Watch out! In the next couple of days you can expect to see Zombies here at Hunting the Muse! That's right, I've been working on my short story these past few days and will post it up as soon as I get it finished. Also in the works is Chlorophyllium 9, a Science Fiction short that I'll be submitting to Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. It has a bit more work ahead of it before it's ready, possibly a rewrite of a page or two so I can line it up better with the ending that's been trapped in my head for almost a year now.
For those of you wondering, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about Ethereal Wings! I'm still avoiding the rewrite of chapter one, and I'm trudging through chapter two while fighting a battle of wits with myself over pacing and narration. The horrible thing is that I know that I can smooth these issues out with a rewrite and that the first draft should be nothing more than a rough chisel that will be refined and polished as the process goes forward, but I'm stubborn and something in my brain keeps insisting that it needs to be perfect now. That ends up proving to be far too stressful.
I was writing a poem in Creative Writing class back in high school and another student looked over at me and cheerfully proclaimed, "You're trying too hard!" My answer then was, "This is how I write." These days I still don't think that I have problems because I 'try too hard', no it's probably closer to not having as much self confidence as I should. I'm willing to admit that because I know I'm a good writer, and not because other people tell me that I am. I know I'm a good writer because even though I may hate something that I am writing or have just written, if I hide it away for long enough to forget about the process of writing it I often make comments such as, "Wow, did I write this? It's pretty good."
So anyway, back to the zombies! Why write about zombies? Aren't there enough bad movies and probably a million more bad stories about zombies already? Probably even more than that, if we're being honest. But I got the idea for this story a few months ago and it really just sort of stuck in my mind, nagging me to write it. And if there's one thing that I've learned about aspiring to be a writer it's that to be a writer you have to write. And if you want the muse to stick around, you have to feed it, and lavish praises on it, and accept the gifts it brings, regardless of whether it is beauty immortal or the decaying flesh of a zombie.