Let’s get started, then.

Some of you may recognize the name of my BLOG. It’s one of many famous quotations from one of the greatest characters in literary history. I’m speaking, of course, about Eeyore, the woebegone donkey in A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books. Like Eeyore, I am not known for my optimism, especially when it comes to the writing business. Things have changed dramatically since I started out mumble-mumble years ago, and like Pooh Bear, I try to remain as optimistic as a bear with his head stuck in the “hunny” jar, but it’s not always easy.

So why Eeyore?

Many years ago, at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, I was wandering through the hotel lobby, feeling overwhelmed and adrift (as usual) when a voice with a thick British accent called out, “Well hello-o-o there, Eeyore.” Somehow knowing that whoever had said it was speaking to me, I turned and saw my friend Phil Nutman waving a greeting. Apparently other people heard him, too, because the name stuck. To many of my writer friends, I am known as “The Eeyore of Horror.”

Not the best appellation, but not the worst … and certainly accurate, “not that it matters.”

So what is Eeyore to me?

My animal spirit guide? …

My avatar? …

My persona.

Who knows?

A better question is: What will I discuss in my BLOG. What can I offer that will entice you to drop by and read what I have to say?

Like many writers I know, I don’t lead an exciting life. Most days, I sit at a desk (or, more recently, in a comfortable Morris chair with a lap desk and laptop), and churn out novels, short stories, and screenplays. Most of the excitement in my life happens between my ears. Much of what I’ll cover here will be what and how and why I write what I do. I hope to give you some insights into the workings of the creative process, at least from one writer’s POV.

I will also address those changes in the field of publishing I mentioned earlier. Bound books with pages printed with ink may never sell the way they used to, but the human species will always have a need for storytellers, and there are new (and old) frontiers to explore regarding electronic and other ways of telling stories.

So welcome … I’m glad you stopped by … If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to post them or e-mail them to me … But most of all, “thanks for noticing” …


—Rick Hautala
Westbrook, ME

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