Weekly Writing Update 4

A Lovely Verse: “Chapter Two: Louisa” is now complete. I am putting this novel on hold to work on a short story for my Speculative Fiction: Horror class. The next chapter will be from Xavier’s point of view, and I’m very excited about this because I write stories with a lot of dialogue, and Xavier doesn’t really speak.

“Communion”: This short story is one I’ve been working on (off and on, of course) since I was fifteen. I just rewrote the entire story so it’s virtually unrecognizable from the original draft, but it still needs serious work. It’s a work detailing a demonic possession, something I’m apparently rather knowledgeable in. It’s nowhere near where I want it yet, but I’ll give more updates on it soon enough.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: I’m still awaiting feedback on my revision before I send it out to magazines. I may need to revise it just a bit more.

“Untitled Horror Short Story”: Oh, what’s this? An untitled work with no hints whatsoever beyond genre?

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. I plan to start the first draft over spring break (so this week).

Readings for class: Night to Dawn issue #36 (horror), That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard (horror), Boundary Waters by Paul Gruchow (nonfiction, nature)

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), Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy), The Rose That Blooms in the Night by Allie Michelle (poetry), Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook, science fiction), An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison (mental health, memoir)

Finished: Letters to a Young Madman by Paul Gruchow (nonfiction, mental health), The Amulet by Michael McDowell (audiobook, horror), Night to Dawn issue #35 (horror)

Stay tuned for blog entries on topics like 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.

Note: This blog will likely not update during my spring break while I turn my attention to writing short stories and such.

Keep writing!

So far I’ve only read three stories from this for my class, but I’m hooked. They’re weird, but good weird.

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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