Episode 40- Stoke the Fire- Prompt 10- Mystery Meal- What Boils My Pot

January 1, 2017

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


Balticon Bonus Episode 9- How to Write Fight Scenes with Maria V. Snyder

December 15, 2016

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!


Episode 39- Botched Recipes and A Little Seasoning

December 1, 2016

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


Episode 38- Stoke the Fire Prompt #9 and Mystery Meal

November 15, 2016

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


Episode 37- Table Scraps and Mystery Meal

November 1, 2016

The plague has hit the Disaster Kitchen. That's right. A. F. and Erin are sick, so no lengthy notes here.

We bring two orphaned Stoke the Fire stories.

"The Wizard's Chamber" by Hugh J. O'Donnell
"The Interview" by Scott Roche

Follow that up with a Mystery Meal featuring a great scene from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

Bumper- Chris Lester of The Raven and the Writing Desk
Promo- Esho St. Claire by Scott Roche


Balticon Bonus Episode 9- Building a Fictional Meal

October 15, 2016

A great discussion/presentation from Balticon 50 with Denise Clemons. There's more to a meal than just the food. Listen to find out more!


Episode 36- Food Critic and Botched Recipes

October 1, 2016

It's been some time since our last Food Critic segment. A. F. and Erin discuss The Thousand Names by Django Wexler.

After that, Erin serves up another hefty helping of Botched Recipes.

Prompt #9 is now closed.

Prompt #11 is OPEN! The empanadas you just took out of the oven exploded, and something alive is emerging!

We have a serious need for submission, so we're opening a call! Please check out our prompts for flash fiction, or send us a Main Ingredient story of 5000 words or less. Check out the submissions tab for information.

Promo- The Voice of Free Planet X
Bumper- Jared Axelrod


Episode 35- Stoke the Fire- Prompt #8, A Little Seasoning

September 15, 2016

September's midmonth episode brings A. F. and Erin back to you with some all-new Stoke the Fire stories! These are based on prompt #8- Aliens have given you a supersense. How do you use it?

"Safe Scents" by A. F. Grappin

"Touch" by Sarah Celiann

Follow that up with A Little Seasoning with musician Kim the Comic Book Goddess.  From Balticon 50, she and A. F. discuss telling stories through lyrics and music rather than prose. It's a very different sort of conversation, and one A. F. was very pleased to have!

Don't forget, prompt #9 closes at the end of September!

Promo- NECROPOLIS by James Silverstein 

Bumper- Michael R. Underwood, author of the Genrenauts series


Episode 34- Main Ingredient- Rider of the Postal Apocalypse and Mystery Meal

September 2, 2016

It has been interesting trying to get this episode together. Between baby junior chef, Theo working nights, and the sudden surgery Erin ended up needing, we're just glad this episode happened at all!

So we bring you not only your two beloved hosts, but a small sloo of guests! Junior Chefs Emily, Meg, and Lachlan join A. F. and Erin to bring you an all-new Main Ingredient story!

Rider of the Postal Apocalypse by Martin Spernau

Everyone is afraid of the mailman, but Mary doesn't quite understand why. So when she meets one, she runs like she was taught, but her brother's fear doesn't make much sense to her. But the mailman has a delivery for Mary's brother. A delivery that means something dire.

Special thanks to Tammy Pruett for providing the voice of the mailman. And if anyone's wondering, Tammy is... ERIN'S MOM!

We follow up our story with a much-delayed Mystery Meal. Only Erin and A.F., but they bring you the Mystery Meal version of the confession scene from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

AND! We finally get to reveal the results of our second Cookoff Challenge (Roche vs. Malone)! But we're not telling you here. You need to listen!

Our next Cookoff Challenge will be open to all writers! Keep tuned for more details when it happens!

Remember, prompt #9 closes at the end of September, so get your stories in!

Check out our Patreon at patreon.com/afgrappin . 2016's backer-only episode is in production!

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Music-Tenebrous Brothers Carnival- Act Two Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Bumper- Chooch and Viv of the Beyond the Wall Podcast

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


Balticon Bonus Episode 8- The Craft of Writing

August 15, 2016

An amazing presentation/discussion on the craft of writing with Connie Willis from Balticon 50! You need to listen to get everything out of it!

Don't forget that voting is still open for our second Cookoff Challenge. You can vote on Facebook and Twitter! Hurry, because it closes  on August 21st!