Good Friday, 2019 (State Of Play)

I had some bad news last week which knocked the wind out of my sails. I’m not going to talk about here, not yet anyway.

I’ve barely written since then but will be getting back on the horse in the next few days. We’ve got a long weekend here in the UK. For many it’s a four day weekend, for me its a three day weekend because I work Saturdays (one year I will remember to book the damn Saturday off and have that four day weekend). My plan for the weekend was to get into Penal Earth beta notes (which I got on Monday), but my plans have changed as my folks have new furniture being delivered and the old stuff needs taking out, the area decorated and then on Monday the new stuff put together. So I’m not expecting to get Penal Earth edited this weekend. That was my goal, now the goal for having that done is next weekend.

I have done a little prep work for CS1. I’ve got a semi-decent idea of what needs to be done with that story to get it to where I want it to be and I think that’ll be the next one after the vampire collection is done.

Speaking of the vampire collection, that I’ll be trying to get back in the swing of in the next few days. I’m hoping once this first story is rewritten then the rest will mainly be edits with sections being rewritten as opposed to a whole story having to be done again from scratch.

I think I know what I’m going to be working on for the next year or so. I do have a submission call that I’m trying to think about a story to write for but although I love the theme I can’t get an idea to take shape. I can feel something there, but it’s just out of reach. Which tells me I’ve got a good idea but maybe now isn’t the right time for it. I do think the next eighteen months or so I’m going to focus on getting what I’ve got on the board done. The two projects after CS1 I’m really excited about but will need a lot of research for. I might start that soon and kind of drip-feed myself with it. Research isn’t something I’m that good at so I don’t want to just dive in full speed ahead as I know I’ll hit a brick wall!

Life has its ups and its downs. The trick is enjoying the ups and with the downs, shrug your shoulders and work your way through them.

Have a great easter weekend, folks.




As mass-market horror fiction seems poised for a comeback, Brian, Mary, Dave, Matt and special guest Kelli Owen discuss its viability in 2019. Plus the end of an era for Apex Magazine, and John Langan’s new book creates upheaval at Casa Keene. Check out this episode of The Horror Show! The post RESURGENCE – The…

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Acting Up

Raven's Retreat

Continuing our New Year’s resolution of doing something different, we’ve really thrown ourselves into the challenge this year. By agreeing to act in a short horror film. We are not actors. We are far more comfortable being behind the camera where our creepy faces cannot scare the general public. Unless you’re watching our ghost hunting show, Calamityville Horror, where we want to scare you. We…we make small children cry.

Our friend, Huw asked us to be in his film. Remembering our resolution, we agreed. Our acting experience is best described as ‘standing around looking creepy’. In the past, we have been the Snake Twins in Witches Abroad play (non-speaking, just being creepy), extras in Clownface (non speaking, only face planting), murder victims and newborn demon in our friend Dave’s film (non speaking, only dying) and…that’s it. Not exactly IMDB worthy. We feel slightly guilty as there are a lot of…

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7th Of April 2019

Today I finished reading through CS1. I’ve made a few changes as I’ve read through but this wasn’t an edit pass. I wanted to refresh my memory of what I had written and see what I needed to do to get the story to where I want it to be.

I also wrote 504 words on the vampire book and went to a write-in, which was fun as they always are.

Looking at the targets I set last week I haven’t done too bad. I’ve written an average of 521 words a day. My target was 500 words a day. I got the zombie novella passed my final edit pass and that’ll be off to beta readers in the near future. I started the editing process of CS1 and finished the comic I was reading. The only thing I really didn’t do was read every day.

I haven’t put together this weeks target list yet but I’ve got a few ideas so I’ll have a look at that tomorrow. For now, bed time!

6th Of April 2019

Today’s been much better. I wrote 396 on the vampire book and started reading through CS1. I’d hoped to get all the way through the almost 15,000 words but I’m wiped out. This week I’ve pretty much worked on writing stuff each night except last night and I’m feeling beat.

With CS1 its not an edit pass like what I’ve done before. I feel like it’s preparation for a 2nd draft, but I don’t want to do a pure rewrite. I think it’ll end up being a case of figuring out what I need to add to complete the story. I’ve got an idea of some of what’s needed already but I’ll come across a lot more as I go when I get stuck into it.

Tomorrow I’ve got a write-in which I’m looking forward to. For the rest of the night though, I’m chilling out.

Have a good one, everyone!


S.T. Joshi, John Pelan, Livia Llewellyn, John Langan, Leeman Kessler and many more offer tributes to author, poet, and essayist Wilum H. Pugmire. Plus Maurice Broaddus’s new book deal, changes at Deadite Press, and reviews of Sekiro, Clark Ashton Smith’s Emperor of Dreams, and Devin Townsend’s Empath. Check out this episode of The Horror Show!…


Arm Cast Podcast: Episode 260 – Solheim — PROJECT ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK

This week’s episode of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Podcast features host Armand Rosamilia chatting with Bruce Olav Solheim, a distinguished professor of history, former Fulbright scholar, and US Army veteran. He has published 8 books and written 10 plays of which 2 have been produced. His latest books are Timeless: A Paranormal Personal History and Timeless Deja…

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