Tuesday, June 15, 2010


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.


Angie said...

Congrats on your acceptance! That's always a wonderful feeling. As far as your novel goes, only you can make that decision. Just go with what you like best, and it'll be the right one.

Martin Rose said...

Congrats! Keep it up!

Nicole Zoltack said...


As for your story, don't change it because vampires are overdone. Change it if you want to, but don't do it because of trends. Good luck figuring out what to do!

Aubrie said...

Congrats on the acceptance!!! It's a great story :)

I don't know what to do with Virtuoso. I like it how it is, and vampire is still selling these days. I definitely think you should try agents first before making it into an ebook!

Aubrie said...

P.S. There's an award for you at my blog!

Cats! said...


I had that problem with one of my books. Not quite as paranormal as yours, but enough to where the genre changed. I took out all the paranormal stuff from my first person character who told the story and left it in the other character telling her about it.