It’s hard to believe, but Rosemary’s Pixie is one year old! But before we raise a glass, I have a confession to make…
I started this blog because I was in distress. Last year, life handed me a giant shit pie. For a little over eight months, it was difficult to leave my apartment because I was consumed by either anxiety or crushing grief. As I tried to regroup a la Howard Hughes, I was comforted by the knowledge that I could always throw in a cheesy horror DVD from my vast collection, order a slasher movie on cable, or crack open a horror novel and lose myself for a couple of hours. You see, horror was always my first love. I know, it sounds counter-intuitive. Heavens to Murgatroyd! Horror as a therapeutic outlet for someone who was haunted by death and anxiety?! You’d be surprised…
Watching film after film got me thinking. I felt the writer I used to be wake up and started to see things that I wanted to comment on and point out. Many of my wonderfully supportive friends didn’t shared my enthusiasm for the genre, so I started writing about my opinions and observations right here, on good ol’ WordPress. It didn’t bother me that I didn’t have an audience. I just liked writing. A lot. I would reward myself by watching a movie and writing a post after several hours of job searching. I started to venture out to Suspect Video to get a couple of cheap rentals here and there, and to chat with the knowledgeable staff. Typing away on my laptop, with my cats snuggled close by, I started to feel better. I was able to focus on something other than my troubles, and I only now realize how much that helped me regain confidence in many areas of my life.
I was shocked when I got my first follower and called my friend, Laina D., a seasoned journalist/published author/blogger, who applauded my tiny triumph. Someone liked what I had to say! This fueled me to carry on, and here I am today. I am in a much better place, and I am very glad I took the chance to do something creative again. I am also very, very grateful for the support of my fabulous friends and sisters, and for all the followers, visitors, retweets, favourites, and likers I have gained through Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my twisted heart! Who knew something I started as a distraction would bring me such joy, just by adding my voice to the internet throngs.
Some highlights from the past year:
My lovely friend L.F. (who wants to remain pretty much nameless), designed the gorgeous pixie logo for me. I was thrilled with her talent and will love that pixie forever!
After writing my first book review on The Demonologist, author Andrew Pyper found and retweeted the link to the post. I was floored, since I was too chicken to tag him in my tweet.
The indie film Hate Crime disturbed me so much that I reached out to the director, James Cullen Bressack, to answer some questions about his film. He did so within a day, and became my first interview. Still very grateful for his time, retweets and all the traffic that he brought to my blog.
The dashing Neville Page, Face Off judge and Hollywood creature and concept designer extraordinaire, started following me on Twitter. A judge from my favourite reality show! Imagine that?!! And he is super lovely too!
Interviewing The House of Haunt band members Fang and Skull. Really fun guys who are passionate about their music and horror.
Meeting writer Steve Niles!!! This was a big deal for me. I totally nerded out, and you can read about that here. I am not ashamed of my er, coffee fueled spaz attack, and he is the nicest man!
I love this blog, I write about what interests me, and I’m glad to be a part of the blogging community as I grow as a writer/reviewer. I think it’s only fitting that I celebrate this anniversary today with my one true love. I plan to start with something from my collection (maybe Horror Express), and end with a big finish. Tonight is the opening night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and since I missed the entire festival last year, I wouldn’t be anywhere else! So now we can raise a glass, toast to pixie’s first anniversary and hope for many more here in the blogosphere!