A short panel from Balticon 50, It Takes a Village. While independent publishing calls itself independent, it's really a group effort with a network and family. This panel discusses building and nurturing that network so creatives aren't alone.

Dave Robison


Veronica Giguere


Walt Boyes


Scott E. Pond


Paul E. Cooley


Sue Baiman


 
 
Our March first episode brings us a new pair of Stoke the Fire stories. These are for prompt #9- You wake up alone at night with bite marks on your legs. What’s eating you?

We give you:



“There’s No Such Thing as Lollywogs” by Austin Malone

“Me: It’s What’s for Dinner” by A. F. Grappin

After the break, we have another Mystery Meal, with an early scene from Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Keep your eyes on our Facebook group and Twitter feed for prompts for the next Mystery Meal!

Also, both Erin and A.F. will be panelists at Balticon 51 in Baltimore, Maryland Memorial Day weekend! A. F. will have copies of Starsigns, which came out back in December!

Promo- Balticon.org

 
 
Before starting this episode, have to apologize for two things. One, that it's late. Two, we got some weird buzzing in our audio that I couldn't get rid of. At least it isn't in the Main Ingredient story. Speaking of...


CHEESE PIRATES by Chris A. Jackson


Chris has given us the honor of producing the prequel story to his CHEESE RUNNERS trilogy. Following the story, we also have a Food Critic segment for the trilogy itself. (Spoiler alert, all three books get 4 spoons!)





And we finish up with revealing the prize winner for our cheese contest of the last month and a half. One lucky winner wins Audible codes to get all three books of the CHEESE RUNNERS trilogy. Find out who it is!





Promo-Necropolis by James Silverstein


Music- Doobly Doo Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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THEO IS BACK!

Our intrepid trio of hosts is on vacation, but we're still giving you an episode!

We kick off with an all new Main Ingredient story.

JET PACK by J.K. Miles

All that's between me and the jetpack I've always wanted is a single bureaucrat. How could things get any worse?

Music- How it Begins" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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We follow that up with a Mystery Meal taken from THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by Mark Twain.


Don't forget about our contest for free Audible copies of the Cheese Runners trilogy by Chris A. Jackson!

Promo-MENTAL GRAFFITI by Scott E. Pond


 
 
Past time we had a post all to this.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

Chris A. Jackson's CHEESE RUNNERS trilogy is available on Audible. Chris is a good friend of The Melting Potcast and has donated audio copies of all three books to us to give away! One lucky winner will get all three books!

How to enter: Write a flash fiction story of 1500 words or fewer based on prompt #12: Write a story featuring some kind of mystic cheese.

Submit your story to themeltingpotcast@gmail.com on or before February 10, 2017, and you're automatically entered, whether or not your story is accepted for production! It's that easy!
 
 
It's time for another panel from Balticon 50! This was the Queering the Feed panel, discussing gender and sexuality bending in media. This panel was run by Jared Axelrod of The Voice of Free Planet X and also featured A. F. Grappin, Hugh O'Donnell, Ruth Lampe, and J. R. Blackwell.



Also, big reminder! We're still accepting submissions for Prompt #12- Write a story featuring some kind of mystic cheese. Until February 10, all submissions will earn their author an entry into a drawing for Audible codes to get the Cheese Runners Trilogy by Chris A. Jackson. That's 3 books for FREE! Stories must be 1500 words or less to qualify.


 
 
It's a new year with a new surprise from the Potcast crew, but that comes later. We kick off 2017 with two Stoke the Fire stories for prompt #10- An animal from outside your local ecosystem has entered nature and is breeding uncontrollably.


"An Unexpected Fluffle" by Nick Kelly of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast


"Lawn Care" by A. F. Grappin


We follow the stories with a Mystery Meal with a scene from Animal Farm by George Orwell, and then an all new segment. Erin brings us What Boils My Pot, our new outlet to rant about grammar things, tropes, and other things in storytelling that get on all our nerves.




Prompt #10 is now closed, but we've opened Prompt #12- Write a story featuring some kind of mystic cheese.


NEW CONTEST ALERT! Between now and February 10, all Stoke the Fire stories submitted will earn their writer an entry into our newest contest. The grand prize: codes to get the entire Cheese Runners trilogy (by Chris A. Jackson) on Audible. That's right. THREE FREE AUDIOBOOKS!




Promo: Six Stories, Told at Night by K. T. Bryski


 
 
It's time for another Balticon Bonus Episode! This time it's a presentation by Maria V. Snyder, regarding How to Write Fight Scenes!


This was a great presentation that A. F. thoroughly enjoyed. Hope you do too!


 
 
Erin's in charge of the Disaster Kitchen today, bringing another hefty helping of Botched Recipes!


After that, she serves up another interview from Balticon 50. It's A Little Seasoning with creator of The Voice of Free Planet X, Jared Axelrod!





The Patreon patron-only episode is going to drop sometime this month. You can only get access to that episode if you are a backer, so check out our Patreon. As little as $1 an episode will get you access to the Patreon feed. That episode is going to have something we've never had on the show before: a Main Ingredient story by our Head Chef! And the money really does help, guys. You get more than just the feed.





Don't forget, prompt #10 is closing at the end of the year, so get your stories in!





Promo- A Broken Magic by Justin R. Macumber


 
 
A. F. and Erin are still sick, but not as bad as two weeks ago. Their temperaments and bickering are definitely back to normal as they bring two new Stoke the Fire stories based on prompt #9- You wake up with bite marks on yours legs. What's eating you?


"Slug Teeth" by Dan Absalonson


"Monster Hunting" by Hugh J. O'Donnell


They follow up with a Mystery Meal from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. And Theo's finally back to read it!





Promo- Necropolis by James Silverstein


Bumper- Lauren Scribe Harris