Kelli Russell Agodon invites me into her office where she shares poetry and we discuss poetry, small presses, and the importance of finding your voice. Visit Kelli’s website or the website for Two Sylvias Press. For photos of the field trip and Kelli's writing space, check out the show notes. All editors are the same, such sticklers about reading the “Guidelines.” by T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read T.E.’s bio.
Apr 2, 2017
Special #11: Baseball Opening Day 2017
A literary celebration of a national pastime. Come with Shawn Aveningo Sanders for "One Final Inning in St. Louis." Copyright 2011, used with permission. Visit Shawn's website. Susan Vollenweider was with us back on Special Episode #3. She is back with a special guest telling us how she came to know "Baseball: My Way." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Susan's website. Niles Reddick's famous name has him throwing out a "First Pitch." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Niles's website. In a brand-new segment, we are diving into the archives to bring back Angela Lombardo's story from last year's baseball opening day special...a gift for you Cubs fans. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Angela's website. Most of us had someone who helped us learn to love the game. In Bill McStowe's story, it's "Astrid from Sweden." Copyright 2017, used with permission. Check out Bill's previous contribution to No Extra Words and visit his website. You never know what will…
Mar 31, 2017
E78: I Simply Don't Like People
Somehow life got "Lost at Sea." By Drew Lovell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Drew's website. Can't go gator hunting without "Gator Bait." By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul's bio. Sometimes life puts you in just the right uncomfortable place, and in this case it involves "Bodily Fluids" By Ron Riekki, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Ron's website. Don't forget to share podcasts with your family and friends and us the hashtag #trypod all March long. Writing Spaces has a sponsor for this episode! Visit Matt Keefer over at the Ravings of a Mad Music Man blog to hear his Writing Spaces essay. Jen McConnell, Episode 54 contributor shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space. Marina Frances Mularz is behind "What We Talk About When We Talk About Homer" from Episode 20. She shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 17, 2017
E77: Kiss it All Better
It really can all change in "One Moment." By Amanda Staples, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Amanda's website. If only all fairy tales ended like "The Frog Prince." By Clive Collins, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Clive's bio. Back for Episode 77: Writing Spaces, featuring No Extra Words contributors. Pat Obermeier was with us back on Episode 36. Click here to see her writing space. Joan MacIntosh was featured on Episode 57. Click here to see her writing space. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 2, 2017
E76: You Don't Believe in the Morning
No matter how far you run away, you never escape who you are and what your past is. After not being able to slow down a friend who is struggling, those left behind must deal with the fact that there was "Nothing They Could Do." By Kim Farleigh, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Kim's bio. New segment today! You Be the Producer, with No Extra Words contributor Arden Wren Sawyer. Arden wrote "Caffeine, Cancer, Coco, Candida," copyright 2016 and used with permission, with a special secondary character. Read Arden's bio. It's not always your choice, sometimes it's "Policy." But that doesn't mean it doesn't haunt you. By Timothy Boudreau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Timothy's bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 16, 2017
E75: Be Just Like Him
No one knows life in the ring like "The Undercard." By David Whippman, copyright 2000, used with permission. Read David's bio. "First a Woman Then a Man" is a fictional story about the real-life Guevedoce of the Dominican Republic. By Justin Fenech, copyright 2016, used with permission.Visit Justin's website or read more about the Guevedoce. Writing Spaces returns this episode featuring two more previous No Extra Words contributors. Korey Wallace was featured on Episode 52. Click here to see his writing space. T.J. Peters was featured on Episode 43. Click here to see his writing space. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 13, 2017
Special #10: Twitter Special: The Job
"How May I Help You?" is by Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015. Inspired by the #FridayFlash hashtag, which I won't link because some people...don't use it as intended. Another new segment! "Social Media Snippets," as inspired by Episode 14 contributor Jake Bible and his fun podcast "Writing in Suburbia." How many times have you been asked to "Please Hold?" By Genelle Chaconas, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Genelles' bio. Always always always hold on to your "Passport." By Marina Rubin, copyright 2008, used with permission. Visit Marina's website. I want to be the customer service rep who reads this "Complaint Letter to Bloomingdale's Cosmetics Department." By Sally Stevens, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Sally's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 3, 2017
E74: Ain't as Good as it Once Was
Never has a family been so in need of "Healing Time." By Paul Beckman, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Paul's website. "Suebelle's Homecoming" may not be all it's cracked up to be. By Helen Grochmal, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Helen's bio. People have the oddest way of telling you to "Stay Away." By Thom Young, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Thom's website. The rules all change when you reach "Autumn." By Fred D. White, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Fred's bio. NEW THIS EPISODE, our Writing Spaces segment featuring two former No Extra Words contributors. Sarah Mitchell-Jackson was featured on Episode 39 last March, Episode 67, and Special Episode #5. Click here to see her writing desk. Click here to see her library. Edith Gallagher Boyd was featured on Episode 54 in July. Click here to see her writing space. The bookstore I mentioned in this show was Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington.
Jan 19, 2017
E73: The Superiority of Rigid Categorization
When I released our non-Election Day Election Day episode in November, I did not expect to be doing a non-Inauguration Day Inauguration Day Episode, but here goes. "Guinivere Tries a New Kind of In-Vitro" is one of those stories that is better when you don't try to describe it, so I'm going to let it speak for itself. It is by Dina Greenberg, copyright 2016, used with permission. I just saw a play in which they go a little bit into the legend of Cerridwen, mentioned in the story. If you don't know the reference, it is a wonderful tale of Welsh mythology and you should read more about it. Also, visit Dina's website. Ever wonder who decided which books get read and what becomes canon? It was decided in the "Blood Feud: Melville vs. Hawthorne." By James Bezerra, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit James's website. Today's show closes with the reading of an important historical document, inspired by my friend tweeting government documents to the President Elect. Check out her Tw…
Jan 14, 2017
Special #9: Just Enough to Make a Podcast
Our special guest for today explains our unexpected three week hiatus. We appreciate all our listeners and followers and are glad to be back. As we look to the future of the No Extra Words Podcast, we want to hear what you think. What segments would you like to see? What is missing from our show? Contact us at email@example.com or find all our social media on our website noextrawords.wordpress.com For today's short story, I share the folk tale "The Tailor" or "Just Enough," a Jewish folk tale of Russian origin. The version I share is my own adaptation of the story. We will see you January 20, if not sooner, with a brand-new episode.
