Weekend writing: getting away

Yesterday, I checked in at a local hotel for some focused writing time. That desk by the window is where I’ve been sitting since, plugging away at the book with no distractions beyond food and sleep. I try to do this at least once for each large project, for two reasons: It can be hardContinue reading “Weekend writing: getting away”

Highlights from the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot

If you haven’t heard, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has released the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards preliminary ballot. What it is An annual award for superior achievement in horror writing, named after Bram Stoker. Categories are as follows: Superior Achievement in a Novel Superior Achievement in a First Novel Superior Achievement in a Young AdultContinue reading “Highlights from the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot”

Horror books 2020

Last year, I almost didn’t hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. The reason: podcasts. I got so hooked on podcasts (My Favorite Murder being the primary culprit) that I didn’t listen to audiobooks. Most of my reading is done over audio (other folks with ADHD—I love audiobooks because they allow me to multitask, which IContinue reading “Horror books 2020”

Self care as a horror lover

To continue discussion of self care from my previous post, I want to talk a little bit about how being a horror fan (and specifically a horror writer) can sometimes cause problems. Horror is booby trapped. Earlier this week I finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. It destroyed me. I couldn’t sleepContinue reading “Self care as a horror lover”

Why "no burnout" is my #1 New Year's resolution (and should be yours, too)

2020 is going to be packed. I have a number of aggressive writing goals. I have elaborate plans for overhauling my mental health, my physical health, my apartment, and my schedule. New year, new decade, same me, but better. My husband and I are calling 2020 “the year that we make all other years easier.”Continue reading “Why "no burnout" is my #1 New Year's resolution (and should be yours, too)”

The blog: who, what, when, where, and why

Want to know who I am and what to expect? Start here. Who? Alison J. McKenzie — she/her or they/them I’m a writer specializing in horror, fantasy, and science fiction I have a number of writing publications, including short stories, articles, and content for tabletop and video games I’ve edited copy for Microsoft, Glu Mobile,Continue reading “The blog: who, what, when, where, and why”