Losing Momentum: Snap Out of It

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

It happens often enough: A writer taking a day or two break, which turns into a week of not writing, then two, and pretty soon your manuscript has been pushed off the table and into a drawer. Not good. Now you’ve lost all drive to work on the thing. You’re procrastinating, and have no desire to start on it again. Let me repeat: This is not good, and you know it.

It started off innocently enough. You did actually want to work on the book, but you had a lot going on. Or maybe you had hit a rut. Still, you had other things you needed to get done. You wanted to read that new book. You were to work on that hard scene tomorrow. You just took of one night because you were so tired, and you deserved one night off after all you’ve done.

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#NGHW 500-word Horror Blogs, the Runners Up


#NGHW 500-word Horror Blogs, The Runners Up featured on #139
Daphne Strasert and Quentin Norris

  1.  # 2 HORROR BINGE by Daphne Strasert

    Fear evolved to be a fleeting physical reaction. Fight or flight is only supposed to last long enough to escape danger. Psychologically speaking, humans aren’t built to endure hours of sustained terror. Yet, whether it’s Penny Dreadful or Stranger Things, horror addicts love to curl up with Netflix for a marathon of dread. Watching horror isn’t like it used to be. With the rise of streaming services, the horror genre faces the new challenge of binge-watch culture. What effect does this medium have on scare factor and can it take horror to new heights?

    How did we get here?

    Before streaming, television horror was constrained by weekly time slots. Creators had to contend with an unreliable audience, so they structured series for casual viewing. Shows adopted a…

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Press Release Drops for Debut Novel, Outbreak: The Hunger

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Okay, I’m gonna be completely honest with you all. The press release I’m posting in this article for the debut novel, OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER, is my press release for my debut novel. I know, I know … shameless self-promotion!! But I’m really proud of this novel and think it’s something horror fans everywhere will enjoy. Plus, I’m almost finished writing the sequel for it and it’s turning out to be a pretty kickass, new take on the zombie sub-genre (if I don’t say so myself). Enough nonsense. Here’s the press release:

Outbreak-the-Hunger-ebook-coverOutbreak: The Hunger: Trend-Bucking Zombie Trilogy Releases Pack of “Wild” Animals…with Deadly Results. Hailed “A Frightening Un-Dead Story” by Critics.

Masterfully crafted by Scott Shoyer, ‘The Hunger,’ the powerful first volume in the ‘Outbreak’ trilogy, breaks the stagnant mold of zombie fiction to embroil readers in an innocent trip to a zoo that could literally change humanity for…

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Do You Believe in You?

Tricia Drammeh

Do I believe in myself? Do I believe in my writing? These are questions I’ve been contemplating for a while. I’ve made a few investments in my dreams, but most of the risks I’ve taken have been carefully calculated. I’ve weighed every expenditure and for the most part, I’ve hardly spent any money on my books that I’m not fairly certain I can recoup.

Maybe I’ve been working in accounting for so long, I can’t stop viewing my writing career from a strictly businesslike standpoint. Or maybe I just don’t believe in myself enough. To be honest, I think it’s a little of both.

For example, I know authors who spend thousands of dollars on each book before it’s ever published. Some expenditures are unavoidable, such as editors and book covers. But some authors go the extra mile, hiring publicists and personal assistants to handle their marketing and social media needs…

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New Horror Streaming Service, Shudder, Now in Beta Testing Stage

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Shudder posterAMC has begun an invite-only beta test of its new horror service called SHUDDER. This is a brand new beta-streaming service that features more than two hundred horror movies ranging from the classics to more modern offerings in the genre.

So what’s the difference between SHUDDER and, say, Hulu Plus? The movies on SHUDDER are the full-length versions, and they are ad-free. AMC’s goal is to eventually launch SHUDDER on a number of various TV streaming devices.

According to Uproxx.com, AMC is slated to launch Shudder.TV this Halloween and will air a non-stop schedule of horror films for two weeks, just like “Monster Fest” does around Halloween each year. Once Shudder.TV launches, it’ll be available on its website, iOS, Android, and Roku devices.

