April: National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.

Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.

I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.

For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.

The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.

First draft is done!

The shitty first draft is done! Coming in at 54,777 words, it has some growing and refining to go, but the bones are all there.

Thanks to my wonderful editor/mentor/teacher Richard Thomas and my comrades in his Novel in a Year workshop for helping me make it less shitty than it would have been writing on my own. Huge thanks go out to them for all their feedback and support along the way!

Also, so much love and gratitude to my wonderful friends Carina Bissett and Katherine Wagner, without whose support I wouldn’t have gotten words on the page as many days as I did.

And my amazing husband, Gary Slye, who has always been my greatest cheerleader and dedicated reader, I cannot express how thankful I am for everything he does.

Thanks to my mother, Donna Royer, who introduced me to Dr. Seuss and Stephen King and gave me a love of reading and horror.

Last, but not least, the ever-supportive writing community of which I can’t list all the people who have cheered, listened, and offered encouragement along the way. You all are the best!

And yes, you will see these again once I finish the final draft, again when I find a publisher, and again when my book is published lol.

Now on to revisions!

Happy New Year 2020!

A quick post to lay out my goals for the coming year.

Biggest goal this year is writing my first novel with Storyville Studio’s Novel in a Year. It’s a supernatural horror coming-of-age story set in the 1980s. I’ll be digging deep for this one, and I expect it will be dark, tense, disturbing and leave you thinking about it for a good while. I’ll update with snippets and inspirations as the story evolves.

I also plan to revise, polish, and submit sixteen flash and short story pieces currently waiting to be finished.

Write six new stories for The Storied Imaginarium’s Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth

Write at least three new stories for The New York City Midnight Challenge depending on how many rounds I make it through.

Collect 100 rejections and a few acceptances for submitted work.

And, read fifty two books.

That’s it for now. Have a great year!