The Nightmare Box

In the last four weeks, things have been a bit odd for me – as a family, we’ve been dealing with work issues for the adults that work outside of the house, and the student that, like me works from home.

I’ve been trying to get my head around dealing with some mental health problems, and just when I think I’ve got it sorted, something happens. This time, it’s beyond description. I spent days fixing my accounts and refuting piles of bullying issues. But I don’t think focusing on that is the important bit. I can’t change what’s happened, and I’ll be honest, I can’t really see how giving people the satisfaction of knowing what they did will change anything. So, instead of focusing on what has happened, I’m going to talk about what I want to do going forward.

First….an announcement …

We’ve been working on various things here lately. One of them is the publishing schedule, and while I’m still trying to get my head around everything I want to write, I’m going to work on a horror story I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Deep space, and not exactly my usual for apocalyptic stuff, but takes me far enough away from what’s going on lately in the real world.

So…while this is a cover holder, I’d like to introduce ‘the Nightmare Box’.

Cover holder for ‘The Nightmare Box’.

This isn’t a final cover. But it’s something so that I can start setting things up πŸ™‚ People up for some deep space scares? πŸ™‚

Days of future past

We’ve been talking about why I’ve not been able to do what I want to do with my books – from companies telling me that they’re not as keen on dealing with some of the elements of the pandemic in stories (which is a problem, I’m a dystopia writer), and how to get my books to where I want them to be, and the biggest issue we’re hitting right now is that I’m not rested, I’m not sleeping, I’m not even *trying*. It’s really hard to get support too – I don’t want to complain because in some ways I’m lucky, but in others, I’m really, really struggling, and I’m trying not to.

Mental health and vaccinations

In the UK, due to my mental health, I’m considered one of the priority vaccine groups, so, I get my first dose on the 17th of February. It’s come on top of basically every single nightmare that I’ve seen others talk about (and I’ve come up with a few novel ones of my own), but the major issue with me is that once my sleep gets disturbed, anything else that happens is harder to deal with. So, I’ve had a very rough week.

I guess, moving forward, I’ll have to think about how I’m writing books, and what I’m doing with stories. Whether I go back to transgressive and dystopian writing, or if I take a different path.

The first step on that path though, beyond dealing with the re-edit of Memento Mori, is a new collection called ‘The Nightmare Box’. Deep space horror, I’m not sure where it’ll go. I’m hoping to release the cover and blurb in the coming weeks though…

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