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Friday Snippets: Horror Novella – Scene #3

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Friday Snippets! This week, I’ll be sharing the first scene of my currently untitled horror novella, which is the result of my Halloween Stream project, and is what I’ll be writing during National Novel Writing Month.

This scene is one of the scenes written during the first live stream on Wednesday. There are two live streams left! Watch them on Livestream.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd: 12 am PST | 3 pm EDT | 7 pm GMT

Sunday,    Nov.  4th: 11 am PST | 2 pm EST | 7 pm GMT

Without further ado, enjoy this scene – the introduction to the character Adam. You can read another scene on NaNoWriMo. Feel free to add me as a Writing Buddy!

Note: This comes directly from a first draft and has not been edited in any way, shape, or form. Let me know what you think; I love hearing from you!

Small creatures shifted the leaves as he strode through the forest. His hands hid in his pockets, away from the crisp air. A small smirk twisted his lips as he came to a halt and leaned against a tree. Absentmindedly, he kicked a small rock and sent it flying.

“Is everything going as planned?” The female voice appeared out of nothing, drifting over him like a veil. “Will they come?”

A heaviness settled over him, as if someone pressed down on his shoulders and forced him to be still, to be silent and listen.

“Yes.” He swept a stray strand of black hair out of his face. “They’ll come. Don’t worry. There’s no way they’d resist something like this.”

“You had best be right, Adam,” the voice whispered. “After all, it’s your future that depends on tonight. Or have you forgotten?”

“I didn’t forget. They’ll show up tonight, just like I said.” His lips formed a tight line. “I know how to get them to do these things. They’ll be here.”

“We’ll see. Soon.”

The weight lifted off his shoulders and he inhaled sharply in relief. The twats were too stupid not to show up, too easily goaded into doing what others wanted them to.

The fools would regret it.

Have a great weekend everyone and swing by the live streams this weekend if you have time! The more, the merrier.

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Halloween Stream: Final chance to vote!

That’s right, folks. Two weeks of voting is coming to a close. Tomorrow, the 29th of October, is the last day that you can vote on the polls that will decide key aspects of the Halloween novella I’ll be writing – part of it live for all of you to see!

For those of you who haven’t voted, here are the polls one last time!

To see what all of this is about check out the official blog post. If you’ve already voted, hang tight! The first live stream is coming this Wednesday.

Have a great week everyone, and have a brilliant Halloween!



Halloween Stream: Create the story – live!

Welcome to my interactive Halloween Project, the Halloween Stream! After a week of hinting at it, it’s finally here for your enjoyment. Let me explain exactly what this is and how it’ll work.

What is this all about?

This is my attempt to create an interactive project and to involve readers in the writing process, while letting both the author and the readers communicate and have a great time while doing so.

The result of this project will be a dark fantasy or horror novella, available for sale on Amazon as an eBook – and potentially paperback.

How will it work?

Starting tomorrow, Monday the 15th of October, I will add a new poll to this post every day this week. Friday the 19th, I will post the last of the five polls. Each of these polls will focus on aspects important to stories: Characters, the setting, and so on and so forth. It will be up to all of you to vote on your favorite choices in each poll! At the end of the voting period, the winning choices will be taken and used for the novella.

The writing process of the start of this novella will be shown live. On Halloween and November 3rd and 4th, I will be streaming as I write the beginning of the novella. During this live stream, I will also answer questions that you submit into the chat during the live stream.

Excited yet? I know I am!

When and where is all this happening?

The five polls will be posted Monday, October 15th through Friday, October 19th.
I will add each poll to this blog post.

The voting period starts as soon as the first poll appears in this post and ends Monday, October 29th. Don’t forget to get those votes in!

Let’s not forget the live streams! The times and dates are:

  • Oct.  31st:  2 pm PST | 5 pm EDT | 9 pm GMT
  • Nov.  3rd: 12 pm PST | 3 pm EDT | 7 pm GMT
  • Nov.  4th: 11 am PST | 2 pm EST | 7 pm GMT

The live streams will take place on my livestream page. The Halloween stream will last two hours and the November live streams anywhere between one and two hours. If you’ve ever wanted to chance to really see what goes into the writing process, then this is your chance! And if you have any questions you want to ask me, this will be your time to get them off your chest!


If you’re excited to see this project progress, then share the word! The more people who join in, the more fun we’ll all have. Thank you in advance to everyone who joins in with the fun; I’m looking forward to hearing what you all have to say!

Many thanks to graphic designer Nakaya de Jong for creating the Halloween Stream banner at the top of this post and many other small goodies you’ll see on my blog in the next few days. You can see more of her work here: deviantArt | Portfolio

Let’s make this a brilliant Halloween!