Updates October 2014

Biters, Sweet Dreamers, Readers and Listeners,

It’s finally fall! YEAH! Time for scarf weather, Halloween, and staying inside to get some work done! For those of you I saw during the summer at events, I’d like to say thank you for supporting my career and being interested in my new work. For those of you who are at-home supporters, I thank you too. I’ve been just crazy busy, so let me share what I’ve been working on. Unfortunately, they are all works in progress, but I’ve been plugging away and hopefully some of them will come to fruition in 2015.

WRITING, EDITING, WRITING, RINSE REPEAT

  • Lost Doe: This was a fun little challenge from my writer friend Heather Roulo. I was supposed to write a short story. It turned into a 30,000 word novella. It is set in Regency England and centers around a lost girl and the grumpy Lord who finds her. I am in love with this book. Hoping to release it in 2015.
  • Northanger: I am working hard on the modern rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. It’s coming along, but it’s on hold right now as I work on the 3rd project on this list.
  • Dusk’s Warriors, the print version sequel to my vampire novel, Night’s Knights, is currently on my desk. No, it’s not on my desk… it’s covering my desk, and might swallow it whole if I don’t get cracking on it. Edits are my least favorite thing to do, as you know. Edits and more edits and more edits still! I’m hoping to get this puppy polished by the end of the year and then I might have some good news for you in 2015.
  • HorrorAddicts.net Season 9 is wrapped! Another awesome season of my horror podcast has wrapped with the season finale special, #110 with guests Midnight Syndicate, Emily Goodwin, Miss Misery, and Ed Pope. This podcast is so fun, but a lot of work, so I’m happy to have a few months off to concentrate on my writing. If you’d like to listen to the finale from here, I’ve placed a clickable button below.
  • Artistic License: Yes, I am still plugging away on the Artistic License podcast. It’s slow going for a couple of reasons. 1.) I found all my audio for the chapters I’d already recorded (1-8) was bad. I’m currently rerecording each one by one as I construct them so it will sound better. 2.) I don’t have as much bandwidth on this as I’d like… so I can only post one chapter each month. If I get impatient, I suppose I’ll pay a bit more for more space, but right now it fits my slow going because of the audio.

INTERVIEWS/BLOGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  • tlsmall√ True Love is available in print and Kindle.
    Victoria Knox has an awesome boyfriend, great friends, and her singing career is on its way. Are the nightmares she’s been having a warning, or just her subconscious second-guessing the happiness she’s feeling for the first time in her life? When her boyfriend, Rob, whisks her off on a weekend trip planned completely in her honor, someone from her past has another agenda designed to ruin her. Will Rob be able to save her from the devious plans of a demented stalker?
    Boy band star, Derek Montgomery, is falling for Cynthia Porter in a big way, but she’s not sure she wants anything to do with him. Competing with the memories of Derek’s ex and tabloid rumors, Cynthia would rather let go of him than deal with all the drama. Can Derek prove to her that he’s serious and that she’s not just the rebound girl?
    Join these musically inspired friends as they find out if they’ve found true love.
  • ruinsbig4√  Rich and Roulo, Vol. 2 : RUINS is now available on Kindle.
    This is a great mix of my “Mummy” story and Heather’s “Great Asp” tale, along with a scary goddess poem.
    Authors Emerian Rich and H. E. Roulo come together to bring you Rich & Roulo, a fiction series harkening back to vaudevillian days where madness bordered on greatness, misery became wisdom, and beauty was found in even the most broken doll.
    In Rich and Roulo’s second volume, the woeful tale of a kidnapped princess and the story of an unwilling hero, join the poem of an ancient and powerful goddess to bring you RUINS. Set in exotic locations, these fables explore earthly concerns of love and life against a backdrop of death. The volume makes you wonder, once death has you, is there anything left? Or were we ruins to begin with?

COMING SOON

  • √ Coming soon… SO EXCITED to share what I’m releasing in 2015, but they are all too new to announce! Stay tuned. 🙂

SWEET DREAMS SERIES STATS

NIGHT’S KNIGHTS SERIES

  • NK#1 Night’s Knights – available now.
  • NK#2  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to my first readers.
  • NK#3 Day’s Children

  • NK#4 Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.
  • Lost Doe – Out to first readers.

