Saturday, September 16, 2017

Self-Discovery, One Story Each Week

I was recently asked to write a post for a newsletter, focusing on the world of writing.  Of course, I said yes because I can’t seem to say no to anything that coerces me to write.
As I thought about the topic, so many ideas flooded my mind.  Would I write about the over 90 anthologies I’m published in?  What about the 9 books I wrote? Maybe the two others that are waiting for release now?  Or, do I look into the future and talk about the books I’m planning on writing within the next year?

All seemed like acceptable topics, but they seemed to only benefit me and not the writing community, as the focus should be.  So, I searched deeper and remembered back to a couple of years ago when I took on the challenge to write one short story per week for an entire year.  I've actually spoken to a few people, here and there, about this when they ask me how I happen to think of ideas for my work and never run out of ways to tell a story. Many respond with something along the line of whether I am insane or not.  Maybe I am, but that was actually quite a fun year of writing.

The challenge of writing 52 stories in one year came about form a Facebook page I was invited to. I was still trying to figure out who I was as a writer at the time and thought the exercise would be the perfect opportunity to search deep inside my imagination. Within the first couple of weeks, the challenge was rather easy.  I had some open call anthologies that I wanted to write for and took the time to focus on horror as the theme.  Each of those stories were published and I was instantly excited to write more. Some of the weeks I wrote poems, rather than short stories.  A couple of weeks I wrote what I can only describe as complete trash, yet I chose to keep them because the ideas were pretty solid despite the horrific execution. In all, I think about twenty of the pieces I wrote were actually published.

For me, the experiment was a huge success because I found out who I am as a writer.  I discovered that I am not one that can be defined by a single genre, but instead choose to write what I feel. I don’t write for the sole purpose to please others, but instead write to please myself. If others choose to read what I write and enjoy the story I provide, then that is a bonus that I never force myself to expect.  As a result, I've written many horror pieces, but also two children’s books, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more.
As I stated at the beginning, this post isn't about my writing, though, but instead about those that want to know more about writing and how to find out who they are as a writer.  To that I say, don’t define yourself in any genre.  Instead, let your writing define you.  Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Instead, run head first into the unknown. Take the challenge, write something every week for an entire year, don’t focus on whether it is good, just focus on the idea.  You can always revisit the piece at a later time. Some of it will be great.  Most might be embarrassingly bad.  But, who cares?  This is about you. This is about finding your way. This is about expanding your experience and discovering what works and what doesn't.

 Over the course of the next 52 weeks, you’ll find yourself frustrated, overwhelmed, and thinking of quitting.  But, when you get that one story that clicks, you’ll also feel inspired and ready to move forward.  Then, if you really focus, you’ll find yourself within your writing.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Scariest Things are in Real Life (Guest Post by Andy Peloquin)

When you read about the monsters under the bed, deep down in your heart, you know they're not real. Sure, they may scare the pants off you and force you to sleep with the lights on for a few nights, but that's just your mind playing tricks on you.

Fear is a very primitive instinct. Fear of the dark comes from fear of the unknown. When you don't know what's out there in the darkness, your mind creates terrifying ideas of what "could be" lurking out there. Fear of "monsters" is an evolutionary fear of the predators higher up in the food chain.
All of these things are what make horror novels, movies, and TV shows so enjoyable. We almost "dare" ourselves to watch them, sort of as a "rite of passage" to prove that we are tough enough to handle them.

Those things are scary in their own right, but do you know what's the most terrifying in the world (at least for me)? It's the things we HUMANS are capable of.

In every vampire story you've read, how many of them carried out anything remotely resembling the Holocaust?

In stories of demons and devils, how many of them tried to convince hundreds of their followers to drink poisoned Kool-Aid?

In all of your stories of zombies, how many of the undead creatures kidnapped, tortured, and gruesomely murdered their victims?

No, it's not monsters we need fear, but it is we ourselves that should be the cause of our greatest fears!

What's worse is that even apparently "normal" can be driven to do all of these things. You always hear about the sadistic psychopath was such an "ideal neighbor" or "such a nice man". After reading about some of the things that murderers like Charles Manson or Ted Bundy have done, it makes me shudder to think about the people who gave birth to, lived in the same house with, were in relationships with, and who married those people.

And the worst part is, they all seem perfectly "normal"! There are only a few things that can help experts to identify sociopaths and psychopaths, but the average person has no way of knowing if the person they're having dinner or sharing a cab with is the next Ted Bundy.

That, for me, is the single most terrifying thing in the world. I'll take all of the Friday the 13th movies, Walking Dead zombies, and Stephen King novels any day, over some of the people who live on this world. They are driven by the voices in their head, abnormal brain chemistry, or many others causes--to me, that is the scariest thing!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blade of the Destroyer Book Review
Blade of the Destroyer, by Andy Peloquin and published by J. Ellington Ashton Press, released on August 21st and is sure to turn any reader into an instant Peloquin fan!

"A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past. The Hunter of Voramis--a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer--dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)"  

Not surprisingly, Blade of the Destroyer released in the top spots of Amazon's ratings and has already garnered 25 reviews with an average 4.6 out of 5 stars!  Many have stated that Blade of the Destroyer is a wild ride from start to finish, and I agree 100%.  When I started reading, based on the description of the book, I am not sure what I expected.  Yet, I knew there would be mystery and suspense within the pages.  Not only did Peloquin not disappoint, be he blew me away!  When I finished, I was left wanting more, then I realized, this is only book one!

If you are not sure about Blade of the Destroyer, give it a chance, it will blow you away!

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

"The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?"

Book Info:
Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer
Author: Andy Peloquin
Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015
Publication Date: July 11th, 2015
Paperback Price: $15.99
Digital Price: $3.99
Pages: 298
ISBN: 1515038955

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About Andy:
Andy Peloquin--a third culture kid to the core--has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn't looked back since.

Andy's first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website ( is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings--along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as: