chapter 16 blog
Remember that big news I told you to look out for? Well this is it right here:
I'm expanding the horror blog.
I am so excited to have been chosen to participate in The Next Great Horror Writer Contest, but it is going to be a big time commitment and I just don't feel like I'll be able to compete at my highest level while also trying to freelance and run a horror blog. Something had to give and I'm tired of putting my blogging goals on the back burner for financial reasons.
So, I am now going to be transitioning into full-time horror blogging. It's a big change but it's been something I've been wanting to do for awhile and I feel like it's a step in the right direction. Instead of doing work-for-hire projects as a ghostwriter I'll be getting my name out there in a field I'm passionate about while being able to contribute to a community I love and support creators I believe in.
The horror blog on tumblr is still alive and well, but I'll now be posting the majority of my original content first and foremost on the new WordPress site which can be found here: In Defense of the Horror
There are going to be some additional expansions to this as well, but I'm determined not to overreach just yet. In the near future I'm going to be looking into doing more with this, potentially creating exclusive video/audio content and setting up a Patreon account for myself but in the meantime I'm just going to try and re-establish a small following. Moving from one blogging platform to another can be tricky, and I don't want to mess this up.
So that's it! Thank you guys for reading and for the support. I have some stuff coming up on there that I am really excited about and I hope to see some of you over there.
All the best,
I have been officially selected as one of the of the contestants in The Next Great Horror Writer Contest. I'm incredibly excited an honored to have been chosen for the contest and to be competing alongside so many talented writers.
You can read more about the contest and the other writers selected by clicking here.
I have a lot of things left to do in preparation for the first challenge, which will start on the 20th of this month. That being said I'm going to wrap up this entry, but stay tuned. I do have another big thing that I will be announcing very shortly.
As always, thanks for reading and you'll be hearing from me soon.
I missed posting this when it came out a couple weeks ago, but here is the link finally. It's for the 31st issue of The Siren's Call eZine (which also happened to be their fifth annual Women in Horror Month Issue.)
I was honored to have my short story "Advice from a Friend" featured alongside so many talented women. The zine is completely free to read, so you guys should check it out.
I'm sorry that I'm so late on my March project forecast. I am working hard, it's just hard to know at this stage which things are going to work out best and are worthy of being shared with you, my lovely readers.
A lot of my efforts, as usual, have been going toward my horror blog. My queue is almost completely organized and I have rough drafts for a lot of upcoming articles, reviews and masterposts. I'm also trying to branch out some and bring in a wider variety of content. I have an interview lined up with a writer who I'm really excited to be working with, and I've had the honor of working on some pre-release reviews. There has been some talk of relocating that blog from its primary tumblr platform to somewhere with a little more visibility, potentially WordPress. The notion has been floated by me on more than one occasion that perhaps my blogging passion might make a better full-time career than a side project, as I seem to have a knack for it.
I might also be participating in a contest for horror writers. I might not be, so it's a little premature to start name-dropping, but I am being considered as a potential contest. I will hopefully be able to let you guys know a little more about that in a week or so.
A big part of qualifying for that (which again, might or might not happen) has been filling social media requirements. I am now the not so proud owner of a Facebook page where I am friends only with my significant other. I'll also be tidying up some of my information here to include some recent publications, taking the horror blog out of the hiatus section, and other such small things.
Another part of that has been tidying up a couple of older manuscripts and desperately trying to pick which one has the most potential. Understandably that's very hard for me to do objectively since I have different levels of attachment to all of them. It looks like I might have to just clean up all of them to see where it gets me, which as I'm sure you can imagine is very time consuming.
SO! Now that you know some of the things eating away at my time, I will bring you your monthly dose of what fiction things I'll be working on this month (aside from The Battle of the Three Manuscripts):
And that's about it. Balance this out with my novels and my nonfiction adventures, and it's going to be a pretty busy month all in all.
Thank you guys so much for reading. Keep an eye out for those small site updates I was telling you about (I'll be sure to let you know when they're all finished.) I'll also be posting that short story that I had published last month, for those of you who would like to check it out.
I'm just writing this to give you guys a heads up about some changes to my social media activity during the next couple months.
Thanks to the absolutely wonderful NGHW contest, I have been getting a lot more attention than I am used to - primarily on my Facebook, which I had never used before last week.
I will spare you the hour long rant about why I've never used Facebook, and skip right to the part where I tell you that I have caved, and will be setting up my page a little more properly today. Although I'm still not a fan of the platform, there is a lot of networking to be done on the site and since I need to sign in every day to check on the contest group - I figured that I might as well make the most of this chance.
I don't know if I'll be staying on Facebook after the contest ends, but I do know where I'll be most active the next few months - and I'm here to pass along that information to those of you who might be interested in keeping up with my work or getting into contact with me.
You can click the link on the left to find my account and subscribe/follow/creep on accordingly. Next to the link will be what sort of things you can expect to see from me there, and how often.
If you'd like to contact me I recommend doing none of the above - because most of those sites have a history of eating/hiding my messages. As always, the best thing to do if you'd like to reach me is just to fill out the form on my contact page or email me at Cat.Voleur@gmail.com
Thank you guys for checking this out and for your interest in my work/ramblings. I know all the writers say this, but I really do have the best readers.