PODCASTING

SHOPPING (love this term – makes it seem fun!)

  • “Becoming” – flash about banshees – sub to contest.
  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — Sub, rej, subbing again.
  • √ “PODS” short story is awesome — Reworking
  • √ “Evangeline’s Ribbon” – you horror people will love this one. Sub, rej, subbing again.
  • √  Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Getting ready for a new publisher.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

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The My Writing Process Blog Tour

A nice post about my writing process from the romance side.

Sweet Dreams

Horror author Jo-Anne Russell invited me on this blog tour. You can find out more about her and her novel The Nightmare Project at: http://jo-annerussell.blogspot.ca

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis tour is all about writing process. I find writing such a personal thing. Everyone does it differently and it works for them, but trying someone else’s routine or method can sometimes knock you right off your rails! So here are my answers. For readers, you might find it interesting and for you new writers out there, maybe you’ll find something useful.

Questions answered by me, Emmy Z. Madrigal, about writing the Sweet Dreams Series.

tlsmall1) What am I working on?

Reading the proof and making final changes to True Love?, which will come out in print in July. Also writing #6, 2 B with U. I just hit the 18,000 mark and introduced a new character that I love.

2) How does…

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June Updates

Biters, Sweet Dreamers, Readers and Listeners,

Hope the summer is treating you well. I’ve been pretty busy lately at cons and such, and have seen many of you there, so thank you for supporting my career and being interested in my new work. I am so blessed to have a nice group of readers who email me and continue to be involved. 🙂

While I was amid the craziness of con-itis, I had a new release with my fellow writer, Heather Roulo and a brand new novelette in the Anime Girl Series! So lets run down the stats, shall we?

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  • ruinsbig4√  Rich and Roulo, Vol. 2 : RUINS is now available on Kindle.
    This is a great mix of my “Mummy” story and Heather’s “Great Asp” tale, along with a scary goddess poem.
    Authors Emerian Rich and H. E. Roulo come together to bring you Rich & Roulo, a fiction series harkening back to vaudevillian days where madness bordered on greatness, misery became wisdom, and beauty was found in even the most broken doll.
    In Rich and Roulo’s second volume, the woeful tale of a kidnapped princess and the story of an unwilling hero, join the poem of an ancient and powerful goddess to bring you RUINS. Set in exotic locations, these fables explore earthly concerns of love and life against a backdrop of death. The volume makes you wonder, once death has you, is there anything left? Or were we ruins to begin with?
  • AG2Final√  Anime Girl 2 available on Kindle. For those of you who loved the first tale, Abby and Chase are back in a brand new tale!
    Bestselling manga author, Abby Tanaka, is in love with her talent manager, Chase. It’s been three weeks since they met for the first time at an anime conference in Los Angeles. Now, she’s travelling to San Francisco for another con, and plans to have a weekend of romance with Chase. As of yet, they have only kissed, but Abby has drawn a few places their relationship could go.
    Arriving at the hotel early seems like a good idea, but when Abby finds out Chase will be spending most of the weekend catering to sexy SciFi movie star, Tosh James, all her plans for a romantic weekend go down the drain. Not only is Tosh every girlfriend’s worst nightmare, but her wicked charms and low-cut outfits threaten to make Chase forget Abby altogether.
    Will Abby lose the man of her dreams to the sultry Tosh? Or will her character Emiko inspire her to win him back?
  • √  Star Struck, Sweet Dreams #2, is now out in print and Kindle formats.

COMING SOON

  • √ Coming soon… True Love? Sweet Dreams #3 is with me. I’ve lagged a bit on the proof, but hoping to release in July.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES STATS

  • SD#1 Sweet Dreams – available now.
  • SD#2 Star Struck – available now.
  • SD#3 True Love?  – July release.
  • SD#4 Undecided  – COMPLETE! To subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com
  • SD#5: One More Try – The first readers have reported back and I am doing some rewrites of the main battle scene.
  • SD#6 – 2 B with U
  • SD#7 – Anything 4 U
  • SD#8 – Life or Death
  • Anime Girl 1 – available now.
  • Anime Girl 2 – available now. 🙂 NEW!