Dec 20, 2016
E72: A Christmas Serial Remix Part 4
For today's new content, I go into my own archives and share a personal story, "Green Angels," copyright 2000. The books mentioned on this episode are: The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, copyright 1946. There have been many editions of this book, but our copy is illustrated by Sergio Leone and published by Watertower Books. A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg, illustrated by Warren Hanson. Copyright 1982, published by Waldman House Press. Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Tomie DePaola. Copyright 1977, published by Xerox Education Publications. For photos of the books and angels discussed, please visit our website at https://noextrawords.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/episode-72-a-christmas-serial-remix-part-4/ This episode ends with the conclusion of A Christmas Serial. Parts 1-3 were featured in Episodes 69-71. A Christmas Serial is written and read by Kris Baker Dersch and the current version is copyright 2015. The version of "We Wish You a Merry Chri…
Dec 14, 2016
E71: A Christmas Serial Remix Part 3
Fun new content today, the title says it all: "The Tiny House on Singing Wheels on the Prairie & The Army Corps of Engineers Container." By Eldon Reishus, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio. Part 2 of our four-part "A Christmas Serial," takes us onstage, backstage, and points in between. Check out Episode 69 if you missed Part 1 and Episode 70 if you missed Part 2. This version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is played by the U.S. Marine Corps Band. It is in the public domain and comes to us courtesy of the Free Music Archive.
Dec 6, 2016
E70: A Christmas Serial Remix Part 2
Once again we start with new content! Everyone dreams of being an "Extra." By Charles Rammelkamp, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio. Part 2 of our four-part "A Christmas Serial," takes us onstage, backstage, and points in between. Check out Episode 69f if you missed Part 1. This version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is played by the U.S. Marine Corps Band. It is in the public domain and comes to us courtesy of the Free Music Archive.
Nov 29, 2016
E69: A Christmas Serial Remix Part 1
New content! Two people who start off one Christmas "Perfect Strangers." By Connie Armstrong, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Connie's bio. We are pleased to bring you Part 1 of the four-part Christmas serialized story. Serialized fiction has a long, proud history, carried on this day by a number of sources including our friends at channilllo.com. A Christmas Serial is by Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Nov 21, 2016
It's not unusual for family members to make things "Shiny." By Tina Tocco, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read Tina's bio. We all take "Measurements" of the relationships in our life. By Ingrid Jendrezejewski, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Ingrid's website. Is "The Singer" what she seems? By DeanJean Phng, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit DeanJean's website.
Nov 19, 2016
Special #8: A Tellabration (tm) of Podcasts
Tellabration (tm) is an international day of storytelling put on by the National Storytelling Network. Across the country and across the world, storytelling events large and small are put on, but to our knowledge No Extra Words' storytelling event is the only all-digital Tellabration (tm) event. We have invited podcasters large and small to tell their stories in their own special way to celebrate the audio storytelling done on podcasts every day. Podcasters telling their stories on this episode are: * Hilda Wapf, Wise Traditions * Natalie and Lala, Radio Tatas * Levi Noe, Rocky Mountain Revival * Amy Oestreicher on The Unmistakable Creative * Civila Morgan, 21st Century Hannah * Barbara Stevens, Breakup Recovery * Hadas Ben-Tsur, Common Room * Cody Gough, Game/Life Balance U.S. * Nathan Pierce, MicroBrewr * Autumn Beam, Write Your Own Story Links will take you to the podcast website or search for your favorite in your favorite podcast app. Help and inspiration f…
Nov 15, 2016
E67: Its Own Rules in the World
Some things are bigger than all of us. Some forces make their own rules. A rough night may lead to some marks on "Stone Colored Pants." By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul's bio. Sometimes a "Storm" ruins everything. By Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, copyright 2011, used with permission. Visit Sarah's website. "April, Quakes in Kathmandu" is fiction based on a true story. By Anuja Ghimire, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Anuja's website.
Nov 7, 2016
E66: A Thousand Sides to Every Story
Welcome to your non-Election Day Election Day Episode. "A Wedding Jig" is a fractured fairy tale of the most fractured sort. By Sarah Haasl, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Sarah's bio. Chance plays a big part in how we live. Our lives really are the result of "A Lottery of Birth." By Donovan James, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Donovan's bio. It's quite a trip when you go into "The Mind." By Levi Andrew Noe, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Levi's website. I was sorry I couldn't get permission to use an election year poem by Janet Wong, but do check out her book and her poems. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Nov 1, 2016
Reinvention is an artistic endeavor in "Robots With a Vengeance." By Bill McStowe, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Bill's website. "Reinvention" is a family endeavor. By Tina Tocco, copyright 2013, used with permission. "Reinvention" was previously published in Fiction Fix (Winter 2014.) Read Tina's bio or check out her previous contributions to the show in Episodes 19 and 23. Everyone reinvents themselves at "Camp Athabasca," whether they want to or not. By Trystan Carter, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Trystan's website. This traveler will never be the same after "June 9, 2015." By Donte'vian Harris, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Donte'vian's bio. Check out all our previous four story, four contributor episodes: Episode 54, Episode 51, Episode 50, Episode 47, Episode 30, Episode 28, Episode 23, and Episode 19.
Oct 25, 2016
E64: Escape From Heaven
Gabriela gets a call she has been waiting for, but her broken heart has power in "The Greater Pain." By Jaclyn Adomeit, copyright 2014, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn's website. Kuki's artist retreat is heaven, but "The Bell" tolls. By Eric D. Goodman, copyright 2012, used with permission. Visit Eric's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 18, 2016
E63: The Symphony
A Symphony of Everyday Life, in short story. Starting with the trio of short stories "Sights," "Sounds," and "Pitches," by Ben Berman. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Ben's website. Does life ever have spice in "The Suburbs?" By Jason Heroux, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Jason's website. Sometimes the sensory experience is overwhelming, and sometimes it's just "God Awful." By Robert Carnahan, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Robert's website. To learn more about the Carnegie Hall concert mentioned or to purchase tickets please visit https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/11/25/0800/PM/A-Christmas-Holiday-Spectacular/ http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 11, 2016
E62: Friends Since Middle School
How well do we really know our oldest friends? Sometimes it takes someone who has really been there when you are "Low." By Harold Klae, copyright 2016, used with permission. Contact Harold. I've known "My Pal Rich" for a long time and never expected this. By Cam Lay, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Cam's bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 4, 2016
E61: The Cocoon
Those quiet moments in a relationship when it's just you and your partner. "Cowboy Nocturne" is a falling in love story by Evan Guilford-Blake. Copyright 2008. An expanded version of "Cowboy Nocturne will appear in Evan's forthcoming short story collection Love and Loss and Love. Read Evan's bio. Relationships have big dynamic moments, but they also have a lot of everyday moments, those involving "Cereal Bowls and Lukewarm Coffee." By Marika Brooks, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Marika's bio. Will "The Fart" come between Michael and his lady? By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read T.E.'s bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Sep 26, 2016
E60: It Wasn't Me
Senior in high school Molly has trouble learning from her elders in "A Nun's Arse." By James Mulhern, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit his website. The real Joan Galt is here to tell her story in "The Termite Squad: My Official and Authentic Report." By Joan Galt, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit the website, learn the truth...or some version of the truth. Is truth truth anymore?
