I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m sure I’m not the only one counting down the days until Thanksgiving. Though this year hasn’t gone anything like I thought it would, I still feel like I have a lot to be thankful for. I can’t believe I managed to publish two full-length novels this year. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe it’s real. At other times, I wonder what took so long as I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. I am also extremely grateful for my readers. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you guys!
I’ve finally been able to really concentrate on my writing now that the kiddos are back in school. I plan to spend the next month or so working on a couple of short stories that I plan to submit for anthologies. One of them will be absolutely brutal compared to my other work. The other will be just as horrific, if not quite as extreme. I can’t wait to get started, even though I’m a little nervous. Usually when I try to write a short story, it ends up evolving into a novel. Fingers crossed that won’t happen this time. Once those stories are finished, I will start working on the next book of the Haven or Hell series.
Even though I’m happy to have more time for writing, I’m also a little sad the kids went back. It was nice getting to spend extra time with them, even if virtual learning was a pain. The house is too quiet in their absence. In other news, the hubby is training and becoming a better arm wrestler by the day. His first championship match is coming up next weekend. I couldn’t be prouder of how far he’s come in such a short time.
I’ve been slacking a little on book reviews, so I would also like to share a little of what I’ve been reading. Last week, I finished Horror 101: The Way Forward by Steve Rasnic Tem. It was a great book filled with tons of invaluable advice from some of the greatest minds in horror. I particularly liked the contribution by Ramsey Campbell. I’ve also been reading some shorter stories here lately. I just finished Daddy Issues by Rayne Havok. Though it wasn’t as extreme as some of her other stories, it was still a great read. I love simple yet immersive way she writes. I only wish her stories were longer. I’m currently reading two anthologies of extreme horror. I’m really enjoying DOA III: Extreme Horror Anthology by Marc Ciccarone. I will share my review as soon as I finish reading it.
No Escape received another five-star rating today, and Haven received its first. It always makes me happy to know that someone enjoyed reading my work. It makes everything seem worthwhile. I’m also excited to announce that Haven will be available in print very soon. I’ve already ordered author copies to do another giveaway. That’s all I have this week. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! -E.B.