I’m writing this post as a brief note of apology, mainly to myself, since I doubt that it matters much to anyone else. I am, however, taking a slight break from writing “Unanimity,” and that goes against some general guidelines which I had previously laid out for myself. I do, however, have good reasons for that departure, and I’m not honestly worried that I’m going to get derailed from the plot of my novel. “Unanimity” has already survived a long hiatus while I finished the rewriting and editing of “Mark Red” and “The Chasm and the Collision.” It will weather this much smaller storm without difficulty, mixed metaphors notwithstanding.
The reason for the break is a joyous one: I’ve been seized with the plot of a new horror short story, and I want to write it and put it out on my blog before the end of his month.
The seed of this story arrived during the bus ride to Ohio to visit my mother for the last time. I’m not going to say much about what that trigger was, but it was something that I saw near a gas station by an exit off the interstate, well between major cities. I took a note down of it, thinking that it might be the germ for an eventual story, and finally, last night, the story blossomed. It’s definitely an October-type tale – good old-fashioned horror – so I felt justified in getting it written as quickly as possible. I’ve already got 2000 words down of the first draft, but that’s just the start. (I’ll try to keep it from becoming a very long short story, like “I for one welcome our new computer overlords,” but I’m afraid I can make few promises. The story is what it is, and must be told.)
I even have a tentative title, which I shall share with you, since it’s by no means any form of commitment; I may change my mind before the story is done. That title is, “Hole for a Heart.”
Halloween is my favorite holiday – my equivalent of Christmas, one might say – and for me, I’ve gotten my Halloween present early this year. I hope to share it with all of you soon.