Believe it or not, I’m a member of a writing…er…organization, for lack of a better word. We’re still not quite sure of the designation, other than “group”. Generally, we’re a pretty close-knit group of writers with something in common: a passion for quality writing, both on our sites and in our published works. I’m not saying that we’re snobby or anything of the sort. We’re just working to share our experiences and different areas of expertise to help each other achieve new levels in our writing. Credit really goes to fellow author Marie Loughin, who shared the initial concept with me, and we batted it back and forth for a bit. I’d been wanting to start something similar for awhile, with the idea of re-instituting something of a guild system (I’ve discussed this elsewhere on the site), and eventually she took the bull by the horns and got things going.
All of that, of course, just provides the context for a blog idea that’s been bouncing around in my head for awhile. I wanted to bring you, the reader, a weekly (or semi-weekly, depending upon schedule) view into what our members are doing these days. So, without further ado…
We’ll start with Marie. She had a launch party for her book – a for-real launch party! At her house and everything. Wish I could have been there, but we kind of live faaaaaar apart. Still, very happy for her, and you really should check out her book, Valknut the Binding. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and reviewed it here. By the way, you can catch Marie on Twitter at @mmloughin.
Then there’s my buddy, Paul. He put up a new set of short stories (Free Five) on Smashwords last week, along with recently posting his political horror story The Golden Parachute. Did I mention he also put up a new piece of short fiction on his site? Dude has been busy. Oh, and his book, The Imaginings, also reviewed on this site, is 99 cents for another week on Amazon. Go get it! You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.
J W Manus has also been busy. Seriously, her output shames me. I must go stand in the corner. Anyway, she shared an excellent series of posts on formatting errors, cleaning up document format issues, and becoming your own copy editor. J W’s posts are always on the nose, and I consistently come away learning something new. Definitely worth looking into. You can find her at @callieshand.
Aniko Carmean talked about decisions this week (and may have offered a review of Corridors last week *ahem*). Really interesting post, and a parable of the way we have to make decisions in our careers. Oh, and she has this book, Stolen Climates, coming out soon. It’s on my to-buy list for day of release. Looks like it’s going to be a winner so far. She’s @anikocarmean on Twitter.
And of course, we cannot forget Penelope Crowe. Penelope’s posts of late have moved me on a personal level, relating to certain struggles that I’ve had in my own life. This week’s entry was no different, as she talked about the right time to end a relationship. It’s a question that I’ve struggled with in the past, and she handled it really well. I just picked up her book 100 Unfortunate Days; she’s been sharing pieces of it on her site for awhile, and Paul reviewed it today. Worth checking out, apparently! She’s @penelopecrowe on twitter.
So yeah, awesome group of folks so far, and all worthy of reading. TESSers, if I missed something or you’d like me to add something next week, let me know!