and I have risen. For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, you are probably unaware that I have been unwell since September. However, I am now recovering and although not back to my usual productive self, I am getting there. My workload is much reduced with a huge project having wrapped up (more on that tomorrow). I’m now working on 3 secret projects and the itch of an idea. Clive Barker’s influence is crawling around in the back of my head like some lustful maggot, whispering ideas of the corrupted flesh.
Quite a few things have happened since I last updated.
The Coronavirus has had us in lock down for a few months now. Things are getting freer slowly, but I did go a little stir crazy. I also managed to hurt a muscle in my arm so I was unable to write or hold things for 3 weeks. I am extremely grateful for the support I’ve received and am feeling much better.
On the writing front I have 2 secret projects that I am busy with. I have had four drabbles about the horsemen of the apocalypse accepted and also one cosmic horror short story. Details of those will go up on my front page shortly.
Other than that, I am enjoying 2 very different horror games; Dead by Daylight and The Sinking City. I should probably review them and some more of the horror films I have been watching too.
Lastly, I may not know you but I hope that you are doing well and can access any help you need in these hard times. Until next time, take care.
I’m still somewhat unwell but I am finally getting back into my writing. I have received 2 new acceptances in the last week and that really bolstered my spirits. I’m inspired to write again and that is a great feeling.
Plus I finally got my website to space everything correctly. Formatting is a small thing but when it is wrong it drives me nuts.
I hope you are all doing well. Take care of yourselves 🙂
I had been using this week off of my day job to see if I could author full time. The good news is that I think, yes, I could. However, that is because I learnt a few hard lessons this week.
1: I was actually pretty burnt out from my day job and full time working as an author was just not possible. So, I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, but I did get the rest I needed.
2: I seriously need a better schedule rather than just the deadlines of when submissions are due.
3: 10:20am is a strange and evil time. That is exactly when distraction and procrastination would kick in. Which would be fine if it lasted 20 mins and I just took a break. But no, it often went on till after lunch. This doesn’t happen in my day job and I still have no idea how to sort it out.
All in all it was a goods learning experience.
I’ve been so busy this week with my day job because as of tomorrow, I have a week off. This week I plan to live the full-time author life. I want to know if I can actually do it. I need to see how much I can write, if I can prioritise my time and if I can beat my procrastination into submission. Hopefully a whole week of writing will really add to my story bank. Plus, it will give me time to learn about the business side of things too.
So, I should be updating more this week with how it goes.
Learning is so important. Being an author is not just about writing stories but also about running a business. So that is what I have been doing this week. Researching what I need to do to get all the tax and legal stuff correct and how much it is going to cost. Not quite as exciting as writing about eldritch horrors but almost as mind boggling.
The rest of this week has been filled with reading and watching horror. I really should review some of the films I watch. Would you read that? Also being annoyed that Color out of Space, much like Underwater, is not playing anywhere in the UK it seems. Certainly nowhere near me. I really want to watch both of those. But I’m going to see the Invisible Man this week. Might inspire me in my writing.
I won Eerie River’s February writing competition. The theme was witches and horror. My story, A Friend in Need, will be featured as Patreon exclusive content and then in their ‘Best of’ anthology next year. I was ecstatic when I found out I had won.
Going forward there is so much to write for and although I am back to drabbles it can still be a lot for a chronically ill person working full time (I need to write at least eight 100 words, and four 600 words). But I am sure my love of stories will call back my monstrous muse and we will conquer this mountain.
In other news, I have been designing an author logo. I use the Funko Cthulhu plush as my icon on social media but as I don’t own his design I thought it was about time to design my own proper logo. I hope to finish it next weekend so will hopefully be able to share it with you then. Unsurprisingly, it has tentacles 😛
And I am also now plotting out a poetry book (or 3). Got a little plan about subject matter and I am going to take it slowly and see how it goes.
So this week has been for new things. Firstly, I have written some poetry. Murder poetry. I don’t usually write poetry as I prefer first person prose. But I was inspired by a friend last year to draft something and then just had the inspiration now to flesh it out and actually do something with it. Poetry is strange and I have no idea if it is any good or not.
Secondly, I am writing without editing. Usually I edit as I go but I am trying a different method. This one involves writing it out as a first draft and then revising it when complete. I am not sure how well this will work for me but we shall see. I have limited time at the moment and am hoping this helps to defeat the procrastination I often fall into when editing during. So far all it is doing is causing weird mild anxiety. But we shall see if it pays off when I am done.
This coming week I hope to get a lot more writing done as there are 2 deadlines approaching.
This week I got a rejection. I am not too surprised as the story was a bit strange for the brief but rejection always knocks me a bit. On the bright side however, I now have a completed story. Which is an achievement at the moment as January has completely kicked my butt. But February is Women in Horror Month so I am hoping my fortunes change.
I did however, finally get on Twitter. I am just following interesting people and blogging about the short stories I read on my lunch breaks atm. I need to do a bit more research on the whole hashtag and etiquette thing as I have no idea how twitter works 😛 .
I did get to binge October Faction on Netflix though. I loved it. From the monsters to the diversity & representation to the amazing twists, it was all really enjoyable.