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Onyx Publications presents the Story Discovery Podcast, offering free, narrated short stories, poetry, and flash fiction that appear in Etched Onyx Magazine. More information about the podcast, the magazine, and Onyx Publications can be found at www.onyxpublications.com. Settle in, and enjoy the show.
 
Teri Williams, also known as The Bliss Lady, introduces you to inspiring, motivating, enlightening, and joyful guests who share their passion for empowering others to live in harmony, peace and joy; guests who have a reverence and a love for all life, reminding us that every second offers us another chance to choose bliss.
 
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In a futuristic, post invasion Taiwan, a woman reflects upon beauty, lovers, and things that never change. Afterward we speak with author Juan Torregrosa (a multi-lingual interpreter) about this work and his experience of living in China for over 15 years, writing in non-native languages, and the hot and cold relationship he has with reading and wr…
 
Noodle is pleased to discover a ‘special’ born amongst the newest chicks. His older sister is even more pleased, knowing this will keep Noodle occupied as she seeks enlightenment without interruption. Follow these siblings on their individual journeys that coalesce into a singular discovery. After the reading we talk Ronly Blau about the various in…
 
On today’s show we talk with interdisciplinary artist, Skye Gilkerson. Her essay relays a personal journey revealing a parallel link between humanity’s connection with our planet and our bodies. During the interview, you’ll learn of Skye’s unique outlook on making both visual and prose art. She discusses burning her decades of journals as a form of…
 
After receiving repeated phone calls, messages, and inquiries asking to purchase her home, widowed Deloris sets out on a mission to deliver her own kind of justice to these phone spammers. What she discovers might surprise you. What she does about it reveals the true character of shrewd women. Afterward, we talk with Lynn about her previous work as…
 
Today’s show feature five poems by Elaine Sorrentino. Find release in your breath, know the pain of violence and choice, and wonder at the seduction of luxury and the lack of courtesy. Elaine’s poems range from lighthearted reminiscence to shadow filled rooms. Afterward, Elaine explores the inspiration for these works and shares the journey and joy…
 
When a new-to-the-neighborhood arrival receives multiple unstamped and wax-sealed letters, she embarks on a quest to reveal the true-identity of the author. Journey with her as she discovers the surprising truth. After the reading, we talk with Sarah Butkovic about her ongoing studies in English and her exploration of creative writing. More importa…
 
Today’s show is a special edition where we hear an excerpt from Fake, a novel by John DeDakis. In the era of “fake news,” when facts are suspect and reporters are targets, White House Correspondent Lark Chadwick is thrust into the midst of a media-bashing frenzy. Fake is a real-life look behind the scenes at the ethical struggles of a female journa…
 
Today’s show features a work of non-fiction by Larry Patten about his personal writing journey. You’ll laugh, curse, and commiserate with Larry as he walks you through some early-highs and later-lows. Afterward, we talk with Larry about lesson’s learned, the relationship of ministry to writing, and most importantly, about the first book that made h…
 
Not all choices are choices, and some result in devastating consequences -- on lives, on families, on relationships. After this flash fiction work, we talk with Gene Turchin about the germination of this story and its many iterations before landing at Onyx. Gene also espouses the benefits of writing every day and exploring multiple genres, includin…
 
Rose is itching to get home and let the pencil loose on the page, but a chance encounter with a street evangelist changes her trajectory. Will she get the chance to etch the contours of his skin, or does the universe have other plans? Afterward, we talk with James Roderick Burns about how everyday encounters become small moments of inspiration that…
 
Today’s show features a work of fusion by Brad Buchanan. Walk with Brad as he narrates a medical journey revealing interwoven links between life and poetry. Discover the unique medical battles he’s overcome only to face new challenges with his father’s strange symptoms. Afterward, we talk with Brad about the medical ordeal his life became, and how …
 
On today’s show we hear five poems by Sandra Newton. Travel to faraway lands with memories that are not your own. Know the challenge of creating verse from thought. Disappear like the memories of childhood, and laugh at the loss brought by aging. Sandra’s poems explore the experience of being human with all its wonders and regrets. Afterward, she s…
 
A co-ed middle school sleep over, filled with awkward boys and confident girls, leads to competitions, dares, and firsts -- pleasant memories that not even chocolate can destroy. During the interview, Francis Miller reveals the inspiration for the story, and how memoir-turned-fiction equals fun and creative story telling. He also elucidates his pat…
 
You’re sitting shirtless on the front porch with a coffee and no job. You imagine your self-loathing is seated beside you, awaiting your next dumb-ass move, ready to spin you further into derision. Does redemption await across the street, or is that another step toward alcoholism? After the story, we talk with Rebecca Cuthbert about her cobbled tog…
 