NIGHT’S KNIGHTS SERIES

  • NK#1 Night’s Knights – available now.
  • NK#2  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to an editor.
  • NK#3 Day’s Children

  • NK#4 Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

SHOPPING (love this term – makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — waiting to sub in July.
  • √ “PODS” short story is awesome — subing this week!
  • √ “Evangeline’s Ribbon” – you horror people will love this one. – Subing by August.
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Manga is a great relaxing way for me to wind down after pumping out chapters of my own work. Black Bird is one of my favs.

HorrorAddicts.net

Black_Bird_Vol_1Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakoji is the story of a young girl named Maiso who is tortured by demons from a very young age. When she was little, a neighborhood boy protected her, but when he moved away, the demons had free reign. Now, she’s sixteen and the demon attacks have increased. Just when the demon attacks are at their worst, the little boy moves back, only now he is a gorgeous man.
Tall, dark, and handsome, Kyo, is her knight in shining armor. What’s more, when he’s around, the demons don’t bother her. It seems like a dream come true, until he tells her he is the head of a demon clan and plans to make her his wife.

Unbeknownst to her, Maiso is the Bride of Prophecy. Kyo tells her that all demons search their lives for her and are after her for one of three reasons:

1. To…

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April 2014 Updates!

Hello readers and listeners. I hope you are having a fabulous Spring!
Wow… What a busy couple of months! I’ve been working so hard on the Sweet Dream Series and so I have a lot of news! First, the freshly squeezed stuff to read, then… an update on all those projects you are looking forward to.

starstruckNEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

COMING SOON

  • √ Coming soon… Anime Girl 2: Abby and Chase are back with this exciting surprise follow-up to Anime Girl. Find out what happens when Abby meets Chase in San Francisco for a con where he is obligated to take care of the sexiest cyborg on the planet – Miss Tosh James. Just waiting on the cover – hoping to publish in May.
  • √ Coming soon… Rich & Roulo: Volume 2, RUINS: Contains a poem from me, “Goddess” and a short story “The Mummy”. We’re almost ready for print, should be out in May.
  • √ Coming soon… True Love? Sweet Dreams #3 is on the editors desk, hoping to publish in May.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES STATS

  • SD#1 Sweet Dreams – available now.
  • SD#2 Star Struck – available now.
  • SD#3 True Love?  – 2nd review with the editor. Hoping to publish in May.
  • SD#4 Undecided  – podcasting now…to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • SD#5: One More Try – The first readers have reported back and I am doing some rewrites of the main battle scene.
  • SD#6 – 2 B with U
  • SD#7 – Anything 4 U
  • SD#8 – Life or Death
  • Anime Girl 1 – available now.
  • Anime Girl 2 – coming soon.

NIGHT’S KNIGHTS SERIES

  • NK#1 Night’s Knights – available now.
  • NK#2  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to an editor.
  • NK#3 Day’s Children

  • NK#4 Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  •  Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.  SOLD!
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

February 2014 Updates!

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Happy Valentines to all you romance-crazed readers and to all you who despise the holiday, I have some horror news that will make you a little less disgruntled! Let’s start with new stuff first, then I’ll give you some lovey dovey Valentines suggestions.

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  • √   Phobias – COMPLETE! Book by Hidden Thoughts Press featuring my non-fiction tale of my fear of monkeys called “The Monkey Queen”.
  •  √  One Hellacious Halloween– COMPLETE! Book by Horror Novel Reviews Featuring my story “SoulTaker 2.0”.
  • √ Coming soon… “Slice” TBA
  • √ Coming soon… Rich & Roulo: Volume 2, RUINS: We’re working on this now.

FOR THE LOVEY DOVEYS

  • √  Sweet Dreams – The story of two music lovers overcoming social class lines, parental disapproval, and ghosts from their pasts to prove that their love is meant to last.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – Sexy, hot, horrifying love! Read how my vampire prince lets his desire overtake his senses.
  • √  Anime Girl – Written in the world of Sweet Dreams, this novelette is about love between a manga artist and her talent manager.
  • √  Artistic License -Love between a woman and a man from the past as they battle shadow demons in her newly inherited home.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES

  • Undecided (SD#4) – podcasting now…to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Star Struck (SD#2) – For those of you more interested in the print versions of these books, never fear! This is on the 2nd editor pass!
  • True Love? (SD#3) – Done with the first draft edit, inputting edits and then off to the editor!
  • SD#5: One More Try – This is out to the first readers!

