I love films and I love horror, today I wanted to talk about my love of horror films and share my top five all-time favorites with you.
A few quick points first though, firstly, this list is just my opinion, there may be films on here that you didn’t enjoy and absent films that you did. I’m also sorry to say that while I firmly believe classic horror, like all classic film, has its place in our cumulative cinemograph history, I’m not a huge fan of most of these films. I understand that in their time they were groundbreaking and that without them we would not be where we are today like I said I can appreciate their place in our history, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean I personally enjoyed watching them. Lastly, I will be keeping this list spoiler-free, so that if you want to check any of these films out (and obviously I think you should) you won’t have your experience spoiled by my big mouth.
While a lot of fiction takes place in our world there are a great many stories set in worlds that are distinctly not our own. This happens across genres and can cause authors a lot of problems when it comes to writing the setting.
Many of us have a list, either physical or mental, of the things we’d love to write. We can have hordes of projects waiting in the wings for when we’ve got the time to write them. One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to work on more diverse projects, try something new, expand my horizons etc, but finding the time proved difficult. I had cut down as much as possible, but my activity to time ratio still wasn’t lose enough to allow me to work on any of these new projects.
So, I learned to improve my productivity. If I couldn’t cut down on certain tasks or increase the number of hours in the day then I could make it so I got the tasks done quicker. This was not easy or immediately successful, but when I asked around and did some research I found a few tips and tricks that helped me improve my productivity levels.
Today I would like to share some of the advice I was given that I have found works.
In this blog, I am going to talk about protecting your time. I am doing so in the context of recent events in my own life that do not relate solely to writing but can be easily applied to any kind of writing project you’re currently engaged in. If you want to be successful with your writing you need to make it a priority, maybe not your only priority but it needs to be one of your top ones and you need to defend your writing time with flaming torches and big swords if necessary.
Now that that’s cleared up, on with this rant thinly disguised as a blog.
Times of quiet were few and far between.
Times when they would simply sit; his father, himself, and Jonathan; usually Jonathan would strategically place himself somewhere where he was within easy reach of his father. They would sit together, sometimes they would talk and other times they would be quiet. It was such a simple thing and yet he had always known that it was something that would only be shared between the three of them. There was always a front put on for the others, Walker would always be the God while Jonathan would always be the eldest, the strongest and most deserving of Walkers children.
Stanton knew he was the only other person who ever saw just the men they were.
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One in a Million
I had a personal epiphany this week.
Anyone who knows me or has read this blog before will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a planner. I love planning, I love knowing what the next 897,345 steps are in the process and when those steps should be made. It gives me a feeling of security and a zen-like sense of peace when I have a plan to follow. For me a good plan is better than the coldest beer on the hottest day or the biggest bar of chocolate, or …. I’m sure you get the idea.
But what happens when your plan’s go astray, or when life drops an insurmountable roadblock right in the middle of your plan.
This year I’m going to submit more of my short stories to magazines, websites, and blogs. you name it if they accept my genre then I want to find and submit to them.
Obviously, it is my goal to have as many of those submissions accepted as possible, with that in mind I’ve been researching the best ways to go about that and have created my own little checklist, which I want to share with you below.
The horror genre is something that I’ve always been in love with. Ever since I was little, and my mum read me ‘The Thief of Time’ by Clive Barker as a bedtime story (If you haven’t read this book then you really need to, it’s amazing). I loved the eerie setting, the creepy feeling it gave me and the fact that parts of this book genuinely had me afraid. It was my introduction to the world of horror and I’ve never looked back.
The Love of Being Afraid.
As a species, we seem to genuinely enjoy being frightened. It sounds odd when put into simple words, but the truth of the matter is obvious. The horror genre is incredibly popular, with books, movies, even theme park rides filled to bursting with the creepy and the macabre. When I visited Thorpe Park last year I was blown away by the SAW ride (and the queues to get on it) and bitterly disappointed that Darren Brown’s Ghost Train wasn’t open yet. I’ve seen bookshelves fit to burst with the likes of Stephen King, Cristopher Pike, H.P Lovecraft and of course Clive Barker. Film night arguments with friends usually involve titles like Dark Water, Premonition (the original Japanese version), The Thing and Carrie.
Back in October 2016 I was lucky enough to write a guest post on the wonderful blog of Kathy Cecala! A fantastic blog full of wit, wisdom and humour.
I think that it is safe to say that today there are more writers than at any other time in history. Between free blogging sites, and self-publishing sites it seems that you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting a writer of some kind and that is wonderful.
The sharing of ideas and opinions helps us all grow as people and as a society. Whether you write stories, opinion pieces or factual ‘how to’ manuals there has never been a better time to get your words out to such a wide and varied audience.
The only thing that hasn’t gotten easier has been finding motivation or inclination to write.