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Reading Report: A Bloody Embarrassment of Riches

I’ve been building my library with a host of titles from small indie publishers and authors for some time now. My shelves are on the verge of buckling. How lucky am I to have so many titles that it takes me some time to choose which one to read first? Alas, I must choose…

I added 2 titles by Aaron Polson to my shelves last week, Loathsome, Dark And Deep & The House Eaters. I think Loathsome will win out here, as I can’t resist a book with a title like that…

I’m almost finished reading Debris by Barry Napier and next, I want to read The Ash Angels, the 2nd chapbook from Ian Rogers’ Felix Renn series which I picked up at The Word on The Street.

That’s just the tip of the iceburg in terms of my “to be read” shelf and doesn’t include anything I’ve downloaded to my Sony Reader. But don’t think I’m going to be hogging all this literary goodness to myself…

Because the rumors are true. I’m starting up a new website where I’ll be reviewing, posting interviews and shedding some light on the deep, dark corners of horror fiction.

Yup! The mysterious BloodyBookish.com will be run be l’il ol’ me! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time. I secured the domain maybe 2 years ago, never got started with it, let it expire and then realized I still wanted to explore the genre.

My focus is to spread the word about Horror in general, with a special focus on spotlighting Canadian horror and female-written horror as well. Watch for news on when the site will launch (I’m aiming for Spring) and keep your eyes on your inbox. I hope to feature as many people in my writing posse as possible!

Exciting times are ahead (and I’m stoked to have an “excuse” to do more reading)!

Want to stay in the loop? You can follow Bloody Bookish on Twitter!

WIP Wednesday is Derailed Ever-So-Slightly

I'm not sure what I'm doing about my NaNoWriMo book.

Obviously, with everything going on, I abruptly stopped working on it last week. In fact, most of the month, I struggled with hitting my word count until late at night because most of the day I was either cuddling Zoey (on her good days) or worrying about her (when she wasn't feeling well enough to cuddle).

I surprised myself by writing almost an entire first draft of a new short the other day. Maybe it's the comfort of getting back into routine but it was actually a bit of a relief, to tell you the truth. Something tangible to hold on to with so much turmoil going on around me. Either way, I'm not sure if I'll "win" NaNo this year. But I'm not going to abandon my book either, no matter how long it takes me to finish it.

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In other Writing Wednesday news, have you seen the trailer for Aaron Polson's Loathsome, Dark & Deep yet? That guy knows how to entice! Check it out and don't forget to pre-order the book while it's still only $8.99. And take part in A Very Loathsome Contest!

Writing Wednesday: Winding Down

Photo: Janelle Vanden BergAs a freelancer (and sometimes work-a-holic), taking time off can be a struggle. We feel like we should always be working, doing more, and when we don't, we often guilt ourselves into compensating the next day with more work than we started out with.

Not this time.

I'm taking next week off and I am SO ready for it. I have blogs I want to write, articles I should finish beforehand – but it all amounts to doing double the work this week, and I just can't get my head into it.

The good news is I have fallen back into a regular writing routine after struggling for a few months there. But I'm afraid I'll slip right back into my funk when I take the entire week off.

On the other hand, we have some fun activities planned and haven't I said before that sometimes you just need to decompress and be inspired by life in order to have something that's worth writing about?

So really, the guilt and pressure are all self-imposed. How about a little self-imposed pleasure? Dip my toes in the pool, soak up some sun, eat some ice cream and get away for a while, right? It'll all be waiting for me when I get back.

My Works-In-Progress

  • Well, it took a few weeks longer than I thought but I finally finished my tweet-inspired tale! Maybe once it finds a home, I'll spill the beans on whose tweet inspired me
  • I haven't even started planning my WeSeWriMo project yet, not really! I've tried but keep getting stuck. Maybe my week off will allow my thoughts to settle and the perfect idea will come to me. I hope…
  • Instead of driving myself completely insane, I'm going to hold off on my RPP idea until later. I haven't even looked at it since NaNoWriMo – I imagine it will need a lot of reworking, which isn't a bad thing. Sometimes the editing goes smoother than diving into something new
  • I've been meaning to finalize my swag giveaway but it keeps getting pushed to the backburner. I'll need to tackle it when I'm back.

