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I was interviewed recently by fellow blogger and author, R.J. Garcia. You can check out the interview here (I’m the 1/31/20 interview). I talk about my book, Memory Bound and give some thoughts on writing and the horror genre.
Be sure to check out Garcia’s blog and books page, and subscribe to hear more about her upcoming works. She keeps an ear out for authors looking to talk about their work as well, so if you’re interested check that out as well.
Thanks everyone and happy writing. ✏️
Ever since I saw the movie Crimson Peak, I’ve been enraptured by Gothic Romance and the director’s (Guillermo del Toro) creative process. I dove into researching del Toro’s inspirations for Crimson and came across several books that inspired him while writing the movie’s script over seven years.
One book that del Toro mentioned was Rebecca, by Daphne du Marier. I finished reading the novel recently and came away feeling very pensive and wondering about human behavior, much as I did after watching Crimson Peak. Both works are disturbing to say the least, but I’ve come to like this in art–with the caveat that there’s a higher purpose and reason for including the disturbing elements. Good art makes us think, it makes us reflect and really struggle with what we believe and why. Good art advises us to not just blindly accept society’s agendas it passes out to us, like ready made “soup of the day” menus.
Rather, good art is like a six course dinner of philosophy: you’re full of questions and wonder after you’re done, but you keep coming on back for more. Why? Because it’s your sustenance.
Keep on writing. ✏️
Before we begin, I stole the Word of the Year idea from Violet’s blog. so the credit is all hers. Let’s dive in.
Here’s my entry. Join in on the fun here. The instructions and rules can be found via the link. Good writing and good luck! 🎃
There is a being, you see, upon this evening’s brow;
two stories up, where the night’s extinguished candle was used to enshroud.
Over the flame she turned, over their breath she heard, their pensive dishes of gruel and meat,
their spoons clashing, bread ripping, as they spoke of things without understanding;
without understanding at all.
Notes of music spilt onto the wooden floors; clanging mouths and spit soon sealed every door.
A rush away, chains soon met.
Truth was heard whispering nevermore;
it was beckoned back through the Hall’s front doors.
Now with violence ripped and pages fell,
Darkened calendars and lighted gold,
the lady of the manor haunts her lonely, ever darkened but discreet,
There was something about a grand neglected house that didn’t bode well for visitors. It wanted retribution for its fall…
We’re celebrating Memory Bound’s one year anniversary this October! Check out the book here to find out more about Anne, the Myrons and the little world I created. You can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
Cheers and pass the cider, wouldn’t you? Ker-kaw! 🥃
Well, Arcians, I’m stepping out onto the proverbial literary edge here. I have a fitness goal for October: bicycle every day in the month for a minimum of 30 minutes. That’s right, 31 days x 30 min = around 15.5 hours of my tush on the cush. I’m ready…I think.
Writing goals: write at least one solid chapter of my novel, GOTD. I’ve been really struggling with writing; ever since my laptop went kaput, my motivation and confidence seemed to go along with it. My protagonist has literally been stuck inside his burning house for about four months now and is glaring at me, vehemently, from offstage. I can’t say I blame him. The chapter is like watching a Roomba try to vacuum an octagonal room: we’re going to be here for awhile.
What are your goals for October? Want to join me on the fitness journey? Leave a comment below and we can drag each other over the finish line. I’ll even have Mr. Swinebotttom do an uplifting cheer. It’ll be great fun.
Oh, P.S. This has happened to me, twice (see below image). This tells me I’m doing this cycling thing really great, or really badly. Yes, that’s a broken pedal. And yes, I didn’t think it was possible either. I pedaled the pedal off, if you will. Straight off. Twice. Lock your doors at night; I’m a mad woman. 🚴♀️
I woke up this morning to a wonderful, in-depth review of my book, Memory Bound. Many, many thanks. I’m very grateful. It’s wonderful getting to see the book through another reader’s eyes. Click here to read all about it. The reviewer also posted the review on my Amazon book page and on his Goodreads account. 🌠
If you’re interested, my book is currently free through Kindle Unlimited or available as an ebook purchase. Hard copy version is on sale through the month of August–20% off to celebrate 200 subscribers (aka, Arcians) on Peregrine Arc! Check it out on Amazon or ask your library to order a copy at your local branch. If you bring a cookie to sweeten the deal, you may be reading MB by Tuesday. 😉
Now excuse me while I go chase down Mr. Swinebottom. He was still doing laps around the house from our last five star review…
We started in March 2018. We published Memory Bound in October 2018. Mr. Swinebottom came on the scene in December 2018 for Blogmas and kept us in tears of mirth and joy. Over 250 blogs later, here we fly.
What comes next? You’ll need to click on that follow button to join the Arcian family and find out. 🙂
Oh yes. In celebration, Memory Bound is 20% off, in soft cover, for the month of August. Click here to order your copy today and leave me a review on Amazon, wouldn’t you?
My book, Memory Bound, received another review on Amazon the other day. Another five stars–hooray! It’s just my second review but I appreciate each one. As you can tell, this introvert is killing this marketing thing…