I’m catching up on life and writing. Since last July, my world was turned upside down and put on hold—I’m still taking care of my son suffering from PANDAS, but since my previous post, he’s received IVIG treatment and is doing much better. OCD is still a monster in our house, and one that’s given me lessons in real horror, but that is life – it’s not supposed to be easy. Struggle is natural, to be expected, always lurking just around the corner, or so it should be for our characters, and such is the focus of my writing lately. Putting my characters in the here and now with true pressures and real worries. Yes, writing again!
Since my brief absence, I published a story in Christina Escamilla’s, The Deep Dark Woods anthology, titled, “Forever, No More.” It’s a great collection of stories that take place in the woods – and what’s scarier than a crypt in the woods? Spirits who want out of that crypt.
I had a reprint story, “Skipping Stones” in Fantasy Scroll’s first anthology, Dragons, Droids, and Doom, edited by Iulian Ionescu and Frederick Doot. Sharing pages with Ken Liu, Cat Rambo, Mike Resnick, Alex Shvartsman, Michelle Ann King, Anna Yeatts, and so many more greats is somewhat surreal, and I owned Cloud 9 on that one for a day.
Currently, I have a story shortlisted with a publication I’ve been eyeing for a few years (fingers/toes/knees crossed), and I just completed a long fiction (17K sci-fi/horror), “The Blood Berries,” and am polishing up some others. Also, I have hopes for new pieces over the summer.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”