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What’s Up Wednesday #9

RobotWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. The goal of this hop is to help connect writers on their writing journey. You can find out more about the blog hop here.

What I’m Reading

I just finished reading a few books for my criminology classes. I’ve also finished a few horror novels: The Pendel Curse by Catherine Cavendish and Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea. I’ve also finished reading Better Left Buried by Belinda Frisch, a YA contemporary novel. I’d recommend all of those titles – the plots were great, and the characters engaging. Next up on my reading list is Still Water by Maynard Sims. I’ve been in a horror mood as of late, so if anyone can recommend a good horror stories (preferably featuring ghosts) then I’m all ears.

What I’m Writing

I’m working on a few different things. I want to finish the first draft of Ghostslayer, but as of now, I’m stuck. I need original ideas for hauntings and creepy things that can happen in haunted houses. I don’t want the book to exist of one clichΓ© after another, but finding an unique way for ghosts to scare people is near impossible. If anyone has any ideas of things that haven’t been overdone, I’d love to hear them! My cast exists of a bunch of college students stuck in a haunted manor for a “paranormal weekend”.

I’m also working on the first draft for a horror novella, and going through edits for the first book in the Allegro Academy series. Well, I say edits, but revising would be a more suitable word. I wrote the book more than a year ago, and it needs some work.

What Works For Me

Getting inspired by TV shows. I watched an episode of “Paranormal Witness” yesterday, and it inspired me to write a horror novella. Earlier on, I watched “The Librarians”, and got some inspiration from that too.

What Else is New

I have a YA novella I’m currently querying, but finding a publisher who accepts novellas of 15k words is tougher than I thought! When did the novella word count rise up to 20k, even for YA? If you know any publishers accepting novellas below 20k, please let me know!

I’m also busy editing some projects for clients. I have so many projects I need to finish before the new year that December will probably fly by. But I don’t mind, I love work!

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