Hello again!

Hope you’re all doing well? I know there’s been a lot going on in the horror community – unfortunately not all good. I hope you guys are able to take a break and not let all this negativity seep into your personal time. Though, admittedly, with social media, it’s easier said than done. Issues escalate quickly, no time to mull things over, and there are always those who feel it necessary to publicly or privately spew self-centered and hateful things. I hope things mellow out sooner rather than later for everyone’s sake.

On a somewhat lighter note, I had my first COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday, and though it’s made me extremely tired and run down I’m glad to be on the route to being fully vaccinated.

I decided to have a walk around our small marketplace and town centre this weekend to have a look through book stalls and charity shops. I ended up buying: Cell and The Dead Zone by Stephen King; Under A Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill; The Other People by C. J. Tudor; and Creed by James Herbert. The book stall on our indoor market is a real gem!

After, I went and renewed by library card. I’m admittedly a hermit and wanted an incentive to keep walking back into town, so I took out Elevation by Stephen King, and Complicity by Iain Banks. I would also like to give a shout out to the lady that helped me at Castleford Library (I doubt she will see and I didn’t catch her name, but still) she was so lovely and helpful. When you’re as anxious as I am, a little kindness goes a very long way.

Now, for writing! I managed a respectable 3,300 words this week (having my jab made me quite tired so I didn’t squeeze in much over the weekend) but I’m happy to have written that much after such a slump. Below I’ll post a line or two from each WIP:

I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed reading Flowers For Algernon.

It details the story of Charlie, a mentally disabled man, who partakes in an experiment to increase his intelligence, a journey which mirrors that of a lab mouse – Algernon. We, along with Charlie, unravel aspects of the man’s past, follow him as he surpasses those doctors which performed his surgery, and also witness the rapid decline of Algernon – wondering all the while if the same will happen to Charlie.

It’s a real tear jerker, I’ll say that. Beautifully executed, if not bittersweet as we realize just how terribly Charlie has been treated all his life, thinking that these people are his friends. Even with his surgery, we can’t help but feel for him. The ever widening gap between himself and those people he so desperately wished to be accepted by, his struggles of addressing the Charlie still hiding within himself. Very human and full of empathy. I’d go so far as to see it’s one of those reads – you must try and read it once.

Now, onwards with the week ahead! I shall continue to write a little bit towards my current short and my novel. My next reads etc. are below.

Take care of yourselves!

Current reads
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca
Immortelle by Catherine McCarthy [Awaiting Copy]

Current Projects
– Gentle, Subtle Things – moving backwards, unravelling the death of a mother, a house steeped in the scent of coal, lilies, and rot. 1,362 words.
– When They Call – coming of age, bad luck breeding in the belly of a coal mine, swallow your grief or die choking on it. 2,025 words.

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