Friday, May 8, 2009


Sorry Aaron.

I've got bunch of unrelated things to talk about and didn't have any other all-encompassing title at hand.

Firstly, I had an email from a writer requesting some help, but it was sent to my GMail account. I'm guessing they found this email account on my website. If you send me an email, particularly to the GMail account, please leave a note in the comments somewhere on this blog just to alert me to its presence. I don't check it as often as I do other email accounts and so sometimes they go without answer for a long period of time. This makes me feel really bad and terribly guilty - two feelings I really don't like. I promise if I answer your GMail directed enquiry, I'll do it from my personal email account which I check much more often and then you'll have a direct line to me. I've set things up to rectify the time between checking this account, but Murphy states things will intercede and I will still miss the occasional missive. By all means send the email, but please leave a comment telling me about it.

Second, the group is going ahead. It's called Emerging Writers. It is exclusive and by invitation only so the membership will not be published. Please do not ask to be involved as membership will be decided on by the members. If you feel aggrieved about not receiving an invitation, then please keep it to yourself - see above comments on me feeling bad and guilty. These groups do not work if they are too large or try to encompass to wide a field. I'm sure you are a wonderful writer in the making. Maybe you are currently under discussion as a possible member...

If you receive an invitation, then consider yourself a highly sought after individual and take pride in your inclusion. This is an evolving entity, still in its formative phases so hiccups will occur. People will come and go. The best way to get yourself noticed by the current members is to interact on the blogs I haunt (see the sidebar) (and comment here of course), and continue to work on your writing. You will need to gather writing credits to be considered, and those credits need to be available to the members to read so they can be overwhelmed with your greatness and compelled to put your name forward for invitation. As I indicated, additional members are currently being discussed.

Third, my home Internet connection died late last night, and it was still inoperative this morning. Work does not allow me to access web-based email. Work has also decided to cut off my access to the Emerging Writers Google group just this minute (while I was in the process of doing admin type stuff!). Once I leave work, I'm effectively cut off from everyone I interact with through cyberspace. Not happy, but if you haven't heard from me over the next couple of days, this is why.

So that's it.

This weekend is Mother's Day here in Oz, so I'll take this opportunity to wish all the mothers out there a very happy day. To my own mother, I send you all my love and thank you for everything you've ever done for me.

To my wife, I love you with all my heart and soul. To put up with me and the kids for as long as you have, and still provide the love and security to our family that you do, is a precious thing that the kids and I value immensely, and don't acknowledge anywhere nearly enough.


  1. I think I'd die without an internet connection. Best of luck getting it fixed and good luck with the critique group. I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.

    In other news, I put a bit of flash fiction up on my blog ;)[/shameless-self-promotion]

  2. I'm back online! Woohoo!

    I read your story, Ben. Not what I'd normally read to be sure, but full of emotion. Self promote away.

  3. Glad you are back online, I would go mad if I lost my connection (again). Now to go check out Benjamin's work.

  4. Cheers! The internet has become a valuable near-necessity, nice to have you back in the fold.

  5. Mothers Day *sigh* My dog always forgets to buy me something ; )