It’s that time of year again. Autumn has crept in, the days are shorter and our shops are lined with costumes and cheap sweets. I only realised yesterday how soon Halloween actually is, and that’s only because Caddicarus said in his latest video that it was sort of a halloween special. I’ve never really cared about halloween. Only ever went trick or treating once. It was never something I was raised with. I feel like I should care though. I love scary things.

My favourite horror book is Dracula, if only just for the opening 3 chapters. The isolation of the castle, imprisonment, mystery. It all builds the scene so well. Even coming from a modern viewpoint where the story is pretty well known, the mystery of the castle and Dracula himself still comes across well. I suppose it’s the uneasiness I find appealing. The sense that something’s not right.

It’s one of the things that I’ve been working on at the moment. I’m just over 2000 words into a story, within which I’m trying to create that uneasy feeling. I want to keep the reader guessing what is about to happen and judging from the feedback I’ve had so far, it’s working. I know roughly were the story is going as well which helps.

Writing has been pretty slow recently, but I’m thinking about things all the time. Ideas, characters, plot points. It’s all there I just need to write it down. It’s the forcing myself to do it, that’s the problem. I know I can do it, or at least that’s what I tell myself.

This next story is quite personal as well. Which is different for me. I’ve put other people and observations I’ve made of them in stories before. But I’ve never really taken a lot from myself, but this time is different I feel like I have something to say and that it’s important. Even if no one reads it. Maybe it’s just venting, but in the end it doesn’t matter.

I want to try and find new music. That’s become my aim at the moment. I’m currently listening to the album The Woods by Sleater Kinney. I’d never heard of them until they announced they were reforming, but I looked them up on youtube and I quite like them.

I’ve listened to Slipknot’s new album a couple of times as well. I quite like that. A good return after 6 years. Haven’t listened to it enough to get a good judgement yet though. The Devil in I stands out as my favourite song from it at the moment.

I’m slowly making my way through Found by Harlan Coben. I’m really enjoying it, but finding it hard to sit down and read it for long periods of time. No idea why. Maybe it’s because I don’t want Mickey’s story to end. It’s the final part of a trilogy I’ve been with since day one. I have my ideas of what’s going on, but I’m probably wrong.

That’s all for this little update.

See you again soon,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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