This week’s participation in the Friday Phrases (#FP) event found me in new territory. Heavily inspired by various stories penned by master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft, and a nostalgic revisiting of Vampire the Masquerade, I set upon the #FP altar short stories and micropoetry entrenched in the realm of strange horror.
I tend to navigate the waters of shattered lives and broken people in my writing -with the occasional fantasy story mixed in, but this week I was completely outside my comfort zone. The challenge of trying to paint strange and unsettling images in only 137 characters was thrilling.
Employing poetry and short story writing styles, I settled on a theme of waking of Old Gods come to take what they believe to be theirs, and vampires preying on Man until the rising of the sun. I hoped to convey tales of monsters destroying our understanding of reality and justifying our primal fears of the unknown.
How well I executed this is up to reader.
Personal therapy jokes aside, #FP is an opportunity to push myself as a writer. I want the work I put out for the community to see (and hopefully enjoy) to be stronger than the week before. This is not always the case, but it is a personal goal I strive for at each event. Doing so has improved my writing and my confidence.
I am grateful for the medium #FP affords me to explore my writing and express myself, though I be a small fish in an ocean occupied by far greater fish.