Writing Update 9

Publishing Update: “Olfactory Memory”: This short horror story has been published in Five on the Fifth! Click here to read!

College Update: I’ve started my summer semester, which consists of three psychology courses (2 the first month of the summer semester, 1 during the last month or so). I’m trying to knock out my minor.

Writing Update: I will be attending a 10-week online horror writing workshop starting in June. It will require me to write every week, but I’m not sure what that writing will entail. Hopefully, the workshop will help me produce a few more short stories.

A Lovely Verse: Once again, I’ve decided to put this on hiatus. I’m more focused on my shorter fiction and novel writing. A novella just doesn’t seem to be ideal right now.

“Dashes to Ashes”: This creative nonfiction essay was published in the Sequoya Review. Sadly, this is not online, and therefore I can’t share it with you. The essay involved my grief over the loss of my thirteen-year-old dog.

“Of Anxiety”: This creative nonfiction essay has been accepted for publication in Breath & Shadow! I’m really excited, as this is my favorite creative nonfiction piece I’ve written so far. It was after Michel de Montaigne’s “Of Fear.” I will post a link as soon as it is published.

“Untitled Dark Fantasy Novel”: I’d rather not say anything about this yet besides the fact that it uses Mesopotamian mythology.

“Untitled Horror Short Story”: This idea sparked when I realized just how paranoid I was about receiving mail on time (rather, obsessive).

Personal Readings: The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror, novel), Cold Iron Heart by Melissa Marr (historical fantasy, novel), Lady Bits by Kate Jonez (horror, short story collection), The Lost World by Michael Crichton (audiobook)

Finished: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin, Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, Fourth Genre, Ecotone, Cemetery Dance

Stay tuned for my blog post on writing resources. Keep writing!

This is Odie, the subject of “Dashes to Ashes,” before her death in 2019.

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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