In the Unknown Space

 

In the Unknown Space

In this imagined space,

you are the hardest to believe

that you aren’t real

just a ghost among all the other unknowns.

But I still meet you here, playing among

unicorns and fairies and a lost-forever

garden of childhoods never had.

And this poem fails to capture what you are.

Stilted and awkward but always hopeful

for the day I wake, and you are here,

dreaming me into something known.

 

 

New LinkedIn Group for Women Horror Writers

 

As I struggle with time management, especially with ADHD and a day job on top of the writing and business duties, I’ve been diligently working on a social media plan and schedule. It’s led to me to try some new things and to try to figure out which social media platforms I like the best (Twitter, for example, mystifies me more than infomercials).

Among my new ventures:

  • I just started a group on LinkedIn, for women horror writers: Fear-minists: Women Horror Writers Around the Globe. Join up if you are a horror writer that identifies with being a woman (safe and welcoming space) or even if you just love a good horror story.
  • I think I will try to focus more on Pinterest. I don’t care what the detractors say; it’s fun. Especially for the visceral, visual type of writing I plan to do more of in the future. I started setting up a writer’s inspiration board.
  • I’m also going to try to be more active on Goodreads.
  • My blog will still carry on as my main author website, of course!

 

I’ll still be on Twitter somewhat, but since I never really got the hang of it, there probably won’t be much of a difference there. Until I can hire someone to manage social media. And, Facebook, well, aside from the well-publicized news headlines it’s been racking up, I only use it to keep in touch with IRL connections. Or to get notifications about local events. And, yes, I use it to play the game formerly known as YoVille. I can justify wasting time on there because it’s actually a great ADHD focus tool for when I have to do computer work, without which I also wouldn’t have survived grad school. Thanks for keeping me on track, YoWorld!

 

 

To the friends of Buffalo Tom Peabody

via To the friends of Buffalo Tom Peabody

 

I have been missing these blogs over the past months. Unfortunately, I, and the rest of his followers, received this news today. I hope you are having madcap adventures in whatever afterlife may exist with your hilariously charming characters.

Of the Heart of the Storm

Of the Heart of the Storm

Madness swirls, here

this world of paradox and confusion

where ravens are kind, and

promise redemption.

On their wings, I fly into the eye

of my storm, where 

in ice and shadows and all things secret,

your light softly shines,

bringing me home

for the last time.

 –Willow Croft

 

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Egmont Key Lighthouse (Photo Copyright by Willow Croft 2018)

 

 

Spooky Schools and Spookier Scientists

And what’s more spooky than Moms? Especially the one in my story, “Birthday Roses,” that was selected to be in a MasterClass Anthology (second edition).

I also sold my story “Quietly Goes the Mix Tape” to the Mad Scientist Journal. Keep watch for it if you need an 1980s fix!

And, my story “School Daze” has been picked up for inclusion in another anthology, “New Mexico’s Emerging Writers” that’s being released by Z Publishing. 

Last, but not least, I had the opportunity to take one very spooky writing class over at MasterClass. From none other than author R.L. Stine!

Which pretty much sealed my fate. I think I’m going to give kid writing a go. (The class was great, so if you’re interested in writing middle-grade fiction or YA, check it out!)

Even my goofy cat Moon Pie is going to grab a bit of the spotlight. She’ll be on an upcoming #TRT post (Tummy Rub Tuesday) on the Katzenworld cat blog.

(Thanks to Mad Scientist Journal, Z Publishing, and Molly Esmiol/MasterClass Team for providing opportunities to authors for publication and to find their writing voice.)

Now I just have to wait for my favourite holiday for more spooky inspiration: Halloween!

Flash Floods and Bishop’s Lodge Horses

This video was taken at about 7 pm. Flash floods and heavy rains and Bishop Lodge Resort’s horses left to fend for themselves, as seen in this video that was sent to me. Will keep you posted on their fate. As of 10:36 pm, Animal Control still hadn’t gone to check on the horses.

 

I went by at midnight to check on the horses. They were not in the pen, and there was no more water gushing through the corral.  Even with the water that had gushed through the pen, the smell of the poop was terrible. And I like horse poop smell. I was trying not to gag as I was using my flashlight to check the corral.

Today, July 24, at about 7 am, my friend took videos of the horses, which were back in the corral. There seem to be a couple missing, but my friend will confirm this when she does a head count. (She did a head count–eight were accounted for, so there doesn’t seem to be any missing.) Here are the videos she has taken.

 

 

It also just occurred to me to share the photo I have of the people in charge at Bishop’s Lodge, in case you all want to add your voice. It’s also managed by Auberge Resorts, according to the website.

 

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