The Leak of Madness

The Leak of Madness
By: Alice J. Black

Finished: 12/13/2020

This was a quick read and dove right into a world of alcoholism, sensitivity to spirits, and a very dysfunctional life. Peyton struggles with her addiction to alcohol which she uses to mask the messages that come from the spirit world. It’s a messy existence, but it’s her coping mechanism.

I have to say I was not a fan of her friend, or how she insisted on bringing Peyton to a wedding even though she had clearly had a rough night. The longer the story went on the more I disliked her friend. I would have called an Uber and gotten out of there! But it’s implied that Peyton is there not only because of her friend’s insistence and almost hawk-like monitoring of everything she did, but also due to the peer pressure of the friends who know her.

The setup may seem long at times, but then once the ending comes around, things happen fast! Hold on to your seat as the whole scene shifts into something far more deadly. Overall this is a strong start to a series following Peyton and her strange life, and I am so ready to see where this goes!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Picking Up with Suzie Again

Actually forced myself to pick up Suzie’s sequel again and start working on it. Unfortunately this update is over several days time, not in one sitting like I’d like. But it’s being worked on, and that’s definitely a step forward in the right direction.

Project: Sequel to Suzie’s Nightmare
Deadline: End of 2011 (Preferably much sooner)
New words written: 1,372
Present total word count: 2,662
Total Word Count for 2011: 22,171

Not even enough for the daily updates I’d do for NaNo. Well darn, I guess I just need to force myself to write more on this. For NaNo the regular daily writing requirement is 1,667 words/day. I need to get my butt in gear and get back to this.

In other news I blame The Gates on Netflix for inspiring me to work on this project more. It’s up to you guys to guess why that’s the case. Cause I’m not saying a word. ;D

Updates and News, Long Overdue

Well its back to work after a week of self-imposed Spring Break. Went hiking, visited the zoo, and even got the edits done on my novel. Yay! I sent copies off to my three trusted folks and have asked for any and all feedback. So I’m sure I’ll be waiting a few months for them to get back to me, but it’ll definitely be worth it. I’m excited and nervous at the same time to see what they say. They’re all book nerds and 2/3 are family, so I hope they’re honest with me and don’t cut corners. Cause I doubt the public will be as forgiving. šŸ˜‰

So I’m done with writing for a bit. Reading on a pre-release copy of Embedded I won over on Goodreads. It’s a military sci-fi piece, and so far its quite entertaining. It really opens my eyes once again to how little you have to say in order to get your audience to follow your world. I always think it has to be spelled out, silly me. I’ll be sure to give a detailed review once I’m done though, if you’re curious.

As far as my short stories go, its par for the course. I got two pieces accepted last year, both unexpectedly and one was the first venue I offered it up to. These latest four have been a bit more difficult. Things I like to write about (ie. werewolves, if you didn’t know that already) are just not popular in the short story world. Unless there’s a romance involved, and I just don’t write that kind of thing.

On a side note, my long-time friend Lisa recently published her first e-book Across the Veil which I plan on reading as soon as it comes out in Barnes and Noble for my Nook. I admit, I don’t normally read paranormal romances, but I’m always willing to try new stuff. I don’t normally go for military science fiction either, yet here I am.

So that’s all on my end the past few weeks. I’m sure it’ll take a little while for my eyes to get clear of seeing Suzie’s Nightmare all over the place. Once that fog’s lifted though, I do plan on diving into a sequel. I’ve got lots of ideas for this world, and I plan on writing them.