Night’s Knights SERIES

  • √  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to an editor.
  • Day’s Children

  • Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  •  Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.  SOLD!
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

Lookalikes – Writing Research

What does writing research have to do with Hollywood lookalikes? Well, it combines my two favorite things, the website imdb.com and my love of digging for the truth! When researching movies and actors there is no better site than imdb.com, the internet movie database. I have the app on my phone and use it daily, but recently was shocked to find out some people don’t know about it.

How do I use it for my writing? Well, let’s say you’re trying to reference a certain actor for your character to mention in your text. You can’t say… “You know that one guy who played that cop in that one show with the other guy who is always the bad guy? THAT’s who I’m gonna act like when I smash your skull to bits.” Not as powerful as if you know what you’re talking about, right? I also search stars when I am looking for character pictures for my own personal slam books.

This post is one I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I am just amazed at how many lookalikes there are in Hollywood. When I was younger and we moved a lot, mom used to tell me there are only 1,000 people in the world, so when we moved and saw someone who looked like someone from our old town, she’d nod knowingly. “I told you so.” Her theory stood up when I was five. Now that I know that’s not true, I am still fascinated by lookalikes… so let’s see if you agree with my observations.

Catherine Mary Stewart vs. Jessica Steen
Catherine was in the Night of the Comet – our favorite zombie-smashing, video game playing, cheerleader’s older sister, hide in the movie theater projection room hottie. Jessica was in one of my favorite 80’s movies, Sing and also in a great TV series called Homefront. For the life of me, I can never tell the two apart. They are both gorgeous women and have aged well.
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Cher Lloyd vs Kaya Scodelario
The bad girl from X Factor UK vs. the bad girl from Skins. They both happen to be from the UK, but as far as I know, are no relation.

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Rick Ocasek vs. Ivan E. Roth, or “Willy” the head stock boy in Night of the Comet.
I actually thought Rick Ocasek from the Cars played this zombie stock boy for years! Add a little zombie makeup and he could do it!
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Alexandra Chando vs. Nina Dobrev
The Lying Game‘s star vs. The Vampire Diaries star. What’s more is they both play “twin” like characters on their shows. Alexandra is playing twin girls, separated at birth and Nina is playing the lead Elena and her doppelganger vampire ancestor from the past.alexnina

Sam Trammell vs. Matthew Settle
The wolf from True Blood vs. the dad from Gossip Girlsammat

Demi Moore and Jordana Brewster
Mom and daughter? When I first saw Jordana in D.E.B.S. I thought for sure she was Demi’s daughter.

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Do you have any Hollywood lookalikes?
Is there a site you use for reference that you couldn’t live without?

What the heck has Emz been doing? Update Dec 2013

Oh man… you guys, I didn’t even know it had been since July that I made an update post. Bad, bad author.

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Sorry to all of you who wanted to meet at the 100 Authors Event and ConVolution. I had to cancel these events because of family life. Hope to do more events in 2014. I’ve been going through a big life change, but it is for the better. It gives me more time to write and so I dug into my projects with a gusto and totally forgot about blogging. The up side? I have lots of lit news! Let’s get on with it!

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  •    halloweenOne Hellacious Halloween – COMPLETE! Book by Horror Novel Reviews Featuring my story “SoulTaker 2.0”.
  • √  Anime Girl – COMPLETE! A new novelette written in the world of Sweet Dreams. So excited about this one. It’s available now on Kindle and the cover art is by a long-time reader of mine, Alyssa Loveless. Abby Tanaka is the creator of the fastest selling manga series on the market, Shuttle 5. Chase Everett, a talent manager with Malloy Inc., promises to take away Abby’s stress. Find out what happens when they finally meet.
  • √  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Thhorrifichistorygrings”.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Star Struck – For those of you more interested in the print versions of these books, never fear! I am finished the final edits for Star Struck and it’s on the editor’s desk! Looks like this one will be in 2014. After Star Struck, will of course be True Love!
  • SD#5: One More Try – Just finishing up the edit inputs for this puppy! Hoping to send out to my first readers very soon. Can’t wait to podcast this one. Cyn will have a spotlight like in Undecided, but so will Victoria as her 1st solo gig approaches.

