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Happy Haunts - February 2022

Briana Morgan
Briana Morgan
Hey, friends! It’s February!
I’ve been so busy this past month. I’m hard at work polishing The Reyes Incident for its upcoming release, as well as making some tweaks to The Writer’s Guide to Slaying Social (which is sorely in need of updating). Additionally, I made a new cover for my reader magnet “Eleven,” which you can check out here.
If you’re signed up for this newsletter and didn’t receive a copy of “Eleven” for whatever reason, please let me know. I’ll hook you up.
Want to participate in the cover reveal for The Reyes Incident? You can sign up here. Thanks for your support!
After years of setbacks, it’s also looking like we’re moving forward with the Touch opera after all. If you’d like more information on the current situation, check out this Patreon post.
In non-writing news, I finally started streaming on Twitch! I’m playing through The Forest solo right now. I’d love it if you followed me.
Last but not least, I’ve updated my Patreon tiers and rewards. You can take a look at them here. If you’d like to support me with a one-time donation instead, you can do so via ko-fi or Paypal. I’m certainly not expecting anything from anyone, and I appreciate any form of support.
Moving on! Here’s what you might want to watch, read, and play this month, based on everything I loved in January:
  • Don’t Look Up (2021) - I almost don’t want to recommend this one because it gave me a panic attack, but it is good. Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.
  • Maid (2021) - After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job cleaning houses as she fights to provide for her child and build them a better future.
  • pen15 (2019) - The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two seventh-grade girls dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager.
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover (2021) - Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night her family was forever altered. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her.
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (2019) - Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…
  • The Forest (2018) - As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first-person survival horror simulator. Afraid to play this one? You can watch me instead.
  • Subnautica (2018) - Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with wonder and peril. Craft equipment, pilot submarines, and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more - all while trying to survive.
  • Sizeable (2021) - Sizeable is a relaxing and peaceful puzzle/exploration game! Shrink and grow your way through small dioramas in search of hidden objects! There’s also a demo you can try.
What media did you enjoy last month? Hit “reply” and let me know!
Until next time,
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