Nancy m. long
Wow, starting to put my writing out into the world has been an emotional roller coaster. I've learned that there really is a market for my particular brand of horror writing.
Recently I put my story, "We Were Soap" onto a subreddit called nosleep. I was hoping for a chance to get noticed by my favorite podcast thenosleeppodcast.com. As I watched, my upvotes just kept going up and really encouraging comments were coming in. My favorite being of course, "Absolutely f***ing brilliant!" -momosteward, subreddit/nosleep.
Within five hours I got a request by a podcast, not the one I was aiming for, to present my story. By this time I was jumping in circles squealing "EEEEEE" to the terror of my cats.
After not getting my preferred podcasts notice I sent a hail Mary email expecting my first rejection letter. Instead I got an offer of actual cash money and a spot on the show that I listen to everyday.
My favorite part of all of this is how much fun this story was to write. There wasn't a second of it that felt like work. I was more concerned that what I considered fun wouldn't carry over to the readers. I can't say how happy I am that it did carry over. ^_^
If you'd like to hear "We Were Soap" performed by professional voice actors and listen to a great horror podcast check out thenosleeppodcast.com. The airdate is 9/18/17.
If you would like to read "We Were Soap" for free check it out on smashwords.com
"Really enjoyed Nancy M. Long's "We Were Soap" - very evocative and creepily romantic, in the vein of Joe Lansdale's "I Tell You It's Love". The little detail about the exfoliating properties of bone in the soap was shuddersomely memorable!"
Bedtime Stories is officially my first fiction publication. My plan is to write longer pieces to publish on Amazon twice a month. But I'm excited to have this collection of three short stories up. In this collection there is "Noise", "The Hunger", and "We Were Soap".
I wrote "Noise" one evening while sitting on the couch in the livingroom. It was nighttime and the garden side widows still had open curtains. The windows just looked black except for something occasionally swaying across the window in the wind. The house was quiet except for all of those little house noises. I consider myself a little more sensitive to noise than others, more so back when I wrote "Noise", so it felt like a loud evening ticking and buzzing and creaking around me. It occured to me that I didn't know what kept moving across the window. It kept grabbing my attention. I was originally reading but after so many times looking up, distracted by the sudden movement outside I finally put down my book and wrote out what I felt like was happening.
For “The Hunger” I pulled from the days when I lived almost entirely on coffee and cigarettes. I wasn’t hungry but I wasn’t well nourished either. It’s a very particular feeling when you’re not hungry but your body is. I had also been reading a lot of Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury at the time of writing and was trying to write a short story that might mix both styles. Both authors wrote short stories for horror magazines during times when you could still make money doing so. The internet has now made things both easier and more difficult.
“We Were Soap” is my favorite out of the three stories. This is one of the stories that might turn into a longer piece someday in the future. It's a mix of concepts and characters from my real life (not the murderous cannibalism bits) from the hot dog vendor to the Saturday Farmers Market booth. It's one of those stories that I can think of while walking around town, seeing of all the places the characters might have been and thinking what might have happened there. I can't pass the hot dog cart without wondering who's in the meat tonight. It's also one that I have a playlist for. I listened to this playlist throughout the writing process.
Hello and welcome to my first blog.
I created this website and started publishing my short stories as a way to motivate myself to write more. I've never needed a reason but this gives me more structure and deadlines to work around.
And while I work on the craft of writing I want to be able to share my process and background into the stories with you. I want to invite you into my mind for a while.
I'll be including things like spotify* playlists compiled as background music that helped shape stories and pictures and clips on tumblr that helped inspire stories or themes in my writing. I'll also include things that I enjoy that run along the same themes.
I'm going to be publishing my short stories on Amazon.com in singles and bundles. I don't expect much to happen. I'm just living the dream. The dream that if I write enough, one day someone will give me money. And perhaps someday after that I might make enough to cover rent, and on that day I shall declare myself a successful writer.
While I wait I have several novels and novellas that I am working on, some of which will likely be talked about in future blogs. I enjoy writing short stories. But for some of my longer stories there's a different kind of love that goes into it. Unfortunately it makes it a much slower process as everything has to be perfect.
My goal is to post bi-weekly. The post will be extra information and background involving the story just published. Initially stories are going to be sold for $0.99 in Amazon, Smashwords and Nook. But I also plan on regular free promotions which you can find out about in the newsletter.
Till next time...
*For the record, spotify is free to listen to if you download the app. The only difference in the free vs. the paid version is a lack of commercials. I'm not promoting them, it's just what I use.