Is This Thing On?

Here’s a picture of my dog, Cody. Because he’s adorable when he’s trying to sleep.

It’s an interesting time to be a horror writer. Generally, I write supernatural horror. It just seems that there’s nothing more frightening than something coming back from the dead with an ax to grind (sometimes, literally an ax!). Then this COVID-19 thing popped its ugly head out of the cellar, and I have to say, I’m stumped trying to come up with something worse.

In a way, I’m jealous of whoever came up with this plot. Think about it. You have a pandemic sweeping across the world. Not just the nation. The world. China, the first place it’s discovered, covers it up, making us lose valuable time as the thing gains momentum. Then it comes here, to the U.S. where first it’s discounted by our “leaders” as a hoax, then it’s all hands on deck as the states try to individually figure out how to deal with it, Meanwhile, the Whitehouse is trying to figure out in which drawer they stuffed the Pandemic Response pamphlet. You know, as you do, whenever I have to figure out how to change out the string feeder on my weed wacker.

It’s a horror. It’s a comedy, It’s a satire. No, it’s a tragedy. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wave your waistline, savings, and your life goodbye.

I”m not a disciplined person. Oh, I can get up for work–especially if I’m being paid (I’m shallow that way). But working out? I’m always getting into shape. I don’t know if I’ve ever, actually been IN shape, in my life. So, this Newsletter thing is probably going to be a challenge. Seeing that it’s not a paying gig.

Of course, I’ll post when I publish a new story, or when a book comes out (prepare for fireworks when the first one hits!). but I’ll also try to reach out and comment on things going on. I’ll try not to get too political or heavy. Which isn’t easy, but I know better than to think I can change anyone’s mind.

Don’t think of me as anything but an entertainer. My wife’s learned to live with that. Hopefully, you can too. Feel free to let me know what you think (keep it civil, or I’ll beat you with a wet noodle).

Also, if you’re interested in reading stories before anyone else, I’ll be happy to send out copies of my manuscripts before they’re published. It’s helpful for writers to get feedback, because well, we miss things sometimes, and other times, we just get things wrong. It helps to have folks who’ll be honest, and tell us when we get it right, and when we miss.

In the meantime, thanks for checking out my sight. Poke around a bit. It’s small, but it’s got that new website smell.

Welcome & Cheers!

DL Strand

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D.L. Strand

D.L. Strand splits his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. He’s a writer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, and even worked a real job once. In addition, he’s a husband, a dad, and one grateful sonofabitch.