13th August 2018

Just a really quick little post before I get off to sleep. I’ve written 540 words today. A few words here, a few there and boom! A decent word count for a busy day.

If you scroll down my feed you’ll see a post I reblogged from The Horror Show With Brian Keene where the guest was Matt Hayward. Hearing his story was really fucking eye opening and inspiring. It really got me thinking and I really need to up my game. I need more determination and focus. I do get these things but I loose them easily so I’m going to focus on keeping them. The way I’m going to start is with a simple and small list of five things I want to do this week. I won’t list them here, simply because it’s late and I’ve not got it to hand, but these five things are very achievable if I keep my head.

So that’s what I’m doing.

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May 12th 2018

Today I only wrote 174 words but I edited a couple of hefty scenes which only required tweaking it here and there.

I did this on and off during the day as I was listening to the second annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene Telethon for the Scares that Care charity. Brian, Dave, Mary, Phoebe, and Lombardo set out to earn $20,000 in 24 hours, and they did it with about fifty minutes to go, I chipped in what I could. At the end of the 24 hours they’d got a total of $21,591. It’s worth checking out the #BrianKeeneTelethon tag on Twitter as there is some one pictures and videos from the event on there. A lot of the conversation on there about the event is fantastic as well. Well worth checking out. I would love to have listened to the whole 24 hours but I needed sleep and miss about four hours of it. From a writing point of view there was a lot of interesting conversation about many aspects of writing.

I’m glad I took the time to listen. I worked it so I had some vacation time while it was on so I could be a part of it. Just sitting here and listening and interacting with the other listeners. It was great hearing the updates and when they hit targets. I cheered big time when they hit the 20k.

Please check the Scares that Care page out through the link. It’s a great charity who do a lot of good.

Tomorrow I’m going to dive into the edit/rewrite I’m woking on.

Horror That’s Getting Under My Skin

Up until recently I’ve rarely seen a horror movie that got under my skin. I say movie because I’ve only started delving into horror novels recently.

Aside from being grossed out by the odd scene here and there I’ve never really felt uncomfortable in a way that I now know horror should do. The first I noticed this was last year when I saw The Ritual. This is a film that was based on the novel by Adam Nevill. When I watched that film in the cinema I remember feeling a long way out of my comfort zone, but I still got through it and really enjoyed the movie (I’m looking forward to reading the book itself soon as well).

This week I’ve started listening to The Silence by Tim Lebbon. Tim Lebbon is a name I keep seeing pop up, and after meeting him at Bristol horror con last year and hearing him on a couple of podcasts (Three Guys With Beards & The Horror Show With Brian Keene) I knew I needed to check out some of his stuff. At the con I brought off him his book After The War, but knowing what a slow reader I was and that The Silence will be released as a movie sometime this year I believe, I wanted to read that one. So I got it on audiobook and although I’m only half way through it, it’s got under my skin. I thought The Ritual had an unsettling affect on me, but The Silence has gone deep. I almost stopped listening to it a quarter of the way through. It is so carefully crafted to trigger the readers own fears, even to the point where it feels like Lebbon’s written it just for me. Some of the elements here feel personal in a way I’ve not felt from a book before. That’s not to say books haven’t had an effect on me, because they have. Hell, a few have had me chocking up while others I’ve been punching them air in triumph and celebration.

As I was listening today I was thinking I’ll be finished it by the time I finished work at 3pm tomorrow, but I had to leave a day between the quarter way point of it and where I got to today, so I might resume it Monday and let the events in it sink in a little.

This book is really getting under my skin, and although it’s making me feel this way that’s what I feel is good horror. For horror to really work it has to make you feel how this is feeling. If I had to give this a rating right now it’ll easily be five stars.

I don’t have any ideas how this book will end, but I’ll be going in headfirst to find out.