The horror, the horror!

Thorny issue

Those thorny writer types!

Yes, my (writing) roots are showing AND I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs (I know, I tote that one out a lot).

That is to say, I’ve been crafting a lot of horror or otherwise dark short stories lately (read on to learn about a writing competition now in the judging phase). I’m working on a science fiction one now with a lesbian couple and involving ants, as well as a fan fiction horror short inspired by Halloween. That’s all my internal editor will permit me to speak of just yet.

On another riff, I love this time of year. I’m not going to mention pumpkin lattes, because I’m not even hip enough to be a hipster at this point (and I’ve certainly no desire to be one). I will, however, mention Dairy Queen’s pumpkin blizzards. Or ginger snaps in something pumpkin-y. I will mention the glorious sea change, a seasonal shimmy of leaves, chemically induced, especially along the lovely mountainsides here in the Northern hemisphere. Cuddling with your special someone, even if it’s bound tightly within a cover and consists of sharp-edged pages.

Indeed, it was in the 40s here overnight and is slated to be in the 60s today. Autumn has sprung!

Finally, I will direct you to a horror writing contest that is going on now. I might or might not have a story or two entered. It will be held the ENTIRE month of October, if I understand the rules correctly, with 2 groups of stories (first round) released every other day, so Oct. 1, Oct. 3, Oct. 5, and so on. I dedicated my long morning to reading both groups, and geez, Louise. I can promise you one thing: you will enjoy, if not adore, at least one of these stories and discover an author (right now, an anonymous one) to follow. The stories are classified as horror, though some fit that only marginally, and so are friendly to those fond of speculative fiction as a widespread, wickedly pointing, fleshy bits hanging off the end umbrella (I’m thinking Sylvester McGory, fellow DW fans).

So, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thriller, true crime, horror, applelutely fabulousand, hell, even romance readers . . . come one, come all: The PseudoPod flash fiction writing contest is live, now (I believe you’ll want to navigate, with your new log-in, to the forum called The Arcade; the contest is called Flash Fiction Contest IV – Pseudopod). You’ll have to set up a free account if you wish to vote, however; voting for each set of two groups (18 groups total) will last only 7 days each time and you can vote for up to 3 stories per group.

Anyway, enjoy your week—wherever you are in the world right now, whomever with—and make it applelutely fabulous (couldn’t resist a terrible parting pun, sorry)!


8 thoughts on “The horror, the horror!

    • You said it! I’m making more rounds now, Joe. I love reading my WP friends to see what they’re up to and sprinkle sparkles or goofiness or encouragement into their day if at all possible.

    • I feel a name coming on. . . . Oh, it’s, it’s, Ethel, Goddess of Too-Many Pies. Does that one work for your stories? I suppose I can do fan-fiction in tribute to your stories, Joe. Run a contest and I’ll see if I’m able to come up with a ringer.

      • Ethel, the Goddess of culinary skills. Who discovered cookery after surveying the site of a particularly zealous smiting session by Bob, the king of the Gods. You’re welcome 🙂

  1. My goodness, you’re busy! I like this time of year too. Pumpkin Blizzards? Oh I’d better not even go there. Temps are getting cooler here too… cats are much more snuggly and it’s a great excuse to catch up on some blog reading 🙂

    • Gotcha fooled, Janna–I just appear to be busy! (remember the ‘old’ saying “I play a doctor on television”, like otherwise you’re Jane Schmo, etc?). But seriously, glad to see you’ve got some fun snuggling times underway. I am almost pumpkin’d out, and I haven’t had a single piece of pie yet. I bought pumpkin everything at grocery time this week, I think. Better to get it out of my system now, I guess.Rock on, Janna! 🙂

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