First, apologies for leaving the blog to slowly wither and die.
Here's the tea:
I've been busy with both work and writing.
Since the pandemic started, I have thankfully not lost my job. Rather, it has increased drastically! Apparently, Icelanders are stocking up on puzzles, board games, arts & crafts and office supplies when they're suddenly told to stay at home.
So, I've been working all weekdays plus every other Saturday for the past 5 months. It's been hectic and stressful, no doubt about that.
But I'm still grateful that I have my job.
Now, for the writing part.
I hunkered down and began writing Nocturnal Salvation, book 3 in my Nocturnal series. I began in February and I managed to finish the first draft at the end of May, beginning of June. It's like the stress at work was fuel for my writing. I just couldn't stop! The book is currently in the editing phase and I'm hoping it'll be ready for publication by January 2021. My illustrator has begun on the illustrations and let me tell you, they are AMAZING!! I can't wait to show you in the coming months :)
As for the rabbit hole....
While I was waiting for feedback from my editor, I began writing short stories. I had never written them before so I figured I'd give it a try.
I can't believe I didn't start sooner. They are SUPER FUN!!
I have so many story ideas that I know I can't fully expand to a full length novel so short stories are perfect for them.
As of now, I've written 6 short stories and one flash piece.
All horror, of course. And three of them include monsters from Icelandic folklore!
That exploration of the short story rabbit hole has led me to horror presses and their anthologies. My god, there are so many of them! Resistance is futile!
I've submitted all of my short stories to various anthologies and as of now, my zombie short story is published in Of Cottages and Cauldrons by Jazz House Publications and my Yule Cat short story will be included in their Krampus Tales Anthology, coming this November!
Very happy about that :)
Then my serial killer short story was split into two parts and is available to read on Horrortree's Trembling with Fear
I have yet to receive acceptances or rejections from the other anthologies but we shall hope for the best!
So,there you have it.
The reason why I've almost abandoned my blog.
But don't worry, I will post in the coming months with Nocturnal Salvation snippets and goodies. Hell, I might even post a few of my Twitter horror stories.
Stay tuned (I hope...)