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Episode 87: Crack the World Open

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The world is always on the verge of exploding and reinventing itself.

“A Town Built on Salt” is on a shaky foundation indeed. By Windy Lynn Harris, copyright 2014, used with permission. This piece was originally published in Crack the Spine in April 2015, issue 147. Visit Windy’s website.

Hanako’s world is very small and carefully observed, but observers miss things in “Hanako Learns to Count.” By Sean Patrick Whiteley, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Sean’s bio.

Today’s Writing Spaces features longtime friend of the show and repeat contributor Dr. Jeffrey Toney. He was originally featured on Episode 49 and was part of Episode 82‘s drabble spectacular. Click here to see his writing space.

There are the things you see about a person, and things you don’t, especially when that person is “Watermelon.” By Lisa Ko, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Lisa’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Writing Spaces for Episode 87 featuring Jeffrey H. Toney

Jeffrey first appeared with us back on Episode 49 and was back in Episode 82 as one of a dozen drabbles. He will share with you the backstory of this space:

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Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 86: Those Seams Will Never Break

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There are the ties that bind and those we run from.

Jim Szabo’s six word story is the beginning of (a beautiful?) marriage. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Jim’s bio or find him on the Second Hand Stories Podcast.

Five-time No Extra Words contributor Tina Tocco ponders whether you really can go home in “That Boy’s a Catch.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Tina’s bio.

Writing Spaces for Episode 86 features Dallas Woodburn, who first appeared with us back on Episode 28. Click here to see her writing space. We are also featuring Sheila Good, whose story was featured on Episode 35. Click here to see her writing space.

Sometimes escape takes you away from something. Sometimes it takes you towards something. “Moira Actually” is by Adam Kluger and voiced by Bill Tush. Copyright 2016, used with permission.

People aren’t perfect, but there’s perfection in the imperfection, like when your girlfriend gets “Sweaty.” By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2017, used with permission. Read T.E.’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Writing Spaces for Episode 86 featuring Sheila and Dallas

Sheila M. Good of the Cow Pasture Chronicles was with us back on Episode 35. This episode, she’ll share with us a little bit about her writing hideaway.

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Dallas Woodburn’s story was originally featured on Episode 28 and was selected by listeners to be part of our one year anniversary 50th episode. Here she is in her writing space.

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Happy listening,

Kris

 

Episode 83: Losing Sleep

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Up late wondering if they know what they are doing to memories of “My Last Husband.” By Mary J. Breen, copyright 2013, used with permission. “My Last Husband” first appeared in The Waterhouse Review in January 2013. Read Mary’s bio.

Today’s episode features a silly campfire story by Kris Baker Dersch. The three guardians of this podcast are Submissions, Promotion, who would like to introduce you to the wilds of Instagram and YouTube, and Support.

Writing spaces for Episode 83 features Steven Mayoff, who was previously with us on Episode 47 and Episode 56. Click here to see his writing space.

Our second Writing Spaces contributor is Rachel Lyon, whose work can be heard on Episode 46. Click here to see her writing space. You can also see detailed photos of the balloon, the lion, the angel, and the novel-in-progress featured in her piece.

It’s always hard to explain a dream. “I Had Children in a Dream” is by Stacy Stepanovich, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Stacy’s bio.

The Google poem featured in this episode is by Kris Baker Dersch and is the launch of our fundraising campaign on Patreon. You can view the video of the Google poetry writing technique by becoming a Patreon sponsor to the show. The poem is called “Lost Sleep” and is inspired by the stories of this episode.

We’ve all had that middle of the night feeling like it’s “Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore.” By Peter J. Stavros, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Peter’s website.

Happy listening,

Kris

Writing Spaces for Episode 83 featuring Steven and Rachel

Writing Spaces is always a fun segment to share.

Steven Mayoff shared two stories with us last spring and summer, one for one of our Mother’s Day episodes last spring and one about his native Prince Edward Island last August. He tells us about his small but inspiring space.

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Rachel Lyon shared her story of mother auditions on the other Mother’s Day episode from last spring. She shares with us the story of her writing space in Brooklyn, complete with children playing in the background.

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Happy listening,

Kris

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.

Happy listening,

Kris

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.

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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.

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Happy listening and happy writing,

Kris

Episode 78: I Simply Don’t Like People

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Somehow life got “Lost at Sea.” By Drew Lovell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Drew’s website.

Can’t go gator hunting without “Gator Bait.” By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul’s bio.

Sometimes life puts you in just the right uncomfortable place, and in this case it involves “Bodily Fluids” By Ron Riekki, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Ron’s website.

Don’t forget to share podcasts with your family and friends and us the hashtag #trypod all March long.

Writing Spaces has a sponsor for this episode! Visit Matt Keefer over at the Ravings of a Mad Music Man blog to hear his Writing Spaces essay.

Jen McConnell, Episode 54 contributor shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space.

Marina Frances Mularz is behind “What We Talk About When We Talk About Homer” from Episode 20. She shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space.

Happy listening,

Kris

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