The Writer’s Mirror: Darkness Within

I find that embracing your inner darkness is something everyone should do. Examining my thoughts and experimenting with them helps me understand it in incredible depth. We all have it, it’s natural. Denying or suppressing it can only result in disastrous situations. As an artist, I find that allowing my darkness to surface through my work is a fantastic outlet. If you’ve read my short stories here, you have witnessed this vulnerable, sick-minded part of me. I have given her a name (and yes, I am just fine upstairs). I’ve even assigned her a major role in my book series. Here’s my attempt at describing her:

She doesn’t even bother lurking in the shadows, as she is proud to be herself. Her crooked, tantalizing smile lures in any sailor to the depths of her sea blue eyes. She’ll eat your soul and convince you that she is your lifeline. You’ll never want to let go once you’ve sampled the nectar of her kiss. You’ll lust for her and her wicked, torturous ways. Give her complete control, she’ll reveal the demons that line the cogs of your mechanical mind. She’s always a step ahead, and selfishly leaves when you need her most; when you love her the most. Apathetically sincere, alone and insecure. She is the haunted, evil vixen you’ll love forever.

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Erika Damn Castle!

I've always been told that I'm an adventurous girl and I cannot deny any of it. I would love to see the world and experience all of the stories it has to tell me. I am a child of the arts, developing my senses in music, painting, sketching, crafting, et cetera. But writing... it was a talent I believe I was born with. I'm not saying I'm an amazing (grammatically correct) author, just that I'm a natural storyteller. I can remember from the time that I learned how to read and write, I was eager to create my own world. I would scribble out tons of poems and short stories, then forcibly share them with my family (or even with my classmates). One of those stories resulted in the creation of this blog. Black Tears. As a child with an already wild imagination, I would always have these equally crazy dreams. One of those dreams was so vivid, that I awoke in the middle of the night and jotted down everything I could remember. From that point, the dream evolved into a poem, then a short story, and then to a complete story. It is the fruit of my 20 year procrastinating labor, and has been published into a book (the first of its series). Tune in to stay updated on the growth of myself as an author and the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have loved creating it! XX , Erika

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