The #TESSpecFic Weekly (With Special Guest): Excitement!

Welcome to the weekly Emissaries post! I’m doing something a little different today, as fellow Emissary Marie Loughin suggested that I feature a rotating guest slot on the weekly update. It sounded like a great idea, so I took up the challenge. We also have some amazing posts this week, so this should be a lot of fun, and hopefully you can get to know some new writers. I’m geeked!

How about we start with this week’s guest? He probably doesn’t need much introduction, as he’s been fairly successful (and I’m happy for him, the guy deserves it). I’m talking about Rob (R.S.) Guthrie, author of the Clan of MacAulay series including Black Beast and LOST. I read Black Beast and really enjoyed it – I still need to get that review posted. Anyway! This week Rob offered some great, common-sense advice for those of us who hope to sell a million books one day. He also shared a great post about the potential of zombies as a teen love interest. Come on, folks, untapped market waiting here! You can get his books, Black Beast and LOST, on Amazon. You can also find him on Twitter at @rsguthrie.

Kim Koning shared an incredible, incredible post about what writers can learn from Picasso, his work, and his words. Truly inspirational, and came at a great time for me. 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.

J W Manus’s great post about the rules of scene structure just came in a tad late last week, but it deserves mention here. Seriously, right up there with Kim’s post about Picasso. I took it to heart and began examining my own scene structure. Be sure to follow her at @callieshand on Twitter.

Penelope Crowe was busy with other endeavors this week, but we’ll see her again soon, I’m sure. Her short story, Absorbed, is free on Smashwords. Go get it! She also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon – see my review here. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.

This week, Paul Dail meets the five books to take to your grave challenge, and handles it admirably. Some really great picks in there. Check it out! 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.

Aniko Carmean posted a compelling travelogue of small-town Breaker, Texas on the eve of the Summer Solstice. You’ll want to read it just to get a feel for the fascinating local legends. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

Marie Loughin talked about copyright and the future of copyright as it relates to cultural memory, using the novel Melancholy Elephants as context. I love this post, especially having spoken about piracy, copyright, and Disney back in January. I’d love to see this conversation expand among other writers and readers. It’s an important subject for humanity. You can get her book, Valknut the Binding, on Amazon. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and reviewed it here. You can find Marie on Twitter at @mmloughin.

Quite the week, huh?

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  1. Nice, Jonathan. I’ll have to check out Rob’s posts.

    By the way, Melancholy Elephants is a short story in Spider Robinson’s collection by the same name. The collection is out of print, but the short story is available free online. It’s worth a read.

  2. Thanks, Jonathan. And a warm guest welcome to R.S. Will check out his post this week.

    Hope you have a good weekend.


  3. I am raising my hand–yes–I would be one of the army who would like to sell a million books–this summer.
    Thanks Jonathan–great post 🙂

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