No Extra Words

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October 2016

Meet Episode 65 Contributor Tina Tocco

Tina is a longtime friend of No Extra Words. Her work first appeared on the show last fall on Episode 19 and Episode 23. Her story, “Chipped” was on the list of the top 10 stories over our first 50 episodes. She is back with her third contribution to the show and, spoiler alert, will return before the end of 2016.

Tina Tocco’s flash fiction has appeared in New Ohio Review, Roanoke Review, River Styx, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Portland Review, Italian Americana, and other journals. Her work for young readers can be found in various magazines, including Highlights, Cricket, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids. Tina was a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest (2013), the 3rd Place Winner in The Southampton Review’s Short, Short Fiction Contest (2015), and an honorable mention in the River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest (2015). Her interview on flash and the craft of writing, “No Wasted Words,” appears in Roanoke Review. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.

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Meet Episode 65 Contributor Bill McStowe

I’ve enjoyed a working relationship and been a subscriber to the literary serial site Chanillo, so it’s really fun to feature a Chanillo author on this episode.

Bill McStowe’s work recently appeared in the MicroFiction Monday Magazine Best of 2015 Anthology and the “Crossroads” edition of Blink-Ink Magazine. Bill’s serial “Uncharted” can be found on

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Meet Episode 65 Contributor Trystan Carter


Trystan Carter is a Masters student at the University of British Columbia. His work has been featured in Nano Fiction and on When he’s not in school, he’s playing video games, watching westerns, and writing flash fiction at

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Meet Episode 65 Contributor Donte’vian Harris

Every now and then, we get to squeeze four stories by four different contributors into one episode and that is what is on its way to you for your day after Halloween. I try not to have favorite episodes like teachers try not to have favorite students, so I will only say that these four-story gems are a delight to put together and this one will be one-of-a-kind.

Donte’vian is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke studying Mass Communication. Although his concentration is broadcasting, he enjoys taking creative writing classes when he can and “June 9, 2015,” to be featured on Episode 65, was actually first written in a creative writing workshop. This will be the second story that he’s had featured in any format, but the first here on “No Extra Words.”

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Episode 64: Escape From Heaven

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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.

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Meet Episode 64 Contributor Eric D. Goodman

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Eric D. Goodman is the author of Tracks: a novel in stories, Womb: a novel in utero, and Flightless Goose. His short fiction and travel stories have been published in dozens of publications, and he’s a regular reader on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR. Eric lives with his family in Baltimore where he writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild. Learn more about him at or like him at

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Meet Episode 64 Contributor Jaclyn Adomeit

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Jaclyn lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, where she daylights as an environmental engineer. In her spare time she dances to old records in the kitchen, befriends stray cats, and hops on airplanes with her husband, Rayne, to explore new cultures and new places. You can find out more about her and her work at

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Episode 63: The Symphony

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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

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My DIY Nanowrimo

I’m a huge fan of National Novel Writing Month. The origin story of this podcast starts with Nanowrimo, and if I haven’t yet shared that story on this blog I will sometime soon. I’ve participated at least four times and won at least twice, it’s hard to keep track. And I knew I just wasn’t going to be able to this year.

It’s become harder to do the intense writing and long hours Nanowrimo requires since I became a mom. The first time I attempted it post-baby, in 2014, my then 6 month old went on a major sleep regression and basically didn’t sleep the rest of the month. Any time he slept, I slept, period, and my novel, such as it was, fell completely apart.

It’s also hard to do when you have other obligations, like, I don’t know, running a podcast. Add to that the fact that I start a new part-time job in November AND will spend almost a week out of town, and I knew this wasn’t going to be the year for me. That made sense. But it didn’t mean it didn’t suck to think about not participating.

I like the camaraderie of Nanowrimo. I like popping into the forums now and then to see what everyone else is up to and what the chatter is about. I like seeing people’s word counts come up on Facebook and Twitter. I like going to the occasional write-in or virtual write-in. And while I don’t participate every year (after the 2014 fiasco, I didn’t even ATTEMPT it last November,) I was kind of looking forward to it. But it wasn’t meant to be.

And then, on October 5th, I got blindsided by an idea.

This isn’t entirely true. The seed of this idea has been with me for awhile. I had some idea of this character and the story I wanted to build. But on October 5th, from of all things a facebook post, I got the inspiration that tied the whole thing together and I knew the story I had to tell.

So I did something very uncharacteristic of me: I just started writing.

I’m an outliner. In the world of Nanowrimo, this makes me a Plotter (as opposed to a Pantster, as in fly by the seat of your.) The reason for this is simple: without outlines I don’t make it to the end. Believe me. I cleaned my office today. Where half-finished manuscripts go to die. Found four or five more of them. But this time…I don’t know…I just sat down and started writing. No outline, no notes, I just picked up a pencil (yeah, I know, old school) and wrote down some words.

In the ten days since then, I’ve been writing like a maniac. Scared of losing this idea, I just kept going. I couldn’t sleep one morning so was up at 5 a.m. writing. My house is a mess, I write. The toddler sleeps for half an hour, I write. I even turned off the baseball playoffs. It’s inspiring. It’s manic. It’s…Nanowrimoish.

So, apparently this year October is my National Novel Writing Month. I’ll still miss the camaraderie. I won’t be in the forums or at the write-ins and this won’t count for a win or anything. But I just might end October with the draft of a novel. Or something. At ten days, I’m 11,000 words in, so it won’t be nothing. And I’m happy. Because it may not be November, but the spirit of Nanowrimo stays with me and I’m very grateful to them for all the inspiration. I hope if you’ve never sat down to frantically pound out the draft of a novel, you’ll give it a try. Maybe this November. It’s an exhilaration that can’t be explained.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some writing to do.

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