On today’s show we hear four poems by award winning writer and newspaper editor, Dana Yost. Escape into the woods. Laugh about the joke gone wrong. Discover solace in a lonely super power. Know the lure of obsession. Dana’s poems are raw and honest, as is his interview. After the reading, Dana shares details about struggles with an illness always j…
 
An unexpected visit by his father-in-law while his pre-teen daughter and friend are crafting ‘happy memory’ homework is enough to make Paul see phantoms of his dead wife. The question is, does anyone else see them too? During the interview we talk with Stephen Policoff about this chapter from his upcoming book, The Dangerous Blues, as well as his f…
 
On today’s show we hear five poems by Kimberly Thornton. Her works take you from soaring skies and intimate connections to dark places where death worms its way into your being. Afterward, we talk with Kimberly about how relationships are key to her writing and the importance of observation in understanding others and ourselves. If you’d like to re…
 
Heather welcomes the challenges of modern frontier living with her childhood sweetheart and their children, but as time and things change, she wonders if the parts of her she’s lost are gone for good. During the interview, we talk with Jerri Jerreat about her love and respect for nature, and how that weaves its way into her work. You might also lea…
 
Peter is wrestling with the passing of his mother and what it means for the choices he’s made and is making. A chance meeting at a local bar finds him wandering small town backroads looking for something -- maybe even answers. After the story, we talk with Tacheny Perry about the roots of this story and how her personal experiences filter in. She a…
 
An energy healer struggles through the pandemic by lightening the load of the locals. When the lockdown restrictions are lifted, she finds that the tangled past of her newest client is irrevocably enmeshed with her own. After Tiffany Vojnovski reads her own work, we talk with her about the inspiration for the story and how the struggles in her chil…
 
Patrice worries about her determined aging mother who refuses to leave her three-story Queen Anne Victorian home. In search of a caregiver, mother and daughter discover the challenge and gravity of taking care of one another. During the interview, author Kendall Klym explains the motivation behind the story, the impact of dance on his writing style…
 
The pandemic lockdown has everyone on edge and the outside world is a place where friends and relatives are trapped inside little boxes on screens. Some are more trapped than others. When the lockdown lifts, what will old high-school acquaintances do to protect one of their own? After the reading, we talk with Cheryl Rieger about the impetus for th…
 
On today’s show we hear five poems by award winning author, Kate Banks. Experience the silence of stillness, the succulence of figs, and the grandeur of an ancient orange tree. Her poems explore that space between known and intimated, and once you’re there with her, you might not want to leave. Afterward, Kate shares her view on discovering stories…
 
A dead lawnmower, teachers dropping like flies, and a neighbor bent on enforcing homeowner association rules. What more is there to say? This is a story of death, dereliction, and dandelions from the perspective of a high school teacher whose summer break is becoming wilder by the day. During the interview, we talk with author John Eric Vona about …
 
Today’s show is a special edition where we hear the audiobook prologue for Beneath the Marigolds, a debut novel by Nashville writer Emily Whitson. When her friend and sponsor, Reese Marigold, goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles’ retreat on a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, no-nonsense lawyer Ann Stone infiltrates t…
 
The tale of Louis’ downward trajectory is one that every attendee at his AA meeting can relate to. Circumstances, bad choices, chemistry, aligning like chemical bonds. His story of addiction and disaster unfolds on the streets of Baltimore. Will it end with hope? After the story, we talk with Henry Cherry about how his photography, poetry, and lett…
 
Earl has taken a turn for the worse, and Alice believes she was never meant to be a mother. The blue room offers her escape, and a place to conjure on futures and pasts. Where will the signs lead? After the reading, we speak with Peter Gooch about his own conjuring, the writer's muse, and that place where inspiration hides -- between the conscious …
 
Brianna encounters a stranger on the NYC subway who inserts himself in her life. Despite her attempts to shun him, he persists. Follow Brianna and her unborn child as they navigate the travails of NYC streets and strangers. For today’s show, Melissa and JW talk about the unique circumstances of John Mahoney and his story. Although John was unable t…
 
Nellie’s state of mind leads to a crash that breaks her arm, but her limb isn’t the only thing that’s broken. Follow Nellie as she smooths the sharp edges of her life into curves while hiding the truth from her brother. After the reading we talk with Piper Gourley about her writing style, her inspiration for the story, and writing about people in t…
 
On today’s show we hear five poems by Lila Rutishauser. Her works plumb the space between past and present, parent and child, and the purity and wonder of youth. Afterward, Lila shares her ‘Old Soul’ perspective on writing a crappy first draft and the power of pen on skin. If you’d like to read these poems or learn more about Lila, head over to Etc…
 
