Heather Arundel

The Diva of Darkness

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge
The Beauty of Hell...

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - also known as my personal life motto!

All Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Who I am...

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a survivor.
My family has made me who I am...my past family with past hurts...my current family with current joy.
Family is something you are born into and cannot choose,
family is also what you choose it to be once you are old enough to start anew...


Monday, October 31, 2011


I've decided to participate in The National Novel Writing Month, and I can't even fill out the "novel" page!  What's my title? I DON'T KNOW! What's my genre? I DON'T KNOW! UGH!

For any of you that read my flash fiction piece for the Campaign - if not see below - this is the basis for my novel.  Any ideas of a genre?  I need help!  It's obviously for adults, because there is tons of cursing and my MC will be in her early 20's; there will be no supernatural elements and it deals with her own definition of spirituality, as well as her getting revenge on a ton of really bad guys..."Mystery, Thriller, Suspense"?  There really isn't a mystery involved...

I must seem really pathetic, huh?  I can't even decide what genre I'm writing!  They also have "Mainstream Fiction" - what is that??  God, I'm really clueless.  I don't pay attention when I read a book, I buy it and I read it and I never think about where it "fits" into the book publishing world.

Well, here's the flash piece my novel is based on...

You Shouldn't Scream

The door swung open and the waves of heat brought the flies. 

I can smell the stink of rotting flesh, and I pray it isn't my leg; perhaps just a rat caught in the trap under the camper.

"What the hell took you so long?" I screamed, I should not have screamed. 

Now look at me, I'm stuck and don't know what I'm going to do without him.  What the fuck kind of person just up and leaves after doing this?  I'm here because of him, if I had a phone I'd call for help; but I'm stuck in Nowheresville with no electricity, plumbing or cell coverage.  It's got to be almost midnight and I'm an idiot.

What is that scratching?  What is outside?  I've got to check my leg, but I'm scared of what I'll see.  At least it's a full moon, that'll help me clean up this mess.

"OK...I can do this...OH SHIT!"

To be fair, I did not expect the maggots...I think the puking is justifiable.

Fuck! I've got to get out of here. 

I can hear breathing; no, it is SNIFFING!

Please! Not a coyote.  The fucker's tail hit the broom and the door swung shut.

Let me know if you have any ideas!
Thanks, dear readers!


  1. From that excerpt, if you say there's no mystery, I'd go with thriller. But I wouldn't worry about it. I have no title and I put SciFi but I'm pretty sure that's going to end up being wrong :-)

  2. Awesome! I'm glad you're participating. Feel free to add me as a buddy on the site. I'm Kalligenia. Have a happy Halloween!

  3. Good luck with nano. You can also find me over there (under cherry_chez).

  4. That excerpt definitely screams thriller/suspense. It also scrared me...a little :-)

  5. So you decided to do it? Good luck.