Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast – short stories episode no.9

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number nine went live tonight.

I’ve been starting off the first few weeks with the flash fiction that have appeared on my blog as ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’, reading out three per fortnight. Eventually I’ll run out so do email me should you like to submit your own.

This episode contained four stories: ‘Fragments from the past’, a 773-worder by Cindy Vaskova,  ‘Discarded’ (279 words) Karina Kantas, and two stories by AJ Kirby: ‘Desire’ (127 words) and ‘The Birthday Cake’ (159 words). See these green links to read the stories… and / or you can hear my dulcet tones on the podcast.

The podcast is available via iTunesGoogle’s FeedburnerPodbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

Cindy is a first year student in Journalism.

Other than that normal bit of her life, she writes short fiction stories – every Friday, and has a novel in progress in the background to which she dares go near from time to time.

Cindy has her own blog, where she posts her writings, while doing some tweeting in between.

Karina Kantas writes novels, short stories and when her imagination is working over time, she writes thought-provoking / dark flash fiction. She writes in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, YA and thrillers and is presently working on two new novels: Road Rage; an urban thriller, and Broken Chains; MI5 thriller.

With over thirty publications, Karina Kantas doesn’t just want to be known as an author of exciting motorcycle fiction, so she continues expanding her genre writing. She is also the owner and editor of and can be found on and Facebook. Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band Iron Maiden. ‘Discarded’ was originally pub in 2008 in Heads & Tales, Karina’s collection of flash and short, thought-provoking fiction.

AJ Kirby is the award-winning author of five novels (Paint this town Red, 2012; Perfect World, 2011; Bully, 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008; When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals, 2007), two novellas (The Black Book, 2011; and Call of the Sea, 2010), one novelette (Bed Peace, 2011) and over forty published short stories. He is also a sportswriter for the Professional Footballers’ Association and a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books. He will return with more flash fiction on the Flash Fiction Fridays page on 13th April then 25th May. 🙂 You can reach him via: Author website, Goodreads Author Page, Amazon Author Page, New York Journal of Books and Facebook Novel Home Page.

Thank you for downloading / listening to this short story episode and my other podcasts. They have, up to recently, been weekly but I’m embarking on editing my four novels so I have dropped the podcasts to fortnightly – one episode of short stories per month, one episode of hints & tips or red pen session.

All the details of these episodes are listed on the podcast page of this blog and my email address to submit a short story for critique (or review for the Short Story Saturdays) is

The podcast is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

You can read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. And I have a new forum at

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