New Baby, Vile Men

2014 was a bit of a disaster year.

I don’t know if it was the pregnancy or my early morning warehouse job, but my creative thoughts seemed completely blocked by something. At this point it doesn’t so much matter. Because now it’s 2015 and I’m no longer working and I no longer have this fetus kicking all my insides.

This is firstborn spawn, Margaret Emma Howe, born on January 2nd, 2015 at 9:30 PM. (We sort of named her after Peggy from Mad Men, but we call her Maggie at this point, so she’s still got a kickass name for when she becomes a copywriter guru.) She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and I spent the first few days with her terrified that I was going to snap her neck. Things are better now. Babies are durable.

That all said, this blog isn’t going to get all mummified. I’ve got another project on the side to deal with all that shit. In truth, aside from having the occasional obvious breakdown at night from not being able to get her to fucking sleep, I’m doing relatively well, and most surprisingly, a large chunk of my creativity has returned from its extensive nine month hiatus.

I’m crafting and writing and editing during those quiet moments Maggie gives me during the day. I’ve always wondered how being a parent would affect my writing, and thus far it’s been for the better, specifically because I’m not overwhelmed with too much motherly instinct. All that dark stuff is still there. Sometimes the baby blues make it pretty damn dark, but when I wake up in the morning refreshed to the sound of a baby crying, it’s a new chance to start over.

Now I’ve only got the release of Vile Men to worry about. Curbside Splendor has a 2015 preview that features my collection, slated for release this July. I’ve also got photo of the cover:

Vile Men

Over the next few days I’ll be making further updates as to the going’s on. Lord knows I’m behind with all this shit. Pregnancy just made me the laziest fucker of all time.

More about Rebecca

Rebecca is a neo-noir author from Kamloops, British Columbia. Her first collection of gritty short fiction, Vile Men was published by Dark House Press in 2015. She also writes about her writer lifestyle on her personal blog at rebeccajoneshowe.com