Night’s Knights SERIES

  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – my next move on this is to input all of Dusk’s Warriors edits and get a really good first draft… then move on there through the edit and print process.
  • Day’s Children – is the next to write, but I’ve only got a handful of notes.
  • Dawn’s Drog – will be the fourth (I won’t say final – but it’s the final in my 4-part plan) novel in the series. I have even less notes on this one.

OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. I am looking forward to getting this one all together since I’ve been taking notes on it for years.
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

COMING SOON 

  • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
  • √ Rich & Roulo: Volume 2: We’re working on this now. 

AVAILABLE NOW

  • √  hdfrontcoverHorrorAddicts.net Season 8 is COMPLETE – gearing up for Season 9 in 2014!
  • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
  • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
  • 999 word story about Halloween/Soul Taking. Submitted to a flash contest, pending. SOLD! See above.
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

Updates July 2013

Geez! Life has been anything but simple recently. I’ve had tons of engagements and then (of course) life gets in the way. No excuses! Let’s get on with the recap!

Recent Events:

  • BayCon, May 2013: BayCon was fun, but oh so exhausting. I got kind of long winded on this one… so see the complete write up at the bottom of this post. *** For those of you (new and old friends) I saw at BayCon, it was a fun time and I wish I could see you more than once a year!
  • San Mateo County Fair, June 2013 It’s always great to go to the SM fair every summer. Laurel Anne Hill is so involved with them and puts a lot of work into getting this all set up. I met a lot of new people along with getting to see my old buddies, J. Malcolm Stewart, Ezra Barany, Sumiko Saulson, Valerie Frankel, and of course the woman herself – Laurel Anne Hill. A person to watch out for is Tina Gibson. She is competing in our Wicked Women Writers competition this year, and from her poetry book I read, these gals have got some competition on their hands! Some of the fans came out and I loved chatting with them about Artistic License!
  • Westercon, July 2013 I was only at Westercon one day, but had fun seeing a few old friends and meeting some new ones. I shared a panel with Michael Todd Gallowgas  and another with Marty Halpern – both of which I’ve met before, but great being on panels with them. Also got to catch up with fellow HorrorAddict.net blogger, Steven Rose, Jr. and aspiring writer and cake maker extraordinaire, Effie Seiberg. Gallowgas has a new project going on that you should check out at: http://www.genreunderground.com. If you are a writer or aspiring writer and haven’t attended a panel with Marty Halpern, you must. He is a great wealth of knowledge and a terrific grammar coach! If you are too far away and want to check out his blog, go to: More Red Ink.

And now on to big Sweet Dreams news!

  • Undecided – After battling major computer issues , Undecided is now fully recorded! I need 2 more voices from voice actors, and a cover, but the music is set. For the 4th novel in the Sweet Dreams series, I am using a theme song sent in from one of the regular listeners. Marinda Wijnen is from Holland and wrote to me over a year ago, talking about Sweet Dreams and offering her beautiful song for the next book. Now, you Sweet Dreamers will get to hear “Single Girls” on every episode of Undecided coming up. Some of you might wonder where Brad Wait is in this book. Don’t worry, he hasn’t got rid of me that easy! I will also be featuring his song “Without You” during the book as a new song from Never Open. Brad’s music will continue to pepper the audio of Sweet Dreams, so don’t worry that you won’t hear him in the future. To find out more about both musicians, subscribe to the www.SweetDreamsNovel.com site for updates.
  • Star Struck – For those of you more interested in the print versions of these books, never fear! I am inputting the final edits for Star Struck now and then it will be off to the editor! Cross your fingers for a 2013 publication date! After Star Struck, will of course be True Love!
  •  Anime Girl, A Sweet Dreams Novelette, is coming to Kindle soon. Waiting on cover and final draft. So excited to get this one out to you guys! It takes place in the same world as Sweet Dreams, but does not have any of the current characters involved. The main character is a manga author and artist named Abby. Her new PR man is Chase, who just happens to work for Malloy Inc. I just saw the prelim on the cover and I have to say, it surpasses my expectations! I’ll be releasing info on the cover artist and when this nifty little eBook will be out, very soon!

And now on to the rest… NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  • √  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Things”.
  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – FINALLY!!
  • √  HorrorAddicts.net Season 8 is alive and kickin’!
  • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
  • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!

COMING SOON 

  • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
  • √ Rich & Roulo: Volume 2: We’re working on this now. 

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
  • √ 999 word story about Halloween/Soul Taking. Submitted to a flash contest, pending.
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz
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BayCon, May 2013: BayCon was fun, but oh so exhausting. The HorrorAddicts.net crew and I did the decor and a new horror track that I think was only tolerated because of 2013 and the spooky theme. We spent hours upon hours and dollars upon dollars on this decor. It seemed worth it, but I will not be taking on anything of the sort in the near future. There were pros and cons to this whole event. It was awesome to get some notice in the program and to get the attendees to actually know who we are. I thoroughly enjoyed alot of the panels I was on. I was excited to see the attendees geek out on horror with me. So now here are all the gorey details – good and bad – about the experience.

  • Working with Con Staff/What you should know before volunteering: If you are thinking about being con staff, I say, go for it. It would be a very fun and inviting thing to do, if I didn’t have my own writing career and HorrorAddicts.net stuff going on. As it turned out, it was way too much to put on my plate. When I was approached about being on staff, I was a little leery, but this was back in October 2012… I figured, we’d get all the info we needed to complete the decor in a timely manner and well before the HorrorAddicts.net hiatus was over.
    +Wrong. One thing about HorrorAddicts.net vs. con staff is… we can do all of our prep and make decisions in a timely manner so that we are (hopefully) not rushing to complete projects. Waiting for someone else to make decisions – or get back to you on a certain topic is much different. We waited and waited, and finally only got answers when we met with the hotel liaison (I kid you not) one month before Con. To be fair, this confusion was not entirely BayCon’s fault. I had never done this position before. I did not know I could go directly to the hotel to get my answers and instead waited for answers that no one else knew and were never answered.
    +However, there was not a job description or tasks outlined as far as what was expected of us and it was not explained that we could go to the hotel to figure them out. There seriously needs to be a manual drawn up for the next decor personnel, especially since they have a rotating staff.
    +After we finished decor on Friday, we did feel appreciated by most of the staff, especially Program Head, Sally. However… being tracked down by a random staff member on Sunday morning to ask us… “Where were you Saturday for the Masquerade? Where were the table decorations?” was rather irritating. We were not told we were in charge of tables at the Masquerade and we were leaving up the decor for the rest of the room all weekend, so we thought it was covered. Not only that, but we (our whole HorrorAddicts.net crew) was scheduled for an alternate event at the same time, so I’m not sure how that would have worked? Despite these “unknowns” I would not take back providing the decor for them. We were exhausted while doing it, but it turned into an event we could be proud of.
  • CONS TO BEING CON STAFF: Things to consider before you volunteer:
    *Little direction / support on what tasks are needed completed – in what time – for what event. Again… manual please!
    *Having to pay to be a staff member? My staff and I paid $30/each to basically spend hundreds of dollars and man hours to provide decor. It was strange to me, especially when I am usually a guest and get free entry. They have a “staff room rate” so I guess that made up for this, but it was also uncomfortable having to book our rooms with con vs. the hotel because we couldn’t check our reservations or confirm room amenities online.
    *Driving hours to go to staff meetings where not much was accomplished… could have been done by email in a matter of minutes.
    *Just remember these are con volunteers… not employees. Everything runs at a slow/unproductive/social butterfly rate. Course, consider where this is coming from, that’s right… Emz the energizer bunny. Things might run at just a perfect rate for you.
    *There is a slight “cliquish” feel to some of the staff. And some get more freedom to explore ideas than others. Could this be a case of paying your dues? Perhaps.
    *The light at the end of the tunnel? Since people rotate out jobs every year, it wasn’t only us that were confused. It felt like there was a lot of feeling your way in the dark for staff and could this be another case for the manual? Several of us were recreating the wheel.
    *A couple of our most interesting panels were not listed properly/or at all. One in particular, a LIVE Skype interview with Mike Bennett was not well attended and I believe it was because it wasn’t anywhere on the schedule – except in Program Ops on the wall. No one knew to come! And let me tell you, if they had come, they would have enjoyed it immensely. For those of us there, it will stand out as one of the best panels we’ve ever witnessed. The audio of which should post soon.
  • PROS – WHAT BAYCON STAFF DOES RIGHT:
    *The business and registration portion of BayCon seems really organized and down pat. They know what needs done… and do it!
    *Most of the staff were really welcoming and friendly to us. I can’t say that any grudges were made (I  hope) and they seem to want us to return, so that was good.
    *It seemed they were open to new ideas – to a point. There is still a bit of paying dues to get them passed I think.
    *The hotel is awesome, laid out well, and very encouraging to the attendees.
    *They seem to treat their guests well.
