Aug 31, 2015
Good evening, readers!
(*and if you are still just a follower, why not go all in and convert to readership? I hear it's what all the cool kids are doing...)
It's Monday night and your weekly dose of Evelyn's scary story follows shortly. Are you enjoying it? Are you sufficiently tense? My goal in any writing - horror, fantasy, drama, realism - is always to build suspense. It makes the payoff that much better, no?
As of this update Housewife in Hell has 26 official readers - I still find that number hard to believe. When writing by yourself, you hardly ever think that others will want to participate with you - it's such a solitary act. So to find you all here, waiting to read what I've created, is encouraging, and inspiring, and I find myself anxious to send you my pages each week. I hope you're having as much fun as I am.
To continue forward in this contest, I need to make my way up to 100 readers. In all honesty, there have been times this week where that has seemed like an astronomical number. An impossibility. Though, I remind myself that when I first set up this page and submitted to The Nerdist competition, I did not expect to have 10 people interested in reading, let alone over twenty in just over a week. I have no doubt that over the next 30 days, I can achieve that number. And perhaps even more, with your help. If every one of you could find just one person to share Housewife in Hell with, we would already be at sixty. And with the help of each of their friends, 90. And soon enough, 100 is within grasp. So if you wonder how you can best help me proceed - just take the time this evening after you're done reading to send on the link to one other person, and personally tell them why they should be reading with you. If you love it, maybe they will, too.
I've never been a particularly fast writer - or painter, or creator, or reader, nothing fast about me, really - but I do everything deliberately. My approach to this contest is, per usual, that slow and steady wins the race. I promise not to inundate you with updates, but to be regular, meaningful, and write every sentence with purpose. Even if I do not win, I will write you a quality story. That I can guarantee.
So, sit down, grab a cup of tea/cocoa/tall glass of wine (Cabernet goes well with a story about Hell, don't you think?) and curl up with Evelyn's story in your hands. I hope it gives you just a little bit of a shiver up your spine.
P.S. Please, while reading tonight's pages, remember Wes Craven - an incredible director and true Master of Horror. There isn't a day I write anything that I'm not thinking a little bit about Freddy Krueger running his blades down a chalkboard.