February is Women in Horror Month!

wihm9-grrrllogotall-br-mI love Women in Horror Month. Although women work in horror all year long (surprise!), I think it’s nice to take time out to specifically search out diversity in our reading and viewing.

Michael Bailey wrote a pretty comprehensive list of some fantastic female writers. There’s something here for everyone, so why don’t you swing by and pick up something new to read? He was also gracious enough to include me, and it made my heart sing. While we, of course, write for ourselves, it’s really wonderful to feel validated by our peers.

Another important, often overlooked aspect of the month is the WiHM Blood Drive. It can be a little nerve-wracking to donate blood, but it’s so very important. I’ve signed up to donate next week, if they’ll accept me. I’ll have to see if the scorpion venom and the horse antibodies/antivenin stuff roaring around in my blood makes me ineligible. We’ll see. I’ll report back.

Happy Women in Horror Month!

My 2014 Reading List

Every year I try to read a book a week. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t. This year I read 54 books, so hooray! This is my list.

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1. Legend of Kill Creek Woods by Brett Williams

2. A Life Transparent by Todd Keisling

3. Jenny Undead by J.L. Murray

4. Autumn in the Abyss by John Claude Smith

5. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

6. The Whisper in Dissonance by Ian Welke

7. John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler

8. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

9. Aura Personalities by Staci Sadler

10. Jingle: An Original Fairy Tale by Terri-Lynn DeFino

11. The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale by Michael Bamberger

12. Bunnicula by James Howe

13. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

14. Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

15. Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz

16. Clean by Alejandro Junger

17. Hemmingway’s Ghost byhttps://abrokenlaptop.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6614&action=edit&message=1 Layton Green

18. She’s Gotta be Mine by Jennifer Skully

19. Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous edited by Tim Marquitz

20. Relax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

21. Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson

22. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

23. Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb

24. We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song by Gloria Gaynor (and me!)

25. Rising by Holly Kelly

26. The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice by Kelly Russel Agodon and Martha Silano

27. Radio Free Nowhere by Todd Keisling

28. Jamias Vu by Post Morten Press

29. Creativity Now by William Wyatt

30. Piercing the Veil by Mason Ian Bundschuh

31. Saving Granny from the Devil by Todd Keisling

32. Kamkura Kwaidan True Japanese Ghost Stories and Hauntings by Ron Dutcher

33. The Harbinger by Todd Keisling

34. The Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

35. All the Dead Things by Simon Paul Woodward

36. Quilting for Beginners: Your Step by Step Guide on How to Learn Quilting for Beginners by Betty Olsen

37. The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

38. The Turtle Knight by Brian Hopkins

39. Genesis (The Colony, #1) by Michaelbrent Collings

40. 76 Free Things to do with Kids: A Real Mom’s Guide by Shannon Brown

41. Mr. Underneath by Randy Briley

42. Captive by Michael Robertson

43. Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alex Wiesman

44. Chelsea Avenue by Arman Rosamilia

45. Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

46.  The Haunted Hikikomori by Lawrence Pierce

47. Of Wind and Winter by Danyelle Leafty

48. House of Darkness, House of Light Volume 1 by Andrea Perron

49. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

50. Cracked Sky by Ben Eads

51. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

52. The Troop by Nick Cutter

53. My Story by Elizabeth Smart

54. Genesis (The Colony #1) by Michaelbrent Collings

Did you read any of the same books? What were your favorites? Do you have any reading goals for the new year?

My, Uh, 41 Books of 2011

My goal was to read 52 books in 2011. I listed the books here.  While I didn’t manage the whole 52, I did a few books better than last year.  It’s also fun to see my true crime/faeries/nonfiction phases.  This list does not include reading The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to my kids 600,000 times.  Which it should.  Oh, it totally should.

1. Shoes Hair Nails by Deborah Batterman

2. “This Is The Zodiac Speaking” Into The Mind of  a Serial Killer by Michael D. Kelleher and David Van Nuys

3. The Courage to be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance by Suze Orman

4. The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps

5. Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

6. The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

7. Fairies 101: An Introduction to Connecting, Working, and Healing with the Fairies and Other Elementals by Doreen Virtue

8. The Mammoth Book of True Hauntings edited by Peter Haining

9. The Bear in a Muddy Tutu by Cole Alpaugh

10. Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah by Colm A. Kelleher and George Knapp

11. Never Throw Rice at a Pisces by Stacey Wolf

12. When The Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule

12. Faeries by Brian Froud

13. Good Faeries, Bad Faeries by Brian Froud

14. Unholy Messenger: The Life and Times of the BTK Serial Killer by Stephen Singular

15. Ghosts Doing The Orange Dance by Paul Park

16. Get It Done When You’re Depressed by Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston

17. One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak

18. John Dies at the End  by David Wong

19. Killer Priest: The Crimes, Trial, and Execution of Father Hans Schmidt by Mark Gado

20, Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps by Adam Selzer

21. Hell House and Other True Hauntings From Around the World by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale

22. Boy  by Roald Dahl.

23. Halloween Night Fever: End of the Long Walk by Dan Graffeo

24. Ghost, Interrupted by Sonia Singh

25. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

26. Cold Black Hearts by Jeffrey J. Mariotte

27. Mrs. Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

28. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

29. The Faggiest Vampire by Carlton Mellick III

30. Werewolves and Shapeshifters: Encounters With The Beast Within edited by John Skipp

31. Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed

32. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

33. The Last Unicorn Graphic Novel by Peter S. Beagle,  Peter Gillis, Renae DeLiz, and Ray Dillon

34. You Can’t Catch Me and Other Twice Told Tales by Michael Cadnum

35. Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer

36. Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

37. The Prodigal’s Foole by R.B. Wood

38. Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted by the ST crew and guests

39. Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey

40. Daughters In Thy Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

41. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 1 by HitRecord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Help Me Be Literate, People

So I have goals for 2010. Many goals. Achievable goals, I think. I’ve been reading a lot of bloggers that go through 50 books in a year, and they keep a list of them.  What a fantastic idea! I can do that! Reading is, of course, fundamental to the writing process.  So why does it seems like such a luxury?  But if I have a quota to fill, well then.  I can’t let myself down, can I?

This is where you come in.  I’m looking for book suggestions.  Light, dark, classic, contemporary, poetry, anthologies.  Whatever.  Tell me the books that you love to read.  What would you suggest?

I’d suggest August Frost by Monique Roffey. It’s one of my very favorite books of all time.  There are a lot of aspects that appeal to me (seasons, a bakery, flowers) and it pains my heart in the most exquisite way.  I would love to write like that.

Okay.  Hit me. What should I add to my list?