Sep 19, 2016
E59: Nostalgia's a Bitch
It's been almost 50 years now. You know what happened. You've seen her picture. But you haven't heard her side of the story...until now. "The Attractive Brunette - Her Looks Now Ruined - Speaks" gives you a backstage pass to a story you thought you knew. By Nan Wigington, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio. Will the road back end where you think it does? "Espresso Milkshakes in Nederland" is by James McGrath Morris, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read his bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Sep 12, 2016
E58: What's With the Stiff?
Sometimes it's not about what's going on but about who shows up to go through it with you in "Cost of Living." By C.S. O'Cinneide, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her bio here. Security guard work has its drawbacks in "The Unfortunate Death of Martin Stephonopolus." By Jakob Weyms, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio here.
Sep 6, 2016
E57: Why Artists Come Here
We're wrapping up a three day weekend here in the U.S. Maybe you spent it on an artist's retreat. Hopefully, not this kind... "Inspiration" is to be found on the retreat Joan McIntosh's character is headed to. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Joan's bio. "Paint the Walls Red" with second-time contributor Devyn Millette. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Devyn's bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Aug 24, 2016
E56: Grandfather Told the Story
What lives in your family history? One family searches for the real home of "Opa and Oma." By Robert Wexelblatt, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Robert's bio. Second-time No Extra Words contributor Steven Mayoff tells us the story of "The Two Annes" of Prince Edward Island, Canada...and it isn't the story you think. Copyright 2006, used with permission. Visit Steven's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Aug 10, 2016
E55: Careful, Loving Preparation
Be wary of those who prepare the food. In "Pencils at the Ready," the school is ready to meet the new headmaster, although perhaps not in the way he expected. By Sarah Bigham, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Sarah's bio. In "Just a Microwave Dinner?" those who are behind the food finally speak. By J. Paul Cooper, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read J. Paul's bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Jul 27, 2016
E54: The Tremor That May Become the Earthquake
"Shingle Spit Road" is where what you think you know and what you actually know collide. By Meaghan Hackinen, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Meaghan's bio. Sometimes life doesn't crack open all at once. Sometimes there's "The Opening." By Edith Gallagher Boyd, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Edith's bio. "Not Dog People" is a 90-word short story that asks what if. By Jen McConnell, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Jen's website. Three-time No Extra Words contributor Sally Stevens finishes off today's episode with "Jasper," about the ways we experience the world. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Sally's bio. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Jul 12, 2016
E53: So High School
Being yourself is a constant struggle in "What Does Anyone Remember About High School, Anyway?" By Arden Wren Sawyer, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Arden's bio. Annabelle is about to have one "Last Night." By Mike Chin, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Mike's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Jun 29, 2016
E52: Here of All Places
"Ben Ailing" isn't sure how he ended up where he did, but there was a reason he was supposed to be there. By Dave Barrett, from his collection Republic, USA. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Dave's bio. "A Sometimes Kind Wolf" by Korey Wallace, is a blast from the past. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Korey's bio. "Firewood" is the story of one man and one day job. By Frank Haberle, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Frank's bio. Be sure to send us your summer camp flash fiction by July 5.
Jun 15, 2016
E51: Curmudgeons and Incorrigibles
Those who won't change and the rest of us who get to deal. Witness the creative destruction of "A New Heart." By Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio. Grocery clerks are always the ones who hear your rants in "Blu-Ray/DVD." By Daniel Maluka, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio. At what point do you get to call out the ridiculous? "Dean's Dilemma" is by Paul Beckman, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit his website. Did you ever wonder who is reading your submissions? After "The Party," will you wonder if it had remained a mystery. Written and produced by Adam Kluger, copyright 2016, used with permission. Featuring the voice work of Aesha Waks. Read Adam's bio. Don't miss your chance to be part of our 2016 Summer Camp Special! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Jun 1, 2016
E50: 50 Episodes and 1 Year
It's our special anniversary episode! "Wrong Number" is a voice mail message from an old friend. Does her friend really want to hear from her right now? Written and read by Sally Stevens. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Sally's bio. "Contrast" takes us on a mission that you feel really never had a chance for success. By William C. Blome, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read William's bio. This super-sized episode also features listener feedback PLUS listeners' favorite stories from our archives...re-live some favorite moments! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
May 24, 2016
E49: I'll Be Seeing You
Today's episode is super-sized because it contains some special bonus holiday content at the end. "Memorial Day" looks closely at an important holiday. By C.M. Gabbett, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio. In "The Quiet Raspberry Wormhole," if you look at just the right angle you can see back a ways to what was. By Jefferey H. Toney, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Jeffery's bio. "Yasmina" is the story of a women who has experience great loss adjusting her vision of the future. By Evan Guilford-Blake, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read Evan's bio. Bonus Memorial Day content: stick around to the end of this one to hear the true story of one American hero. Sounds from this episode are courtesy of the Free Sound Project. Thank you to freesoundjon01 for the church bells and 18hiltc for "Taps." 50th episode and our one year anniversary coming next week! See you then! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
May 17, 2016
E48: Disregarding the Warnings
"Saving Andie" is the story of a board room meeting in which the experts must decide whether to launch a rescue mission. By Lars H. Hoffmann, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Lars' website. In "Sunshine and Asteroids," a disaster survivor is alone in a new world. By Jason J. Nugent, from his anthology (Almost) Average. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Jason's website. "Rewards" is a story of a fantastical person and an ordinary family. By Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Anne's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
May 13, 2016
Special #7: Author Brianne Holmes
Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the last of those interviews. Brianne's delightful and funny story was featured all the way back in October as part of an episode with strong storytelling voices. She was kind enough to record her answers to my questions about writing, inspiration, and her background and it is an absolutely delightful listen. I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with three short stories coming next week. Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
May 11, 2016
Four stories, four moments, about mothering, motherhood, and this thing called family. "Chicago, 1965" is one of those wonderful stories that pull you immediately into the writer's experience. By Rhonda C. Poynter, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Rhonda's bio. "Heaven, Maybe" asks the often unanswerable question "What is this place?" By Jesse Glass, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Jesse's bio. "Danger in the Summer Moon Above" is about the ongoing search. By Steven Mayoff, copyright 1996, used with permission. Read Steven's bio. "About Me Being a Big Brother" navigates one of life's many tough transitions. By Audra Kerr Brown, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Audra's bio. Stay tuned to the end for a Mother's Day guest I hope you'll enjoy...had to bring it your way. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
May 4, 2016
E46: To Watch You Go
As we approach Mother's Day, the first of two episodes looking at moms, families, and other complicated relationships. First up, Margaret Adams' untitled piece of microfiction does what microfiction does best: capture a moment. Copyright 2005, used with permission. Visit Margaret's website. In "The Mother Party," a daughter holds auditions for a most important job. By Rachel Lyon, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Rachel's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Apr 27, 2016
E45: Everything Must Go
Sometimes you have to lose everything to know where you are. Sometimes your stuff defines you more than you think. "Spring Cleaning" is a poem about setting the stuff in the FREE box that you really need to get rid of. By Charles O'Hay, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Charles' website. Sometimes the things you want to hid away don't really fit into "Storage," the final poem of our National Poetry Month celebration. By Margaret Adams, copyright 2005, used with permission. Visit Margaret's website. Is eating stuff the best way to get rid of it, asks Len Kuntz in "Oreo." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Len's website. The everyday becomes so powerful it is made illegal in "Soup." By Tino Mori, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Tino's bio. Don't forget to send your listener feedback for our 50th episode and vote for your favorite story by Friday, April 29. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Apr 20, 2016
E44: A Poetry Slam...featuring Prose
Celebrating National Poetry Month with six fantastic pieces...five poems of all different styles and feels and one short story. Can you spot who is who? Kicking off with a little "Perspective." This is the second episode in a row we have shared a piece called "Perspective," and I love how two different authors can go two different ways with it. By Janelle Cordero, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Janelle's bio. Did you ever wonder what kind of punctuation you would be? Jaclyn Tan does in "Ellipses." Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn's website. "Apollo" is the story of a dog. Well, sort of. It's really so much more than the story of a dog. By Devyn Millette, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Devyn's bio. "Kid" is the story of...well, I won't tell you what I thought "Kid" was the story of the first time I read it. I'll just let you listen. By Jen Karetnick, copyright 2013, used with permission. Visit Jen's website. Do you participate in the "Trans…
Apr 16, 2016
Special #6: Author Mary Alice Long
Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the third of those interviews. Mary's story "Wild Ones" appeared back on Episode 33 in February. She and I had a great chat about writing, reading, and inspiration. We tried to come up with a roller derby writing metaphor and totally cracked the code of the Star Wars franchise. I enjoyed chatting with Mary and hope you enjoy listening in. Since our chat, Mary has had two new pieces published she hopes you'll check out. One is at weirderary and one is at Loud Zoo. Please enjoy this special feature and tune in next week for Episode 44, where we play with the line between poem and story. I hope you'll check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com Happ…
Apr 13, 2016
Everyone is sentenced to something on today's two-part poem/story pairing. Kicking off the first part, second-time podcast contributor Frederick Foote brings us the story of what happens when one man gets the "Goodbye Blues." Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Frederick's website here. Paired up with "Goodbye Blues" is t.j. peters' poem "Keel Day" about a most unusual family legacy. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit t.j.'s website here. Susan Moorhead kicks off the second part of today's show with "Perspective," on what happens when you are forced to listen to everyone's opinion. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Susan's bio here. In "Booked," we speculate on if the lawyer is the one being sentenced. By Zac Locke, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Zac's bio here. Don't forget to send your feedback and cast your vote for the 50th episode coming June 1!
Apr 6, 2016
E42: Anywhere or Nowhere Special
Being somewhere new takes you right out of the place and time you are from. In "Shells to Call Home," Lisa finds herself in a moment she struggles to hold onto. By Leah Givens, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Leah's bio. Stephanie Dickinson takes us into National Poetry Month with a sensory prose poem experience in "Big Headed Anna Nurses her Imaginary Baby at Night in the Bayou." Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Stephanie's website. Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois rounds us out with the particular loneliness of a day at sea in "A Cruise Day." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Mitchell's bio. Please don't forget to vote for your favorite story from our archives and send your feedback for our 50th episode! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Apr 3, 2016
Special #5: Baseball Opening Day 2016
A celebration of the National Pastime, flash fiction style. In "The Game of His Life," the life of a ballplayer turns on this one important game. By Jeff Dupuis, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Jeff's bio or hear his previous contribution to the show. As with all our April episodes, this one contains a poem. "Minors" is a great tribute to minor league baseball in all its glory. By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2012, used with permission. This piece was originally published in his poetry chapbook Pursuit of Infinity (Finishing Line Press.) Visit Francis' website or hear his previous contribution to the show. There is a special pleasure and a special pain to being a Cubs fan. Angela Lombardo has been there in "1969 All Over Again." Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Angela's website, where she shares her fabulous work as a cartoonist. "Spring Tryouts" is the story of one baseball player with more heart than talent. By Eddie Snipes, copyright 2009, used with permis…
Mar 30, 2016
E41: An Unopened Present
Today is all about young women main characters navigating the life after what happened. In "Live Action Regret," it's about what you do and don't tell the new boyfriend about your twisted past. By Cynthia Romanowski and read to you in her voice. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her awesome bio here. In "A-88" it's about becoming a woman in a complicated time and place and where you go from there...and what stays behind. By Meher Ali, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit her website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 23, 2016
E40: Spending Eternity
Maybe it's forever...or maybe it just feels like it. "Farmer's Wife Turns Hubby Into Scarecrow"...but she had a reason to. Honest. By Sally Stevens, copyright 2009, used with permission. Read Sally's bio here. "The Cat on Snow" is one of those moments that seem suspended in time. By Tim Frederick, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Tim's website. "Chickens" is about one woman's move into the country. By Carol Arnett, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Carol's bio here. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 18, 2016
Special #4: Author Sarah Mitchell-Jackson
Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the second of those interviews. This episode introduces you to Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, whose story, as with our special episode from two weeks ago, was featured on last week’s episode. Sarah was kind enough to jump onto Skype with me and talk about her writing, her inspirations, and what it's like to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with three short stories coming next week. Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 16, 2016
E39: Sum of the Parts
There's more than "Frozen Food" in Grandma's freezer. By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2014, used with permission. Visit his website. “Frozen Food” was originally published in the magazine The Literary Hatchet. Holding the center today is the monster "Charybdis." By Michelle Dotter, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read her bio here. Sometimes "The Chair" really is so much more than just that. By Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, copyright 2009, used with permission. Visit her website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 9, 2016
E38: It Sounds Like the Set-up for a Punchline
Everything is in the timing. In "Improvisation," by Phillip Sterling, a guy walks into a bar. Where it goes from there you will have to listen and see. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Phillip's bio here. "Dial 116" provides a service you thought would be the greatest thing ever. And it might be. By Robert Lunday, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Robert's website. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Mar 5, 2016
Special #3: Author Nels Hanson
Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the first of those interviews. This episode introduces you to Nels Hanson, whose story, by coincidence, was featured on last week's episode. Nels and I were not able to connect directly, but he was kind enough to record his answers to my questions. It's a fabulous insight into the inspirations of an author, especially after having just heard his story on the show. I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with two short stories coming next week. Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com
Mar 2, 2016
E37: In This Life
"The Silver Horseshoe" takes us to a family farm where a fable has been told for generations. It has all the classic elements...a love that can't be (in this life,) a hero, and, of course, buried treasure. Is the treasure lost...or do we find it? By Nels Hanson, copyright 1992, used with permission. A special episode featuring Nels Hanson is coming soon, stay tuned! Read his bio here. In "Daydreaming," love once wished for can be found. By Ashley Williams, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. Be sure to get your baseball stories to us by March 18! Visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 24, 2016
E36: The Moment Between
"The Intruders" by Joel Allegretti describes the moment when things appear. Copyright 2012, first published in 2013 in Thrice Fiction, republished in 2015 as part of the anthology SHALE: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Conditions and used with permission here on the show. Visit Joel's website. "Caught Between," written and read for you by Pat Obermeier, is about a woman who dreams of time travel. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Pat's website. Rounding out the show today is "A Place Between the Places We Call Home" by Emma Wren, a piece which attempts to answer a very common and very big question. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Emma's website. Stop by and visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 17, 2016
E35: What They Expect
Aren't we all, to one degree or another, just putting on a show? Frederick K. Foote, Jr.'s "Blue-Black" takes us to the heart of the Jim Crow South and leaves us wondering what the rules are. Copyright 2015 and used with permission, read for you by the author. Visit his website. In "Life in Repetition," a mother must deal with the reality of her world when others have a choice to face it or not. By Sheila M. Good, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit her website. Please visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com to connect.
Feb 14, 2016
Special #2: Valentine's Day Special
A special holiday bonus for our listeners featuring two pieces of flash nonfiction. Today's special guest is Susan Vollenweider from the History Chicks podcast. Susan Vollenweider is a columnist for The Kansas City Star and one half of the podcast and writing team, The History Chicks. She graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans and eventually parlayed her education into a Stay at Home Mom gig until she realized she couldn't cover any bills with the pay. Originally from Connecticut she now lives in Kansas City, MO and works on the internet at www.thehistorychicks.com and www.susanvollenweider.com. She is available for banter @EssephVee Enjoy your holiday weekend and check us out as always at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 10, 2016
E34: Broken Hearts
This episode starts with an untitled story by M. Pepper Langlinais to get you in the right (although maybe not holiday) mood. This story is copyright 2014 and used with permission. Visit her website here. In "Sunrise," we walk with a family through their moments of most intense emotion. By Sherry Sellars, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Sherry's bio here. A tired waitress finds a whole new world in Christopher Woods' "Sprawl." Copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Christopher's bio here. Look for a special holiday bonus episode this weekend. See you then! Let us know what you think at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Feb 3, 2016
E33: The Neighbors
Wherever you go in this world, you are always surrounded by someone. John Mueter shares why one unlikely pair are "Roommates." Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read John's bio here. The "Wild Ones" come to town and stir up all kinds of emotion in our second story. By Mary Alice Long, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Mary's bio here. Adam Kluger takes us to the New York City setting of his story "Our Kind of Town" with some wonderful extra audio and shows us who the city really belongs to. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Adam's bio here. Please let us know what you think at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Jan 27, 2016
E32: Spin With It
The world keeps spinning even when some are gone. Those of us who are left get to spin with it. "Magic Palm" follows a family through the years of Red China as a young woman finds comfort in her grandmother's words. By Kevin Brown, copyright 2008, used with permission. Read Kevin's bio here. "Doug" follows a young man whose potential is just that...potential...to see what he does or doesn't do. By Mercedes Lawry, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read Mercedes' bio here. In "Balloon," a tradition helps with a tough moment, but also brings back the memories of how it started. By Evan Guilford-Blake, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Evan's bio here. Today we wrap up Contributor Appreciation Month with one final drawing for a writer to win a subscription to channillo.com. It has been a delight to honor our contributors and partner with Channillo. Thank you to everyone! I look forward to bringing you more about the winning contributors in the coming weeks and months. Vis…
Jan 20, 2016
E31: Without Instructions or a Map
How we see ourselves versus how others see us. A troubled girl is really just a flower in "Blooming" by Patty Somlo. "Blooming" is copyright 2010 and used with permission. Visit Patty's website. Dawn Corrigan reads her story "Nonsense Syllables" about a very musical family who can't carry a tune. "Nonsense Syllables" is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Visit Dawn's website. This episode also features the third of four drawings in our Contributor Appreciation Month promotion sponsored by our friends at channillo.com. Please let them know you appreciate their support. You can tweet at them here. Visit http://noextrawords.wordpress.com to let us know what you think!
