Weekly Writing Update 3

A Lovely Verse: “Chapter One: Gregory” is complete and will be put on Patreon later this month! “Chapter Two: Louisa” will be out sometime soon as well, possibly as soon as this month because I plan on “Chapter Three: Xavier” being workshopped by my Speculative Fiction: Horror class. The first chapter introduces the frustrated Gregory, the wistful and grieving Louisa, and the silent, autistic Xavier to the reader as they settle into their new home in Ider. You can check it out on March 15th on my Patreon by pledging at least $6.

A quick side note: I’ve received some backlash in my family for my horror writing. I’ve basically been called possessed (by not one, but seven or eight demons) by one member of my family. So I will be writing on that soon.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: I’m awaiting feedback on my revision before I send it out to magazines.

Untitled Place/Travel Essay: I plan on writing an essay about my time in a mental institution when I was twelve years old. Anyone who has been curious as to what that’s like will be happy to know that it was not pleasant, and you were not missing out on anything.

Readings for class: Night to Dawn issue #35 (horror), That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard (horror), Boundary Waters by Paul Gruchow (nonfiction, nature), “The Dunwich Horror” by H. P. Lovecraft

Personal Readings (I know this list hardly changes, but personal reading is difficult thanks to class readings): The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (horror), The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (horror, dystopian), Letters to a Young Madman by Paul Gruchow (nonfiction, mental health), Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy), and The Rose That Blooms in the Night by Allie Michelle (poetry)

Finished: Submerge by K. Y. Robinson (poetry), The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (poetry)

Stay tuned for blog entries on the unboxing of a package from Scribbler (a subscription service for writers), From the Mouths of Dogs by B. J. Hollars, Michael McDowell’s Southern Gothic novels, and what it’s like to be accused of being possessed by demons.

Keep writing!

Gruchow never actually finished this, as he took his own life while it was in the draft stages. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It helps to know we are not alone in our struggles.

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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