Five things disliked:
Five whole things disliked while doing what I love? Hmm...
5: Painful nostalgia and wanderlust brought on by tracking Cassie and her friends' progress on the road and looking back on my own cross country road trip with my husband in college.
4: Realizing I needed to go back and cut a whole character. There was originally another member of the road trip party. Her name was Jessica, and her part ended up being absorbed into Rory, which gave Rory some extra depth and streamlined the story a lot in the end.
3: Finding out one of my closest critique partners wasn't a zombie person and couldn't help me with this one. She's still awesome anyway.
2: Having to let go of the Fantasy epic I'd been working on before the idea for Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of) came to me. The first book of it never got picked up, but maybe someday when Fantasy is in a marketable phase again I'll consider going back and giving it an overhaul.
1: Having to squeeze writing time in around a day job. That’ll be my number one dislike for as long as it remains a sad reality.
Five Things Liked:
Only five things liked? I think I can manage that.
5: Painful nostalgia and wanderlust brought on by tracking Cassie and her friends' progress on the road and looking back on my own cross country road trip with my husband in college. What can I say? I'm a masochist like that.
4: Zombies! I loved getting to splatter a little brain across the first chapter.
3: Getting to know Norman. He's not like any of the male leads I'd read or attempted before. He's something all his own, something that drew a lot more on my real life experiences than on existing fiction, and writing him was a fascinating challenge.
2: Realizing that, as an author, I'm more than one idea. I get really deeply invested in whatever I'm working on, to the point where it feels like nothing else will ever compare. The Fantasy series I was working on before Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of) was like that. Zombie Slayer was the first standalone idea I had that I really loved from start to finish and that gave me faith that there would be more.
1: Spending time in Cassie’s head, being led ever onward by her snarky but unfazed voice and angle on life. She brought herself to life, and I had so much fun coming along for the ride.
And yes, I absolutely must point out that...