I know what you're going to say next: "But Landra you hate, and I mean despise with every ounce of your being, zombies."
I'm also aware of this fact, and... did I mention I was dragged into this by my critique partner. The conversation went a bit like this:
Her: This is insane but, Entangled has a call for fairy tale retelling zombie romance short story/novellas for Halloween. It's got my creativity flowing.
Me: What's this crazy idea you're having? I like it.
Her: We should each write a story for submission. It's due by July 31st. Doing it together will act as motivation.
Me: But we have less than 2 months to write it.
Her: That's right. 1 week to brainstorm, 1 week to plot, 2 weeks to write, 2 weeks to edit, and 1 week of wiggle room I think we can do it.
Me: It would definitely be an experience for deadlines and writing short stories.
Her: So you're in?
Me: Uh... yeah.
Alright flash forward about a week later and she texts me.
I just remembered something: You hate zombies. Like they seriously creep you out. How are you doing with this?
I told her as long as the good guys get to win I can do this.
Then things got crazy. I brainstormed, plotted, and then lost my touch. It took about a week to get back in the groove. Then I wrote (kickin' and screamin' all the way) until I thought everything was crap. I wrote some more, and sent the pieces of the story to my lovely CP to rip apart. In between the power outages, heat waves, monsoons, and random disasters I managed to finish the story and begin edits. The last 4 days were probably the worst, and then I had to write a query.
Bottom line of this crazy rant: I. Did. It. I submitted the story. I'm ready for rejection. I learned a ton of things through writing and editing, which I'll include in another post. But regardless of what happens this is a learning experience and even if it does go beyond a standard form letter telling me to try, try again I know that I can.
What this means for you, dear reader, I'm back. Give me a week to recover, but after that be ready for review time. If you've emailed me be ready for a response.