Received the much-welcome notification that Allen Kell is up to his old tricks, providing a musical excerpt-promo (what I hope is the first installment of several) for my novella, “Haunt Me Still,” which can be found in my upcoming collection, The Skeleton Melodies.
For those who need a refresher, Allen Kell is the lead singer and guitarist for the Indy band, Shadeland. Tremendously creative as he is, Kell’s also generated several solo projects, and has produced a number of “soundtrack” pieces for my short stories.
Of late, I’ve been sobered by an exceeding sense of privilege: an abundance of at-home technology which has allowed me, and my children, to remain productive over the course of this uncanny stretch — safety and security are not lost on me, residing in a neighborhood where my family doesn’t have to watch our backs, whether on a walk, or a two-mile jog. I’m grateful, and should shut up about it.
In my nascent slouches of attempting to become a published writer, I recall repeating the platitude that I was just happy to be part of the literary conversation. I’m devoutly aware (whether due to my granted rhythms and windows of fiction manufacturing, or owing to the quality of my product) that there are coteric circles in which I’ll never be included. I don’t mind, really — I enjoy the writing game too much, and have had too many brushes with luck thus far, to make a nebulous need a priority.
Yet, one of the principles which has not changed, and which I’ll continue to repeat: that the complicated craft of both pursuing publication and attempting to carve-out a name for oneself in this field yields conversations with colleagues which would remain non-existent if for not the arduous nature of this process.
One of the conversations in which I was privileged to recently partake was with horror author Nico Bell, whose debut novel, Food Fright, was released by Unnerving this past March, 2020. Back in February, I participated in her monthly Spotlight Author Interview.
We had a brief exchange back in February, and I felt as though I’d made another kindred acquaintance in this creatively crowded field — appreciative for establishing another connection in this complicated network.
Again: I’m grateful. I’ll shut up about it.