Hey, guess what? It’s Emissaries time again. Every week I perform a run-down, a health check if you will, on the members of our illustrious writing group (does group work, guys? What is our technical term? Gaggle? A Mischief?). Well, every week save for next week. Next week is going to be a little special, I hope. I’m going to try to blog as much as I can from Vegas, sharing the sights, sounds, and gambling from my own perspective. There’s some sort of wedding thing going on, too, so it’s hard to say exactly how much I’ll be posting. This means, however, that we will have no TESSpecFic update next week. I know. Disappointing news.
Try to stay with us, though. There are lots of bright spots this week, and assuming I don’t die in a spectacular, fiery crash, the weekly will return on May 4th. JW Manus included me on her fiction blog (honors and benefits at such a young age!) yesterday, and the #LuckySeven tagging is already starting to pay off. Great stuff!
Aniko Carmean answered the wild call of the LuckySeven with no less than FOUR samples from her manuscripts. Wish I’d thought to do the comparison thing myself, but I’m preparing a big post for Room 3’s release that will show the book’s various intros. I can thus console myself. Oh yeah she also put up the video answering your (maybe not you specifically) questions, and it’s a load of fun. Be warned: giggling. There. Consider yourself warned. Could this be another idea to steal? Perhaps yes, I think! You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon. You can find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.
So, yeah, I discovered that J W Manus has a genre fiction blog this week. Oops, sorry Jaye! It’s a fun blog, though, as it turns out. I mean, come on, she has a post about HELICOPTER ZOMBIE from Dawn of the Dead. I love that guy! That’s far from all that she posted this week. Seriously, I need her energy levels. She talked about some of the prejudices against indie writers, though I don’t see the problem, I know that I went into indie publishing because I could only just manage to string two words together and didn’t care to improve my craft. She’s also not frightened of Amazon, which, as it turns out, might not be so wise. Amazon has friends in the Trilateral Commission, you know. Oh, she also talked about the tyranny of genre, a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Seriously, go and read that post right now. I don’t mind if you don’t even come back and finish this one. Oh, you can also find her at @callieshand on Twitter.
Paul Dail. Mi amigo. As of this writing, his post for this week isn’t up just yet, but might I suggest digging into his archives and reading this entry on beating Writer’s Block? By the way, Paul, don’t worry, I’ll add your weekly post once it’s available. Paul’s set of short stories (Free Five) is now available on Amazon along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute and his novel The Imaginings. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.
Marie Loughin is back from the dead, or academia, whichever you might see more fitting. It’s good to have her back, either way. She has a new puppy, too! An overwrought puppy, yes, but a puppy, or as she put it: “He is a vibrating, finger-biting, cat-harassing, carpet-pooping little monster.” Ah, puppy love! 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.
Penelope Crowe didn’t update her blog this week, but she’s been really active on Twitter and Facebook. Thus, I command you to follow her and interact with her. You won’t regret it! Oh, also, why don’t you look into her archived post asking whether Reading can ever be bad? It’s a pretty interesting post. Her story Francine and the Super Pet Spy Bunny is still available, and she also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.
Kim Koning urged you, yes YOU, to take a road trip. It’s pretty good advice. I’ve seen things that you wouldn’t believe while out on the road. Travel is good for the soul and the frequent flyer miles. I’m in total agreement with her here, though. There is very little that can invigorate a soul like exploring the unknown, whether that’s a physical trip or a trip through the mind (writing, WRITING, not psychedelics; well, maybe a few psychedelics). It’s a great post. You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury which, by the way, is up for a major award! Congrats, Kim! Follow her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter and get in on her weekly #storycraft chats. Well worth the time.
I know I typically share a pithy wrap-up here, but I’m drawing a blank today. So I just bid you a fond adieu for now.