Rigor Amortis

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How have I not posted about this?  I’ve sure tweeted it and that shows up on FB, too, but there needs to be a blog post.

“And Yet In Death” will appear in Rigor Amortis, edited by Erik Holt and Jayme Gates, an anthology of undead love in flash form, plus at least one poem (“And Yet In Death” is a sonnet).  It’s going to be published by Absolute Xpress, possibly as soon as early October.   Congratulations to everyone in the volume and I, for one, can’t wait to see how it comes out.

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State of the Hard Drive Report

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So I’m not sure I planned this whole Year of Creation thing out as well as I might have.  I don’t mean in terms of timelines or projects – I still feel it’s doable even if I’m rather behind where I wanted to be at the moment – and not quite in a “what was I thinking” sense, but more in an overall project completion kind of way.

But let’s back up just a little to see how I got to this thought.

Writers procrastinate.  Sure, everyone procrastinates, but writers are pretty good at it.  We’ve turned it into an art form that can compete with writing itself, with a myriad of different ways and methods to push ourselves away from the actual act of writing and still feel like we’re doing something both productive and related to writing.  Aside from calling just about anything basic research, maybe a little bit of market research is in order.  Market research is important, right?  Or we can go back and look at old stories, or stories that maybe need one more little polish (or a complete rewrite), or the stories that we really should have out looking for a home but don’t.

Hard drive research is a great form of procrastination and one I rediscovered last night after a housework break.  What stories are lurking on your hard drive and need some attention?  More to the point, what stories are lurking on my hard drive and need some attention?  Well, to start with there are three first draft novels, only one of which I actually want to look at again someday, two stalled novels, one novel in progress, and four more in various stages of plotting or note taking.  Is that too many?

Then there are the short stories.  I have 11 stories categorized as final draft.  Well, those really should get out to someone, shouldn’t they?  Some of them have and come back, but they should all be out looking for homes.  Beyond those 11, there are 35 more marked between 1st draft complete and 3rd draft complete.  (Side note: in general, for me, 1st draft = get the story out of my skull, 2nd draft = fix problems with the story, 3rd draft = make it pretty, final draft = read it out loud to make sure I haven’t missed anything because I always have.)

Wait, what?  That makes 46 stories, ranging from a 250-word flash piece to a 35k novella, complete to some degree.  I could ship, or edit and ship, a new story to someone every week for nearly a year without repeating and without writing anything new.  Not to mention the dozen or so completed tales either too broken or too awful for me to want to fix at the moment.

And I signed myself up for 40 new projects this year?


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Space, the Final Frontier…

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Keeping to the Star Trek theme for another post, I thought I’d give a bit more of an update on the audio drama front.

Fractured Unity or, as I’m coming to think of it, Star Trek Voyages Season 1.  This is the six-episode story arc centered on the events stemming from a terrorist attack at a Federation-Gorn peace conference.  I have confirmed voices for more than half the parts, although a couple of the actors haven’t quite narrowed to a specific role yet.  The big stumbling block here is that I don’t yet have Kirk or Spock cast and both of them are integral to the story.  Things will work out because I’m not letting this go.  One of my actors has actually gone ahead and recorded a couple of promos, both brilliant but I don’t want to release them just yet because it’s probably still months before the episodes are all fully recorded, mixed, and scored.  And I’m not releasing until every episode is complete.  Nothing annoys listeners faster or more than production delays so if I have any, they’re not going to affect the release schedule.

Season 2, project coded Chekov Covert Operations.  I used Script Frenzy, if as an unofficial participant, as an excuse to start on the next Trek story I had taking up space in my head.  This one has Lieutenant Chekov as the main character of the story, serving a detached duty from Enterprise, and that’s all I’ll say about the story for the moment.  I didn’t hit the 100-page “win” for Script Frenzy, but did manage a bit more than 79 pages of script mainly working at odd moments here and there.  I’ve put a few more pages in so far in May and I’m currently drafting episode six and thinking I don’t have enough time to wrap things up in an episode of similar length to the rest of the season.  So, long episode or split it in two?  It’s a debate.

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Not a Zombie Parody Song

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So I know I said I’d post a zombie parody song today.  It runs to the tune of “Bad Side of the Moon” by April Wine, replacing “Bad” with “Dead” and rewriting most of the rest of the song in not so subtle ways.  In fact, it’s not all that subtle at all, but it is kind of funny, but maybe only if you’re both an April Wine fan and entertained by the idea of taking down a few of the walking dead.

This is not it.

I opened up the file with the full intention of copying and pasting it into the very space I’m typing over right now and then I didn’t.  And I’m not going to.  Not only that, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around why that is.  Am I getting sqeamish in the long run up to my 40th birthday?  Maybe, on some very basic, instinctive level I believe it completely sucks.  Either or, maybe.  It’s not that horrific and I’d really say it falls under comedic horror, anyway.

So why don’t I want to post it?

It’s not something I’d normally write, which isn’t bad in and of itself, and it was a neat little experiment.  I keeps the tone and the rhythm of the original song very well, if I do say so myself.  I’m not adverse to zombies: I’ve written a handful of zombie short stories and flash pieces plus several poems featuring zombies.  I posted something that might qualify as zombie erotica on my live journal page back in November.  At the time, I debated posting the story over some misguided impression that my kids might read my blog, eventually concluding I was probably deluding myself that would happen.  Someday, maybe, but not just yet.

What do I want them to think when they do start reading my blog and skim back through the archives?  Is that it?  I don’t want them to think I do things for shock value, I don’t want them to think I back away from things because I’m worried about other people or my own fears, and I don’t want them to think I’m some stupid old goofball with a zombie fixation.  None of these things are true.  All I really want them to think is that they can make their own informed decisions about what to think.

Bringing us back to what is my problem about posting this silly little zombie parody song?  I don’t know.  There’s nothing wrong with indecision in an information vacuum.  The reasoning will bubble up to conscious levels or it won’t.  If it does, I’ll make the decision then.  In the meantime, I don’t mean to tease, and just in case you really need something zombie related to complete your day, I will post here the one and only zombie sonnet I’ve ever written: “And Yet In Death”.

{And Yet In Death removed due to submission for potential publication.  In the event of rejection, I’ll put it back up.}

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