The days have been cool and misty. Fall is my favorite time of year, and this year feels like an early one. I don’t miss those balmy September days. Summer is over (perhaps not officially) and so is summer reading. Done are those cheap romance and horror novels I love so (well, maybe not completely). I read a lot this summer. I meant to read Dune, but it’s still sitting on my shelf. Mostly I read silly Gothic romances. I bought a bulk lot of them on eBay. They are fun and mindless entertainment, but as the weather chills, I try to be more disciplined. It’s time to get back to my Gothic reading list. Next on my list is the Henry James classic The Turn of the Screw. I’ve seen The Innocents many times (it’s one of my favorites), but I never read the entire book cover to cover. It’s perfect reading for this time of year. After that, maybe some Hawthorne.
Besides doing a lot of reading, I’ve been writing a lot. Not only did I just self-publish my second novel, Black Magick: an Occult Thriller, I started two new stories. See them unfold in real time on Wattpad (strange name, but it’s my new favorite website). Wispy Hollow is based on a television pilot script I authored from a few years back. I shoved it in a folder and kind of forgot all about it until I was looking for projects to add to the site. The site and the stories I’m writing there are definitely geared toward the young adult audience.The second one is a twisted, Gothic tale inspired by My Cousin Rachel. It’s a
story that’s been bouncing around my head for awhile. Young adult is new territory for me as my writing tends to lean toward the salacious, but I’m tapping into the kind of reading I enjoyed as a teen (which was frankly quite salacious, ha!) Anyway, it’s a new adventure, and one that I am enjoying so far. Since quitting the mother ship (meaning Facebook) I’ve been exploring new web platforms.
As my favorite season approaches I’m looking forward to more hiking, good reading, writing, and of course more TV Movies of the Week. Today it’s The House That Would Not Die starring the inimitable Barbara Stanwyk. Love these misty Sundays.