Weekly Writing Update 6

Pandemic Update: My husband’s work was deemed essential, so I’m in quarantine alone most days. It wears on me a little, especially with all the rain around here lately, but I’m trying to stay productive. The stress has made me a little sickly, but nothing I haven’t been able to manage (though it did make this a week late). I say all of this because I don’t want anyone to feel alone. Quarantine is hard on all of us. Hang in there. If this update seems lacking, please forgive me.

“Communion”: Still awaiting the workshop. My first Zoom-aided classes occurred in the past week, and they were incredibly weird and awkward. Still, it was actually nice to see my classmates again, and it is my favorite class this semester. So it added a bit of light to each day we had class.

“Order, Chaos, and Diaries”: Currently in the process of looking for magazines to submit this one to.

“Safe Spaces in Wicked Places”: The due date was moved back for this one, so it’ll be a while before I can report on it. I’m fairly happy with the first draft, but I know it needs work.

“Olfactory Memory”: This is the previously untitled psychological/supernatural horror story I’ve been working on. It follows a woman waking up in a hospital in someone else’s body with no idea of how she got there. The rest of the summary may give away the story, so I’ll save it for now. Currently, I’m in the process of getting it peer reviewed before I take any more steps.

“Untitled Place Essay”: This one was fueled by a prompt that my professor gave the class. I’m currently tying in my personal experiences as a person on the autism spectrum and my love of zoos together into the essay. Rather, my love of my local zoo.

Readings for class: “The Brotherhood of Mutilation” by Brian Evenson, “A Redress for Andromeda” by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Personal Readings (I know this list hardly changes, but personal reading is difficult thanks to class 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), Night to Dawn issue #37 (horror), Dark Faith edited by Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon (anthology, horror)

Finished: Night to Dawn issue #36 (horror), That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard (horror), “Family” by Joyce Carol Oates, “Snow Pavilion” by Angela Carter, “The Dark” by Karen Joy Fowler, The Rose That Blooms in the Night by Allie Michelle (poetry), The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (horror)

Stay tuned for some excellent news either this week or the next!

In the wake of all of this insanity, don’t forget to keep writing!

If you’re not a big fan of books, Welcome to Night Vale is actually a podcast. It’s science fiction/horror/dark humor, and it’s my absolute favorite podcast.

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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