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Update 10/27/2018

Posted in Dick Kelly, Krampus, Nativity in Black, Updates with tags , , , on October 27, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I realized it’s been a while since my last update so I figured I’d check in. Not much of note going on. I have a few pieces out in genre journal limbo awaiting a verdict of yay or nay. I am awaiting word on my poems The Baleful Beldam, and My Bantam Black Fay, and I just sent out my prose piece Nativity in Black to Weirdbook, which I have revised considerably and taken down from the site to keep from being penalized for conflict of interest.

It will probably be a while before I hear anything about either piece, but I am already getting anxious about the outcome.

Hallowe’en falls on a Wednesday this year and I have no plans. I will most likely go home and watch a horror flick and read a spooky story…much like any other night. This Fall I have too many adult responsibilities to take care of and I have no money to spend on fun stuff. Hopefully 2019 will be a more prosperous year for me.

Later today I am to meet up with my buddy Dick Kelly to see the progress on the Krampus chapbooks. I will of course clue you all in on any developments there.

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Goodbye 2017

Posted in 2017, Black Hymeneal, Krampus, Nativity in Black, Uncategorized, Year End Review with tags , , , , , on December 18, 2017 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well,  December is almost over and 2017 has already got one foot out of the door. Unfortunately, it will just be yet another in a sequence of shitty years for me. For starters nothing has changed since my last year end update. Black Hymeneal is still in limbo, waiting to be published. I have revamped the original manuscript, made some changes in the selection of poems, and rewritten the introductions then sent the manuscript to my friend Denisse Montoya who is supposed to help me with the cover art and layout, but I do not have an ETA on that at present.

My buddy Dick Kelly got sidetracked and wasn’t able to complete the Krampus illustrations for our proposed chapbook, but we recently talked and he said he was getting back on it. Again, I am hopeful, but there is no ETA at present.

I have been writing more these days and actually was able to write a prose piece I had conceived of last year then shelved. It is called Nativity in Black and I debuted it at the Space 55 7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe on 12/15/17. I have recently requested a video of my performance which I may post on here once I receive it, if I can figure out how to do that. Perhaps Denisse can help me with that as well. I also have been working fairly regularly on two stories from my Helldorado series, however, what has kept me from completing them in a timely manner is that my tablet shit the bed back in April and I cannot afford to replace it so I have had to do my work at the library where my access is limited and there are multiple distractions and no privacy.

I am still at the caption job and still have yet to make a single friend. I hate some of the calls I have to dictate, most actually, but it pays the bill for now. I still long for the day when I can make my living off of my art.

Speaking of living, I may have to live somewhere else by the end of 2018. My landlords are raising the rent so I have renewed my lease for the last time then my roomie and I are parting ways. So now my future living situation is uncertain.

Without getting into the boring details, my personal life hasn’t changed either. I had hoped sometime in my 50th year things would look up for me in that department, but no such luck so far. Perhaps it’s just as well. If I should decide to leave Arizona at the end of 2018 I will only have to worry about myself and no one else.

If I had to live in AZ for the rest of my life, I had hoped to make a name for myself writing Southwestern Gothic Horror, with a Latin bent, but I would gladly give that up if I can leave the Southwest all together.  I am so unhappy here. I would love to return to my beloved New England, but I don’t think I can afford that. I also don’t relish being so far away from my family if anything happens. Perhaps the Northwest would work. I will have to weigh my options very soon.