Good afternoon, gentle viewers, and welcome to July!
I’m here reporting from Panera Bread, and I hope you have less triple digits than I do right now. Isn’t that right, empty coffee cup?
Empty Coffee Cup: That’s right, Emmie. But then again, I always have more triple digits than you. Can’t I get some air conditioning? Or an iced coffee for once? It’s freaking July.
That’s beside the point, ECC. Fond as I am, you’re more built to withstand 100 degree or more temperatures than I. Grumble all you like.
Gentle viewers, it is with great joy and honour that I return to you. Especially since late Friday, we in the greater DC metro area got….
That’s right! After spending a grueling five hours working in a 125 degree kitchen (that’s a whopping 55 C for the rest of the world), a raging electrical storm knocked out our power and exhaust fans, filled the restaurant with woodsmoke, and set off the fire alarm to end all fire alarms that has left me with its echoes ringing in my ears ever since.
And the first thing I thought of, gentle viewers, was you!
After a sleepless night and a two hour tease of returned power, I got up this morning and ventured to Panera to make sure that I could return to you when I said I would. Because I’ve missed you. And I really needed coffee.
ECC: Get an iced one right now. This ridiculous queue keeps leaving the door open and letting in the hot.
Hush, ECC. I’m writing.
It is with great pleasure that I announce…
The first and most exciting bit of news is that I am thrilled to invite you to EmmieMears.com’s first ever flash fiction contest — It’s The End Of The World!
The topic was inspired by a local anthology I heard about past the deadline. I thought it held enormous potential for depth, exploration, and intrigue — and as soon as I heard about it I wanted to see what people would come up with. The theme will be:
The day before the end of the world.
Contest details will be posted on 15 July at 9:00 AM EDT (that’s GMT -4 or BST – 5 if that helps), and I do hope ever so much that you all write entries for me! There will be prizes, prizes to tickle your fancy! I’ll be giving away Amazon gift cards (and probably picking up extra shifts to pay for them, you lucky bastards), manuscript critiques, and virtual swag.
So get your creative engines running and start thinking of how you want to show us snapshots of people’s lives the day before the end of the world.
After carefully analyzing the bar graphs on the poll from my last entry, I have deduced that you all would like to see more (or rather, some) fiction by…well, me. So in the interest of serving you, gentle viewers, I will be gearing up to post some fiction. Some might be excerpts, some might be new stories.
In other news, I have just sent off a short story to PaperGolem Small Press for the Cucurbital Anthology. I’ll know in about two weeks if it was accepted or not. Judging by the fact that I didn’t find all of the italics to switch to underlines (DOH), I am going to bet…not.
In other-other news, Shrike is finished! It will sit on the virtual shelf for a few weeks while I polish up another short story for another submission and work on storyboarding my next project. I have two I’m weighing, and I need to figure out which has the stronger premise.
To sum up, this is what you can expect from me this month:
1. A tubular, snazztastic flash fiction contest.
2. Fiction, fiction, fiction. (And hopefully notice of my first publishing credit, cough.)
3. Buffy posts! Yes, that was the second most popular option — surprised?
A big thank you to all of you for voting in the poll and generally being the awesome readers that you are. I look forward to spending July with you!
So. Enough about me. What have you been up to?
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