The Versatile Blogger Award… and the Nominations Are…

Sometimes the best surprises come out of nowhere. And it’s those little things that can make a world of difference in a person’s attitude, outlook, or just make them smile and feel good inside.

Yesterday I spent a good chunk of my day working on writing related materials. Had an interview done of me and then started doing an interview with someone else. Wrote a blog about trying something different, a teaser for the readers, if you will, called The Inside View. In the process of creating The Inside View (the I.V. as I fondly call it) I started two other blogs related to it and hope to finish those soon. I asked a favor of a friend, then asked another favor of another friend. I sought advice about an idea from a close writer friend—one I trust more than most—and she gave me her straight up honest opinion.

I did a bit of writing on Her Cure. Managed a decent two thousand words.

I did some reading on Andy Taylor’s book, The Drunk and the Dead. Yes, there is a theme there and no, this is not Andy Taylor from Mayberry.

All this with my lovely wife in bed sick most of the day, which meant I had Kid Watch Duty. Thankfully, the kids played well together.

Oh and I had a great time bashing Twilight on Facebook with some friends. If my wife reads those posts, she may disown me.

As I was about to settle in to watch The Walking Dead I pulled up my blog to post a draft for the next installment of the I.V. series to go up sometime this week or next. Lo and behold there was a comment on the blog I wrote yesterday.

Before I go to that comment, let me say this: I have had my blog, Type AJ Negative, for a little over eighteen months. There are a total of 116 Posts, 44 Pages (most of which are interviews) and a grand total of 325 comments. In that same span, I have had 2091 Spam comments. Basically, the math equals out to one legit comment to every almost seven spams. I guess that comes with the territory.

Now that you have a little history about the blog, let me tell you about the comment in the post from yesterday. It was from Candice W Coghill and she commented to let me know she had nominated my blog for The Versatile Blogger Award.

That may not mean much to some, but for me, it made me feel good inside, like an acceptance letter does. For one thing, I haven’t known Candice all that long, but her words in her comments were nice and it told me that I haven’t just been writing into the Internet Black Hole. Someone reads my blog on a regular basis. That alone made me feel really good.

Now what?

Well, I’m going to make sure the image goes up on my blog’s front page, that’s for sure. For me, if someone thought enough about something I’m doing to say, ‘hey, I read your blog every chance I get’ then I want to make sure everyone knows. Besides, it’s nice to be acknowledged by someone who is not a judge of some contest or part of a committee to decide if my work is worthy enough to win any other awards. It was something nominated by another person because they liked something I did.

So, Candice W. Coghill, thank you. Thank you for making my day and for giving me the knowledge that someone reads Type AJ Negative and that my ramblings aren’t just from a mad man, but they reach ears… err… eyes.

There are rules to this award and they are:

* Thank the award-giver and link back to their blog in your post.

* Include a link to the original blog, The Versatile Blogger Award.

* Share seven things about yourself.

* Pass this award along to fifteen blogs you enjoy reading.

* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

* There is no deadline for responding, although I would imagine that being “fairly prompt” would be the polite thing to do.

Let me see, I already did the first two, but let me do it again. Candice W. Coghill, THANK YOU from down south. This southern boy appreciates it.

Now, all you folks out there reading this, you need to go check out Candice’s blog, read the posts, comment. You don’t have to tell her A.J. sent you, but just make sure and visit HERE.

While you’re at it, go to the blog where all of this originated at: The Versatile Blogger Award.

Seven Things About Me

Are there really seven things I can tell about me, legally? I guess these should be things that most folks don’t know about me.

1. My wife asked me out on our first date. True story. She asked me out as a last resort to a birthday/tailgating party then told me if there was another guy there, to act like I was her boyfriend. We haven’t been apart since. I’m one heck of an actor, eh? (And one VERY LUCKY man)

2. I once picked imaginary spiders out of my hospital bed as a kid. Long story short, I had an accident as a child and ended up in the hospital for a period of time. I had hallucinations when I woke up that spiders were in my bed. My mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders placed her hand in the bed with me and said, ‘Would I do this if there were spiders in the bed?’ The natural response was ‘no.’ Later, my mom saw me plucking out the hallucinated spiders and asked, ‘What are you doing?’

‘I’m picking out the nice spiders.’