Jan 13, 2016
E30: The Future is Here...and it's Not Good
"Roller Blading in Venice" is by Julie Christine Johnson, making her second appearance on the No Extra words podcast. Her short story "Granny" was featured on Episode 23. "Roller Blading in Venice" is copyright 2015 and used with permission. For more information about Julie, including all the scoop on the launch of her debut novel, "In Another Life," on February 1, please visit her website. "Wholesale" is by Jeff Bakkensen, copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Jeff's bio here. "Progress" is by Sean Antoniak, copyright 2015 and used with permission. Visit Sean's website here. "Grow, Jesus" is written and read for you by Gabriel Congdon. It is copyright 2015 and used with permission. If you enjoyed Gabe's reading of "Grow Jesus," you'll love his YouTube channel. This is Week 2 of Contributor Appreciation Month here on the No Extra Words Podcast, which means a lucky contributor is going to win our prize drawing. I had a chance to speak to Mary Alice Long, winner of the Week 1…
Jan 6, 2016
E29: Perfectly Reasonable
It's perfectly reasonable to have a thing that lives inside your closet. And when a suspicious character shows up at your doorstep demanding, of all the horror, productivity, it's perfectly reasonable to invite him in for a sandwich. Right? "The Thing that Lives Inside My Closet," by Brandon T. Madden, is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Brandon's bio here. "The Poet's Resistance," by Jason Walker, is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Jason's bio here. This episode also launches Contributor Appreciation Month! Each week in January we will draw live on the show the name of a former or future contributor and honor them with a Channillo subscription and more. Thanks so much to channillo.com for sponsoring the promotion all January long. http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Dec 30, 2015
E28: Fresh Start
Starting with a classic element of any New year..."The Diet." By Diane Valentine, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Diane's bio here. Read in her own lovely voice is Aileen Hunt's "The Man Who Taught My Children About Dragonflies." Copyright 2014, used with permission. Visit Aileen's website here. "Flowers" is a brilliant piece of microfiction about the celebration and mystery of sending flowers. By Charles Rafferty, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Charles's bio here. Follow the love story of "How My Parents Fell in Love." By Dallas Woodburn, copyright 2011, used with permission. Visit Dallas's website here. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made 2015 such an amazing journey for this show. Looking forward to bringing you more great content in 2016, starting with Contributor Appreciation Month in January sponsored by Channillo.com Please let us know what you think of our new sound, new theme song, and return to our old format. Visit our website at http://noextraw…
Dec 22, 2015
E27: A Christmas Serial Part 4
First up, a beautiful short story by Bob Thurber entitled "Our Trip to the Moon." I could not imagine a more delightful companion to this finale of our series. Visit Bob's website here. I am delighted to share this final episode of our four-part series to celebrate Christmas. If you have missed the earlier installments, please check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 first. As always, we would love to hear what you think at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com. And please stay tuned for a New Year's episode with a more traditional format next week.
Dec 16, 2015
E26: A Christmas Serial Part 3
If you have not yet heard Parts 1 and 2, please refer to Episodes 24 and 25. This is the third of a four-part series of episodes showcasing an original whimsical story of Christmas, the North Pole, elves, Santa, and, of course, reindeer. “A Christmas Serial” is copyright 2015. In addition, this episode also features "Rick's Picks," about 2 characters in a terrible rut. By Benjamin Toche, copyright 2011, used with permission. Visit Benjamin's website. Musical credits: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band is in the public domain. Our theme music is “Reverie: small theme” by _ghost and is used under Creative Commons License. As always, please let us know what you think! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Dec 9, 2015
E25: A Christmas Serial Part 2
If you have not heard Part 1, tune in to Episode 24. This is the second of a four-part series of episodes showcasing an original whimsical story of Christmas, the North Pole, elves, Santa, and, of course, reindeer. “A Christmas Serial” is copyright 2015. In addition, this episode also features “Gingerbread Houses in the School of Architecture," a holiday story in which the rules get broken. By Jody Brooks, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Jody's bio here. Musical credits: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band is in the public domain. Our theme music is “Reverie: small theme” by _ghost and is used under Creative Commons License. As always, please let us know what you think at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Dec 2, 2015
E24: A Christmas Serial Part 1
Welcome to the first installment of "A Christmas Serial." First in a four-part series of episodes showcasing an original whimsical story of Christmas, the North Pole, elves, Santa, and, of course, reindeer. "A Christmas Serial" is copyright 2015. In addition, this episode also features "Garrick and the Dare," a short story about what happens when a daredevil is always trying to one-up himself. By Shawn Cowling, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Shawn's wonderful blog and website here. Musical credits: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band is in the public domain. Our theme music is "Reverie: small theme" by _ghost and is used under Creative Commons License. As always, visit http://noextrawords.wordpress.com and let us know what you think!
Nov 27, 2015
Special #1: Thanksgiving Special and an ANNOUNCEMENT!
