February at Housewife of Horror – A Weird and Wonderful Month

February was an odd month for me. Reading wise it’s been quite quiet, one thing and another creeping up and taking me away my from reading time.

I hated the fact that two of my reads became DNFs. I struggle to get into ‘Will Haunt You’ and ‘Black Wings’. Both I was quite excited for. I will come back to them at a later date as potentially I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for them. I hated Sons of Anarchy when I first watched the first few episodes – came back to it a few months later, and it’s now one of my favorite shows.

I got around to reading ‘Blood in the Woods’ from J. P. Willie. I have had that one a while, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a wonderful book, kind of a ‘Stand by Me’/ Horror mash up. It’s well worth your time.

My favorite read of February, of course it was Jonathan Janz with ‘The Dark Game’ – see review excerpt below.

Book of the Month – The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz  –https://horrorhousewife.net/2019/02/22/the-dark-game-%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F-book-review/

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The Dark Game did not disappoint.

“I am ever developing a deep love for the style of Janz’s writing. I adore his characters, they are as always, full of depth and horrific delights. His stories are inventive and unique, and he has a wonderful penchant for all things gory.

Ten writers of varying ability are taken to the secluded home estate of Roderick Wells, the worlds most famous author. They are promised a great lesson in writing, with the winner taking home not only a healthy pot, but they will also receive the book deal of a lifetime. Of course, things are not always as they seem. What they have fallen prey to is a twisted game, a brutal fight for survival. And in true horror fashion, there are some particularly gruesome ends.

Janz does an impeccable job of creating so many full characters in this novel. They all have their darkness; each character has their own sin to bare. Each character is well thought out and written so flawlessly that you can almost touch them. The back story of the individuals, the sins, they are woven in throughout the novel, intertwining in a perfect harmony with the events occurring at Roderick’s estate.

One of my favorite parts:

“Well’s entered with his wife. Lucy stared at the man, stunned at the change in his appearance. She supposed it was a matter of simple grooming: he’d shaven and the hair around his ears had been trimmed. Yet there was something more at work, something subtler yet more profound. His eyes shone with a vitality that hadn’t been there the first night. The deep grooves in his forehead were less pronounced.”

This is a very intense and immersive read. Thank you so much to Flame Tree Press, and to Jonathan Janz for a copy to read.


Find it here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Game-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/178758187X

The end of February I have to say was the most exciting for me. My short story ‘Fresh Air’ was published in Sirens Call issue 43. I am so excited and so proud. To see something that I created in black and white, published along with many many other wonderful stories by so many talented writers. I am truly honored and overwhelmed.

Thank you so much to the amazing people over at Sirens Call and to those who have stuck by me and supported me. You guys rock!

Check out my story here – http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/

Sirens Call issue 43 is free to download along with all the back issues.

Enjoy, and thank you again.

Bring on March.

Lesley-Ann Campbell

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Sirens Call – Issue 43

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/ezine.htm

Hello,

I wanted to share some exciting news with you all.

I was published in Sirens Call issue 43

My Short piece of flash fiction, Fresh Air, was accepted for publication by the amazing people at Sirens Call. It’s live now and free to download. See link above and below.

I am page 196 – I shall be shouting this from the rooftops until people tell me to shut up. This is so exciting for me, my first (and hopefully not my last) piece of published fiction.

Thank you everyone for sticking with me, you have no idea what you all mean to me.

Check out my story and many other pieces of fantastic work from some amazing ladies of horror here – http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/ezine.htm

Lesley-Ann Campbell

Ten Tips to Break Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a common theme within the writing community. We all have out own ways of getting past it, I tend to move on with something else like reading or watching a film. Here are ten of the most common ways to rid ourselves of this dreaded affliction:

  • Go for a walk or a jog to clear your head. Fresh air and the great outdoors is the perfect way to clear your mind and release any built up tension.
  • Take a break, read, watch a movie, do whatever else you like to do in your spare time. If it takes your mind off what you are stuck on, it’s a good thing. Sometimes you just need to have a break.
  • Try some freewriting – stream of consciousness writing is a great way to get into the flow. Just write what comes into your head. Even things as daft as ” I don’t know what to write so I am writing this” and keep it going. Chances are you will write yourself out of the block.
  • Delete those social media apps – not necessarily a cause of writer’s block, but the distractions imposed on us by Facebook, Twitter and the likes can really stunt your flow. A background distraction can displace your focus and cause you to lose track of your thought process.
  • Clean – Yes, have a tidy up around the house. What’s that saying. ‘Tidy House, Tidy Mind’. It works a treat. Do the dishes, clean the bathroom, do all the housework jobs and then you can return to your work with a fresh and tidy brain.
  • Write something else. Got a flash fiction idea you want to try? Try it. If you get your flow going on another piece of work, when you come back to the previous one you will have likely solved your issue, whether you realize it or not.
  • Change your writing environment – I recently checked into a hotel for a night, my hubby was on a work trip so while he was doing that, I stayed in the room and got cracking. I made so much progress by just being away from my usual distractions.
  • Get an early night, it helps. Your brain is still ticking over even when you are asleep, hence ‘sleep on it’. When you awaken chances are you will know what you need to do.
  • Google some writing prompts. The internet is a magical place filled with with many wonders. If you are stuck, type it into Google and see what pops up. You never know…
  • Think of the end and work your way back. If you know how you want a particular scene to finish, work backwards. Let the cues find you.

I hope these tips help you if are stuck. Let me know your thoughts. What do you do to overcome a bout of writer’s block?

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