|I don’t think I sent out any newsletters in 2020 or posted many updates, so hopefully this will cover it all. It was an interesting year filled with panic, deep thought, and preparation for the future. I hope you all stayed healthy and are hanging in there. Writing was hard to do with the tension of the pandemic and political atmosphere. I can’t say it didn’t affect my writing. I watched a lot of TV and movies in 2020. My mom always said it would rot my brain but I think it just kept my brain from the fast toilet-flush swirling of everything going on around me. Any who, here we are. I am grateful if you are reading this amongst everything that’s going on.|
Two of my short-stories have finally published (see below). I’ve been hanging on to both for years. One was meant for a collaboration that never came together, the other was written from a writing challenge and then I was never able to find a home for it-although I did garner some nice reviews from horror journals. Yes, I said horror. Nightmare is definitely the darkest prose I’ve ever written. Just to warn you all.
In 2019 we opened a bookstore: Midnightledger.com. It’s only online for now, until we find a storefront and better faith in the economy. Check us out if you want a break from the Zon.
I’ve been reading but not nearly as much as I used to. In 2020 I reread The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall about 7 times. It is just an amazing fantasy and dark lore read. I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy. The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes was pretty good, it felt like home being back in Panem so many years after reading The Hunger Games Trilogy. Tor.com Short Fiction for each season was good in 2020. They’ve had stronger compilations but I always find 1-2 shorts in there that are just so creative. Right now I’m reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, I’m about halfway through and loving it. I hope to keep reading and limit my distractions, especially since my husband loaded me up with lots of books for Christmas, including The Witcher series (woot woot).
If you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be posting a lot of pictures of the stars. I’ll also be doing my best to finish the novel I’ve been working on for the past few years.
Stay healthy and happy. I am grateful for you all.
(M. R. Pritchard)