Friday, June 10, 2016

Best-Laid Plans

Once in a while, things don’t work out as planned. Shocking, I know. I’m sure it never happens to you. And I’m so darned organized, it always amazes me when it happens to me. But sometimes it does.

Today’s slot was supposed to be a Q&A with an author whose book I loved. That’s still underway, and I’m sure it will come through, but life—more accurately work—got in the way and I was late sending out questions. My next New Books in Historical Fiction interview, with Lauren Belfer about her new novel And After the Fire, took place this morning—and came out really well—but even the indefatigable Marshall Poe can’t turn 500 MB of audio into a workable MP3 file at the drop of a hat. So look forward to that link and discussion next week.

For a while, I thought I had a backup in the group post I wrote about back on March 31, “Party All the Time.” It’s due to go up on Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig any day, but apparently it hasn’t yet. As a result, here I am late into Friday without a proper post to share.

One small piece of Five Directions Press news: our own Ariadne Apostolou has revealed a hidden talent (known to her, of course, but previously not displayed to us) and produced the first of what we hope we will be a series of adult coloring pages for her fellow authors at the press. The Legends of the Five Directions series are first, and I can attest that they are gorgeous. To download your copies, all you need to do is subscribe to our quarterly newsletter by going to the opener page at The link will be in your welcome letter.

Otherwise, to cut a long story short, I can only write a “treading water” post this week. But no fear, I’ll be back next Friday with bells on, as they say. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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