Welcome all! It’s been awhile since I posted anything so I figured I owed everyone an explanation. I’ll attempt to do so now and then begin moving forward.
Well folks I’ve been pretty quiet here in the Scribbler Mansion lately. There are a million reasons for that but the main reason is that I debated on whether or not to even keep the site going. There are a few reasons for this but first and foremost is that Cult and I have parted ways it seems. I won’t go into the details but that’s how it is at the moment. Second, I moved back to NY at least temporarily which caused a disruption but the biggest reason I haven’t posted as much in recent months is that I was really just burned out. Most of you reading this probably don’t realize how many hours of work go into posting new material every day. The truth is that I was working generally 8-12 hours a day 7 days a week to bring you all that I posted here and all for really no compensation. So that means for the approximately 2 ½ years of this site’s existence I put in over 7000 hours of work for virtually no pay and very little praise. Now I’m not really complaining, this is something I chose to do of my own free will but the fact is I was thoroughly burned out and then add some life chaos on top of it and you can see how it quickly becomes difficult. So I’ve had a break, I’ve had some time to reassess things and while I won’t be shutting the site down I won’t go back to posting as I was before. This is not because I don’t want to but I have some other endeavors I’m pursuing to let my creative side free and also let’s be honest, to try and make some cashola off my creative pursuits!
For those of you who follow me on social media, mainly Facebook, you may have seen the creative side I’ve been exploring and I’m really enjoying exploring it. I’m no artist, I can't draw to save my life but that hasn’t stopped me from pursuing some artistic creativity in my own way. It all started a couple months ago when my sister found a wine bottle holder and wondered if I might be able to duplicate it so she could use them for gifts. The design was pretty simple so I was able to make a few more for her in short order but I couldn’t make things that simple, it’s just not what I do! My initial thought was to find a stencil of a batch of grapes and simply use a torch to burn the image onto the wood. It seemed appropriate since they were wine holders after all. Well I couldn’t find a stencil but my mother suggested I use a woodburner that she had originally bought for my father but he had never used. It seemed like a good idea but of course the pattern I chose to try was far too complex for a novice but I found I enjoyed it so I picked something simpler to do for my sister’s project. I think it turned out pretty damn good!
Through all of that I found out a few things. First I found I really enjoyed doing it, second I found I was pretty good at it and lastly and unexpectedly I found that I was calm as a cucumber while doing it which was pretty good for my mental health. Since then I’ve kind of taken the ball and run with it so to speak creating a few things to give as gifts and some I will be attempting to sell. Most of what I’ve done so far are one time projects that I don’t plan to make additional copies of but some are less complicated so I’m willing to make as many as anyone might want. I enjoy doing these so if anyone is interested in any of my “Feindish Creations” then just contact me (feindgottes666@gmail [dot] com). I’m willing to sell any or all of these if anyone is interested.
Now on top of my artistic endeavors I also have much to do on the horror writing front. I currently have five short stories submitted for possible publication and I’ve also entered a contest called “The Next Great Horror Writer” which could lead to the publishing of my first novel finally. I’ve also had my first rejection of 2017 which will probably only be the first of many but it still hurts getting rejected. This one actually hurt a little more than normal not because of who rejected it but because of what I went through to complete it. After what I put myself through a few months ago (you can read about here if you wish) I agreed to a certain medication. While that medication is a fucking miracle drug in some respects it’s also had some negative effects. The biggest effect is that I feel tired all the time, not like exhausted but the way you feel when you hit the afternoon doldrums where you drink a cup of coffee or an energy drink to perk up and make it through the remainder of the day… only that’s how I feel all day long and coffee does not seem to help. Feeling like that makes it extraordinarily difficult to write but for the story I submitted I did my best to push through it staying up all night to finish and submit before the deadline. As a lifelong insomniac that used to be something that was easy to do, now… not so much. It was the first time I had written a story where it felt like I literally had to pull each and every word from my brain kicking and screaming the whole way so when it was rejected it really hit me hard. However, I’m over it and can now say, “Fuck It!” and move on. My goal for this year is to submit, submit and submit some more to get my work out in the public and hey maybe even make some cash off it here and there. So that’s another reason I won’t be posting as much to the site as I did in the past.
So where does that leave Thy Demons Be Scribblin? Cult is gone and I have art and writing to create. Well folks it means I’ll post as much as I can as often as I can but it will be significantly less for the time being. I haven’t been watching as many movies as I usually do which is why I haven’t posted any reviews but I have been listening to music and I will be getting to many album reviews very soon. I would like to do some fun projects for the site throughout the year but we’ll see how that all unfolds. For now I’ll probably be posting mainly album reviews and original work as often as I’m able. I see traffic to the site hasn’t really slowed so I’ll try to get some new stuff out to the faithful very soon, like within the next couple of days. In the end Thy Demons Be Scribblin will forge on in a new era and with any luck I’ll have plenty of work getting published in the coming weeks and months and I’ll definitely have some artwork for sale in S Mart in the next couple days. I create new pieces as I feel it so keep an eye out for new work all the time. Other than all that friends I thank you for visiting and if you have any suggestions feel free to share them. I appreciate everyone who has or will visit this little site and I’ll do my very best to keep the horror and metal rolling on for years to come. For now... Feind Out!
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