We’re Baaaaack…the #TESSpecFic Weekly Rises

Wow, missed doing this last week. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade the events of last week for anything, but I did miss bringing folks up to date on what my brother and sister emissaries have been up to. I may even have fallen behind myself. I know, I know. Hard to believe, what with all the free time I have.

I’m trying to figure out something else to say, and drawing a blank, I’m just so excited to see what everybody’s been up to. So without further ado…

I have to give both props and thanks to Aniko Carmean first this week. I’ve been experiencing a little burnout/career frustration for the last few days, and apparently she’s been feeling it, as well. In fact, she put it together perfectly with the metaphor of the Ambition Room, the place where you wall yourself in and away from what your writing is really all about, if that makes sense. Just go over and read the damned thing. It turned on a light in my head that needed to be lit. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

Okay so Kim Koning has been busy. This week she’s starting the first in a series of author interviews called The Publishing Series. She’s kicking the series off with an interview with author Patti Larsen. It’s a great interview, and I highly recommend checking it out. 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.

Paul Dail has a great guest post from Hunter Shea, another name with which I should become more familiar (holy crap that sentence is a nightmare, luckily the post isn’t). I also feel fortunate to get a chance to share Paul’s Lucky Seven entry from last week, along with a review of Cabin in the Woods, which seems to be the movie of the day in our group. Be sure to check out that entry, though, as it contains a rare glimpse at a WIP from Paul! 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.

J W Manus has been on FIRE. Literally. Someone put her out. She has some kind words for publishers (dolts), agents (useless), and Harlequin (suckitude). I love it, though – all of this fire is completely warranted, and you can learn something from it. Lest you think she’s all piss and vinegar, though, she shared a great post on formatting title pages that will actually help me out a great deal. I hate formatting those things! Oh, you can also find her at @callieshand on Twitter.

Penelope Crowe shared her ideas on revenge last week, and I have to agree – I think it’s completely normal to want revenge (hell, that’s why I believe in a functioning justice system, we ALL want revenge when we’re wronged, someone has to step in and be level-headed, but that’s another discussion). The best news is that she has a new short story out on Smashwords and it’s free. Go get it! Her story Francine and the Super Pet Spy Bunny is still available, and she also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon – I should be reviewing this next week. Hint: it’s pretty brilliant and worth your time. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.

I told you about Cabin in the Woods, didn’t I? Yeah, I believe I warned you. Marie also reviewed it, and between these two, I definitely need to check it out. Marie also shared her own Lucky Seven post with all of her available fiction. Go take a look! While you’re at it, 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.


That’s that for this week. Bad news yet again – I will be out of town again next Friday, but I may end up just putting up the weekly post on Saturday because, let’s face it, this travel thing is just getting ridiculous. Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s offerings!


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  1. I love your round ups, Jonathan. I will force myself to wait for a Saturday post.

    Congrats again on the wedding, much happiness for you and your bride.

    • Jonathan D Allen

      haha, sorry for the torture 😉 Seriously, I really enjoy doing these, so I’m a little frustrated I have to wait again. And thank you! Second marriage, but I think this one is the right one.

  2. So awesome that you do this. There’s a bar stool in writer heaven reserved for you, my friend.

    Thanks as always. Keep fighting the good fight.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  3. I will definitely read Aniko’s post. I think every writer hits these bad spots. It’s good to know you’re not alone and that people do come out of them.

    And look at the bright side with the travel — maybe you’ll see something new and interesting. And best of all, someone else has to do the cleaning and cooking!

  4. I’m glad my post was useful to you, Jonathan. I needed to get that all out on paper to clarify for myself how I felt, but the real magic of writing is that it transcends the individual. I’m still smiling over being a ‘sister emissary!’ 🙂 I kind of wonder if that handle is taken on Twitter…

    Happy Saturday!

  5. I had been curious about if you ever thought of modifying the design of your blog? Its very well written; I really like what youve got to state. But maybe you can create a little more in the way of content so people can connect with it better. Youve got a great deal of wording for only having one or two images. Maybe you can space it out better?

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