Hey. Welcome to the Attic. This site is my little corner of the internet where I post the things I like. Right now, I’m working on sharing podcast reviews on a semi-regular basis. Audiodrama podcasts have been my main hobby for the past few years, really kicking into overdrive when I had my first child and had many nights up at odd hours where I needed something to keep me awake, but quiet enough the baby could go back to sleep. Add a good set of earbuds to the scene and I was set. So, a lot of the recent content focuses on podcast reviews. Those are rather self-explanatory, but one way I enjoy highlighting and supporting creators I enjoy.
That does not mean you might not see some other things scattered throughout. And I am hoping to get back into writing more original content in 2021, so maybe I can balance out the distribution. At my heart, I am a short story writer. I love horror stories, and I really love to create them. One thing that I find to be key is in showing the process. Writing is not always about the final product, so I like to share drafts, revisions, updates, and generally share my process. Sometimes, I bring up old things I wrote and completely rework them. That’s mostly under the Dusty Tomes category. Everyone needs to shake the dust off of those things in storage now and again.
But, more often when I do write, it’s trying my hand at a new idea. New Arrivals holds things I am working on, usually in early draft stages. In general, if I make significant updates, I will keep the original hidden in a clickthrough. I write as a hobby, and I really do enjoy getting to share things in the great wide world. So always feel free to drop a comment if you read something you like (or dislike).
Also, my name is not Atticus. Sorry to lie on the internet and all, but at the time of this blog’s creation, I chose a name that was separate from my identity on purpose. Atticus, as discussed below, is based off a character I wrote about in high school. I go by Katherine C most places on the internet otherwise, so if you see me around, say hi.
Archived About Page
Atticus is an old friend. He’s a character that was invented probably over 10 years ago now, and has persisted in many things I have written since. He recurs because, in many ways, he is a stand in for the comforting mentor. That was always his role. I created broad, sweeping plans for the fantastic home he lived it; it was a structure of stained class, soft carpet, dark wood, and room after room of libraries. As a psychology student pursuing a mindfulness orientation, I am at times called upon to create a mental safe haven for certain meditative tasks. Time and again, I find it in one of those library’s of my own creation, dozing on the couch in front of a roaring fire while snow falls outside. That is where I am happy.
This blog is a place where I can feel safe to dust off ancient antiquities (read: High school and college writing samples) in order to revitalize them and work on my own writing skills. I have tons of files from 2006 on that contain the beginnings of short stories, but rarely extended beyond the first page. Here, I plan to dig out these old manuscripts and make something of them. I will also post some new things, things just entering the attic, but those should generally be viewed as works in progress. After all, all of these are just works in the attic, not the books on the shelves of the libraries.
I also enjoy doing some editing/critiquing on the side and have enjoyed collaborating with others in the past. If you need a reviewer, beta reader, or collaborator, you can use this form here to send me a message!
I try to publish at least one longer piece per month, and hopefully that will increase in the summer following Finals, but I also have to work on my dissertation. Nevertheless, I need the self-care of writing, so at least once a month is my goal. For your convenience, the different categories are defined below to facilitate your browsing.
New Arrival: These are brand new things that I am working on, working being a key term there. A lot of these are first, or at least early drafts. As I edit things and update, I may consider changing the category or changing the description. But, as many writers know, establishing something as finished is hard to do.
Dusty Tomes: These are works that I have pulled up from old hard drives and files. I will go through and edit them, alter the format, and sometimes keep only the general idea of a story. These may be complete reimaginings merely taking inspiration from old stories, or very heavy edits of previous works. Or perhaps taking snippets or unfinished pieces and finishing them.
Lecture in the Attic: This is a category for those times when I just feel like I want to discuss a topic without fictionalizing. These are more academic, though definitely not an established journal article with comprehensive literature review. Consider it a discussion of my opinion, as directed by my personal experiences and academic pursuits.
Welcome to Atticus’s Attic. Please watch the rafters and your step.