The #TESSpecFic Weekly: Welcoming a New Member

I took a little time off from the TESS weekly last week because…well, I had to clear out of my apartment due to an impending…no, looming, bridal shower. No, really. I had to clear the hell out of there. This is pretty much how I described the scene in my mind, as passed through Hunter S. Thompson’s filter:

“I found myself cut off, my body separated from the exit by 14 women in the collective grip of bridal fever. Not even Dante conceived of the raw, manic power of those women that night. Good God, were those penis-shaped popsicles? My anus clenched.”

You could say the concept was not quite my thing. So I did my work and I went on my way  out of town to visit family. Not saying it was the right thing to do, it was just A Thing.

But enough about me. Let’s see what our other TESSers did over the last two weeks…

First, I want to welcome our newest member, Kim Koning. Kim hosts the weekly #storycraft chat on Twitter (which, by the way, is awesome and a great way to meet other authors) and hosts a great writing website, Wrestling the Muse. Hmmm, the name seems familiar somehow. You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury, and she has a few more works in the oven. Can’t wait to see what comes next! You can find her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter. Welcome to the group, Kim. Glad to have you.

Aniko Carmean still has a novel out! Check out Stolen Climates. I should be starting this one this week and will be able to tell you a little more about it in full soon. Hopefully. Once the whole life and writing thing gets out of the damn way. Last week, Aniko talked about the oddness of having your work out there for the world to see and own. It’s a subject I’ve discussed before in the odd life that celebrities must live, and I really enjoyed her post on it. You can find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

Paul Dail is on a well-deserved vacation this week, but last week he posted the first part of his experience in a Mexican Sweat Lodge. Loved the story – check it out! Eagerly anticipating the follow-up. Just a reminder that Paul has a set of short stories (Free Five) up for free on Smashwords, along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.

Penelope Crowe encouraged us all to expose ourselves (my goodness). No, seriously, it was a timely reminder about sharing those hidden emotional sides of ourselves in our writing. She also has a potential new cover for her book 100 Unfortunate Days. I like it a LOT. Penelope, if you’re reading this, it’s a yes for me. She’s @penelopecrowe on twitter.


J W Manus has, hands-down, one of the most useful, interesting writing blogs out there. She opened some discussion about creating a new review process for indie authors that mirrors some of what you see in the publishing world, and discussed proper presentation and formatting of poetry on the Kindle. While I’m not a huge poetry writer, I found the whole thing very interesting. You can find her at @callieshand.

I think that covers us for this week. Tune in next week when we jump through hoops of fire!


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  1. Okay, award for best laugh of the day goes to you. Heh. Brides are scary critters, aren’t they? I am glad you escaped with your life and nethers intact.

    Welcome, Kim. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

    Thank you for the mention. I survived my bout with monkey pox/SARS/ebola/plague (aka a nasty cold). My editing jobs are piled up, my novel is behind schedule and my future blog posts are still jots in the notebook. I have much, much to do. So if I’m kind of quiet the next few weeks, that’s why.

  2. Ahem, there wasn’t a single, penis-shaped Popsicle in sight, I’ll have you know!

  3. I’m on day one of a nine day weekend! Someone on Twitter pointed out that the word for such a thing is ‘vacation.’ English is a wonderful language isn’t it, with a word for everything!

    Thanks for keeping your followers up to date with what the Emissaries are doing.

    Now, back to writing.

  4. Muchas gracias, amigo.

    When my wife was having one of her showers (can’t remember if it was bridal or baby), I gathered a bunch of my friends and we went and had a man shower.

    Of course, we had to come up with another name for it.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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