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Writing Journal Update 10

College and Life Updates: I barely had any homework this week and more time than I know what to do with, so I've been coming up with blog ideas. Hopefully I'll post regularly now. I've also started on a new writing prompt project that I'm excited to share, so hopefully you'll see more of that soon. I've also received my first copy of Nature, an academic journal that will help me with writing in my plant horror collection I'm planning on putting together. I've been writing several hundred words each week for my Contemporary Dark Fiction class, and it's generated new ideas to put on the backburner.

“The Day Caroline Bloomed”: I've received a lot of great feedback on this, and generally the story is well-liked. I'm hoping to start sending it out sometime next month.

“Untitled Dark Fantasy Piece”: No news on this one right now, since it's a project for a class. I'll have updates next week when we resume working.

“Untitled Horror Story”: Another plant horror story set in the South. The plant of choice is roses, and the theme centers around the Southern idea of women being fragile, beautiful objects. I should begin working on this soon, but I've taken some time to edit "The Day Caroline Bloomed" and work on some pieces for my dark fiction class.


"Untitled Flash Fiction Piece": This is one of those things that I have had to put on the backburner. It's a 420-word flash fiction piece I'm hoping to expand to 1,000 words. It's a bit more of a thriller than horror, which is a first for me, but I'm enjoying it so far.

Publishing News: “Of Anxiety” will be published October 15th in Breath and Shadow. "The Orchid's Crimson Maw" will be published October 20th in The Dread Machine. I've included the image for the latter in this post.

Personal Readings: Devil’s Creek by Todd Keisling (horror, novel), readings from Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas (dark fiction, anthology), Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook, horror), Black Static Issue #76 (horror, literary journal)

Finished: The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase

Now, a first--is there anything you'd like to see a post on? Any questions for a writer/editor you think should be addressed on the blog? Comment or fill out the contact form on the site with your idea, and I'll be sure to address it.




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