Some days, putting words down on paper is a challenge. Too many days lately, it’s been bloody AGONY. Those are the days where my only communication with the internet world is one or two tweets. When I need to make a menu and grocery list but the thought of even writing down the days of the week makes me nauseous. And too many times, it’s the days when I’m due to write our blog post. It’s easy to wave it away. “It’s just one post, they won’t notice.” Or “Emery posted last week, so we’re fine.” Until I look at the blog and realize it’s been almost a month since either of us posted. So this is me, pulling up my big girl panties and writing. Not necessarily exciting words, but this, too, is part of the writing process. We shall overcome. Woot.
We are actually working. We’ve been getting the revisions done on the next Creatures book, which is going, but slowly. (In fact, I think the current round is with me. Whoops.) Emery’s getting poked by her zombie series (which is not a series about zombies, although she should be working on that, too), and I am determined, DETERMINED to finish my zombie as well.
Emery alluded to zombie stories in her last post. These are the stories that you have declared dead and are determined not to write on any more, and yet they won’t leave you alone, poking at you and distracting you with guilt and flickers of idea without ever giving you a full-blown muse moment. I’ve had one of these haunting me since the Pittsburgh RT Convention in 2008. 2008. I had put it aside after reworking it twice and never being happy with it. But it’s only two scenes away from being done, and my writing mind knows that. It’s been very “You can’t have dessert until you eat your meat” with me, and I blame it in part for my current writing stagnation. So I am determined I am going to break the curse. I am going to finish this story, and I am going to submit it, and then I won’t ever have to think about it ever, ever again. I’ll be able to move on to write other things. I open the file every day, and if I can write just 100 words a day on the missing sections, eventually it has to end. Right?
Oh, please God, be right…