Weekly Writing Update – February 17th, 2020

High Fantasy Novel: Currently, my high fantasy novel is with a reader who will be returning it to me soon with her notes. I’m hoping to have the final edits done by the end of the year. The novel itself follows a woman of dragon descent as she tries to rescue her friend from an evil that threatens her world. I did a lot of worldbuilding for this story—lots of lore, unique gods, and a place that is not earth. I will release more info as I work on it, but I plan on putting this through traditional publishing so it may never make it to Patreon.

A Lovely Verse: I will be editing the first chapter after attending a workshop I’ve submitted it to. I’m currently taking a course called Speculative Writing: Horror, and it pushed me to come up with the idea. I’ve gotten some great feedback so far. If you’re worried about your first workshop, here’s a quick guide on how to survive them.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: This personal essay concerning my struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder will probably be available on Patreon in a month or so. It will be workshopped soon as well, and I’m really excited about it. I wrote it as my “quotidian” piece for my Creative Writing: Nonfiction course.

Readings for class: Night to Dawn (a horror literary magazine, issue #35, you can find their site here), That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard (short story collection, horror)

Personal Readings: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (horror), The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (horror, dystopian), The Buying of Lot 37 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, horror, science fiction), and From the Mouths of Dogs by B.J. Hollars (nonfiction, essay collection)

I also am waiting on a response from a magazine for one essay, and I am trying to find a new home for my short story, “Strawberries Bleed at Midnight,” since Nth Degree will be shutting down.

Keep writing!

Published by Keily Blair

Keily Blair is a creative writing student at UT Chattanooga, where her nonfiction won the Creative Writing Nonfiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Nth Degree, Five on the Fifth, and is upcoming in Trembling With Fear and Night to Dawn. Her creative nonfiction is upcoming in Breath & Shadow. She is currently at work on a fantasy novel and a collection of essays about being a person with bipolar disorder. Her goal is to help other writers let go of stress and anxiety so they can reach their full potential.

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