So, how to you cope with being constantly on the go and finding it hard to take some time for yourself? Think I'll be able to cope?!

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

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Writing Wednesday: Mopping Up

In my current #WIP, there is some mopping up to be done by my 2 main characters. It's a gruesome task in comparison to the mopping up I am doing in preparation for the long weekend (i.e. laundry, making picnic plans, final edits of the aforementioned tale).

So, even though I feel like this is the never-ending edit, things could be much worse. Wait till you read what task they are tackling :)

I plan to take it easy for the next few days, but that doesn't mean I won't still sneak in some brainstorming for other WIPs. Besides, what better way to do so than staring up at the clouds from under a shady tree?

In other writing news:

  • One of my fave Brits and constant source of inspiration DJR has finished the first draft of his latest novel, Dog Eat Dog. Cannot wait to read it!
  • I hear the first edition of the Red Penny Papers is going to be stellar, with pieces so far from Aaron & Cate. I better finish my submission and hope it gets accepted
  • Barry Napier really is conquering the writing world with the acceptance of his poetry collection, A Mouth For Picket Fences. GO Barry!
  • I'm completely jealous that my fellow hi-fiver Katey is going to the Mutter Museum to do a little research! Yes – medical oddities are fun!
  • Miss Beanses has started posting snippets of stories that will appear in the From The Dark Side Anthology. Looking forward to reading more!

Funny how it's Summer and I seem busier now more than ever. I guess when you're freelancing, it's harder to differentiate between seasons. Or week. Or days. Or hours.

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

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Writing Wednesday – Frankensteining It

Stitched UpMy current WIP is almost done. The thing that's holding me up? It was originally a flash piece, but after a bit of researching (shout-out to KV Taylor!), a few seeds sprouted into tidbits that I couldn't resist adding into the story.

So, the research coupled with a late-night brainstorming session has enabled this story to grow beyond its meager beginnings.

Not that I'm complaining. These little extras have given it an added dose of intrigue as I try to piece the two parts together. Good to know I can still get excited about writing. I don't imagine that I'll ever tire of it – but after a few stalled stories, I'm really enjoying writing this one and happy to be excited about it again.

My Current WIPS

I think I said it all above. Working on that story plus also polishing another. Plans still brewing for #WeSeWriMo.

Fellow writers, do you also work on multiple stories simultaneously?

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

Fellow members of The Creative Alliance:

Want to know where all the cool kids go? Check out TCA and join us! Writers, artists, musicians – unite!

Writing Wednesday: Deadlines for Flitters

Photo: Ali TaylorDeadlines are a good thing for flitters like me.

My WIP pile is evidence of the creative chaos in which I work. With a billion and one projects on the go right now, it speaks a lot to my need for some sort of schedule.

When I am working on a story that doesn't have a specific deadline in mind, it's easy to get caught up in every minute detail or simply flit from one project to the next and never finish anything.

[ Photo: Ali Taylor  ]

So, when I heard about WeSeWriMo (Web Series Writing Month), I was instantly curious.

NaNoWriMo is good for me. Sure, it's a crazy undertaking, but having that specific deadline and daily word count to work toward is made for me.I've been wanting to offer some free/minimal payment content for a while now, and an online serial has always been on my to-do list.

So, I have decided to take up the challenge. I'm a bit worried that our annual camping trip might hinder my progress a bit – but then again I tend to get up early when we're camping – and what better setting to jot down some words than sitting lakeside every morning with my cup of brewed-over-the-campfire coffee?

Come August, I'm taking the plunge. Care to join me?

In other news, I've got a pile of stories to be read that rivals my mountain of WIPs. With tales from Jenny Hudock, Barry Napier, Aaron Polson, R. Van Saint, and Jason Tucker, to name just a handful, I've got loads of inspiration just waiting for me to partake.

Black Wreath by M. JonesI've also started reading Melissa Jones' Black Wreath. M is actually the culprit responsible for letting me know about WeSeWriMo in the first place, so if you are looking for a dark mystery with an exquisitely distinctive voice, check it out!

