When I decided to put myself out there as Michelle Halloween, it was meant to be a method of writing practice. "Write what you know " the advice Stephen King and other cherished writers, has always been an echo within but, before 2019, that has always been boring as Heaven, for my life was pretty bland before my awakening in late 2017. Who wanted to read about the day-to-day happenings of a mimosa drinking housewife and full-time school volunteer? I sure as fuck didn’t. I’ve always known there was more to my life than to being a basic bitch. Then, it finally clicked. I should begin to harness the excitement, experience and knowledge I found within the Halloween and Horror community, I decided to blog my adventures in my own words.
It was after Midsummer Scream 2019. I was literally bouncing off of the walls with energy and motivation. My Husband launched a website for me and before I knew it, I was blogging about all of my Fall weekend happenings. Things evolved quickly into me ending up with my own little show and interviewing the humans that I was inspired by. I even got the chance to become a contributor for a well-known company. It all happened so fast. Even during the pandemic, I was busy trying to do my part in keeping the Halloween spirit alive during lockdowns and all of the other terrifying unknowns of 2020. I knew I was losing sight of writing again yet, I was enjoying the connections I was making and really just having a great time.
Then the massive COVID surge hit in December 2020. I spent nearly five weeks confined to my home and backyard. I wanted to keep COVID out of my house without going all “Jack Torrance” so I took the opportunity to really go deep within and re-evaluate how I wanted to proceed with Michelle Halloween. Between cooking meals with intentions and doing massive amounts of research, deciding to move where I’ve always known I belong and planning for it, I came to the realization that it’s time for me to take a step back from promoting everyone else but, myself. I hate how that sounds as I am forever grateful for the creatives, musicians content creators and witches that have embraced me as much as I have embraced them. But, it’s time I quit playing so much and get back on my own path.
I have always envisioned myself writing stories and spitting out poetry and forgetting time and space. I have always envisioned myself writing to the sound of rain and Chelsea Wolfe’s music playing faintly in the background. I am determined now, more than ever, to manifest these visions and begin sharing them with you.
Now, I am about six months behind on my already loose schedule. But, moving from SoCal to The Pacific Northwest has proven to be distracting, but in no way uninspiring. In fact, I can’t stop going over my old stories and poems and adding to them. I am also coming up with new stories as I have a variety of muses. But, one thing at a time. The first thing being time itself. I may not be able to release an entire anthology by October 2021 but, I can at least complete and share stories with other content creators, creepy pasta-like podcasts, other authors and readers, like you.
Time is what I need to keep drawing in and writing out inspiration. Getting into the creative mindset takes more time than you realize. Thats where you come in my dear reader.
I hate asking to be paid for my content. If you know me, you know I am no Capitalist. Asking to be paid for my work and time well, It makes me uncomfortable. But, during my heaviest time in quarantine, I reflected on those who mooched off of me, and I realized that I am worthy enough to get paid for my creations. I know there are people out there who appreciate what I write. What an honor! It’s about time I get out of my own way and get to add “Published Author” to my list of brands. Still, I can’t ask to be paid for my work without offering rewards in return so, it is with great pleasure to finally announce that I have launched my very own Patreon!
The Michelle Halloween Patreon is for me to share my writings from their birth and through their journey to being unleashed into the world. There will be no naked me involved. I have another page for that. No, this is for my purely written work. As a Michelle Halloween Patron, you’ll have the opportunity to help me keep my website alive, give me feedback, put some coffee in my hands so I write through the night. You will have the chance to be part of my show and so much more. You, and your Patronage, will be the rope to help he crawl of out my bouts of darkness as I am sure I’ll frequent when I put myself into my characters shoes. You are as much part of Michelle Halloween as I am.
So, there you have it! The Michelle Halloween Patreon is now live and I am ready to share the first of many stories beginning with a story inspired by Pride Month. Head on over to my Patreon page by clicking on the link below.
Once more, THANK YOU, for sticking with me through all of my phases and growth. It only gets more wild and incoherent from here. But, I can assure you, I won’t stop moving down this path of becoming the Author I’ve always wanted to be, and I can't do it without you.