I Hit 100 Reedsy Short Stories!

I’ve been a huge fan of the Reedsy Writing Competition for years. In fact, I’ve been a member of their site since they began hosting the contest. I’ve won it on three separate occasions, and several other stories got shortlisted. (Not bragging or anything. Okay, so I’m totally bragging.)

Well, today, I hit 100 short stories submitted to Reedsy! It was a piece written for both this month’s Camp NaNo and for the Reedsy prompt, “Write about a community that worships Mother Nature.” The title of the piece is Daughters of the Earth (but it will be a chapter within my upcoming book, This Place Is Dead). You can read it over on Reedsy’s site.

If you don’t know the site, I can thoroughly recommend it. Not only is it a great resource with lots of other professionals. It’s a superb motivator to get you writing on a weekly basis. Come and join us!

So, here’s to 100 stories, Reedsy! Here’s to 100 more.


On Hitting 100 Followers and the Creation of a Sister Site!

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Wow! So, here we are! 100 followers! *Cue party blowers and confetti showers* I didn’t think I’d ever get to the point where 100 people would voluntarily subject themselves to my waffling posts and inane ramblings that I try to pass off as “writing”. But here we are! So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you — it really means a lot! Here’s to many more stories in the future! 🙂

I do apologise that my Bite-Sized Horror series has fallen by the wayside recently, but I’ve had neither the time nor the energy to keep it up at a consistent quality. Maybe when my life returns to something that resembles normality, it’ll make a return! In the meantime, I hope my short stories alone are enough fuel for thought (fuel for nightmare?).

Okay, so, that fanfare and apology is out of the way and done with — on to the next part. Writing is one of my main hobbies, alongside music (which I write, record and publish online) and art. It’s this latter point I’d like to draw your attention to. I like to make my own art (mostly digital paintings), and I’ve recently been adding images of my own creation to my short stories (check out the latest additions, for examples!). Well, it turns out that I’ve amassed quite a lot of art over the course of this hobby, and a few weeks ago I started sharing the pieces via Instagram, to positive response. I thought to myself, “Why not do the same on WordPress?”

I didn’t want to start uploading art onto this blog, as it’s solely for my short stories and horror pieces, and I didn’t want to get my threads crossed or to strike tonal inconsistencies — my stories are, for the most part, horror-themed, whereas my art is quite gentle, dreamy, and psychedelic. So, I’ve made a sister site on WordPress, dedicated entirely to my art. If you’re in any way interested, you can find it here: https://artinsoulstudio.wordpress.com/ — but at the moment, it’s in its fledgling stages!

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An example of the sort of art I’ll be sharing! Artwork by Joshua G. J. Insole

Don’t worry, though — writing is (and shall remain) my main point of focus (even if I don’t have time to work on Bite-Sized Horror!). Art is quite a quick time-filler — I can bash out a painting in ten minutes or so; it doesn’t occupy that much time. I just thought it might be nice to also start sharing my other creative hobbies, as well!

Well, I guess that’s all I really wanted to say! So, thanks for the follows, likes, comments and shares over this past year — I look forward to many more years of blogging with you guys!

P.S. If you’re interested in my music, you can find it on YouTube or SoundCloud!