Balticon Bonus Episode 15- Resistance is Never Futile- Activism in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

October 15, 2017

Another Balticon panel, this one very special. You've heard panels that A. F. and Erin have been on... well, this one only had A. F. in the audience, but ERIN WAS MODERATOR!


That's right. Erin moderated conversation on activism in genre fiction, featuring panelists Brenda Clough, Ted Weber, Day Al-Mohamed, and Fran Wilde.


Episode 51- Main Ingredient “The Long Weekend” by Heath Howell, What Boils My Pot, Mystery Meal

October 1, 2017

It’s October, and that means it’s time for another episode of The Melting Potcast! Today, the Head Chef and Grillmistress bring you a Main Ingredient story by Heath Howell!

“The Long Weekend” Oliver has spent the last four months taking care of his mother. At the end of his rope, he boards a plane with her, hoping it might be the beginning of the end to the trials.


We follow that with a new What Boils My Pot segment, in which Erin rants about misused foreign languages.


And wrap things up with a nice Mystery Meal, desecrating a scene from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.


Prompt #12 is now closed. Newly available is prompt #14- A rash of people have just entered the emergency room…all of them exhibiting superpowers!


Music- Bittersweet Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Sound effects by the Free Sound Project 




Balticon Bonus Episode 14- Author Readings (Reed, Povey, Grappin)

September 15, 2017

Author readings from Balticon 51, featuring Nobilis Reed, Jennifer Povey, and a chapter of Starsigns by our very own Head Chef!


Episode 50- (Belated) Birthday Bash

September 1, 2017

It’s our (belated) Birthday Bash! Erin and A. F. bring you three Stoke the Fire stories based on prompt 13- Where did the corn go? One of them is from a brand-new Word Chef!


“Fly-By Corn Thieves” by K. L. Koster

“A Series of Blog Posts on the Conundrum of the Corn” by David “Doc Blue” Wendt

“Corn Mother” by Scott Roche


Did we mention this episode would have cake? While A. F. heads out for that, the Grillmistress serves up a heaping helping of Botched Recipes. Keep your ears peeled for one of the best Grillmistress laughing fits ever.


Prompt #12 will be closing at the end of September, so get your stories in for the cheese prompt ASAP! Also, Mystery Meal requests will be picking up  on Facebook and Twitter soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.


Promo- The Deadly Studies series by A. F. Grappin


Episode 49- Stoke the Fire prompt #12, Mystery Meal

August 15, 2017

The Disaster Kitchen is back and recovering from our hectic summer. More importantly, our staff is returning! Grillmistress Erin is back behind the mic, and along with A. F., bringing you some Stoke the Fire stories!

These are for Prompt #12: Write a story featuring some kind of mystic cheese.

"Al Fredo and the Cheese of Doom" by Scott Roche

"A Transformative Experience" by Erin Kazmark

"Morning Tragedy" by Val Griswold-Ford


We follow it up with a Mystery Meal. That's right, we're finally getting those going again! This time, we destroy a scene from The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Promo- Mistletoe Radio



Episode 48- Main Ingredient- A LITTLE TINKERING by J. K. Miles

July 15, 2017

Just A. F. again, hopefully the last time before our third anniversary on August 1!


A. F. brings you a Main Ingredient story from J. K. Miles.


Meander has tried four times to stop this bloody war. He's wandered the time stream, but every attempt has failed. If this fifth plan doesn't work, he may have to give up altogether.


Promo- STILL WATER by Justin R. Macumber

Music- Rynos Theme

Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Episode 47- Stoke the Fire Prompt 11

July 1, 2017

We’re still on a short kitchen staff, so it’s just A. F. today. Our Head Chef brings you two new Stoke the Fire stories, based on prompt #11.


The empanadas you just took out of the oven have exploded, and something alive is emerging.


We give you


“Grow-Dee” by Brayzin Narstirius

“The Magic of the Kitchen” by James Silverstein


We hope to be back to our usual quality and content come August and our third anniversary. Thanks for bearing with us while we’re recovering from the kitchen disaster in the Disaster Kitchen.


Promo- The Case File of Esho St. Clare by Scott Roche


Balticon Bonus Episode 13- Writing for Audio

June 15, 2017

Erin and A. F. were panelists at Balticon 51! Here's a discussion on writing specifically for audio, also featuring Paul E. Cooley, Veronica Giguere, P. C. Haring, and Steve Lubs.


Episode 46- The Melting Potcast LIVE!

June 1, 2017

The Melting Potcast's first ever live show, at Balticon 51! Erin and A. F. go about their usual antics with no possibility of edits.


Start off with a Main Ingredient story by Julayne Hughes-- The Nast Pasty, based on prompt #11: THe empanadas you just took out of the oven exploded, and something alive is emerging!

Follow that up with an all-live Mystery Meal, read for once by the Head Chef! We destroy Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss!

And we took suggestions for last minute What Boils My Pot!


Promo- The Twain Shall Meet by John G. Walker


Episode 45- Main Ingredient “Her Evening Chair” by Heath Howell, Food Critic, What Boils My Pot

May 1, 2017
The Pot cast crew introduces a brand new Word Chef in his first Main Ingredient story:
Her Evening Chair by Heath Howell
Melissa takes an evening to explore beyond her senses.
Follow it up with a Food Critic segment about Comorbid by Lorelei Logsdon, and then a What Boils My Pot segment where Erin rants about the physical trait shopping list.
Promo- Veil of Shadows by Terry Mixon