February is one of my favorite months. It begins with Groundhog Day, my favorite holiday after Halloween. Betty Ballantine, one of my heroines celebrates her birthday this month. It’s National Write a Haiku Month and, of course, Women in Horror Month.
I mentioned a few posts ago that I’m writing a horror haiku every day for my social media to celebrate. I posted a collection of five as my PoetryNook.com entry this week (click here).
I’ll be sharing news, reviews and interviews from women in horror and I’ll be showing up in interviews and posts as a woman in horror and hosting two open mics where I’ll read my horror themed haiku and initiate a game of exquisite corpse.
The first open mic is tomorrow evening at the Mid-Continent Public Library Liberty Branch beginning at 6 p.m. (click here). The second will be the usual 2nd Wednesday open mic at the Mid-Continent Public Library Independence Branch (click here).
Like every month, I’ll be participating in the Ladies of Horror Photo Prompt-Flash Fiction Challenge. For fourteen days, 28 different female horror writers offer up their interpretation of the image they were given as inspiration for a flash fiction piece up on Nina D’Arcangela’s blog. Some of my best work has come from this monthly challenge at Spreading the Writer’s Word.
About WiHM: Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.
WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.