    *They seem to bond as a team, and support each other even on the off season with things that happen in their life. They have get-togethers like barbecues and game meet-ups that keep them all involved in each other’s lives.
    *They provide a wide variety of panels for all sorts of interests and fandom. They also cater to the fan. Unlike a lot of other cons I’ve been too, promoting your fangirl and fanboy geek-out is one of the best things about BayCon.
    *If I had not been on staff and seen some of the back-end stuff… I would have been 100% pleased with this year’s con. To the attendees, although I’ve heard a lot of complaints about not enough “younger” activities for the late teen and 20-something crowd, I think there was enough here to sustain them. However, as of late, there has been an anime convention in the same town on the same weekend. I think that – more than any other excuses people have laid at their door – is the cause of the low attendance of youngsters.
    *Despite all the drama, this is still the #1 con in California. It’s the most welcoming, the best laid out, with the best hotel and the best staff that I have seen. It’s also the FUNNEST Con. Some of the others can be too seriousor take themselves too seriously.
  • THE EVENTS
    *Meet the Guests: Although we were exhausted from decorating every day and night for months prior… we were able to finally relax a little. The guests were all delightful and we got to see some old friends from years past.
    *HorrorAddicts.net Tea in party room: This even was awesome! Well attended and full of horror addicts that talked about books, movies, tv, music… such a rad time, I could have stayed there the entire weekend and been happy.
    *HorrorAddicts.net Saturday Morning Horror Cartoons and Cereal: This event brought all of the parents and kids out for a nice early morning wake up before the kid friendly room opened. We had a lot of parents thank us and ask us to do this again. The kids loved watching Hotel Transylvania and choosing spooky cereals to eat.
    *Making Book Necklaces: Another awesome time had by all. We had so many ladies trying to make book necklaces, we had to break out more needles! I was fascinated by each attendee’s style and how even though we made the little book packets with basically the same supplies, they made them into unique creations to wear and take home to loved ones.
    *Trick or Treat Carnival: Okay, so all of you Horror Addicts would have loved this… no matter what your age, but at BayCon, apparently only kids like to do carnival games, get their face painted, and trick or treat. We had a great time with the kids. My only correction to this- if we ever did it again – is to make it in the morning, when we can setup before the kids get there and then let them in. The family friendly staff was super supportive and happy to help organize things, but trying to setup in a closed room full of happy, sugar-infused children was a nightmare. Once the carnival was set up and the flood gates open, everyone had a great time.
    *Klingon Slave Auction: Always our favorite event, the volunteers were lacking this year. It was still really fun, but we could tell the enthusiasm for the event wasn’t as high as years prior.
    *BellyJam? Where are you?: So, another of our favorite events is BellyJam (Bellydancing in a big room with drums). However, it was not in an event room this year. After speaking to the BellyJam mistress, she told me they were holding it upstairs in a party room. Very sad for me. I could not attend because of other obligations, but I love going. Why were they moved away from the main floor? It seems a waste, because without them and without a full weekend of Regency Dancing (I think it was just on one night), the night activities were seriously lacking.
    *How to Create Character SlamBooks: My panel that usually packs in about 20-40 people, was not very well attended this time. It might have been because the early morning Sunday time, or maybe other things posted against it that were more interesting? Whatever the case, only a couple of aspiring writers attended. However, I would not take it back. I met a very intelligent young woman who stands to be my peer in the years to come. Good luck Effie!
    *LIVE podcast recording of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: This was such a fun panel. We had a great audience and a handful of readers who did a great job of recording. You can listen to the recording on #89 of HorrorAddicts.net, here: http://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/horroraddicts-net-089-julianne-snow/
    * LIVE Skype interview with Mike Bennett: Like I said before, this is a panel we will not soon forget! I hope to have the audio up soon for you all to experience it with us.
    *Self-Publishing, Tips and Tricks: What a great panel. Packed with guests… there were  six of us! See pics on Facebook if you are interested. Dario CirielloJaymi ElfordHeather Roulo, Me, Norman Sperling and Marty Halpern. The place was PACKED! I should have expected nothing less with the crew I was behind the table with, but what a great event. So much information flying about from every different sort of person in the business.
    *Horror Readings: Wonderful panel where J. Malcom Stewart, Jay Hartlove, H. E. Roulo and I read ghouly stories to the crowd.
    *Horrible Disasters release party/ HorrorAddicts.net / Wicked Women Writers / Masters of Macabre: Wow… talk about cramming it all in one! This panel was so awesome! All of us Horror Addicts had such a great time chatting about horror, writing, and more! And thank you Brian and Tricia for telling me I won an art print from Cliff Nielsen! I would have totally lost out! You guys rock!
    *The Dead Matter movie screening: Again, sadly left off the schedule… but good nonetheless!

