No Extra Words

one person's search for story


May 2017

Meet Episode 83 Contributor Stacy Stepanovich

Can’t wait to share with you Stacy’s piece of microfiction.


Stacy Stepanovich is a writer and diver who lives aboard boat in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Florida. She has a waning tolerance for unsolicited advice and friends who call her Shipwreck. She has an MFA from Goddard College and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, The Molotov Cocktail and Banango Street. 

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Meet Episode 83 Contributor Mary J. Breen

This is Mary’s first appearance on the show and I’m delighted to say she has another piece forthcoming as well.


Mary J. Breen is the author of two books about women’s health. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines including Brick, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Post, and The New Quarterly. She was a regular contributor to The Toast. She lives in Peterborough Ontario Canada where, among other things, she teaches writing.

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Episode 82: Drabbles, a Podcastiversary, and Katharine Grubb of the 10 Minute Novelists

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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.

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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 3

Adrienne Fraser lives in New York. She enjoys quiet walks with her dog as she day-dreams of the perfect plot twists to keep readers intrigued. Adrienne learns something new everyday, and she strives to push herself in becoming a better writer. You can find more about Adrienne at

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Michel Daw

Michel Daw (aka JGM Daw) is a teacher, husband, father, son, uncle, & brother.  He is an inveterate geek and SFF fan. His first full length novel, I Should Have Listened to My Cat, is undergoing final edits.

Bob Allen was frustrated as a writer when he wrote “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” in the 6th grade then found out that a movie of that name had already been made.

Bob Allen

He pursued other jobs and careers such as flower delivery driver, stand-up comic (where he met his wife), clown, actor, finally settling on Tool & Die Tech. After retiring he realized that his lifelong love of reading might give him an idea about what might make a good read, so he’s embarking on another try at putting words on paper in an entertaining way.

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Meet the 10 Minute Novelist Katharine Grubb

Episode 82 is presented in partnership with Katharine Grubb, the 10 Minute Novelist. We were thrilled to have Katharine pop by for a few minutes to talk about herself, her writing, the 10 Minute Novelist website, and the Drabble contest that she runs that all of Episode 82’s stories were part of.

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Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement and community. Visit Katharine at

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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 2

Carol Conlogue’s pen name is Karly Rose and she enjoys writing in all forms. Here is one sample of a children’s story.

Elaine Bayless
Elaine Bayless

Elaine Bayless is a life coach, pastoral counselor, and Reiki Master in Raleigh, NC. She works with overwhelmed moms and over achieving perfectionists to help them create a delicious life of ease and joy. Elaine is a prolific writer, maintaining two blogs and publishing articles on elephant journal, Mind Body Green, and LinkedIn. In her spare time she bakes bread, reads, and gardens.

Clarissa Gosling is a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter,

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Clarissa Gosling


ex-librarian, home-maker, writer, and clarinetist, who likes photography, outdoors, learning, challenges and play! Currently in The Netherlands. Find her on Twitter @clarileia

Janet Hogan Chapman aka Georgia Janet

Janet Hogan Chapman’s alter ego is Georgia Janet. She a bohemian southern belle writer empowering strong women through poetry and prose. 

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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 1

Episode 82 consists entirely of 100 word stories called drabbles, and has a lot of contributors. So excited to bring you all these different voices in the upcoming episode.

Jeffrey H. Toney

Jeffrey H. Toney was previously with us on Episode 49. Dr. Toney has published scientific peer-reviewed articles, news media opinion pieces as well as short fiction stories for which he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. He serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kean University.  You can follow him on Twitter @jefftoney.

Jamie Hershberger, as J. R. Nichols, writes quick-reading, engaging, character-driven fiction. Her first Novelette, “Second Chance” will be on sale in May of 2017 is now available for pre-order and will be out May 26. You can find free short stories on her website

Pam Humphrey is a homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko.

Pam Humphrey

Her latest book, Finding Claire, is a mix of mystery, genealogy, and romance. Check out Pamela’s website at or follow her on Twitter @phreypress or Facebook.

Olivia Folmar Ard is a secretary, history nerd, and all-purpose geek. She’s the author of The Bennett Series, and Readers’ Favorite 5-Star recipient ‘Tis the Season. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await the arrival of their miracle baby with joyful anticipation.

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Special Episode #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.

Happy listening and happy Mother’s Day,


Episode 81: You Looking at Me?

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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 81, 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.

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