Most Monsters vs. Zombies

I’m a huge fan of the zombie genre, books, movies, games, and tv.  Anything zombies and I’m interested.

Friends and family often ask me “Why zombies?”  Of all the monsters out there, why are zombies so appealing to me?

For me, the easiest explanation is the same reason that “zombie” is often followed by “apocalypse”, zombies are a life changing, world changing monster.  If you watch a vampire movie, by the end things usually go back to normal, same thing with werewolves or most monsters.  Kill the monster/monsters and the next monday every one can go back to work and then catch up on the newest reality TV show that night.  But with zombies, even if the immediate danger has passed the world at the end of the book/movie looks totally different than it did at the beginning.

Zombies aren’t just a monster, they’re a pandemic that devastates everything.  They’re monsters and an apocalypse rolled into one.  Just look at The Walking Dead, even if they managed to create a cure and kill all the remaining walkers it’ll be a long time before anything even remotely resembling normalcy returns.  That’s what I find so appealing, a monster that changes the very face of the world that bred it, that affects everything.

For a long time I’ve wanted to write a zombie series along the lines of all the ones I’ve enjoyed over the years (you name the popular zombie series available for Kindle and I’ve probably read it).  The idea of writing books like those almost makes me giddy and yet I’ve held back.  Several other projects demanded my attention first.

My new project, without giving away too much in the way of spoilers is going to involve zombies.  It might turn into a series, it might not, but the concept has me bouncing up and down like a five year old full of excitement.  I’m not very far into it yet but I’m already enjoying myself immensely.

Hopefully there are plenty of other readers out there that enjoy zombies as much as I do.  And hopefully they can take a joke because this isn’t going to be like any of the zombie books I’ve read so far.

Why I’m not editing my NaNo draft this month

One of the fun things about being in a few writing groups is that you get to hang out with other people doing the same kinds of things you’re doing.  Last month it was NaNo, we were all obsessing over word counts, racing each other, and generally just having a good time.

Now that NaNo is done, most of these writers have turned to finishing their incomplete draft (50K words didn’t quite do it), or they are in the process of editing their complete first draft.  Most of those writers shook their head at me when I told them that my NaNo draft went on the shelf and I had immediately started my next project.

Why am I shelving Summerton Blues for now?  Because Stephen King is my hero.  In his book “On Writing” he suggested that instead of editing a project, start the next one.  When the second project is done, then edit the first.  That process gives us some mental, emotional distance from the first work that lets us get far more critical and spot all the things we missed the first time through.  Following this advice has made a big difference I’ve found in the overall quality of the work.

It’s also the same reason that I write a lot of draft posts, let them sit a while , then go over them before posting.  A bit of time and distance does wonders for spotting problems or things that could be clarified.

Additionally, I’m not in any hurry to publish anything, unlike some NaNo writers (I’ve already seen a few popping up in my reader).  I’d rather let Summerton Blues sit on the shelf for six months, work on a few things in the mean time, spend plenty of time editing it before even considering publication.  There’s no hurry, I’ll take my time until I think it’s ready, the same as I will with anything else I’ve written.

So, I’m already twenty pages or so into my next project.  I could talk about it but then I’d have to kill you.  Kidding.  But really, it’s kind of a surprise project, I don’t want to get into it until I’m closer to done.  Until then, Summerton Blues can wait, it’s not going anywhere.