Thanks Cate and BT for tipping me off to the post over at Nathan Bransford's blog about Writer Appreciation Week.
Man, where to start?
Okay, I wouldn't still be doing this writer thing if it wasn't for a number of talented, honest, and scrappy people. The blogosphere has gifted me with a new brand of internet-ready friendships that offer both encouragement and a kick in the seat of the pants when either is needed.
There's the aforementioned Cate Gardner with her ability to spin a surreal tale and approach success with humility and grace.
Mercedes M. Yardley is just inspiring. Read her blog and fiction to understand why.
Jamie Eyberg cobbles words together like one of his many handyman projects and manages to put a fine finish on both.
Natalie Sin amuses with her off-kilter sense of humor and mind altering ability to make me watch videos of Korean boy bands.
Brenton Tomlinson (BT) stays honest with his struggles and triumphs, sharing the rocky road of writing and family life. His link salads are delicious.
Carrie Harris proves a ninja can indeed be a zombie. It's true.
KV Taylor forces me to worry about my closet again, for the first time since I was five. She also fires off great spec fic recommendations (almost) every month.
KC Shaw shows me that fantasy isn't all dark. Her story, "The Sand Skinned Man", cheered me at a very dark hour last January. Read her newest book, Jack of All Trades.
There's a host of others that help chase away the lonely shadows haunting every writer: Barry Napier, Jodi Lee, Jeremy Brooks (thanks for coining the phrase "literary busker"), Robert Swartwood, Jeremy Kelly, Alan W. Davidson, Danielle Ferries, Michael Stone, Jameson T. Caine, Elana Johnson, Rebecca Nazar, so many more I'm sure I've forgotten but feel the pressure of the award show music coming on...whew. You all rock. Hard.
And thanks to H.G. Wells, one of the founders of modern speculative fiction. You scared me with blood-draining Martians and lemur-like underground descendants, inspiring me to write weird fiction. I tip my hat, sir.