Big announcement of an upcoming promotion! If you are a regular listener and especially if you are a contributor to the show, you want to hear this! Follow http://noextrawords.wordpress.com for all the details. If you like the audio you hear on this special, you will love Libsyn's "Thanks Podcasting" podcast. Have a listen to more stories. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 25, 2015
This is a four story episode that really splits nicely into two sections, but the overall theme is "resilience." Part 1 is about gratitude when times are tough. In "A House Burning," an out of control fire also proves cleansing. By Matthew Keefer, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Matt's website here. In "Chipped," a neighborhood has seen its share of tough times and is shabby compared to the well-off neighbors. By Tina Tocco, copyright 2004, used with permission. Read more about Tina here. Part 2 is about those tough family relationships that can be the best and worst parts of this and all seasons. "Granny" examines that moment that comes to many of us when dealing with an elderly relative with dementia. By Julie Christine Johnson, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Julie's website here. "Meyer's Rebellion" ends this episode on a lighter note, as a man leaving his wife of 46 years has some reassuring news for her. By Paul Beckman, copyright 2015, used with permi…
Nov 18, 2015
E22: A Last Fragment of Magical Thinking
In "Fairytale Kingdom" a family experiences one last moment of almost normal before the coming storm. By Robin Vigfusson, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. In "Open Door" a man's musings on whether or not he locked his front door provide a framework to make an impossible decision. By Ajay Patri, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read his bio here. Our theme music is “Reverie: small theme” by _ghost, used under a Creative Commons license and we are grateful. Thank you for tuning in today! As always, we value your feedback and you can find links to subscribe at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Nov 11, 2015
E21: Armistice Day
Depending on where you live, I hope you are making time in your life to honor sacrifice on this Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day. Here at No Extra Words, we wanted to take this holiday back to its roots and make you think. This episode is a little different than our usual format and we hope you enjoy it. "In Memoriam" is a poem by Ewart Alan Mackintosh written in May 1916. Lieutenant Mackintosh was killed in action in November 1917 at the age of 24. Find more information about him and the poem at http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/ewart-alan-mackintosh-in-memoriam.htm. The poem is in the public domain, thanks to freesound.org for the public domain church bells sound. "Peter on the Island/Pan is Dead" is a re-imagining of an old legend by Adam McOmber. It is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Be sure to visit Adam's website at adammcomber.com. In Armistice Day tradition, this episode ends with 2 minutes of silence. The first minute is to honor those lost, and the se…
Nov 4, 2015
E20: The Legend
What happens when your name lives without you. In "Achilles," we learn what happens when you carry the name of an ancient hero into a modern day small town. By Charles Rammelkamp, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read for you by the author. Read his bio and learn where to find more stories about Potawatomi Rapids here. In "What We Talk About When we Talk About Homer," eighth grader Homer will live in the yearbook for many many years to come. By Marina Frances Mularz, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. As always, let us know what you think! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 28, 2015
E19: Improving the Truth
Storytelling at its finest. "Mama Said" covers all the things mama said, from her solid advice to her thoughts on what to do with her after she dies. By Brett Vickers, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "21 Days," we are left to wonder which version of the story is better, the one Grandma told or the truth. By Tina Tocco, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read her bio here. "Going off the Rails" is the story of one epic move. By Brianne Holmes, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. "Reception" is what happens when the bridesmaid comes properly armed. By PJ Sambeaux, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her bio here. As always, we look forward to hearing what you think! Visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 22, 2015
E18: If They Don't Know What's Wrong With You
Sometimes it's obvious who is crazy. Sometimes it's not. In "A Junior Whopper, Please, With Cheese," a sign held up by a homeless man inspires a restaurant worker to make a human connection. By James Hartman, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "Min-Max-Out," listeners are taken through the phases of life at the behavioral unit in Mass General. By Emm Rose Borgerding, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. As always, we would love to hear what you think! Visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 14, 2015
E17: We Have Become the Target Demographic
That moment when you realize you are living in your future. In the sci-fi romance story "I'll Meet You There," a couple in 2140 find intimacy in technologically advanced times. By Cassandra Ricard, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here. In "The Brunch Place," a man many years beyond college sees an old flame and realizes they are not who they were. By Jeff Dupuis, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. As always, we look forward to hearing from you! http://noextrawords.wordpress.com
Oct 7, 2015
E16: When Did I Say You Could?
The confusion of adolescence, when "consent" is not a straightforward idea. In "Lindsay and I," a girl at the beginning of puberty has one of those friends who knows it all and isn't afraid to make her feel young and stupid. But is she the only one? By Nathan Alling Long, copyright 2000, used with permission. Previously published in "The Portland Review. Learn more about Nathan here. In "The Deak," an adolescent encounter with the school bully has lasting effects. By Stephen Baily, copyright 2012, used with permission. Read his bio here. What did you think of today's episode? Visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com and let us know what you think.
Sep 30, 2015
E15: If I Knew Then
It sound like such a good idea at the time! In "There is Rest for the Wicked," a couple go through the motions of something that isn't there anymore. By Vincent Douarre, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "Bleeding Out," a man recovering from a relationship learns a few lessons from a friend on the farm. By Brian Burmeister, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "Smooth Operator," the outfit blessed by the voodoo priestess seemed like such a good idea... By Jason Kerzinski, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. Plans are underway for future episodes. What do you think? What are you looking for? Be sure to visit us at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com and let us know!
Sep 23, 2015
E14: Him, Me, You
Today's stories are all fresh voices, from newer and younger writers or starring youthful characters. They bring us a fresh perspective in more ways than one. "1001 Reasons to Love Rachel Maddow" is the typical boy-meets-girl story told in untypical fashion. By Zachary Hay, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. "So Bored" is a piece of microfiction featuring the voice of a young person having an adventure, or maybe just wasting time. By Jake Bible, copyright 2015, used with permission. Find out more about Jake and read his other microfiction at jakebible.com. In "Out of Order," you find yourself as a fifth grader on the school bus, a dangerous place to be if you aren't ready to relate to others. By Angela Luo, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her bio here. ****A couple of corrections to errors discovered post-recording: 1) The correct title of Jake Bible's podcast is Writing in Suburbia. Find it in iTunes or check Jake's website for more information.…
Sep 16, 2015
E13: Mind the Gap
In "Hungry," a war veteran has to leave his house when he doesn't want to, which forces him into a conversation with his young neighbor who doesn't see him or the world the way he expects. By Michelle Lee, copyright 2015, used with permssion. Read her bio here. In "Sealed," a young man assists his father with an act of service he wasn't expecting his father to do and learns something about that relationship. By Jeremy Schnee, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read for you by the author. Find out more about Jeremy at www.jeremyschnee.com. What do you think of today's show? Contact us and let us know or visit our website http://noextrawords.wordpress.com to leave a comment.
Sep 9, 2015
E12: Step Carefully
In "A Dangling Man," a stranded hiker contemplates the turns his life has taken to get him to his precarious position. By T.R. Healy, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "Sequels," a father and son on a cemetery visit try to navigate their complex relationship and reveal the real truth about their past and present. By Christopher Acker, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here.
