Let me tell you how I'm losing my mind.
Slowly but surely (apologies Stephen King, I need these adverbs here), my schedule has finally opened up to the point that most of my nights are open to write and dream and play more Stardew Valley than I actually need to. The problem is, now that my time is free, I've been using it to write. Constantly write. Write to the point that I forget that there's a world out there and things I need to pay attention to besides ghosts, demons, and madwomen stuck with even madder men.
So my apologies. I meant for this blog to be a weekly or bi-weekly thing, but it's turning more into a monthly or bi-monthly thing, and that doesn't seem like it's going to change in the near future. I do want to bring back Freewrite Friday (and finish the languishing Beholder story) in the new year, but I'm finally into a groove where my Fridays are being focused on story submissions, finding agents to query, and cleaning up my little space so I have room for a Christmas tree before the 25th. It's fake and old and the cats are probably going to destroy it, but I need a little Christmas cheer in anyway I can get it (example pictured above).
This has been a tough year. Definitely not just for me, but for everyone, and while I doubt my words will cure what ails the world, I still want to share them with you to escape. That is the one thing that I've learned this year that I want to stick with me (again, thank you Mr. King and your wonderful writing memoir). As a former therapist told me a long time ago, I need to stop taking everything so seriously. I don't need to toss myself onto a pedestal that doesn't exist. I'm not going to save the earth with stories about serial killers and possessed women, and I shouldn't put that pressure on myself anymore.
We all want to get away from this madness for a little bit, and that's what I want to give to you. Yeah, my escapes are usually terrifying and mostly depressing, but there's a legitimate catharsis to horror that not many genres can give.
And that's all I hope to give from now on. I'm here to entertain and if I happen to inspire or motivate or rile up some people that's fine too, but in the end all I want to do is tell a good story.
So here's to the new year, and new decade! Let the words flow and let them be as spooky as possible. I'll see you all in 2020 with fresh ideas (and one published story). Enjoy your holidays in any way you can, and here's hoping Krampus didn't grab you last night!
Strange Girls is the newest anthology from Twisted Wing Productions and I am so ecstatic to be a part of it! The e-copy of the anthology will be released February 18th, 2020, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon! Also, if you can (or want to), please visit the Goodreads page and click "want to read." Every little bit counts and I thank you all for your support!