No Extra Words

the flash fiction podcast



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.

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

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Clarisa 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 #13: 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.

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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 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.

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Meet Episode 81 Contributor Cara Lopez Lee

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Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands (Conundrum Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in such places as The Los Angeles Times, The Manifest-Station, 50-Word Stories, Rivet Journal, and Pangyrus. She has collaborated on more than twenty books, taught at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop, written for HGTV, and worked as a TV journalist. She and her husband live in Ventura, California. You can find out more at

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Meet Episode 81 Contributor Amanda Staples

Amanda is a previous contributor to the show, having been with us on Episode 77.

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Amanda lives in Bristol and has had various short stories published. She won 3rd place in the Grimsby University International Literary Competition, was published in the anthology by Hammond House, and had a story commissioned by Fantasia in the USA. She has previously been placed in a novel writing competition and is currently long listed for the National Novel Writing Competition (Jan. 2017.) Amanda has a one-act play going in to production later this year. In 2016, Amanda self-published a cook book titled Eating for Energy based on her experience of managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by diet. She has a novel out with agents and hopes to turn her passion into a career.

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Meet Episode 81 Contributor T.E. Cowell

We are pleased to welcome back T.E. Cowell, who was previously with us on Episode 79 and Episode 61.

T. E. Cowell lives in Washington state. His fiction’s been published here and there. This particular story originally appeared in Across the Margin.

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Writing Spaces for Episode 81 featuring Charles and Eldon

With the end of National Novel Writing Month, we are pleased to welcome Writing Spaces back to the show. Segments are scheduled to run once a month through the summer.

Charles O’Hay shared his work with us on one of our Poetry Month Episodes in 2016. He uses his one-of-a-kind voice to describe his space.


Eldon Reishus made my life as a story reader challenging in all kinds of excellent ways back on Episode 71. He brings us to Germany and back talking about where he writes.


Happy listening and happy writing,


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