The #TESSpecFic Weekly: Wait, What?

Hey, everybody! It’s Friday. You know what that means; that’s right, it’s time to slack off. I mean, time for the weekly Emissaries update. I have to admit, it’s probably going to be a little difficult to focus on this one. I’m going into a four-day weekend that just so happens to coincide with my birthday. I have no idea how I’m going to focus, but it’s worth a shot. What’s the worst that could happen, after all?

Oh, and by the way, Kim Koning nominated me for the Kreativ Blog award. Thanks, Kim! This is my second shot at the award (or was that the versatile blogger? Can’t say for sure), so I’ll have to find some more interesting information to dig up. I’ll do that on Monday and nominate some more great folks worth checking out.

Now, let’s take a look at what my comrades-in-pens have been up to over the last week.

J W Manus . More importantly, she also asked the question of whether indie/self-pub writers are being browbeaten into silence (I think the answer is yes – and it relates to some of the things I’ve either said here or plan to discuss in the near future). She also gave some great advice on identifying your real competitors and how to target readers of those competitors. I’ve been putting that advice into motion recently. We’re also coordinating a pair of posts for early next week that should be interesting and an opportunity to look at the more technical side of e-publishing, something that I haven’t really covered here for some reason, despite my technical background in formatting and standards. Should be fun. You can also find her at @callieshand on Twitter.

Aniko Carmean has been a little too busy, doing way too much and ending up in the hospital. She has some great advice and learned some important lessons. I think we can all agree it’s just good that she’s okay and ready to get back into her groove, if at a slightly reduced pace. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

Speaking of Aniko, Marie Loughin reviewed her book this week. But she didn’t just review it, she also talked about her own enjoyment of mythology in horror (a topic that is also near and dear to my heart). It’s a great entry, and a great review. Go pick up a copy of her book, Valknut the Binding. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and reviewed it here. By the way, you can catch Marie on Twitter at @mmloughin.

Paul Dail talked about 2012 fever, the end of the world, and the recent solar eclipse (with some GREAT photos – worth the ride). Check it out, I loved this post. His 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.

Speaking of Kim Koning, she has kept the torch going on her fantastic self-publishing series “The Many Ways to Skin a Cat” with author Denise Grover Swank. Like I said last week, this is a series worth following, and a lot of fun. She also gave us her entry for the Lucky Seven and nominated some great folks for the Kreativ Blogger award (ahem). You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury, which is next in my list of Emissary writings. Follow her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter and get in on her weekly #storycraft chats. Well worth the time.

And so we draw to a close for this week. What a great group of writers. I appreciate their support, and am glad I can offer my own in return. We have some great group activities planned in the near future, and I think you, the reader, will benefit. Keep your eyes open for them!
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  1. Terrific wrap up as usual, Jonathan. Thanks for the mentions.

    And Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy Birthday, Jonathan! I look forward to your post with Jaye, next week.

  3. Happy, happy birthday!! I originally had a typo that said ‘birdday’ but… I don’t know what that would mean! I suspect this is because the group of bird watchers that wanders the nature trail near my house is out in full force (there was a flock of them!). Anyhow…

    No trips planned to my friendly neighborhood ER this weekend, yay!

    Thanks for the weekly wrap-up!

  4. Thanks as always, my friend. And happy birthday. Hope you have a good one. And I’ll also be curious to see what your posts with Jaye will be. Until then…

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

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