3. I secretly like my wife’s cat, Mia. Though I call her Hellspawn, she is a sweet cat and fun to play with, especially when using a laser light. She also looks at me funny when I say, ‘What up, dog?’ to her.

4. When I was a child I wanted to be the Fonz, from Happy Days. I even had a false leather jacket and the whole thumbs up and ‘Aaaaay’ routine down pat. Then I thought I had the Fonz’s touch when trying to be cool, I hit a drink machine one day and a coke came out. That’s right—I am cool.

5. My eyes tear up every time I hear My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen. It reminds me of my dad and me when I was a kid and all the things he taught me. I love my dad.

6. My favorite book of all time is Where the Wild Things Are. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to elaborate on that one.

7. I once wrote my own version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and titled it Rudolph the Dead Head Reindeer. In it, Rudy was a drunk who liked Fuzzy Navels and was arrested for FUI—Flying Under the Influence. I also drew a picture of the drunk reindeer missing an ear and sporting a tattoo on his forehead that read OUT TO LUNCH.

Fifteen Blogs that I Find Worthy of this award:

Fifteen? I’m not sure I could qualify fifteen, but quite possibly ten.

BREATHE: This is Michelle Garren Flye’s blog. I think she deserves it simply because, a) she’s super cool and b) The HONEOWP. That would be Helpful Outstanding Novelists, Editors and Others in the Writing Profession. Each month she donates a portion of her royalties to a charity and it’s a different one each month.

Belinda Frisch, Author: As you can probably guess by the title, this is Belinda’s blog. Belinda constantly updates it with useful information about both the traditional and indie publishing worlds. She also calls it the way she sees it and I like that in both my friends and what I read.

Speaking of Belinda:

The E-Book Bin: This is another of Belinda’s blogs (which shows just how versatile she is and why she is nominated).

I’m going to count those two blogs as one nomination.

Word Blurb: Chantel Boudreau’s blog. I don’t know Chantel all that well, but I do know that at her blog there are a lot of book reviews and good articles to ponder on. Her reviews are honest and straightforward. Her blogs are the same way.

Juniper Grove: The blog of writer Jaidis Shaw. Like most blogs, Jaidis focuses on her self to a point, but then, like most good blogs, she focuses on others as well. From featured authors to book reviews to a little thing called Nurture Your Books, there is a lot to see from writers to books to Jaidis as well.

The Writer’s Block Party: Is it obvious I like the sites that offer to help promote other writers? I’ve always said word of mouth is the best marketing tool and that’s exactly what The Writer’s Block Party is, a blog dedicated to other writers with interviews and guest blogs going up on a regular basis. Lisa Taylor has dove in with both feet to help promote others while drawing very little attention to herself.

This Is My World, the blog spot of Nerine Dorman. Again, another writer taking time out to pimp other writers. Nerine does interviews and guest blogs and it helps everyone involved.

Raccoons with Tubas… yeah…: Okay this blog is just fun to look at. It’s Steve Lowe’s bizarre (dare I say bizarro?) site and yes there is some language, but it’s all Loweprechaun…

The Galloping Ghostwriter: I’ve only been following this blog for a short time. The articles about writing action fiction are informative and insightful. It’s the blog home of David Ritchie.

Fran Friel’s Yada Feast: Okay, this one has a lot of sentimental value for me. Fran is one of those people who helped me out when I first started writing and trying to get published. She was the one responsible for getting me into blogging and the Yada Feast is always full of great information, neat insights and Fran being Fran. There’s a reason I call her my Big Sis.

My Name Is Not Bob: This is Robert Lee Brewer’s blog. I do not know Mr. Brewer, but I absolutely love his blog and all the information on it.

Ramblings of an Anxiety Ridden Mind: Suzanne Robb does a LOT of interviews of horror writers and we all know how much we like to be interviewed.

So, eleven it is.

I close this as I have come to close all of my blogs and posts: Until we meet again, my friends…

[[Herbie’s Note: Again, thank you Candice, for the nomination. I am honored.]]

Suzanne Robb’s Were-wolves, Apocalypses and Genetic Mutations, Oh My! and Other Notes

In Suzanne Robb’s three story collection, Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My! you get three tales with elements of sci-fi, horror, comedy, and one giant cannibalistic squirrel, among other creatures…

What People Are Saying about Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My!

