Zombies are the new vampires

Hmm. I had no idea those postcard stories would be so popular. FYI there’s a second round (from the workshop) coming next week, but I’m also pondering whether or not to make these postcards a more regular feature… Thoughts?

Blogging/writing has been difficult the past few days because (a) no internet at work yesterday, and (b) Repetitive Strain Injury is kicking my ass. Or really, my left wrist. I’ve got a brace for it, but of course, I only wear the brace after I notice the RSI coming on. Note to self: brace is supposed to be PREVENTATIVE. Also: teach yourself better typing habits!

Anyway, that means I’ve been writing by hand, which is actually a nice change. I feel productive when I can see how many pages I’ve gone through in a day. (Even if those pages are half-full of cross-outs…)

Based on Publishers Lunch, zombies are the new vampires. In literature, at least. Makes me wonder if I should change what I’m writing… but the undead are creepy! I guess I’ll leave them to writers made of sterner stuff.

Speaking of things that might be worth trying, looks like a couple of writers are doing online serialized novels for free/donations.

(Note: I haven’t read these, just heard about them.)

In a way, that’s what I was going for with Twenty-Somewhere, but I eventually took down the donation link because (a) I wasn’t getting any, and (b) I think the integration of 20SW with my blog makes it less… cohesive? I dunno. I might try it again someday.

(Or I might become a multi-millionaire NYTimes bestseller and screw it, haha.)

Like this:





I has been lazy


  1. Aurora

    I don’t think you need to change what you write based on what the market looks like right now. if vampires are what you live to write, then you could be the one to bring vampires back. or, you could be the one to pioneer the thing that comes AFTER zombies…

  2. Oh, I agree. I’m too… stubborn? to write to a trend. But I like your reasoning for it. Once again, Aurora’s logic prevails!

  3. Hey Kristan, yes please on the postcards! I really enjoyed the first lot. Neat idea.
    And on the RSI, do you have a geeky ergonomic keyboard? I used to have major wrist probs until I changed and now it’s so much better, even though everybody else reckons my keyboard is too weird. Just takes a bit of getting used to.

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  4. I read the first chapter of “The Girl Who…” Pretty interesting. Thanks for the link.

    • Sonja’s recent blog post: Fairies are not princesses (Required reading for attendance of Quinn’s birthday party)

  5. Thanks for stopping by my site. Please feel free to come back anytime, I’ll leave the light on for you!

    • Kate’s recent blog post: Over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.

  6. Les

    I still can’t focus on writing anything cohesive, I have like 60 ideas. Half of them are high fantasy, the other half are some kind of Harry Potter-esque melding of real world and fantasy, and the other… billion are mystery type things.

    Praise you for having direction in your life ;)

    Also, oddly, I never had wrist strain.

  7. Amanda-
    I do not, unfortunately. I have a Macbook laptop (fortunately!) so I just use that keyboard. I’ve heard good things about the ergos though. Maybe I’ll have to look into that.

    Haha, no prob. Now I want to read…

    A wealth of ideas is far, far better than a dearth. Take a break from the home repair and jot something down!

  8. Diane

    I received your letter yesterday. Will saw your writing and said you had nice penmanship! How did you learn about how to kill deer? This is random, but I came across this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristian_Hoffman

  9. Thanks, haha. And I learned via WikiHow. Not exactly pleasant… o_O Ugh.

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