She jumped out of her clothes and ran down the street screaming about sexy extravagance, dark unreasonableness and bloody Halloween fun. Actually, that happened at the end… Before the strip-and-run scene took place, my Muse had been watching me bare my teeth at my laptop’s screen.
I had just finished formatting Blooming Howls, a short story collection, and I was not happy with the results. I pretended not to know what was bothering me—denial can be a great defense mechanism—but I have never been any good at the complicated art of lying to myself. So I cursed a bit, whined a lot, complained at random intervals… and then took care of the problem.
This is what was driving me nuts: I had grouped my short stories into several sub-categories, and decided to publish them as separate short collections. Then, in a moment of practical madness, I persuaded myself to publish all the stories together. They are all dark fiction, aren’t they? They should fit together nicely, shouldn’t they? After denial failed, I tried inquisitive repetitiousness… I almost convinced myself.
…but the idea of “Darlene” and “Risqué” in the same collection made my writer’s (and reader’s) gut a bit sick. Variety is great in my book—pun intended—but not so much that I would want to pair the story of a girl with a hilariously broken mind with that of a parent with a heart maddened by grief.
Am I making any sense to you? I hope so. I also hope that you aren’t panicking, for you are getting your sexy, dark and bloody fiction fix anyway, my Wicked Luvs. You will get all your tales: the expanded edition of AlmaMia Cienfuegos a couple of weeks into October, Blooming Howls near the end of October, and the ebook version of Thorn in Red before the Winter Solstice.
Yep, I’ve been writing like a wicked mad woman while getting ready for all sorts of October fun…
All Hallow’s Grim 2013... So Good, So Dark is almost here *cackles and does a little dance* Have you joined the fun, my Wicked Luvs? If not, jump on your broomstick and fly in before October 13th ;-)
I’ve joined a daunting amount of yummy creepy blog parties *cough, cough*
No rest for the Sexily Wicked...
Wanna party with me? Of course you do ;-)
Tabitha Lenox’s Haunted Halloween Doll Challenge
Frosted Petunia’s Broomstick on the Bayou
Incipient Wings’ Haunted Humpday
Be a Cryptkeeper at the 2013 Countdown to Halloween