No Extra Words

one person's search for story


February 2017

Meet Episode 76 Contributor Kim Farleigh

Kim has worked for aid agencies in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, Palestine and Greece. He likes to take risks to get the experience necessary for writing. He likes beautiful architecture, fine wine and bullfighting, which probably explains why this Australian from Perth lives in Madrid. 143 of his stories have been accepted by 86 different magazines, including Southerly, Island Magazine and the Tincture Journal.

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Meet Episode 76 Contributor Timothy Boudreau


Timothy Boudreau lives in northern New Hampshire with his wife Judy. He has published fiction in various journals and anthologies. His first short story collection will be published this spring. He may be contacted on Twitter @tcboudreau.

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Meet Episode 76 Contributor Arden Wren Sawyer

Arden first joined us on Episode 53. They are back to introduce a very special segment to Episode 76 and I am so excited to share it with you. Welcome back, Arden!

Arden Wren Sawyer is a student and artist from Philly. They are working on a BFA at RISD and learning how to blow glass. Currently they are traveling and writing. Aside from the piece already featured on No Extra Words last July, Arden has had a piece published in Pidgeonholes Magazine, and another piece is slated to appear in Deadlights Magazine come April.

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Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories

Back for 2017…a Baseball Special! Send your work now.

2017 Deadline is Wednesday, March 15


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I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to or leave them on the listener feedback line at…

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Episode 75: Be Just Like Him

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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.

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Meet Episode 75 Contributor Justin Fenech


Justin Fenech is an author from the Mediterranean island of Malta. He is the author of the novel Too Many Sparrows In Zaragoza and several short stories published in local and international reviews. He is also a travel writer and tour guide whose literature is inspired by the lows (poverty, oppression, religious dogma) to the highs (food, drink, philosophy, music, science) of human existence. For a sampling of his work follow his blog at:

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Segment Returns for Episode 75: Korey and T.J.’s Writing Spaces

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth repeating, right? This week, two more No Extra Words contributors share with us where they write.

Korey Wallace’s short story was featured on Episode 52. He tells us about this unique space:


T.J. Peters shared his short story back on Episode 43. He tells us about reclaiming this space from junk to writer’s treasure:


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Special Episode #10: The Twitter Episode: The Job

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This episode was originally released on Twitter to commemorate 1,000 Twitter followers. So grateful to all of the people who interact with the show, on social media and off.

“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.

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Meet Episode 75 Contributor David Whippman

Sometimes I edit the author bios that come to me in first person. Others, like this one, seem to sum up that particular author perfectly, so I leave them alone.

I am in my 60s, British. Till retirement, I worked mainly in healthcare, which has inspired some of my writing. I write poetry and articles as well as fiction. Writing has always been my main hobby; the others include chess and playing harmonica.

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