Here are more details about the service from Variety.com:

Consumers who previously signed up on Shudder’s public pre-launch website have started to get invites over the last 24 hours, and can now join the service for…

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First Ash Vs Evil Dead Teaser Drops

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Ash posterStarz has recently dropped the first teaser for the upcoming television series, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

Bruce Campbell is once again wielding his chainsaw and ‘boom stick’ and taking on the Deadites as Ash Williams, an aging slacker who’s spent the last thirty years avoiding maturity and the Evil Dead. But those plucky little demons are back, and when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, he’s forced to face his demons. The series also stars Lucy Lawless and Jill Marie Jones.

Lawless plays Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Jill Marie Jones plays Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner; and Ray Santiago plays Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick. Dana DeLorenzo also stars.

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD will be a ten-episode…

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Sony & MRC Team Up On Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

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CA: Premiere Of Paramounts' Remake Of "The Manchurian Candidate" - ArrivalsI’m certainly glad to be writing about a film version of what is arguably Stephen King’s seminal work, THE DARK TOWER. THE DARK TOWER is a series of eight novels King wrote about a gunslinger, Roland Deschain, as he goes on a journey to find the Dark Tower. Talk of an adaptation of THE DARK TOWER has been circulating Hollywood for years now. The movie project began and Universal and then moved on to Warner Bros. After both studios failed to get the project off the ground, Sony Pictures took the project over, but it hasn’t been having much more luck than those before it. That is, until now.

This is an eight book series, so why were all these studios trying to cram all that goodness into one film? Exactly … it made no sense. Well, it sounds like Sony has their shit together. Not only is Sony…

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West Nile

This was not happening. The numbers were increasing by the day and there wasn’t too much the doctors could do. People whose lives were full of joy had to fight to maintain them from something that became so much worse from a simple mosquito bite. Reports of the scorching hot weather here in South Florida during the summertime which attracted mosquitoes were nothing new but reading reports of them carrying the West Nile virus was a bit surprising; it was even more surprising when I found that people including my husband was infected with the rare case of the virus that causes neurological illnesses. Seeing my husband and so many others become disorientated with seizures and then quickly falling into a coma made me feel so helpless with my mind wondering if there will ever be a cure. With over 200 people and counting here in Fort Lauderdale being infected and dying from the virus along with the continuous hot weather I’m afraid that my husband wasn’t going to last long. Being barricaded in a hospital for now almost 2 weeks was making me paranoid and restless about the future state of what was going to happen to the remaining 100 people including myself who weren’t infected. With no specific treatment for the virus all we could do is wait, wait for any sign of hope that there would be an end to this horrific epidemic. From the collar of my shirt feeling what I thought was a minor tingle on the back of my neck became an unknown mosquito bite, tears flow down my face as I realized what my fate would become.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call eZine – Issue #13 – Women in Horror (Second Annual Edition)!

So excited for this!!

The Sirens Song

Submissions are now open for the second annual Women in Horror Edition of The Sirens Call eZine!

Hard to believe a year has gone by, but it has! It’s almost February again, which means ‘Women in Horror Recognition Month’ is almost here!!!

The 13th issue of The Sirens Call eZine is all about celebrating women in the horror genre!

Rule One: You have to be a woman!
Rule Two: It has to be a work of horror!
Rule Three: See rules one and two again if it isn’t clear by now…

Ladies, send us your creepiest, darkest, most twisted submissions.

Deadline:January 31, 2014


Submissions guidelines can be found on our website!

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Beneath the Tree

Amazing 🙂


a month of hopefuls

 romance fragrant like a rose

dreams from the sky blow

lacy snowflakes danced

gracing eyelashes

kissed away

in a magical embrace

beneath the living Christmas Tree


The new year passes

“will you” and “I will”

sung in a wonderland of snow

gifts elegantly circled with red satin bows

 8 knives for carving

1 rope for climbing

bridal silk embellished with white seed pearls

promises of forever

beneath the flocked Christmas Tree


Time passes

trying to pull out good memories

“they must be there”

rummaging through the box of Christmas ribbon

I caress an eight inch lamp-post

to it we raised a toast

  once there glowed

 declaration of love

 beneath our barren Christmas tree


The seasons and the gifts got stranger

oddly shaped sweater

a perfect fit

for your octopus arms

wrapped around others

untying their bows

repackaged promises

the lamp shone green


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