On Thursday, I mentioned writing a zombie flash fiction piece. I sent it to several critique buddies, and on Friday, I submitted it to Pill Hill Press's Daily Bites of Flesh 2011: 365 Days of Flash Fiction. By Friday evening, I received my acceptance for "Zombies Don't Exist." I'm so excited about this acceptance for a few reasons. For one, "Zombies Don't Exist" is the first thing I've written in a couple months that I submitted. For two, I've been trying for several months and several of Pill Hill Press's anthologies to no avail. I've been short listed twice by Pill Hill Press, and I have one more story still with them, but this is my first acceptance. True, it's only for exposure, but I'm excited about it.
In other news, I've been thinking a lot about my novel Virtuoso. I've edited the first couple chapters, and I'm thinking about where to place such a story. It could probably easily be an e-book, I think, but at the same time I would like to try more. But, there I have the problem. It has a vampire (vampires actually but one main vampire) in it, and vampires are a little overdone. I don't know what to do with it. Do I change Marcus into a zombie? Do I change him into someone who is still alive but gone from Nadia's life for another reason (like being disfigured)? Or do I make Virtuoso into a more serious novel and take out the paranormal stuff? Do I make it into a novel about grief, coping, and finding a way to move on after a tragedy? It is about that, but the paranormal stuff adds more fun and whimsy to the story, I suppose. I just don't know.
Well, I have to go. My cousin's graduation is in forty-five minutes.