Writing Update 8

Pandemic Update: Well, depression finally hit, but it didn’t really slow me down. I have plans to finish a novella over the summer while I’m only taking three classes, and I’m still working on prompts, essays, and short stories daily. Productivity is my best coping mechanism, so I am not in any way saying that anyone else needs to be productive right now. I throw myself into work because the pandemic weighs on me, and I need an escape. Find your own healthy or productive manner of escape if you need one, even if it’s just a nice bubble bath or fifteen minutes of meditation. Find some way to block out the noise and relax.

College Update: Finished another semester. If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted in a bit, you can blame finals. That’s what I’m blaming, at least.

Good news: I won the Creative Nonfiction Award at my university. I’m actually starting to feel like a real writer with the acceptances and award.

A Lovely Verse: So I’ve decided to shorten this into a novella and change a bunch of things in it. I’m on chapter 5 of a planned 25, so it should be done by the end of May (especially since I’m writing at least 2,000 words a day).

“Lithium”: I’ve submitted this creative nonfiction essay to a journal.

“No Such Thing”: This short horror story is a rewrite of a horror story I wrote when I was in middle school. I found the file, liked the concept, hated the writing, and redid the entire thing in my current style. I’m actually pleased with how it turned out, but I think it’ll be the last rewrite I do for a while. Reading stuff I wrote before the age of twenty is just painful.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: I’ve submitted this creative nonfiction essay to a journal.

“Olfactory Memory”: This has been accepted for publication at Five on the Fifth! It’ll be published in their next issue (May 5th), and I’ll post a link then.

“The Tiers of Dreaming”: This is my previously untitled short story about Hazel and dreams. I’ve received one rejection on it already, but the rejection was personal, so I’m hopeful. It’s been submitted to another journal.

“Untitled Short Horror Story”: 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…

Personal Readings: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (horror, dystopian, novel), Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due (short story collection, horror), The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (horror, Welcome to Night Vale, audiobook), Fourth Genre (nonfiction journal), Cemetery Dance (horror journal), The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror, novel)

Finished: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson, Night to Dawn issue 37, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (horror, Welcome to Night Vale, audiobook)

I have written the blog post on how to write a short story in a week, and I will be posting it soon, as well as an entry on writing resources.

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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