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.
This week I resolved that as of July I am going to write every day. I’ve set a lower limit of 100 words as that is drabble length, or achievable when editing a larger work. So far it is going really well. Which is great as this week has been pretty hectic. I’ve ordered myself a grid journal so I can colour in the squares to track my progress. Yes, I am one of those people who loves stationery and notebooks.
I’ve had a few more acceptances this week as well. I have four stories coming up in Drabbles of Dread, which should be out on the 15th July. Also, I hit the 50 accepted submissions mark this week. I’ve been writing now since last April, so that’s a year and 3 months. I am really proud of myself, specially in light of the many obstacles I’ve faced in the last year.
May this next week be everything you want it to be. Take care of yourselves.
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 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.
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.