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Special Episode #7: Meet the Author: Brianne Holmes

Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the last of those interviews.

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Brianne’s delightful and funny story was featured all the way back in October as part of an episode with strong storytelling voices. She was kind enough to record her answers to my questions about writing, inspiration, and her background and it is an absolutely delightful listen.

I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with three short stories coming next week.

Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com

Happy listening,

Kris

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Special Episode #6: Meet the Author: Mary Alice Long

Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the third of those interviews.

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Mary’s story “Wild Ones” appeared back on Episode 33 in February. She and I had a great chat about writing, reading, and inspiration. We tried to come up with a roller derby writing metaphor and totally cracked the code of the Star Wars franchise. I enjoyed chatting with Mary and hope you enjoy listening in.

Since our chat, Mary  has had two new pieces published she hopes you’ll check out. One is at weirderary and one is at Loud Zoo.

Please enjoy this special feature and tune in next week for Episode 44, where we play with the line between poem and story.

I hope you’ll check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com

Happy listening,

Kris

Special Episode #4: Meet the Author: Sarah Mitchell-Jackson

Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the second of those interviews.

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This episode introduces you to Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, whose story, as with our special episode from two weeks ago, was featured on last week’s episode. Sarah was kind enough to jump onto Skype with me and talk about her writing, her inspirations, and what it’s like to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with three short stories coming next week.

Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com

Happy listening,

Kris

Special Episode #3: Meet the Author: Nels Hanson

Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the first of those interviews.

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This episode introduces you to Nels Hanson, whose story, by coincidence, was featured on last week’s episode. Nels and I were not able to connect directly, but he was kind enough to record his answers to my questions. It’s a fabulous insight into the inspirations of an author, especially after having just heard his story on the show.

I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with two short stories coming next week.

Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 32: Spin With It

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The world keeps spinning even when some are gone. Those of us who are left get to spin with it.

“Magic Palm” follows a family through the years of Red China as a young woman finds comfort in her grandmother’s words. By Kevin Brown, copyright 2008, used with permission. Read Kevin’s bio here.

“Doug” follows a young man whose potential is just that…potential…to see what he does or doesn’t do. By Mercedes Lawry, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read Mercedes’ bio here.

In “Balloon,” a tradition helps with a tough moment, but also brings back the memories of how it started. By Evan Guilford-Blake, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Evan’s bio here.

Today we wrap up Contributor Appreciation Month with one final drawing for a writer to win a subscription to channillo.com. It has been a delight to honor our contributors and partner with Channillo. Thank you to everyone! I look forward to bringing you more about the winning contributors in the coming weeks and months.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 31: Without Instructions or a Map

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How we see ourselves versus how others see us.

A troubled girl is really just a flower in “Blooming” by Patty Somlo. “Blooming” is copyright 2010 and used with permission. Visit Patty’s website.

Dawn Corrigan reads her story “Nonsense Syllables” about a very musical family who can’t carry a tune. “Nonsense Syllables” is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Visit Dawn’s website.

This episode also features the third of four drawings in our Contributor Appreciation Month promotion sponsored by our friends at channillo.com. Please let them know you appreciate their support. You can tweet at them here.

Happy listening!

Kris

Appreciating Listeners and Readers, too

We have been having a total blast this Contributor Appreciation Month, giving prizes to writers whose work has appeared on the show. But there is another group of people who have had just as large an impact on the success of this endeavor: our listeners and blog readers.

I do plan at some point on doing a Listener Appreciation Month, and this isn’t it, but I got an email yesterday from our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor channillo.com with three free codes for my friends to try their service. This isn’t because I’m a podcaster or because they are a sponsor…it is just because they are awesome and want their subscribers to be able to pass the joy on to their friends.

So, my friends, if you have been waiting to try channillo.com, now is your chance. It’s not as nice of a subscription package as our featured contributors will win, but it’s super easy to get. Just send an email to noextrawords (at) gmail (dot) com, tell me why you like the show or like the blog and you get one. First come first served.

Channillo is asking me to share these with my friends, so you are being treated like friends on this one. If you email me, I pledge not to put you on any list or spam you with anything, ever. You can hold me to it.

The codes expire in a week, so I need to hear from you soon!

Happy reading,

Kris

Episode 30: The Future is Here…and it’s not good – dystopia flash fiction style

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“Roller Blading in Venice” is by Julie Christine Johnson, making her second appearance on the No Extra words podcast. Her short story “Granny” was featured on Episode 23. “Roller Blading in Venice” is copyright 2015 and used with permission. For more information about Julie, including all the scoop on the launch of her debut novel, “In Another Life,” on February 1, please visit her website.

“Wholesale” is by Jeff Bakkensen, copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Jeff’s bio here.

“Progress” is by Sean Antoniak, copyright 2015 and used with permission. Visit Sean’s website here.

“Grow, Jesus” is written and read for you by Gabriel Congdon. It is copyright 2015 and used with permission. If you enjoyed Gabe’s reading of “Grow Jesus,” you’ll love his YouTube channel.

This is Week 2 of Contributor Appreciation Month here on the No Extra Words Podcast, which means a lucky contributor is going to win our prize drawing. I had a chance to speak to Mary Alice Long, winner of the Week 1 drawing, and she was very excited. You’ll hear Mary’s story in three weeks as part of Episode 33. Contributor Appreciation Month is sponsored by channillo,com, so please head on over to their website and check them out. Also, be sure to find them on Twitter and thank them for sponsoring your favorite podcast.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 29: Perfectly Reasonable

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It’s perfectly reasonable to have a thing that lives inside your closet. And when a suspicious character shows up at your doorstep demanding, of all the horror, productivity, it’s perfectly reasonable to invite him in for a sandwich. Right?

“The Thing that Lives Inside My Closet,” by Brandon T. Madden, is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Brandon’s bio here.

“The Poet’s Resistance,” by Jason Walker, is copyright 2015 and used with permission. Read Jason’s bio here.

This episode also launches Contributor Appreciation Month! Each week in January we will draw live on the show the name of a former or future contributor and honor them with a Channillo subscription and more. Thanks so much to channillo.com for sponsoring the promotion all January long.

Happy listening,

Kris

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