The Stories That Didn’t Make It | House Blog

Whenever a submission call crosses my path, I usually end up with multiple story ideas. This is a good thing, because while some of these ideas work out and get developed into fully-written short stories, others aren’t so lucky.

For Chillers From the Rock, I was about ¾ of the way through a story about a writer selling their soul to the devil, when I realized that I didn’t like it very much and abandoned it. Shortly after that, I had the ideas for The Taste of Copper, based on a story my grandmother told me about living in a remote town in Northern Newfoundland, and The Deal, which came about because I was trying to think of scary concepts and came up with ‘trees’ (so spoooooky!).

My first idea for Flights From the Rock fizzled out after 1.5 pages. I put a lot of work into those pages, but I just wasn’t getting the story I wanted. Even after spending months thinking about it, it wasn’t clear enough. So, I decided to give up and concentrate on a different story.

There are a lot of unfinished stories on my hard-drive. And I mean, A LOT. Continue reading The Stories That Didn’t Make It | House Blog

Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Engen Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Lauralana Dunne’s first novel, a YA Fantasy story titled Ashes.

“We are exceptionally proud to have Lauralana on board,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “Her story is amazing and she’s put a lot of thought and care into it. I think there could be a real upset in fantasy writing in the next year or so, and Dunne is a huge part of it.” Continue reading Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Deep Work: Why a $2 kitchen timer was one of the best investments I made in my writing

In a recent post, I talked about flow and the effort it takes to achieve it. Today, I want to talk more about that, specifically about making your writing space “sacred” and creating a “closed-loop system,” particularly with regards to distractions, vis a vis your phone.

In that post about flow, I discussed the pomodoro technique, which helps me focus. To quickly recap, I work for twenty-five minutes then take a five minute break. The problem is that I was using my phone to do this, and during my five minute breaks I’d usually check social media or any messages. Seems harmless enough, right? I’d briefly check my phone for a few minutes then set it aside and work, and then repeat.

The problem I found was that this was fragmenting my attention. I could never really give the task at hand my full attention. At the back of my mind was always whatever was going on with Facebook, messenger, etc. It felt like I was always trying to run with a parachute attached to my back. Continue reading Deep Work: Why a $2 kitchen timer was one of the best investments I made in my writing

Wayfaring | Kit Sora’s Storytime

Found a magical staff in my travels and decided to use it, but didn’t know what I was aiming for! While digging through my wigs to figure out which one I’d use, I also decided to throw in the antlers I made for my Druid cosplay from Sci-Fi that I hadn’t properly shot yet, and thus this lil darlin’ was born!

Fun fact! My actual bangs are used for this shot! In between pink there’s generally a silver/white stage post lightening roots that looks pretty majestic, and I couldn’t resist passing up a chance to not show my forehead for a 52 🙃

Second fun fact! I sat in an ants nest minutes before these were taken, thinking a fun sitting photo would work-… It did not, and I was coated in ants ; ; Anyone who knows me will find out pretty quick that ants are the number 1 bug/creature/thing that I cannot handle! Shoutout to Drew for lying to me when I asked how many were on my body when I discovered 2 and -freaked- out

LAST (commonly known) FACT! I cannot keep my face straight for a long period of time, and precious moments like these are born!

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Superstar author Jed MacKay announced as the final Dystopia from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud and excited to announce the final author to be featured in 2019’s epic story collection: Jed MacKay, and his short story: ‘Jianghu!’

Jed grew up in PEI, and although Jianghu is his first published piece of prose, readers will no doubt be familiar with his writing from the world of comics. In the past year, Jed has become a frequent contributor to Marvel Comics, with work on Daughters of the Dragon, The Edge of Spider-Geddon, Ghost Panther, Infinity Warps, and the acclaimed weekly series Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.

Jed brings with him his unique voice and vision, rounding out the complete 2019 From the Rock team!

One thing left to announce: the cover, and its creator! One final person will be joining Jed MacKay, Corrine Lewandowski, Katie Little, Sam Bauer, Andrew Pike, Jon Haas, Matthew Daniels, Matthew LeDrew, Lauralana Dunne, Diane Lynn McGyver, David Wright, Erin Vance, Jon Dobbin, Elizabeth Whitten, Peter Foote, Chantal Boudreau, Ellen Curtis, Finnan Beaton, Christopher Walsh, Lisa Daly, Jeff Slade, Michelle Churchill, Ryan Belbin, Nicole Little, Brad Dunne, David Rimmington, Heather Nolan, Gareth Mitton, Shannon Green and Ali House for the 2019 Dystopia on the Rock collection! We still have award-winning and prolific authors in the genre to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!

Prize-Winner Corinne Lewandowski announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Corinne Lewandowski is an award-winning author and poet from Halifax Nova Scotia, whom we are proud to announce as a contributor to Dystopia from the Rock. She is a recipient of The Joyce Marshall Hsia Memorial Poetry Prize. Her previous work includes poetry and radio dramas.

She brings with her ‘Family Business,’ her first published prose story. Continue reading Prize-Winner Corinne Lewandowski announced as a ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Katie Little revealed as the latest ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce the return of Katie Little to the From the Rock series in Dystopia from the Rock!

Katie Little is a writer and artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her first published work was in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock with her acclaimed short story, ‘Sage and Salt.’ Katie has been a guest reader at various literary events in the area over the past several years; she also sells her artwork at local conventions and festivals as part of the art group Wormwood Tuesday. Continue reading Katie Little revealed as the latest ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ author!