All in all, there is always a lot going on and that's how I like it.

WIP WednesdayMy Current WIPS

  • final edits to tweet-inspired tale, i.e. sprinkling it with Creep and Cringe
  • lightbulb moment with one of the stories from my NaNo 2010 collection; plan to finish and submit it next week
  • ideas brewing for WeSeWriMo

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

Fellow members of The Creative Alliance:

Want to know where all the cool kids go? Check out TCA and join us! Writers, artists, musicians – unite!

Writing Wednesday: Letting Go

It's funny how themes seems to surface amongst many of my writer friends at the same time.

Whether it's being inundated with too many ideas all at the same time (I know I'm not alone in feeling this, as evidenced by fellow writers Aaron Polson and Barry Napier's recent blog posts) or letting go of various things that block our writing, it just shows you how, even though we're on our own different paths, we seem to go through many of the same trials tribulations and experiences.

So the theme lately seems to be letting go — from Jenny, who is letting go of expectation in favor of motivation, or Nicole, who is allowing her Muse to come through (even if it scares her) by letting go of a too-rigid mindset in order to tell a story unique to her.

Lately my own adventures in letting go seemed to be focused on putting aside stories that do not seem to be working. One of the comments on Nicole's post about being stuck on a story stemming not from writer's block but more about wanting to make the story work, even if it was flawed, really hit home to me.

If you've been reading my blog for the last little while you'll see that I keep adding more #WIPs to the pile rather then finishing them.

It's hard to let go, especially when you've spent so much time on a story already, but I find that you can chip away at a story for so long, but eventually it comes to the point where you know whether the story is working or not. Often letting go is the best thing you can do. Maybe I'll be able to put the finishing touches on all those stories that are half-finished some day. But for now, I'm letting go of the ones that are stalled and going where my creativity is taking me instead of forcing myself to finish them simply for completion's sake.

I don't look at it as giving up or failing. It's not like I've put the tales completely out of their misery by trunking them. After all, my unfinished story trunk is a virtual one and it can always be opened again when the mood strikes me.

Maybe those ideas just need to percolate a little while longer…

My Current WIPS

  • the tweet-inspired tale is almost finished! Hoping to send it off to critique peeps next week
  • also hoping to brainstorm on that idea that started whispering to me last week
  • will be going through my current list of "stalled" WIPS and seeing which ones I can salvage

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

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WIP Wednesday: Ever-Changing Perspectives

Photo: Alessandro PaivaSo, a few days away from my latest WIP and the good news is I was quite excited by it when I gave it a quick reading before diving back into it. That's good, right?

Except…there's this other idea. Another new idea. It came to me after reading a few lines of an article. There I was, happily diving into a little light reading and bam! Two sentences in and there was a flash in my head of a story idea.

I'm not complaining. I love it when that happens. But didn't I already mention that I have a WIP pile that rivals my collection of argyle socks? (Author's Note: I have many,many pairs of argyle socks)

Needless to say, I'm kind of torn. My pile of WIPs is eyeing me suspiciously now. But what have those WIPs done for me lately? If the words (and ideas) were flowing, I would have completed them already. All I'm doing is running where my Muse takes me. I can't help it if this Shiny New Idea seems to hold more promise at the moment.

I'm a magpie. I like sparkly things. And this new idea – she's all blazing and brilliant right now.

Ooh…shiny!

My Current WIPS

  • a tweet-inspired tale that creeps me out a bit. I hope it does the same for my readers when it is complete!
  • that crazy, dream-inspired WIP has stalled at the moment. Not enough of a creep factor yet. Maybe the plot needs tweaking…
  • another idea for a serial is percolating behind-the-scenes. I've managed to stave it off for now. We'll see how long that lasts. But the outcome could be quite "dreadful"…
  • novel-series idea that I might try to explore in short story form first

That is barely the tip of the WIP-iceburg, but I'd rather have too many ideas than none.

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

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Also, be sure to check out Part One of my interview with fellow author Ian Rogers. Part Two will be up tomorrow! And my interview with Jenny Beanses is coming up this Friday!

Above kaleidoscope photo:  Alessandro Paiva