The Russian phone roulette has begun, and you wonder if you’re next. Find out what happens in this flash fiction story that too many of us have faced in these trying times. Afterword, we talk with Donald Capone about his path to writing, his unique day job, and his approach to cranking out the stories and books. If you’d like to read this story or …
 
Rising star Roy Ashcroft fears his career is on a downward trajectory. When seeking help from a studio kingmaker, Roy is offered a lifeline, but will it come at an unspeakable price? After the reading, we talk with Jordan about his tenacious approach to writing and get several nuggets about improving your craft. We also discover whether Jordan’s lo…
 
These six poems by Dennis Maloney will take you from beaches to mountains to bedrooms. Lush with imagery and loss, we're sure you'll enjoy them all. After the narration, special guest AM Ringwalt, professor of creative writing at Belmont University and a premier Nashville poet and singer-songwriter, talks with us about poetry basics. She also reads…
 
Felix avoids purchasing the stuffed squirrel, but life throws all kinds of things at you, including signs. What do they mean and where will they lead? After the reading we talk with Gavin Boyter about his career in freelance writing, movie making, and the joys of writing prompts. If you’d like to read this story and learn more about Gavin, head ove…
 
On today’s show we hear three poems by Francis Fernandes that delve into the interpersonal, the challenge of finding perfection in a world gripped by invisible dangers, and the small pleasures of music and sunshine. Afterward, we hear from Francis about his take on poetry and its power to traverse time and space. You might also be surprised to lear…
 
Follow a high-school teacher as she attempts to find zen while confronting the daily challenges of supporting her students in an ever-increasing atmosphere of do-more-with-less. After the story, we talk with Melissa about real-life teaching challenges and how this impacts her writing. If you’d like to read this story and learn more about Melissa La…
 
Today’s show is a special edition where we hear the prologue for a work-in-progress by local Nashville writing fixture, Katie McDougall. It’s Allison Bosch’s sixtieth birthday and she’s hiking a seldom-traveled ridge in the San Juan Mountains where her husband died sixteen years prior. What happens when her dog, Jez, encounters a mountain goat will…
 
Old James is looking for a companion. What he finds is a kindred spirit with a secret. Together, they discover the joys of a simple life while whittling a mystery. If you’d like to read this story and learn more about Michael Sobie, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all r…
 
Lauren is on a mission. She needs some chips, and she needs them now, but sometimes your past gets in the way. Even at the grocery store. After the reading, we talk with April about what sparked the idea for this story, and how a background in journalism informs her fiction and non-fiction writing. If you’d like to read this story and learn more ab…
 
Discover a safe place, where a chance interaction between two strangers struggling to overcome their demons, changes both lives and hearts. After the reading, Melissa reveals her writing style as well as some of her surprising friends. Bonus points to those who can guess the type of bird who performs several cameos during the interview. If you’d li…
 
The Bleecker family looks to enjoy some much-anticipated together-time at Constance Beach, but nature, and those pivotal moments in life, may have other plans. After the story we speak with Christopher about writing inspiration, his approach to storytelling, and an emotion he most appreciates. It might surprise you. Also, keep an eye out for his de…
 
A humorous tale of a musical director vetting aspiring actors and the unlikely impact on all involved. After the reading we speak with Becky about the origin of the story, writing practices, the challenge of creativity during a pandemic, and even bear attacks. If you'd like to read this story and learn more about Becky Hinshaw, head over to Etched …
 
Are you looking for “something more” to get you through the day, maybe even the next minute? Belinda Phillips has been there. Many years ago Belinda left her job to care for her daughter – always searching for “something” to help in the healing process – for her children and herself. What she found was a world of gifts she could have never imagined…
 
How we grow our businesses really depends on how we show up! Cheryl Heppard of List Spike, mom, wife, and health coach, chats with me on how to show up in a whole new way! Cheryl has created tools and programs to help coaches all over the world to reach new clients and keep those clients. She shares the same tools she implemented to grow her own bu…
 
What do you do when you realize that despite all of your positive intentions, something is just not right? Cheryl Maloney of Simple Steps Real Change has a few ideas! If you're ready to get past your worries and fears then tune in to Welcome to Blissville ... Cheryl and Teri are talking about ways to lighten your load and renews your resolve!…
 
Pets have a very special purpose and their mission is accomplished regardless of whether it becomes "known/accepted" or not; I believe they exist to help elevate humans to a greater awareness of the multidimensional embodiment of consciousness. Allen and Leaf are yet another demonstration of the greater life/heart connections pets can awaken in us …
 
We live in a demanding world where taking time to truly nourish our mind, body and spirit without interruptions and in a community devoted to supporting this way of being is RARE. Tune in to Welcome to Blissville today - Teri interviews Lori Lipten of Sacred Soul Retreats - Find out why you need to do this for yourself, your community and your soul…
 
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