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“The Patrol” Published in LampLight Magazine

"The Patrol" by Millie Ho, in LampLight Magazine

My horror story “The Patrol” is now available to read in LampLight Magazine! I’m excited to be included in LampLight, which has published some of my favourite SF/F and horror writers like Kristi DeMeester and Rahul Kanakia.

I wrote “The Patrol” last November, right before I started travelling through Asia. The theme of the story, which is about family secrets and small town horror, was inspired by my own feelings about leaving Toronto and plunging into the unknown. I poured my fears into the story, and am proud of how it turned out—and so honoured that LampLight liked it, too.

If you enjoy dark fiction, please consider supporting LampLight by buying a copy below:

Enjoy!

“Shrinkage” Published in Joyland Magazine

"Shrinkage" by Millie Ho in Joyland Magazine

Super thrilled and honoured that my short story “Shrinkage” is now published in Joyland Magazine! This story was inspired by my summers working in retail, and is about secrets between friends and how silence leads to shame (and vice versa). Edited by the fabulous Kathryn Mockler.

Some of my favourites from Joyland include:

Please check them out, and happy reading!

“Heavy Moons” Published in Gone Lawn (Issue 22)

Gone Lawn Issue 22 Cover

Gone Lawn 22 cover, Alternate Flux by Kelley Stephens.

My story “Heavy Moons”, which is about lovers, a crime, and alternate realities, is published in Gone Lawn, one of my favourite online literary journals. This story was inspired by my suburban upbringing and Thin Lizzy’s Dancing In The Moonlight, a good song for nighttime strolls.

You can read “Heavy Moons” here: http://journal.gonelawn.net/issue22/Ho.php

Please check out the other writers as well. Enjoy!

Plotting a New Story

Millie Ho Plotting New Story John Woo

Back to basics.

Sometimes things don’t work out and maybe, just maybe, you’re better off because of it.

In my case, I’ve been thinking about why my Long-Suffering Manuscript was long-suffering. Maybe it’s not the right time for me to write a YA sci-fi/neo-noir trilogy. Maybe the original concept has been too muddled by the inclusion of Plot Trope X or Character Type Y, things I added purely because I believed they were key ingredients in a good book (spoiler: lies, all lies!).

And maybe—and this is the biggest fallacy, I think—I thought I needed to stick with the story because I had spent so much time working on it.

But it ultimately doesn’t matter what the reasons are. What matters now is what you learned. And what I learned is that there are more pressing issues, stuff that scares me to write about, for example, that I need to get out of my system first.

And Thus, I’m Plotting a New Story

This morning, I finished an outline for a new story. I plotted it using this method I learned largely from trial and error, and there’s around 28 chapters so far.

It’s a YA neo-noir/supernatural(?) with some dark comedy thrown in. There’s a girl, stolen mob money, and a whole lot of inner and literal demons. This story is more true to who I am, and hopefully that will come through once I start writing it.

I gave myself a week to plot it so as to not overthink the story too much. The completed outline is messy and riddled with lots of ‘ADD THIS’ or ‘EDIT THIS’ annotations, but it’s solid enough to build upon. The key now is to write continuously, without stopping, until I get to the end, and go from there.

I aim to complete this new story according to my original deadlines.

As always, I’ll keep you updated.

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Millie’s Note: What is your experience with putting work on hiatus?