Happy News for Me! [On My Recent Publishing Success!]

June 12, 2014

I am so excited to announce that the other day I heard that I will be getting published on the website The Voices Project, a non-judgmental community for women to share their poetry. 

The first poem will be published this fall and the next one will be published soon after. This is unbelievable and my first real time ever getting published.

This year has been very hard and to have this type of recognition means a lot. It's funny, though, one of these poems is over SEVEN YEARS OLD. But I rewrote it earlier in the year and I am really happy I did, because look what happened!

Anyways, the journey continues as I continue to submit, write, edit, rinse and repeat. I will be sure to update again once I can share the link with everyone.

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A Writer's Blog Hop - On My Writing Process and Current Projects

June 9, 2014
writing process, bad writing, writing blog hop

It's almost as if someone read my mind, because I've been stumped for blog content lately and when one of my writing peeps Jessica Samuels sent me a message asking if I wanted to join in a writing blog hop this week, I couldn't wait to join in!

Make sure you check out her answers too over at her blog.

1) What am I working on?

I've given up the burden of a novel at the moment and I've turned my attention to short stories. I've gotten about three or four done done so far this year and this is a major MAJOR record for me. It's funny though as I write more of these stories each one gets weirder and weirder and it makes me look at the world differently to see if I can twist it around into a bizarre little tale.

I'm having a lot of fun with short stories this year, but that doesn't mean that a novel idea isn't brewing in the background. I do have one that is more science fiction/dystopian than I've ever attempted before. I don't think I'm ready to work on it yet but it's developing in the back of my mind.

2) How does my work differ from others its genre?

I was once asked by someone critiquing my stories whether I would consider turning into a humor piece or, they wondered, whether I intended to have that comical tone to it. As I continue to write, I guess you can say that the humor or comical quality to the stories are laced with the bizarre and twisted worlds I've placed my characters in. For this, I stand out in the horror genre.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I used to associate myself as a fantasy writer, but as I've gotten older I don't read as much high fantasy as I used to as a kid. Nowadays, I like when one foot is in reality and one foot is in the bizarre. That's why I like horror stories, because it allows me to use this world we live in the most fanastic, horrific way. 

4) How does my writing process work?

I write a lot at night as well as on my bus ride home. I handwrite my stories usually into a notebook. My editing process needs a massive amount of work, but when I'm my most ambitious, I edit on the weekends (I work on first drafts during the week). Handwriting has been the best thing for my first drafts, although it sort of makes the editing process more difficult as typing up my stories gives me this high definition view into what I've written, which isn't always pretty.

I'm specifically tagging RD Meyers who I know must be dying to talk about his newest project in this prompt, but I would love everyone to join in on this! Let me know if you do and I'd love to read what you have to say!

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