Happy Halloween

And in other parts of the state, Halloween has decided to dress up as Christmas this year. But here in Boston you can just barely tell there was a “snowstorm” this weekend. A few places actually did lose power, I hear, but that seems to be about it in terms of storm damage. And most of the snow has already melted.

Today I came up with an awesome costume idea. And it will have to wait until next year. I’m hoping I’ll have something to dress up for. (And the costume will be a secret until then because it will seem less cool once you’ve had time to get used to it.)

Mostly I’ve been celebrating Halloween with a pumpkin tart from Trader Joe’s and several seasonal movies. My Halloween movie picks this year: Repo! the Genetic Opera and Sweeney Todd. Horror musicals for the win! And today I’m watching Aaah! Zombies, which proves to be incredibly dumb but it is about zombies, anyway.

And here’s some scary reading for you! Heart Strings by Deva Jasheway

Most of my blog readers have probably already read this story. If that’s the case, read it again! Have Halloween nightmares!

That’s all for now. See you in November.

Taking Stock

Just for good measure, I want to repost the links to writings published on the web. If you have not seen them yet, I recommend you go have a look. I’m not saying that it’s my best writing ever, but good enough that I’m proud of these pieces and want to share them with as many people as possible.

 

1. Heart Strings – A flash piece about what gets us through very hard times. Published on MicroHorror, link at

http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/deva-jasheway/heart-strings/

 

2. September 2042 – Short story, somewhat environmentally themed, NOT intended to have a moral, but some might read it that way. It’s about the life of a person who is not directly affected by the terrible things happening around them, and how they deal with things. I’ve been told that I should continue the story, but I don’t think you’d need to try that hard to imagine what might happen next. Link at

http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2880644/1/September_2042

 

3. Essays originally completed for lit classes at Bennington, I submitted these to this website in December of 2009 and at long last, page views on How Now, Hecate? have earned me $2! The other, sadly, has not, because, while everyone knows the name of Shakespeare, nobody knows who Marguerite Yourcenar is. They should. She’s fantastic. I would suggest that everyone read her novel Memoirs of Hadrian. Link to essays at

http://www.studentpulse.com/authors/70/deva–jasheway

 

Thanks for reading! And as a quick update for those who are wondering: I am still way behind schedule on Sleeping Beauty and haven’t worked on anything else for months. I hope to fix that in the near future.

Hello December!

Huge news! Like, the size of an elephant maybe!

I have a story published! As of yesterday, my short story Heart Strings is up on MicroHorror. I waited until today to share it here because I didn’t want to steal Helen’s thunder (funny phrasing, considering the storm in the chapter…). Follow this link to read Heart Strings.

I’d love a comment or two…

I’m also putting much more effort toward freelance writing. When I’ve gotten myself set up I’ll impart some more information on that front.

All things considered, a pretty good start to December! Its first day was better for me than all of November.

 

 

If you haven’t read any Helen of Troy yet, I encourage you to do so. If you haven’t yet read chapter 2, find it in the post before this one.

And please don’t forget to rate posts you like! Find the little stars at the bottom of each post. Thanks!

 

Just an Update.

Well then. One full week of November later, and I’m thus far supremely undedicated in my N0-NaNoWriMo exploits. I’ve written a single short story – very short, in fact, it was flash fiction – and haven’t worked on any of my outstanding projects that were on the list. I feel, once again, like a bad writer —

not because the writing I do is bad

because I just fail to actually do the writing. I intend to gather my concentration and write more this week than one could reasonably expect. Then I can say I’m a good writer again.

The story I did write was a horror story, written to submit to a site called MicroHorror, which published horror stories under 666 words. It’s not exactly a typical subject for me, nor is it really my best writing, but it’s still relatively well-written, interesting, and creepy. I am 99% positive that there were no grammar mistakes, at least.  I have submitted it and should know fairly soon whether they will put my story on the site.

When I finally manage to do the work I’ve been meaning to do for weeks, I’ll have a nice list of submissions to wait to hear back from. (I’ve been trying to work the end of that sentence so that it both makes sense and doesn’t end in a preposition, but somehow it just didn’t happen. Suggestion, without rewriting the entire sentence?)

 

For those of you who are interested in aspects of my life: I now have a job! Not officially yet, until I do the orientation tomorrow and Wednesday. Then they’ll have me in their system and I can get paid money. This job has nothing to do with writing, but that’s all right. It’s money, and it won’t sap all my creative energy – always a danger in the type of job I truly want. Some days, I might even be free to work on writing (mentally developing, that is, not the actual writing). Either way, I’m certainly looking forward to making money again. I’ve been unemployed – aside from the one, glorious freelance job completed in August, paid in October – for 5 months.