Balticon Bonus Episode 17- Dirty Mad-Libs

February 14, 2018

Things get raunchy when panelists at Balticon 51 (including A. F. and Erin) turn sexy scenes into hilarious mad-libs with the help of the audience. NSFW!


Episode 57- Main Ingredient “A Bad Case” by Charlie Brown, A Little Seasoning, Mystery Meal

February 1, 2018

It’s February, and love is in the air. So we at the Disaster Kitchen are bring you a Main Ingredient story about love…sort of.


“A Bad Case” by Charlie Brown


When Steven wakes up with a condition that was passed to him, he’s determined to find a way to get rid of it. Unfortunately, the condition, “Gnomes,” isn’t so easy to get rid of. And it’s interfering with his everyday life.


After that, we treat you to A Little Seasoning with Word Chef Chris Lester. Largely, we discuss his newly released book, The Lost and the Least, and what’s coming down the line in Metamor City.


Our final course is a Mystery Meal from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.


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Promo- The Black by Paul Elard Cooley

Bumper- Chris Lester

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Episode 56- Main Ingredient “Ears to the Ground,” What Boils My Pot?

January 15, 2018

January midmonth brings us a new story by Word Chef Hugh O'Donnell. True to his form, it's a Main Ingredient story based on a Stoke the Fire prompt. In this case, Prompt #13- Where did the corn go?

Yes, it's a Freelance Hunters story!

When a town goes missing--the whole town--only Glory, Bingo, and Joachim seem interested in investigating and claiming the reward for finding it.


We follow it up with a What Boils My Pot? segment in which Erin extols the folly of infodumping unnecessary details. A. F.'s brain actually works on this one.


We're also introducing TWO new segments this spring! Short Order Cook and Pot Roast! 


Short Order Cook- email (Subject Line: Short Order Cook: NAME, where NAME is the host you wish to challenge) and include a 1-2 sentence story idea. That host will have 5 minutes on a future episode to plan and tell a story based on your idea!


Pot Roast- Like a Friar's Club roast, but regarding writers, podcasters, and other storytellers. Tweet, Facebook, or email the crew with suggestions and/or roast fodder when asked!


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Bumper- Phillippa Ballantine


Living Voyage Kevin MacLeod (

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Episode 55- Main Ingredient “World’s End,” A Little Seasoning, Mystery Meal

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year, Lexiconnoisseurs and Word Chefs! 2018 is promising some new segments from us (to be announced later this year) and of course, all kinds of new content.


But enough about the future. Let’s focus on NOW!


We have a Main Ingredient story by dear Word Chef James Silverstein.


“World’s End”


A mourning, small-town sheriff gets a visit from an FBI agent tracking down a local necromancer. Of course, it’s someone he knows. Someone close.


We follow that up with A Little Seasoning with Django Wexler (best name ever) author of The Shadow Campaigns and The Forbidden Library. WARNING: We touch lightly on spoilers for The Shadow Campaigns, but it is broad. Highly recommend those books, though.


Finally, we have a delightful Mystery Meal, tearing up a scene from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.  Cameo by the littlest Junior Chef.


Prompt #13 is now CLOSED. Introducing Prompt #15!


There is an expiration date for your birth certificate. It's only a few days away.


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Promo- Starsigns by A. F. Grappin

Bumper- Django Wexler

MusicOppressive Gloom Kevin MacLeod (

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Balticon Bonus Episode 16- Help! There’s Kissing in My Book!

December 15, 2017

An early morning panel about authentic romance in novels, featuring panelists Nobilis Reed, Scott Roche, Starla Huchton, Bob Chase, and Ken Schrader


Episode 54- Stoke the Fire in Review, A Little Seasoning

December 1, 2017

This episode is going to be like none we’ve ever done before. We received a pair of Stoke the Fire stories that defy most description. Largely because they go above and beyond the intention of our Stoke the Fire prompts. Between two stories, a total of 12—that’s right TWELVE—of our 14 prompts to date are covered. We won’t list them all here, but the only two prompts not covered today are prompts #1 and #3.  We give you:


“A Potluck Podcast” by Jason Goodman

“Cornjuration” by Jason Goodman


We follow those phenomenal stories—our “Stoke the Fire in Review”—with A Little Seasoning featuring author Pip Ballantine.


Bumper- Tee Morris?



Episode 53- Botched Recipes, Food Critic, Mystery Meal

November 15, 2017

Someone has taken over the Disaster Kitchen. The Junior Chefs! What do they do but try to embarrass the crew? The JCs bring you some Botched Recipes and cook up some sort of food dish just in time for Grillmistress Erin and Dish Boy Theo to reclaim control.


While sampling this odd concoction, Erin and Theo bring a Food Critic segment where A. F. and Erin discuss My Bittersweet Summer  by S. A. Huchton


Finally, they wrap this ridiculous mess up with a Mystery Meal, destroying the “To be or not to be” soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s   Hamlet.


Don’t forget to check us out on iTunes (and leave a 70-star review), Patreon, and our swag shop!


And... there miiiiiiiight be something fun at the very very very end of the episode. 


Promo- Necropolis by James Silverstein


Episode 52- Main Ingredient, A Little Seasoning, Mystery Meal

November 1, 2017

Here in the Disaster Kitchen, we try to bring you real food for thought. And our Main Ingredient story today certainly brings it.


Author Doc Coleman gives us a tale that strikes on not one, but TWO Stoke the Fire prompts...but it's still a Main Ingredient story. Here we have


Prompt #12- Write a story featuring some kind of mystic cheese.

Prompt #13- Where did the corn go?


"The Blessing of the Cheese"

Professor Crackle had determined that creamed corn is the best gift to bring a sufi in Istanbul, much to the puzzlement of his young companion. Miss Titania Bang is eager to see just what the sufi had in mind when he invited them all to be guests.


Special thanks to Chris Lester and Veronica Giguere for lending their voices as Professor Crackle and Titania Bang! You can find these characters in Coleman's novel, The Perils of Prague.


We follow up the story with a long-missed segment. A Little Seasoning! A.F. talks collaboration and creation with Tee Morris.


Finally, Theo reads a Mystery Meal that tears up The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.


Promo- Starsigns by A. F. Grappin


Industrious Ferret Kevin MacLeod (

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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 (
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Sound effects by the Free Sound Project