Inspiration strikes in strange places: sometimes you have to hunt it down, and sometimes it lands in your lap like a brightly coloured, ticking package just waiting to go off. I wonder if I like writing so much because it encourages me to research weird stuff. Partially I wonder if it’s because I like to magpie curiosities in Evernote for use later. The strangest collection of seemingly useless information appears in the most bizarre fashion in my fiction sometimes.
It’s springtime! Snow is melting, the sun is out, and I’ve had a great “maker” weekend where all I’ve done is write, design, and further develop a couple of projects I’ve had going. A few days ago I wrote about taking the first steps towards establishing my author branding. The idea solidified a couple of days back, and so began three nights of furious illustration.
I had a rough night a few days back. Office squabbles. I managed to offend someone unintentionally, which resulted in back biting and catty sniping and word getting back to my boss (which we both subsequently laughed at, and opting for a direct approach addressed the matter head on by addressing the offended parties) which resulted in more back biting and catty sniping but to my face this time. At which point I gave up. Team player? Only if the game we’re playing is one of those Mayan suicide runs where the losing team gets sacrificed to the winners’ gods in the end.
The problem with novel writing is that there are constantly a bunch of things you need to keep warm on a back burner someplace in your brain or you forget all about they whys and the wherefores and its easy to get lost. I sometimes forget why I’m doing this — writing this book — on the particularly hard days when it’s not going well and that little voice of self-doubt says the work is only a mix of vanity and self-flagellation and my time could be better spent actually living life instead of imagining someone else’s.
I’m on Twitter way too much. My feed is aggressive, and sometimes the really good stuff gets lost. I’d like to make an effort to curate a collection of established and up-and-coming websites, blogs, articles, feeds, and people to network with for others who are interested in producing and consuming horror-related media, regardless of the format: whether you’re a writer, a reader, a film lover, or a film-maker. While individual posts are scheduled weekly with a little blurb about the sites, I’ll be collecting them once monthly with a couple of extra tidbits for anyone interested.