Updates 5.14.13

Hello readers! Haven’t done an updates post since March! Geez… how time flies.

Before I get to my list (you know how I like to make lists!) I want to talk about an event I will be at very soon.

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Emerian Rich and other HorrorAddicts.net authors will be at this year’s BayCon. BayCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. The convention takes place over Memorial Day weekend, starting on Friday afternoon May 24th, and ending Monday, May 27th.

Read more about BayCon at: BayCon 2013

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Another topic on my list these days is my computer! It crashed, it came back, it crashed, it came back… now it is a Frankenstein-like creation, sewn together by my husband, that is actually working quite well now-thanks hubby! :). Good news, is it’s back and I didn’t lose any of the audio I created before the crash, bad news is that I lost about two months in the process of it turning evil on me! So… want to let you all know that the podcast projects Undecided (#4 in the Sweet Dreams series) and Artistic License are back on track. Also the print novels Star Struck and True Love (#2 & #3 in the Sweet Dreams series) are also back on track. I have one more project called Anime Girl that is in the Sweet Dreams world that will be coming out on Kindle soon. So, without further ado…. THE LIST!

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  •  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Things”.
  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – FINALLY!!
  • √  HorrorAddicts.net Season 8 is alive and kickin’!
  • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
  • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!

COMING SOON 

  • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
  • √ Anime Girl, A Sweet Dreams Novelette, coming to Kindle soon. Waiting on cover and final draft. So excited to get this one out to you guys!

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √  “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

LOOSE ENDS

  • Undecided, the 4th book in the Sweet Dreams Series is completed!  I still need a cover for this book! O.o And I am in the recording phase – Chapter 8. You can read a sneak peek here on the 7/7 challenge blogStill in the recording phase!
  • Star Struck and True Love – Inputting corrections right now so that I can send this off to the editor and have done with it! Hoping to get these two print novels out by the end of 2013!
  • I am also reading, One More Try, the 5th book in the Sweet Dreams Series. It is needing some adjustments because of the way Undecided ended up, but because I have basically the whole book written, it should be fast going. I would estimate I am about 6 10 Chapters in. Have not worked more on this yet. WILL! Want to get Undecided out and publish the 2nd and 3rd novels before I move on.
  • o.o I forgot about this story! I wonder where it is!? Found it! “This is a Demons do Bad Things on Halloween story. Challenging myself to stay under 1000 words. Can I do it?” I found it, I’m working on it. I would estimate it’s about at 800 words. I need to close it up before I go over. Still working on this one. It’s taken a back seat to the other publications I am working on right now.

NEW PROJECTS!

  • Northanger – still pumping away. Yep, haven’t touched this in awhile, but will get back to it soon.
  • Phantom – I wasn’t going to start this until WAY in the future, but I watched Love Never Dies and was immensely inspired to carry forward on this. Can’t get it out of my mind. I haven’t written any of the text yet, but the entire plot and character slam book few out of my pen onto the page at about 5000 words and counting. Seems like it will be a quick write, but only if I’m not distracted, which seems to happen so easily! Yikes… got distracted! I still love this story and you can read an excerpt here on the 7/7 challenge blog. It’s the second story blurb.

For all of you into the word count thing, I’ve updated my list to the left!
Happy reading!

~Emz

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