Weekly Writing Update 7

Pandemic Update: Being ultra-productive while staying home. My class actually had a visit from the author of That Which Grows Wild, Eric J. Guignard, a while back. It was very informative, and I was especially excited because I absolutely loved his dark fiction collection. For the most part, I’m trying to stay in touch with family and friends and create and edit short stories. I try to write a short story a week, though I spend plenty of time on edits. I’ll be writing an article on how to write a short story (at least one that is 5,000 words or less, most likely) each week soon.

“Communion”: This has been accepted for publication in Night to Dawn Magazine. I’m so excited! This is the first time I will be receiving payment for a story. It will be featured in the April 2021 issue.

“Lithium”: I submitted this to AGNI, and it didn’t make it. I did, however, receive a personalized rejection instead of a form rejection that called it “lively” and “interesting” and said they enjoyed reading it. They asked for me to submit more in the future and made a point to say this wasn’t a typical rejection. It’s the first personalized rejection I’ve received, so I wasn’t upset about it. I’ve submitted this elsewhere.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: I’ve submitted this to a magazine.

“Olfactory Memory”: This one was submitted to the workshop instead. With “Communion” having been accepted to a magazine, it no longer makes sense for me to workshop it at the moment. So “Olfactory Memory” is my next project. Peer reviews really helped, though!

“Untitled Place Essay”: On the backburner until I complete this semester.

“Untitled Short Horror Story 1”: This is a short horror story I wrote the other morning after being unable to sleep. A mysterious shadow follows a young girl named Hazel in her dreams. Luckily, she’s an expert at lucid dreaming and always manages to get away. But then she digs too deep into her dreams.

“Untitled Short Horror Story 2”: This was sparked by a prompt in my speculative fiction class. My professor wanted us to take a subject we were familiar with and write brief facts/statements about the subject, followed by a story scene. I chose parasites. Yeah…

Readings for Class: Just workshops for the rest of the semester. This section will not be in the next update and will return in August.

Personal Readings: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (horror, dystopian), Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy), Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook, science fiction), It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (horror, Welcome to Night Vale), Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (dark psychological fiction), Night to Dawn issue 37

Finished: Several short stories by Shirley Jackson, “Orange World” by Karen Russell, “Patient Zero” by Tananarive Due, “A Redress for Andromeda” by Caitlin R. Kiernan

As stated before, stay tuned on an article detailing how to write a short story in a week!

It’s a bit wordy, but The Passage trilogy is fantastic. The descriptions and characterization are spot-on. It remains to be one of my favorites. It’s definitely a refreshing approach to vampires.

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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