Suzanne has a knack for realistic dialogue that allows you to get comfortable inside her characters’ skins… All three tales were fun and shocking in places…

If the words clever, diverse, well-written and funny appeal to you in a story, buy this book… I laughed out loud often, and escaped quite happily into the imagination of this wonderful writer. Money is well-spent on this collection!

The three pieces each have Robb’s easy-going writing style which is great to lose yourself in straight off the bat, yet the stories have very differing directions…

Welcome To The Future was definitely a five star story, and one that every sci-fi fan should read. I would love to see a movie made based on this tale…

If you don’t already have “Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My!” on your Kindle, then you need to go buy it. Now. Right this second. It’s a ridiculously quick and witty read that will have you thinking about it well after you’ve finished… Once again Robb shines with her ability to portray humanity accurately… creates realistic characters who act just like real people. They make mistakes, they have epiphanies, and they feel a wide range of emotions. It is a true testament to her abilities as an author that Robb can do all of this in so few pages.

Suzanne’s characters are quirky and fun… I laughed out loud at points in all of the stories…

Suzanne Robb seems to have a clear goal in mind with Werewolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutations, Oh My!, taking things we’re all used to and mixing them up in ways no one yet has, adding new life to them… had not heard of Robb before this collection but upon reading it, I can’t wait to read what else this very talented author has done…

You can tell that Robb had a lot of fun writing these stories, and that sense of fun is infectious. Imaginative and fast-paced (giant carnivorous squirrels, anyone?), this is a collection for readers who like a generous helping of humor with their horror.

About Suzanne Robb

Suzanne Robb is the author of Z-Boat, released by Twisted Library Press, and Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My! published by Dark Continents.. She has over 4 dozen stories in current and upcoming anthologies with various publishers. She is also a contributing editor at Hidden Thoughts Press. In March Wicked East Press will be releasing Read the End First, an apocalyptic anthology she edited with Adrian Chamberlin. In her free time she reads, watches movies, plays with her dog, and enjoys chocolate and LEGO’s.

Excerpt from Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My!

For the rest of the month, Jimmy showered Mary with gifts. All the while, he noticed his chest and arm hair growing uncontrollably. He’d had more wax jobs than a sixty-five corvette, and it didn’t help one bit. More and more dogs followed him, and at one point, several humped his leg.

One night out of the blue, he got an urge to run. He needed to be free. Jimmy lied to Mary, telling her he was heading into work to cover a shift for a friend. He raced to the park. Seconds after sunset, a pain like no other spread throughout his body.

He used what little bit of energy he had to fling himself behind a bush as he felt bones snap and heard skin tear. Across from him, he saw a wolf, a bit of its ear gone. The animal howled in pain as its fur separated and revealed a human rib cage forming.

Jimmy felt his mouth elongate and cried out when fangs grew through the roof of his mouth. The wolf howled when its hind legs elongated to five times their normal length and all its fur fell off in a bloody mess.

When his tail grew in, Jimmy tried to ignore the discomfort. He stared at the man across from him, with a chunk missing from his ear. He knew it was the wolf that bit him, but it didn’t make sense.

The man hobbled around the ground like a baby, seeming unsure how to walk upright. The noises it made were pathetic, but when Jimmy opened his mouth to try and calm it down, a deep growl emanated from somewhere deep within him.

The man wolf stopped moving and sneered. The pathetic whimper which came out did nothing to scare Jimmy. The two circled one another. Jimmy focused his thoughts. There was a squirrel a few feet away, a rabbit about twenty feet to his left, and a dead bird lay somewhere nearby causing him to crinkle his nose at the nasty smell.

A strange mumbling to his right caused him to back up into the bushes. The wolf-man stayed beside him.

Want more?

You know you do.

To pick up a copy of Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My! head on over to Amazon, HERE


You can pick up Z-Boat by following the highlighted link.


Also, check out Suzanne’s blog, Ramblings of An Anxiety Ridden Mind to find out what’s new in her world.

Suzanne Robb on Facebook

Follow her on Twitter: @srobb76


A Few Moments with Suzanne Robb at This is My World

A Peek Inside the Chaotic Mind of Coral Moore with Suzanne Robb

Suzanne Robb at The Writers Block Party