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“A Milonga for Manuel Flores” Episode 76 of The Word Count Podcast

WCPep76_PromptJack Gwaltney and I contribute “A Milonga for Manuel Flores,” a piece inspired by the photo above and the great Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.  Below is a link to hear all the stories.



Life After Death, Episode 75 of The Word Count Podcast

Jack Gwaltney and I contribute the story ‘Life After Death’ to episode 75 of The Wordcount Podcast. The piece is inspired by the Ted Hughes poem and a photo prompt of a wolf on the hunt.

The Hustler, Episode 74 of The Word Count Podcast


Jack Gwaltney and I contribute a story inspired by the great Walter Tevis novel to this month’s episode of The Word Count Podcast.



The Weary Blues, The Word Count Podcast, Episode 73


In The Weary Blues, Jack Gwaltney and I honor Langston Hughes, while telling a unique story about the Ardennes Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and ice fishing.



A Burnt-Out-Case, The Word Count Podcast, Episode 72

Welcome to the season 8 opener where we welcome five authors to the show.

Host: R. B. Wood    Show notes:

The prompt for this week:


Maria Haskins – “Mabel’s Pack”

Rob Edwards – “Cold Pursuit”

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “A Burnt-Out Case”

W. B. J. Williams – “Johnny Talon and the God of Pestilence”

Eden Baylee – “Frozen Memories”

Dickens and Childhood Poverty

My new essay in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle





Book Review: A Burnt-Out-Case by Graham Greene


Graham Greene, I believe, was a writer who put more of himself – his thoughts and feelings, his inner conflicts, his desires and defeats – than most into his fiction, in such a way that the end work is not only painful to read, such is the vulnerability and reality of the emotions expressed, but impossible not to read. That said, A Burnt-Out-Case, a fast, compact book, feels more confessional than story. But what a story – a renowned architect, Querry, drained dry and numbed by society and success, tries to lose himself in Africa, ending up at a Leperosie where he falls in with an atheist doctor and a group of missionary priests who are working to heal and give dignity to these afflicted souls. To his astonishment, Querry also finds himself “recovering” as he helps to build a new hospital for the lepers. His reawakening, however, comes at a cost, reminding us all that happiness, in any shape or form, is fickle and fleeting and altogether precious.