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!

Leave us a review on iTunes!

Check out our new store to buy your very own TMP swag! More products to come!

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!


Episode 33- Our Second Anniversary!

August 1, 2016

Two years already we've been doing The Melting Potcast, and we have no intention of stopping! As proof, A. F. (whose birthday is today, too) and Erin (whose birthday is NOT today) bring you the stories for our second Cookoff Challenge. Two authors, head to head, for prompt #8- Aliens have given you a supersense. How do you use it.

Sniffing Out Trouble by Scott Roche
Head Lights by Austin Malone

Sorry, but we're still not playing a Mystery Meal this episode. They ARE coming, we promise! We bring you A Little Seasoning with Chris Lester, author of Making the Cut (and other great books) and host of The Metamor City Podcast.

Don't forget to check out our Patreon, and leave us a review on iTunes! It really does help!

Bumper- Tee Morris
Promo- The Roundtable Podcast


Episode 32- Main Ingredient- The Cost of Freedom and Botched Recipes

July 15, 2016

Once again, we have no idea where A. F. has disappeared to, so it falls to new mother (again) Erin to host an episode. Before the rigors of Mommy-Brain set in, here's what this midmonth episode brings!

Main Ingredient story- The Cost of Freedom by Jeff Brackett

Deep in cyberspace, a hacker encounters a frighteningly tough defense system: a soldier named Guardian. Sean has no choice but to fight... and to figure out how to beat the most advanced program he's ever seen.

And then, since it's Erin, you know you're getting another batch of Botched Recipes!

Promo- Weekly Podioplex
Bumper- Nutty of the Nutty Bites Podcast

Special thanks for the music:

Blipotron Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0



Episode 31- Stoke the Fire Prompt #6, A Little Seasoning

July 1, 2016

The oven timer FINALLY went off! Grillmistress Erin and Theo have welcomed their little bun in the oven into the world! We have a new Junior Chef in the kitchen, so it's only A.F. today, bringing you two new Stoke the Fire stories. These are for Prompt #6- Why is everyone afraid of the mailman?

"Special Delivery" by Terrie Keenan
"Postal" by Linton Bowers

Both are brand new Word Chefs, so hooray for new blood!

A.F. also brings on the first interview from Balticon 50, A Little Seasoning with Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy and the Genrenauts series.

Prompt #8 is now closed. Now opening is prompt #10- An animal from outside your local ecosystem has entered nature and is breeding uncontrollably.

Keep your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for requests for our next Mystery Meal!

Promo- The Street by Paul E. Cooley
Bumper- Mary Ellen Warren of Reader/Writer