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Episode 96: Curmudgeons and Incorrigibles Revisited

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The second in a three part series of reruns celebrating No Extra Words history…because if you don’t know your No Extra Words history you are doomed to repeat it. Today we revisit Episode 51: Curmudgeons and Incorrigibles.

Witness the creative destruction of “A New Heart.” By Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio.

Grocery clerks are always the ones who hear your rants in “Blu-Ray/DVD.” By Daniel Maluka, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read his bio.

At what point do you get to call out the ridiculous? “Dean’s Dilemma” is by Paul Beckman, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read his bio.

Did you ever wonder who is reading your submissions? After “The Party,” will you wonder if it had remained a mystery. Written and produced by Adam Kluger, copyright 2016, used with permission. Featuring the voice work of Aesha Waks. Read Adam’s bio.

One more rerun is coming in 2 weeks…see you then!

Happy listening,

Kris

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Special #18: The NaNoWriMo Detox Special

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After sharing with you my prep work for this year’s madcap novel writing adventure, I had to pop back in and tell you how it went and what happened.

My goal tracker did change over the month. Here’s the original version, here’s my midmonth edit, and here’s what it looked like on the day that I finished.

Here are some highlights from my Instagram story the day of the Great Train write-in:

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Enjoy the day!

Kris

Episode 95: A Microfiction Triumvirate Revisited

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Happy holidays! Today we start a 3-part series where we revisit favorite moments from the show’s history. Our first repeat is Episode 6: The Microfiction Triumvirate. This episode, the shortest in the show’s history, contains only stories less than 400 words long.

In “On/Off” by Taylor Eaton, a small boy uses a magical power no one else can see. Copyright 2015 by Taylor Eaton, used with permission. Read Taylor’s bio.

In “Selkie” by Lisa Falzon, a mythical creature does not do what the myth says she will do. Copyright 2014 by Lisa Falzon, used with permission. Read Lisa’s bio.

In “Requiem: for piano” by Nancy Stohlman a man’s true love is becoming something he loves, but her transition will come between them. Previously published in “Literary Oprhans,” copyright 2012 by Nancy Stohlman, used with permission. Read Nancy’s bio.

The story featured in the commentary is “Semicolon,” by Kris Baker Dersch, copyright 2015.

You’ll hear the episode in its entirety with all-new commentary by the producer/editor.

Stay tuned for more reruns coming in December!

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 94: Too Late?

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Timing is everything.

The “Laundromat” is not what you expected. By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul’s bio.

Things look different from the “Beyond.” By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2015, used with permission. Originally published in The Siren’s Call, issue #24, December 2015. Visit Francis’s website.

The third part of our three-part NaNoWriMo segment. Are you writing? How? Be my buddy!

is there just one story of how “He Died?” By A. Elizabeth Herting, copyright 2017, used with permission. Originally published in Literally Stories in June 2017. Visit A. Elizabeth’s website.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 93: Scary Stories of a Different Sort

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Happy Halloween, No Extra Words style!

Caught by cops will never feel the same after you’ve had a little “Night Vision.” By Michael Anthony, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Michael’s bio.

For our segment today, Part 2 of my NaNoWriMo prep journey. Click here to see the spreadsheet I’ve created to help me track my word goals.

You probably wouldn’t want your significant other to try “The Experiment” on you. By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2015, used with permission. Previously published in Eunoia Review, 2015. Read T.E.’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 92: Damaged Goods

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We’re showing where all the broken pieces are.

Carefully prepping which face we show the world in “Kintsugi.” By Jaclyn Tan, copyright 2017, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn’s website.

New segment! I talk all about my NaNoWriMo prep. Learn all about NaNoWriMo and be my writing buddy.

With love sent to our friends in Vegas, we survive a long night “All the Hard Ways.” By Dan Hernandez, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Dan’s website.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 91: Beauty in the Broken

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Clarissa’s meticulously organized life wanders off track in “The Planner.” By Catherine Moscatt, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Catherine’s bio.

Tears are the weapon in “Reading a Letter.” By J. Franklin, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read her bio.

Nonfiction break: “Death of a Luna Moth.” By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read Paul’s bio. Photos of the moth as taken by Paul:

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We are all made of stardust and there are “No Failed Stars.” By A.E. Harrison, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read A.E.’s bio.

One day is “How it All Starts.” By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Originally published in Across the Margin. Read T.E.’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

 

Episode 90: A Liar’s Duplicity

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Good and bad are closer together than you think.

She didn’t know what “The Law of Buoyancy” would come to mean in her family. By Brittni MacKenzie Dale, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Brittni’s bio.

He’s lost “26” but won’t lose anymore. Buy Guy Wilkinson, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Guy’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

 

Episode 89: Hold Hands and Stick Together

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The back to school episode is so much more than that.

It’s the lesson that’s not in the curriculum but one we all remember learning in “Read Across America.” By Jeff Bakkensen, copyright 2010, used with permission. Read Jeff’s bio.

Today’s commentary was inspired by Robert Fulgham’s All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Read an excerpt here.

The podcast mentioned is The Stoop Podcast.

Today’s writing spaces segment features Audra Kerr Brown, who first appeared on Episode 47. Click here to see her writing space. Also featured is M. Pepper Langlinais, who was first featured on Episode 34. Click here to see her writing space.

We end this episode with the childhood joy of the “Uncovered Track.” By Matt Page, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Matt’s website.

Happy listening,

Kris

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