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one person's search for story


January 2018

Episode 100: All the Things!

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“An Ode to Rejection” is by Marlene Woods, copyright 2018, used with permission. Marlene originally published this poem on her website 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 English Library, 1987

Bigfoot and Joshua by Peggy and Bob Bishop. John Hinde Limited, 2008

11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011.

17 Things I’m Not Allowed to do Anymore by Jenny Offill. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2004.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1938.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. HarperCollins, 1952.

We also talked Nancy Pearl today! Hear her on our local public radio station.

See you next week for season 2!!



Season 2 Arrives February 2

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As I mentioned in the last episode, Episode 100 is going to be a celebration of books and writing and of where we at NEW have been and are going, so for all those reasons I hope you will tune in then. But as I am currently working on and planning Season 2 and am so excited about it, I wanted to come here and chat a little bit about where the podcast is headed in the next few weeks and months. I hope you’ll come along with us for the journey. The best way to do that is to subscribe to the podcast so you are always the first to get new episodes.

First, the basics. Season 2 is coming February 2. We will be closing out the flash fiction season and moving on to the book chat season. More on that in a minute, but some basic things to know:

  • You don’t have to subscribe again. The new season will be on the same feed as Season 1, so if you’re subscribed you will see it.
  • Nothing is going anywhere. All of Season 1’s episodes will stay right where they are and you can listen to them anytime.
  • Season 2’s first episode will show up as Episode 101 or Season 2, Episode 1, depending on your podcast player
  • The title for Season 2 is…Right Book, Right Time!

So why a format change? Simply put, it’s time. I don’t think anyone, least of all me, expected me to still be podcasting flash fiction two and a half years after launching in May 2015, but lo and behold here we are. And it has been a joy and delight to bring flash fiction to you. I met many of my goals for having a flash fiction podcast and also did things I had never expected to do. I absolutely loved it. But my life has changed, my interests continue to evolve, and it was time for something new. This is it!

Why this format, then? A lot of reasons. I was already visioning Season 2 when the Writers’ Almanac, one of my favorite podcasts, met its unexpected end in late 2017 (I would love to talk more about that at some point, but this is not the time,) so some of this format came from me asking myself: if I did a Writer’s Almanac type show, what would it look like? But before I tell you what the plan is, let’s go over quickly what it’s not.

  • It’s not meant to stress you out. Who doesn’t have a pile or list of books someplace they mean to read? Who needs more of that? We’re going to talk about books…if you’re inspired to read them, go for it, if not I hope you’ll still enjoy the journey.
  • It’s not an audio book blog. I’ve been told for years I should start a book blog. Never had the desire. There are some great ones out there and it’s well worth giving them a read especially if you’re looking for reviews on new and interesting stuff. That’s not what this is.
  • Related to that, it’s not a review show. If you want to send me your book, go for it, I’ll either read it or share it, but I will make no promises to review it. Nor do I expect you to send me your book. I have loved reading submissions for this show, but that era is coming to a close. That said, if you are reading something cool please tweet me or email me or somehow let me know…I always love to hear! I may share listener feedback on the show, so please send it…but I am not taking suggestions of what books to feature. Don’t worry. I have a list. It’s long. I won’t run out.

So what are we doing? Simply put, this is my journey with books. First and foremost as a reader, and second to that as all the other things I am: a librarian, a writer, a mom, an educator, and so on. Each episode (the plan is to release one per week, I would love to do more, we’ll see how it goes) will revolve around a book. I’ll tell you about it, about its author, interesting tidbits I’ve discovered about the book/author/time period, and its impact on the world and on me. If it’s in the public domain, I may even read a little to you. I’ll bring in culture, history, religion, politics, parenting, life…nothing is off limits. Books cover everything. Whether you read the book or not, the hope is you’ll enjoy the chat. And we are talking about all kinds of books: popular ones, obscure ones, classics, new stuff, kids’ books, adult books, and books with identity crises. Nothing is off the table. This is my love letter to readers, writers, and books. One book at a time.

Will we have guests? Likely. But this isn’t becoming an interview show. For a lot of reasons, a big one being my sanity. For me, scheduling, interviewing, and editing interviews is too time consuming and I’d rather bring you more content.

Will we have special episodes? Segments? Evolve as we go along? This also seems incredibly likely, based on my track record. I guess the only way to find out is…to listen!

I hope to catch up with you on your favorite podcast app February 2, 2018 for Season 2!

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 100 Contributor Marlene Woods


Marlene Woods is the author of all the content at, which is poetry dedicated to family. She also writes romantic and personal poetry at A collection of poetry called Not Love will be published this year.

Happy listening,


Episode 99: Women Writers on Choice

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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, here is the original photo that inspired the story:

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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 show host who sought an abortion after taking a medication that was proven to cause birth defects. Thank you so much to Cynthia Bemis Abrams of the Advanced TV Herstory podcast for sharing Miss Shari’s story on her show and introducing me to the movie. The movie is available on YouTube.

Time Magazine has a great history of marital rape laws in the United States.

The full text of the Roe v. Wade decision is available online. As all documents created by the U.S. Federal Government are, it is in the public domain.

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 99 Contributor Rebekah Nemethy

Rebekah is a storytelling artist. She creates with the written word, with her camera, with her voice, and, occasionally, with her own two hands. She’s passionate about animal advocacy, and so any income that comes from her art also benefits her favorite animal-loving organizations. Visit her website,, to find more stories.

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 99 Contributor Linda Bonney


Storyteller, Vision Big Specialist, Coach and Entrepreneur Linda is a multi passionate juggling all aspects of her life with two young boys by her side. You can find more at

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 99 Contributor Mary O’Keefe Brady

Mary O’Keefe Brady is the author of Time Out (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Westchester Review, Peregrine Journal, Rising Phoenix, and elsewhere. She lives in New York’s lower Hudson valley and visits Charleston often enough to be a member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 99 Contributor Tina Tocco

Tina debuted with us on Episode 19 back in October 2015. I am delighted to have Tina making her sixth appearance on our final flash fiction episode. If you enjoy Tina’s work, I hope you’ll have a listen to all of her past contributions to the show:

Tina Tocco’s flash fiction has appeared in Roanoke Review, Potomac 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, Spider, 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.

Happy listening,


Episode 98: A Sucker for Silent Communication

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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.

Happy listening,



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