Happy new year.
January is coming to its midpoint and I thought it was high time to formalise what my writing goals are for the year.
Part of this is to share with my friends and readers and part of it is just to have it on the page in order to hold myself accountable. So, without further ado:
- My first novella, The Balance is coming out very soon from Lycan Valley Press and I’m very excited about it. The goal here is to get it into as many hands as possible. You can read more about it here and I’ll announce pre-orders (along with some giveaways and fun stuff like that) here as soon as they are open.
- My second novella Below (working title) was beta-read, re-edited and submitted at the end of 2019. I have a really good feeling about this one, and my goal here is to finalise a deal to see this book out in the world in 2020. In all likelihood, it may not see the light of day until 2021, but to have that contract signed would be a huge boost for me.
- In the last two years, I’ve managed to have ten or more stories come out during the year in various publications and podcasts. I’d like to continue this form.
- I want to complete one or two long form pieces during 2020. I have the beginnings of a longer piece which I started in 2018 and then left, as I didn’t feel prepared to complete it at the time. I also want to start and make good headway with a new project. (I felt previously that I maybe ‘wasn’t a proper writer’ if I didn’t write full novels, but I’ve since decided to bin that idea and allow stories to be what they want to be. I often find in my reading experiences that my favourite horrors are novellas, anyway.)
- I want to contribute at least two stories to charity anthologies. I did some work with charity anthologies last year (as a submissions editor, producing the short list for ‘Sloth’ in Things in the Well’s Trickster’s Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins Edition) and had a story published in Grinning Skull Press’ A Tree Lighting in Deathlehem. Both were a lot of fun and for excellent causes, so I want to do more of this.
- I also want to blog more, and not just to trumpet new releases. I read an article on Chuck Wendig’s excellent blog the other day and he made some excellent arguments for more blogging, so expect this stream of consciousness to be a bit more regular.
And that’s it. What are your writing goals for 2020? Share in the comments or drop me a tweet @lisboetaingles
Two and a bit years ago, when I started taking this writing thing seriously (after a lifetime of being a wannabe writer but never putting the work in!) I wrote some terrible stories, some mediocre stories and some that floated between the two.
Then, I wrote ‘Warding.’
I think every writer has that first piece that they write and think: “Okay, I’m onto something here.”
‘Warding’ was mine.
Written off the back of seeing the compelling submission call for Below the Stairs: Tales from the Cellar, I submitted the story and – in spite of the length of the tale (around eleven thousand words) – Steve Dillon of Things in the Well opted to take a chance on me and my tale.
And that was my first step toward being a ‘real’ writer.
I’m still new. Still learning all the time. Still improving. But still proud of ‘Warding’, too.
As such, I commissioned a piece of cover art, by Graphics in Design and set about writing some author notes and a short introduction so that, two years later, I could get ‘Warding’ back out into the world.
So here it is, for just 99p/99¢ or a similarly low price, depending upon your territory as well as being available for FREE on Kindle unlimited. I hope you enjoy it.
Get your copy here.
The annual charity ‘Deathlehem’ anthology is out now from Grinning Skull Press and features my story ‘A Christmas Eve Visitor,’ which was previously unavailable in print.
This year’s entry, A Tree Lighting in Deathlehem, features the gruesomely brilliant cover you see above, and has work by Dave Jeffrey, Rose Blackthorn, Christopher Stanley and many more excellent writers of horror and dark fiction. Edited by Michael J. Evans and Harrison Graves, proceeds from the anthology will go to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
If you’d like some Christmas-themed scares in your life, and would like to help this excellent cause at the same time, pick up your copy of the Kindle edition right now, here or wait a few more days and snag the paperback.
Available now from Hellbound Books is the new anthology, Ghosts, Spirits and Specters, featuring my story ‘The Kiss of a Phantom’. Edited by Xtina Marie and featuring stories by T. Fox Dunham, Sarah Cannavo and Eric Nash, among others, there are eighteen stories of paranormal terror in this new anthology.
‘The Kiss of a Phantom’ finds a man called Daniel staying at an old, regal hotel which has seen better days, looking to get away from it all after a difficult break up. But he soon discovers that there are older things than art deco furniture present there.
Check out my story and seventeen others on your Kindle here or in paperback here.
One of the things I love to do in my fiction is to use real-world folklore as inspiration, conjuring something dark and exciting from it.
This new story, ‘The Solstice,’ is a particular thrill for me, as it’s set in Portugal, my adopted home nation and uses folklore from the north of the country as the backdrop.
The masks described in the story, and the purpose for which they’re made, are still relevant today in the Tras-Os-Montes region of the country. I’d love to know what you think of it.
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