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.
I just got some bittersweet news that I thought I would share with everyone about a short story that I submitted to a body horror anthology last year. The press that was releasing it is going to be shutting down soon. My short story however did make the cut, and will be included in their last ever anthology (which will be released later this year in e-book form.)
I'm really sad to hear about the press, and obviously this was not the exciting first print publication moment that I had dreamed of for myself (especially considering that the book will no longer technically be in print) but I am overall, glad that I get to be included in their last story collection and honored that I got to be a part of something so great, if only for a little while.
I will be posting more about the short story and the anthology as I get more information, but I wanted to give you guys a heads up about that and share the news with you, bittersweet though it may be. In the meantime, thank you everyone for reading.
Since it's the start of the month I just figured I would drop by to let people know about some of the projects and stuff that I'm working on.
More than anything my time is going to my horror blog. I'm trying to get the queue set up and the theme fixed without letting my promise of more live content slide, and reading/listening-to/playing-through/watching all the content I share is very time consuming.
Not to worry though, I am still juggling this around my own creative writing. Here is a glimpse into the things that are coming up in my world of fiction:
And I will potentially continue working on my manuscript. With all of the submissions I've been doing I have not made a lot of progress on that but I also haven't abandoned it quite yet.
So that's what I will be up to.
Thank you guys for reading the blog and I will hopefully have some updates for you soon.
There hasn't been a lot to update everyone about recently since making submission deadlines isn't all that exciting by itself (and I doubt you want to hear about each and every rejection letter because believe me, it gets tedious fast.)
Today however, I got an acceptance letter, which I figured you would want to know about :D
I will be having a short story featured in next month's issue of The Siren's Call eZine, which just so happens to be their fifth annual Women in Horror month issue - so I'm doubly excited about it. I'll get to work with their editor throughout the next week and it will be a really neat promotion for me.
I am a big supporter of The Siren's Call - not just because they accept my work, but because they run a wonderful eZine that promotes writers of speculative fiction and provides free, quality horror content to thousands of people. That's something I can definitely get behind, as my horror blog essentially tries to do the same thing (although I'm only reaching about a fraction of their viewers.)
I also really support Women in Horror Month. It's a great cause that tries to bridge some of the inequality that women face when writing in a genre that is definitely male-dominated (as are most speculative fiction genres, sadly.) A lot of the horror writers that I've looked up to for the past several years have been men, and a big part of that has been that they get more exposure and are easier to find across the various subgenres. Women in Horror Month showcases some very, very talented female horror writers and shows that we are every bit as talented and disturbed as men. I am so excited to be a part of that movement and so incredibly honored to be featured with so many talented women.
This is a great opportunity for me. The story I'm having featured will remain secret until next month, but I can tell you that it's a short story developed from a flash-fiction content I entered on Writing.Com. There is also some talk of it being adapted into a super awesome comic that I'm also looking forward to.
So, that's about it. I thought I would share the exciting news and I will provide some links in the future. Thank you guys for your interest in my site.
I hope that things are going well and that everyone's 2017 is getting off to a good start. I just thought I'd drop in to let everyone know I'm still here, I'm still writing, and I'm still working on things.
All of the pieces that I have polished and ready for submission are, as of this moment, submitted somewhere. I'm expecting a lot of rejections, but with any luck I'll be back on here one or twice to announce a publication from one of my 2016 submissions.
Man, I am so glad for 2016 to be over.
As for upcoming things, some of you may have noticed that I took my horror blog off hiatus. (And also technically the game blog, though I never really got the ball rolling on that one before so...) and that's eating up a fair amount of my time. I am (in theory) working on my portfolio site still. I was making really good progress on that until I lost my flash drive, but with any luck that will be turning up soon and I can wrap that all up.
I have some things coming up on the distant horizon - I have my manuscript narrowed down to just a couple options for instance and there's a good chance that I'll be writing a graphic novel at some point this year. And of course - I've got January submissions coming up.
The stories that I'll be working on this month include the following:
And, my all-time most requested aspect of original fiction
(I'm not even kidding - people seriously ask me for that all the time. I seem to have accidentally stumbled into a very specific niche with mildly BDSM-related, LGBTQ+, paranormal erotica. Who knew, right?)
And that, my dear (and possibly imaginary) readers, is what you can be expecting from me to be working on this month, as well as my daily horror flash fiction, which I'm going to try to do on a more daily basis from hereon out. One of my resolutions is to write more original stuff, and I'm only one day in, but so far it's looking good.
With any luck, there will be more updates from me in the near future, regarding the progression of the aforementioned stories, my attempts to finish a manuscript, and any potential publication attempts.
I have been absent from the blog for awhile, but I have not been lazy. I've been working on my 2016 NaNoWriMo project, which I announced just about everywhere but here (oops.)
Balancing that with submissions has been really, really tricky, I'm not going to lie, but I'm kind of doing it. I keep forgetting to update my wordcount (which I need to go do actually) and as of today I'm about 1,000 words behind, but I'm mostly doing it.
As for the submissions, I think I've been doing okay. November has been a slow month for horror fiction (which I suppose is understandable after the Halloween craze) but I do have two or three places that I'm currently polishing up my submissions for (or writing the rough draft for in one case) that will be due in the next couple weeks.
The submissions I'm working on now include:
I'm very excited about them, they've just been cutting too deeply into my novel-writing time.
I'm also really excited about some of my upcoming December projects, which is actually one of the things I wanted to talk about. Since I am currently staying with a very handsome gamer who lets me use the very nice gaming computer he built for my work stuff, I now have the ability to get back into the world of tumblr blogging - and maybe some other blogging as well. It's very possible that I'll have some theme blogs coming back off hiatus very soon and depending on how well that goes... well, let's just say I've learned a lot about blogs this last year and might be looking to expand my operations to a more professional hosting site.
I have also joined a novel writing group. Obviously the only novel I'll be working on until the end of November is my NaNo project, but I do have a couple outlines I'm really excited about. Embarking on another novel is something that might not be realistic in December, but it's something I'm actively considering if I feel I can juggle it around my other projects. We'll just have to see how everything plays out.
This is probably going to be a slow blogging month for me because I am swamped. Novel writing, portfolio work, job hunting, and an active submission rotation is sort of kicking my ass. If anything exciting happens though, you guys as always will be the first to know.