September turned out to be a Horror-bly good month!

I’ll admit I’ve been feeling a little down on myself of late. Despite seemingly having all the time in the world due to Stage Four restrictions in Melbourne, I haven’t written any new words for weeks now. Covid and me…let’s just say we’re not creatively compatible!

This month, however, I had three pieces of wonderful genre-related writing news land in my inbox, and it’s been a terrific boost to morale.

My poem ‘Keep Walking’ was accepted for publication in Issue 15 of Midnight Echo (released by AHWA). This issue, due for release in November, is guest-edited by multi-award-winning Lee Murray, and I’m sharing the table of contents with some wonderfully talented dark scribes from Australia and New Zealand.

I also learned I’d been awarded a 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the generous sponsors and donors who have contributed to funding this year’s grants. Thank you for helping to celebrate and elevate women in horror. This was the second year LOHF have been running their international grant program, and they were able to offer ten grants this year, which demonstrates how well received and supported the initiative has been.

And finally, my story ‘Beneath the Cliffs of Darknoon Bay’ was selected to appear in Spawn: Weird Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. My ambiguously unsettling gothic tale is set in 1836 in the Furneaux Island group at the height of Australia’s sealing industry. It will share pages with an amazing line-up of authors I’ve admired and respected for years. There was much Kermit arm flailing attached to this acceptance!  Look out for this anthology next year from IFWG Publishing (Australia). Edited by award-winning Australian author, Deborah Sheldon, it’s going to be quite the read!

I hope you’ve all had some good news come your way recently too, no matter what shape or form it takes. It’s the little rays of light that help chase away shadows.  Take care, everyone.

Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days.

Rebecca 🙂

About Rebecca Fraser

Rebecca Fraser is an award-nominated Australian author, with a solid career of writing with influence across a variety of mediums. To provide her muse with life’s essentials she content writes for the corporate world; however her true passion lies in storytelling. Rebecca’s short stories, poems, and flash fiction have appeared in numerous Australian and international anthologies, magazines, and journals, and her first novel 'Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean' was released in 2018 through IFWG Publishing. Rebecca actively engages in various writing communities and holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). Rebecca is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge, and after several years of mentoring beginner writers and helping emerging writers achieve their creative dreams, she developed StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring writers of every age and ability. Say g'day on Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse
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6 Responses to September turned out to be a Horror-bly good month!

  1. Deborah Turner says:

    I completely understand your issues with writing. I couldn’t write for nearly five months during our shutdown in the states. It didn’t help even when restrictions were eased, so I spent the spring and summer taking care of me. Once my house renovation in another state was complete, we booked it across the country and moved in. Now I can spend hours at my desk writing and it feels good.

    But yes, the stress we’re all feeling doesn’t help our creativity. I hope your lockdown doesn’t last much longer.

    Congratulations on the three pieces of good news. I’m really happy for you.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments, Deborah. Wonderful you’ve found your way back to writing. 2020 certainly has been a year to remember! Best to you in the States. Write on x

      • Deborah Turner says:

        Hugs and I’m thinking of you. Try to take care of you and write when you can. I usually write about 50-60k words a month and I think I wrote 10k the whole five months we were back in Oregon. The lack of words was a stress on its own. My form of self-care was sitting in the sun reading books and getting a tan. Y’all are coming up to summer (I’m jealous; I love Australian spring and summer), so I encourage you to enjoy it as much as possible. The ironic part of this is that writers need isolation to be able to write, but when we’re forced into isolation, we can’t work. I guess i used my quarantine time for some interesting self-reflection. That’s never a bad thing. I think 2020 is going to be a year we all want to strike from the calendar, crumple up and throw away! LOL. Just know you aren’t alone and I’m reaching across half a country, an ocean and all the way to Melbourne to hold your hand.

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