Sep 2, 2015
E11: Summer is Left Behind
In "The House," Madaline moves to a new town and is intrigued by the old theater, which is totally empty and boarded up. Or is it? By Karen Soutar, copyright 2014, used with permission. Find more of Karen's work and see a picture of The House at http://karensoutar.wordpress.com In "Crawling Hand (with a gun)," a man left alone in a beach club is terrorized by what he knows can't be real: a crawling hand with no face or features aiming a gun right at him. By Earl Hatsby, copyright 2013, used with permission. Check out Earl's website at www.practicallyserious.com
Aug 26, 2015
E10: Just Out of Reach
In "Life Lessons," a woman reflects on a world she had for a moment and didn't think she'd miss. By Lorna Wood, copyright 2015, used with permission. Check out Lorna's author page at http://amazon.com/author/lornawood In "Trivia," the contestant on a public access game show thinks she is prepared until she sees what questions are being asked. By Madaline Foglesong, copyright 2015, used with permission. Find more of Madaline's work at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/maddyfo In "Flight of Desire," a man obseres a neighbor with a hobby he'll never understand. By Diane Payne, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Diane's bio here. No Extra Words by the Numbers: * We have dozens of listeners! Every day, on average, we have 6-11 downloads of either current or back episodes. This gives us lots of room to grow...tell your friends! * Including today, we have aired 24 different short stories. * 10 short stories were by contributors, 2 from the public domain, and one by a l…
Aug 19, 2015
E09: Ask the Locals
"A Form of Idolotry" comes to us from Guyana. It asks the question: after the revolution, will the new government ever be able to truly move forward? By John S. Lewis, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio here. In "Ex-Pats," we travel to a tiny island in Micronesia where people go to escape from their past...and the rules. By Cristina Querrer, copyright 2014, used with permission. Find more of Cristina's work at yourartsygirl.blogspot.com. Want to help the podcast grow? Three things you can do: Share, Subscribe, Review
Aug 10, 2015
E08: A Public Domain Party
The public domain is a clause in copyright law allowing works which have been around for some time to be re-used and re-imagined without having to obtain permission from the copyright holder. (It's why there are so many versions of "A Christmas Carol.") No Extra Words is thrilled to use this clause to bring you two classic pieces of flash fiction. "The Tradesman," written ca. 1920 is a lesser-known story by 20th century literary great Franz Kafka. It has amazing power to resonate with 21st century readers. "I Won't," originally published in 1875 is a parable by 19th century children's writer Juliana Horatia Ewing. How is it similar to and different from the morality tales of its time? Don't forget! We have an active Challenge to the Listeners going on right now. Read the writing prompt and send your response in by Thursday, August 13 for your chance to be featured on Episode 9.
Aug 5, 2015
E07: Love and Heartbreak in the 21st Century
In "The Frog Prince," three frogs watch from a lily pad while the princess conducts her happily ever after search on Twitter. They remain passive observers until she decides to turn to an old story for help. By Lucy Mitchell, copyright 2015, used with permission. Find more about Lucy and her writing at http://blondewritemore.wordpress.com/ In "The 18 Facebook Statuses of a Relationship," we follow the relationship of Jen Smith the way most of us do these days - vicariously through her facebook page. By Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015, all rights reserved. Reminder: our current Challenge to the Listeners is ongoing! Write your up to 500 word short story on the Lenin statue for your chance to be featured on episode 8 of the podcast, coming August 19.
Jul 22, 2015
E06: The Microfiction Triumvirate
Very short stories on becoming who and what you really are. In "On/Off" by Taylor Eaton, a small boy uses a magical power no one else can see. Copyright 2015 by Taylor Eaton, used with permission. Find out more about Taylor at littlewritelies.com In "Selkie" by Lisa Falzon, a mythical creature does not do what the myth says she will do. Copyright 2014 by Lisa Falzon, used with permission. Check out Lisa's visual storytelling at flashwounds.tumblr.com In "Requiem: for piano" by Nancy Stohlman a man's true love is becoming something he loves, but her transition will come between them. Previously published in "Literary Oprhans," copyright 2012 by Nancy Stohlman, used with permission. Read more about Nancy at www.nancystohlman.com Editor's commentary features the six word short story "Semicolon," an homage to Ernest Hemingway. Copyright 2015 by Kris Baker Dersch, all rights reserved. Thank you to our show sponsor, The Catapult Podcast. Join us August 5th for Love and Heartbreak in th…
Jul 8, 2015
E05: The Summer Camp Episode
Starting with one of the oldest forms of storytelling...the annoying camp song! Today's campfire theme is "What Summer Camp Means to Me." Thank you to our marvelous listeners and friends for sharing their thoughts. In "A Not-so-Ghostly Ghost Story" by Kris Baker Dersch, the looming specter of a mysterious shape in the woods is terrifying, but not what it seems. Campfire closes with a piece of microfiction called "What Summer Camp Means to Me," submitted by listener Mrs. J. Join us July 22 for the Microfiction Triumvirate Episode featuring flash fiction by Taylor Eaton, Lisa Falzon, and Nancy Stohlman. Check us out at http://noextrawords.wordpress.com for all the fun stuff coming up!
Jun 26, 2015
E04: Only Crazy if You Get the Wrong Answer
In "A Parable on the Challenge of Being an Unpublished Writer," novelist Reed is considering taking a break from the financial and emotional strain of writing a novel, until he meets an unexpected visitor. By Tom Farr, copyright 2015, used with permission. In "Secret is Safe," mom LeeAnn usies all kinds of words around her infant son and one day realizes how well he has been listening. By Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015, all rights reserved. About the contributor: Tom Farr is a blogger, freelance writer, and storyteller who spends his days teaching English Language Arts to high school students. He loves creating and spending time with his wife and three children. Follow him on Twitter, on Medium, or visit his blog The Whisper Project for writing tips and updates on his latest projects. Check out http://noextrawords.wordpress.com or use our listener feedback line at 425-686-9495 to leave your comments on the show. Theme music is Requiem: Small Theme by _ghost, used under a Creativ…
Jun 13, 2015
E03: Dyslexic Thinking
In "Parent-Teacher Conference Day," a stressed-out mom of two has to fit a conference with a teacher about how to help her seven-year-old learn to read into an already busy day and already busy life. She fights her mom guilt and wonders if all of it is her fault. In "The Old Family Problem," a man remembers his father who couldn't read and endures his own struggles with reading before his son is finally diagnosed with dyslexia and he can begin to understand what his family has struggled with for generations.
Jun 2, 2015
E02: Everyday Writers
In "Obituary for Poetry on a Manual Typewriter," the writer realizes that without attention paid to it, poetry has somehow disappeared. By Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015, all rights reserved. In "A Well-Ordered Laundry Room," a new mama who is also a writer craves the organization her spacious laundry room gives her as she navigates finding time to write and realizing how fast her infant is growing. By Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015, all rights reserved.
May 29, 2015
E01: Moment in Time
In “Old Photographs,” the narrator wonders why she carries a Depression-era snapshot of an unknown house her grandmother took around with her. In “Homework,” a busy mom reflects on the struggles of homework, including the parents who do homework for their kids and the time homework takes out of her busy family's life.