The year is flying by, isn’t it? Here we are halfway into April already. December seems like both yesterday and a year ago. I’m now close to six months from the publication of The Kayson Cycle. Really time to get The Station out, right? That’s going to be my focus in the next week, then it’s on to Room 3. Well, after the wedding, anyway. So a week of angst and I’ve decided I’m going to keep going it alone for awhile. That decision is a much longer entry, though, and that’s not what we’re here to discuss at all. Do you really want to see more rambling from me?
Suffice it to say that I’m feeling quite a bit better, still not back to 100%. Let’s see what other folks are up to this week!
Just want to acknowledge Marie Loughin this week. She’s been insanely busy with real life (PAH!), but seems to be coming out from under the mountain of work. She hasn’t posted anything yet, but we’ll see her ramping up very soon. 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.
Penelope Crowe was busy this week, asking for help on understanding why people are into sports and especially Tim Tebow. Can’t help you on the latter, unfortunately – can’t stand the guy from what I know of him, but I ended up writing up a cough-syrup-induced dissertation on my theory of sport anyway. available. Still, it was fun. 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 talked about using Pinterest, image boards, and fashion magazines to draw inspiration for both characters’ looks and the societies in which they might arise. I’m not normally a fashion kind of guy, but I found the post fascinating, and it made me think more about how I can use my own pinterest boards. You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury and she’s at @authorkimkoning on Twitter.
Paul Dail has a great piece this week on driving through the American West that really speaks to something in my own heart – not the location in specific, but his description of traveling those empty roads and wondering about the people who live in those desolate areas. 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.
J W Manus continues to churn out good stuff. She shared a brag post about a well-formatted ebook with a great cover by a friend of hers. The boasting? Well, she formatted it, and it looks great! Check it out. I may have to see if I can hire JW for this particular skill. Jaye also talked about the cruelty of self-righteousness and a great post on my mortal enemy, the em-dash. I seriously need to memorize the information in that post. You can find her at @callieshand.
Aniko Carmean shared her experiences reading Sylvia Plaith’s diary, along with some discussion of what it’s like to pick through someone’s personal thoughts and memories. Great post, and I can relate – I’ve done something similar. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon. You can find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.
A little under two weeks to go before I get out of town. You probably shouldn’t expect an update for the group on 4/27, but I’ll be back on 5/4 with lots of stuff to share.