Friday, July 29, 2011

I'm back! And writing the "Dark Stuff" Again...

I'm very excited to be back, not that I really went away as such I just didn't have much time to concentrate on my darker writing. However, lately that's been a different story and Ella Blackhart is very much alive and kicking. 

In fact, I recently submitted a short story to the Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road Anthology, and I have just got to do some edits requested by the publisher, the lovely Clayton Bye, and then just like everyone else I'll keep my fingers crossed to see if he likes it. Hope he does.

In addition, as part of my marketing campaign - should my story be accepted, I have also created a FaceBook Account, which I am also very excited about. :)

Click to visit my new home

You can find it here and add me as a friend if you wish. I sure need them! Ignore the picture until I can find one of me big enough to use instead. 

Bye for now!

Did you write 500 words today? Not yet, but I have a good excuse with spending time on my marketing campaign.

Did you submit anything for publication today? Nope. But working on more to submit.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog Update! Decisions. Decisions.

Hi everyone!

Now, I've just been ranting and raving about authors who let their websites rot...

Earth to Ella.

I may not be a published author, but I'm doing exactly the same thing. The problem being is that I am working on my review site at the same time as writing a novel (which is not horror and has a deadline). This leaves me with little time to write my Ella stuff, and as you can see the blog has suffered drastically because of it. So, indeed has my ability to break away from my novel to write short stories and flash to submit for publication.

Now I'm not moaning, just wondering what to do about it. I have a real (non-Ella) opportunity to make a go of my writing in a different genre. But it doesn't seem I can fit it all in at the same time. Something has to change. Time is truly of essence.

Does this mean I either have to make sure I set aside time to write my horror, or should I be seriously thinking about concentrating on the one genre for now? I'm at a loss for what to do. It's like having three jobs, all of which I want to keep. I guess the thing is to put my priorities in order. A published novel is a way of making a living (albeit a small one) and should therefore be treated as a "proper job" and on the top of my priorities; a goal that must be completed. And one that if I am determined to do I have to put the effort in to achieve what I want.

Maybe I need to set aside time to work on my Ella stuff, regardless. Make the time. Focus on the hours I have to do it in. Schedule more. The last thing I want to do is to be the Grim Reaper and kill off my horror writing. But when I ask myself why the answer is always the same - I love writing it.  I'm simply not doing it, which doesn't make sense. Does that make it a dream, a wish I could fulfill? Or am I only just beginning to realise, I can't have it all, and must choose between two "jobs" rather than three, since I am only human after all?

Has anyone else ever felt like this? Trying to do too much at once, but not wanting to let go of any of it? My needs have changed, and like my goals, I need to reevaluate what is important in my life.

Maybe the onset of 2010 (which is fast approaching) will bring me the gift of making my mind up. All I can say now, is that I have some serious decision making to do. And fast.

Before I worry too much, and end up looking like him above! 


Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Dogs on Thursday! | Pictures

I know you can see them in the sidebar, but I am hoping to change the look of the blog, so for prosperity here are the pictures again, before I meddle with them!

Pointer/Labrador Cross
Born 1st December 2001

Avosetta Violet (Tia for short!)
Labrador (Retriever) 
Born 19th June 2006

Holly and Tia

Thursday 13 | Bloggy things

Since 13 is my lucky number I decided to play along with this meme!
13 Things I must do to improve my blog before next Thursday!

  1. Find or create a better banner that is more suited to my dark/horror stories
  2. Decide on a new colour theme (black, red, gold?)
  3. Scour the web to get ideas from other writers in the same genre
  4. Decide whether to stay with a dark, or light background.
  5. Put my pictures of the girls into nice frames that match the theme
  6. Add direct links to my published stories
  7. A small pictures that fit the theme | meme pictures, too.
  8. Add navigation links
  9. Add pages: About me | Contact page | My published Stories | perhaps?
  10. Perhaps find a whole new blog template?
  11. Work out a by-line (to add to the header pic)
  12. Work out a post footer template
  13. Back up everything before I attempt to mess around with the template!
What's on your Thursday 13 list?


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings Week 350

I've just found this fun meme from Unconscious Mutterings and since it excited me so much I am joining in this week! Here are the rules:

Free association is described as a "psychonanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content." Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

That's an admirable goal, but for the purposes of this excercise, we're just hoping to have a little fun with the technique. Each week I'll post ten words to which you can respond to with the first thing that comes to mind.

"Rules are, there are no rules." There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head. AND you don't have to have your words up on Sunday. Take all week if you want!
Below are the words and the first thing that comes into my scary mind (placed after ::) --
  1. My treat :: Halloween, of course.

  2. Bell :: Quasimodo and The Festival of Fools

  3. Five :: The Power of Five - a series of books by Anthony Horowitz

  4. You’re crazy :: as a bicycle ( A favourite saying of mine, believe it, or not!)

  5. Disgust :: Definitely reminds me of the Stinky Meat Project! So funny!

  6. Tempest :: Shakespeare

  7. Bummer :: Summer

  8. Brim :: stone and Treacle Brimstone And Treacle [DVD] [1982]

  9. Hose :: Garden

  10. Lollipop :: Girl
What fun! What words did you come up with?


Thursday, September 10, 2009

What have you been reading lately?

I'm on GoodReads now. I love that site. It has some nifty programmes for uploading lots of books all at once.

I also adore this montage! Wonder if they will work if I post them here...only one way to find out...Here goes nothing!

Ella's to-read book montage

My Heart Will Find Yours

Fright Night

Dead Lines

The Cleanup

Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead

The Bridge

The Scream

Hot Blood: Tales of Erotic Horror

The Light at the End

Book of the Dead

Dead Witch Walking


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde & Other Tales; Kidnapped; Treasure Island

The Vampire Film: From "Nosferatu" to "Interview with the Vampire"

Dracula's Brood: Neglected Vampire Classics by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James and Others

The New Annotated Dracula

Frankenstein / Dracula / Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde


Some of Your Blood


Prime Evil: Taste for Blood


Kiss and Kill

Finishing Touches

The Nightwalker


Wicked Things


The Exorcist

Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood


Lord of the Flies

Animal Farm



Stranger in a Strange Land

Snow Crash


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Ender's Game

Fahrenheit 451


Brave New World

Jurassic Park

Odd Thomas

Kiss the Girls

The Hunt for Red October

The Bourne Identity

A Time to Kill

The Silence of the Lambs

The Kite Runner

The Shining

The Da Vinci Code

Ella Blackhart's favorite books »

Then there is this: My favourite Random Quotes.

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