Monday, October 31, 2011

Oh Come All Ye Zombies!

I feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk: "The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!"

In my case, it's: "The zombies are here! The zombies are here!"

Zombidays is AVAILABLE!

At long last, the wait is over! Eighteen holiday-themed zombie stories fresh off the presses just in time for your holiday reading. This anthology (from Library of the Living Dead/Twisted Library Press) includes my humorous short story, "Inhuman Resources." What happens when a big retailer hires their first zombie employee for the seasonal rush? It gives "Black Friday" a whole new meaning!

Pop over here to pick up your copy of Zombidays: Zombie Holidays! I'll wait.

Okay. Back to business!

November, joyous and dreadful, is just around the corner. Every November, I attempt to juggle deer hunting all day with doing NaNoWriMo at night . . . and I try to do it while still maintaining basic personal hygiene, making sure my dogs don't think I've moved without a forwarding address, or letting my floors accumulate so much cat hair that it looks like I've installed seventies shag carpeting. It's not easy, believe me. And now I've added a crit group and a writer's group to the November schedule, plus I'm trying turkey hunting for the first time. I'm a glutton for punishment!

But this November is going to be a little different: I'm not technically doing NaNo, I'm doing something NaNo-ish.

I'm doing ShoStoWriMo. And yes, I just made that up.

I decided I'm not going to waste my time writing another novel until I make progress on the ones already languishing. Instead, I'm going to spend November working on my one true love, short stories. How many short stories? Who knows! But I'm working on them!

I've set myself a goal of 1500 words a day. Compared to the 1666 required for NaNo, this is going to be a breeze. Right? RIGHT?

And for my ShoStoWriMo, editing is allowed but it doesn't count toward the 1500 words per day.

I'm still going to track my progress on the NaNoWriMo site, but I'm not going to upload my final word count or claim "winner status" since my modified participation doesn't follow the established rules of NaNo.

What about you? Are you doing NaNo, skipping it, or trying something else altogether?

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