Happy Announcement!

Tomorrow, I’m going to Austin, TX, for a punk/metal/horror magazine launch party, and I will be introduced as the new horror editor and horror author!!  I never thought in a million years I’d be here in such a short amount of time, but I’m so very thankful to those who’ve helped me get to where I am.  Along with myself, horror writers/authors Tim Miller and Will Glover will be the horror short story contributors, and there will be movie reviews, as well.  When the magazine gets put online, I’ll make sure to do a big announcement.  🙂

This launch party is going to be a breath of fresh air as I have encountered some very shady nastiness on Facebook this past week.  Yeah, I get it.  It IS Facebook, but I want to keep my name out of the goings on with certain people within the horror community.  Only in a perfect world will everyone come together peacefully, but until that happens I’m going to happily diddy bop myself down this new path of horror adventure.  

Taking things in moderation

I’ve decided that I’m okay with not getting my anthology/novella out this year.  I put too much on myself sometimes and feel the need to push too hard.  So, I’m going to focus on just writing and not meeting personal deadlines.  This decision has really taken a load off my shoulders.  I’m a big believer in quality over quantity, and I really care about my readers.  

On another note, I started reading this book, and I couldn’t even get past the first chapter it was so bad.  Of course, I will not name the author or the book because this person is an indie author just like me, and I don’t want to shame anyone.  I’m not sure if this book was a first time try for this author, but I really hope he/she gets their act together.  I’ve read the reviews and am actually shocked it got so many 5 stars.  Anyhoo, I’m all done with that.  Moving on to greater things in life….

Time flies when you’re….well, doing homework and crap

I realized that I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I know…naughty, naughty!  But man…my life is chaotic right now.  So much homework and things that just can’t wait until tomorrow are piling up.  How did this happen?!  Oh yeah, that’s right.  I’m a mom, a full-time employee, an almost full-time student, a reader, a writer, and an awesome woman that wields a sword of badassery.  That’s a serious resume, yo!  

So, yeah.  All in all, I’m great.  Am I writing, you ask?  I have to hang my head in shame on this one and say I haven’t written a word in a few days.  This is the part that totally sucks.  The only time I get to write is the evenings, and by that time I’m an overtired, sluggish bag of poop.  I love school and all, but I’ll be sooooo glad when summer starts.  Taking 3 classes in 1 semester was not a good idea.  However, I’m right in the middle of it, so I can’t give up.  My grades are pretty good, too, and I can’t complain that my hard work is paying off.  

On another note, I will be announcing my entry of The Stranger in the new Stench Radio online magazine that is launching NEXT MONTH!!!  I will be posting a link to it and keep you updated, of course.  

I’m going to try to make a better effort in keeping up with this blog.  I need an escape, and I allow life to get in the way of my goals far too easily.  That needs to stop a.s.a.p.  We’re all allowed to feel crappy once in a while.  However, staying in the pits of depression and unmotivated drive is what kills you.

Random blatherings at 12 a.m.

At this moment in the bleakness of oblivion and heartbreak drama….where do I begin?  

Is there a set pace?  

Have I reached a peak?

Time is only a distant friend that allows me a destitute moment in space.

Who am I?

Where do I belong?

Shamrocks and bloody playgrounds

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Happy Saint Patty’s Day, everyone!  I’ve put the corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker and slipped on my green underwear for today’s festivities.  Well…can’t say there’s a whole bunch in the way of “festivities,” but it will be a good day nonetheless.  I’m going to put school work aside for this one day to spend my evening writing a story about potheads and a devilish playground.  Want to read it?  You’ll just have to wait until April’s online issue of Stench Radio magazine!  As usual, I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

Everyone, please be safe if you go out tonight!

Book trolls

I can’t help but wonder why people get on sites like Goodreads and Amazon only to purposefully bash an author’s work.  Do people have no shame?  Is this what I have to look forward to in the future of my writing career?  

I completely expect bad reviews.  Hell, I expect my first published novella to be chock full of negative feedback.  However, a respectful and constructively critical review completely outweighs a 1 star.  It’s not the stars that bother me, by the way.  It’s the people who get on review sites and claim with hostility how much a book sucks.  Really?  Did the written words contained between two covers (or electronic device in our technological savvy era) push you that much over the edge that you had to respond with such hatred and fury?  

Well, I guess I’ll just have to sit back and endure the haters, trolls, and nincompoops who hide behind screens when mommy and daddy are asleep.  I’ll saunter to my writing corner and celebrate when any kind of review comes my way, all with a smile on my face.  *throws confetti*

From the little to the big dogs…

For the past couple months, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing an actual novella.  I’ve pretty much been keeping my comfort zone within short stories and flash fiction, but I think I really have something.  I wrote a nasty little ditty not too long ago called The Pink Bag, and I’m going to expand on the idea of a mentally tormented little girl.  Yes, it may seem cliche….little girl goes nuts, begins killing spree, seems so innocent that there’s no POSSIBLE way that she could be insane.  However, I want to take this a step further.  I want to actually put my past demons into this little girl:  My addictions, my fears, my pain.  Maybe writing this as a pseudo-autobiography would be part of my healing process.  If anybody has done this sort of thing, I’d love your insights.

Cover reveal for my new short story, The Stranger

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I’m proud to announce that I am officially part of a publishing company called Madwriter Press!  I will be posting my first story to be published by this wonderful company in a few days, and I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.madwriterpress.com/blog/

 

Artists in Horror Month podcast! Come join the fun!

Tonight’s podcast starts off the month of March with Artists in Horror Month!  Check out the link below and come join the fun!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the_eric_morse_show/2014/03/01/the-artists-in-horror-month-pre-event-special

New opportunities are awesome!

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I have been chosen to be the horror fiction editor for a new mag coming out in April this year!!!  Along with my friends and fellow authors D.S. Ullery and Tim Miller, I will be writing flash horror fiction for Stench Radio Magazine.  Check out stenchradio.com for awesome music and badass horror!  If you’re in Texas, come to the party.  Everyone is invited!