It wasn’t until I turned 22 that I first heard about The 27 Club; a friend of mine and I were talking about a mutual friend’s upcoming 27th birthday, when he told me about how when he turned 27 he became obsessed with The 27 Club and spent the entire year reading about it and the members of its illustrious yearbook. He was depressed and bemoaning the fact that he was still in a place that he considered a dead end and he made the joke that “well, at least I knew I had no chance of joining the club since every one else was actually successful and I wouldn’t know success if it slapped me in the face.” At the time I laughed, called him crazy, and we moved on to gossiping about co-workers. Now, however, I’m starting to understand where his obsession came from.
When I was 17, the age 27 seemed much too far away and not even a little bit exciting. It’s no 18, 21, or 30, afterall, so there wasn’t really any reason to really think much about it. However, I did believe back then that by 27 I’d be successful. At least one book published, a job as a full time writer for a magazine, and another book on the way. The reality is this: I turned 27 on May 20th and I am:
- working a day job that I hate
- too depressed to change either of these issues
Here’s the funny thing about being an unpublished writer: finding the time to actually write can sometimes be impossible.
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.
And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”
What is The Morgan Mythos?
The Morgan Mythos is a trilogy I’ve been working on for quite some time now. Paying homage to The Cthulhu Mythos, my story follows the friendship of two young girls as the world changes around them, and they with it. On her 13th birthday, Morgan Stark drowns, surviving only to exist in a comatose state; her best friend Zoe struggles without her, visiting her in the hospital every day after school. As time goes by, the world begins to change: normal families are destroyed by murderous sleep walkers, the oceans have suddenly begun to dramatically rise, sinking whole towns within a matter of weeks, and occultists are leaving their basements to announce the coming of their master: The Great Dreamer, Cthulhu. But what does this have to do with Morgan? As the final lineage of the great Phillips’ family, her creation was implemented for only one purpose: to be the vessel that will raise Cthulhu from R’lyeh. With a large supporting cast of wonderful characters, I’m taking the world that H.P. Lovecraft created almost 90 years ago and broadening it, modernizing it, and twisting it on it’s head.
It would be redundant for me to say that 2016 has been the worst, but… 2016 has been the absolute worst. From the nightmarish election to the death of childhood heroes, most everyone is praying for a turnaround in 2017. In my 26 years of life so far I have never known so many people to be so adamantly obsessed with New Year’s Eve and the coming of a hopeful future. With that in mind, I’ve taken the time to create a list of goals for 2017 – because let’s be real, “resolutions” never make it. But goals? I will orient the shit out of them and knock’em off, one-by-one.
Let me start this off by apologizing, because I know the topic of trigger warnings and rating systems has been up for discussion in the past few years with no one really coming to a decisive conclusion on the matter. It is because of that ambiguity that I feel the need to explain why, as the writer, I feel White Houses is meant for teens, even though some of the content may be considered too mature.
In White Houses, there is a heavy amount of marijuana smoking, multitudes of cursing, and “adult themes” of sexual nature. Many people would read my manuscript and believe that it is unpublishable in the Young Adult market due to those things. To me, it is because of those things that it is perfect for the Young Adult market. To me, the best books to read as a teenager are the ones that are relevant to your reality, and drugs, cursing, and sex are all things that I remember distinctively being a huge aspect of my personal teenage years.
So let’s break it down, shall we?