What's this all about

Chronicling my steps to becoming a published novelist, and the randomness of my life.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I'm working on a short story that I plan to send in to at least one Literary Magazine/Writing Contest. I'm not sure what the rules are on submitting one story to multiple contests, because what if it won two different contests? I know that is incredibly unlikely, but a lot of these contests want to claim rights and whatnot and that could turn into a big scary mess. That'll have to be another post...

Where was I?

Yes, my short story! The contest that I have in mind for this particular story is a western themed contest. The rules are that the story must contain one or more cowboys and it must be a thriller/suspense/horror story.

So where did my mind immediately go?

Cowboys and zombies.

The best of both genre worlds, in my opinion.

Rugged, tough, manly cowboys versus bleeding, brain eating zombies in 19th century apparel. I think it's going to be awesome, and I'm having a great deal of fun writing it. I feel like there's not as much pressure riding on this story as there is my novel, so I'm allowing myself to indulge in all the gory, excess violence and one-liners my horror-loving mind can create. Is it going to be ridiculous? Probably. Is it going to be over the top? Most likely. But it is going to be greatness and I am going to share it with you as soon as I've snapped every neck and chewed every brain.

The problem is that I don't have title thus far, and if you've been reading along then you know how much trouble I have with choosing titles. I took a tip from The Guide and wrote down a list of my favorite western movie titles, and then since I only had like 3 on my list I googled "Best Western Movie Titles." I know, I'm shameless.

In so doing I found that my second favorite western title is True Grit.

My favorite title is Duck, You Sucker.

Thanks for reading! =)