This past weekend I went to a birthday party for my nephews little girl.
I got to see my sister and my dad.
This weekend I also went to see my brother. He passed away a year and a half ago from an aneurysm.
It was the first time I’d been to his grave since the headstone was placed.
We live four hours away from his grave. I wanted to put it off as long as I could.
While I knelt at his grave, talking to him about things that are going on I thought about all that has happened since he passed.
I queried a book, written four others and I’ll be querying a new book this summer. If it’s not accepted, I’ll publish it anyway.
The realization came after I left his grave, wiped away the tears, and kissed my wife.
I’ve done so much since he passed but not as much as I’ve wanted to. I’ve slacked on a few things, quit on others.
Then there was the breakthrough:
Late Saturday night, while I was laying in bed, trying to sleep. I thought about what I’ve written since he passed.
There are a lot of short horror stories. And a couple of horror themed novels. But if I enjoy the writing and finish the story it has a horror element.
Whether it’s a sci-fi story about shadows on a deserted planet or dark fantasy; it always has those horror elements that I love.
I used to fight those elements. I wanted to write things that people would talk about.
Then I thought of all the horror books I’ve read that stuck with me. Then came the thoughts of the movies that always stuck with me. They’ve always been horror.
I fought for a long time to not have fantastical elements in my writing but I guess they always popped up for a reason.
Anyway, enjoy your week and happy writing.