Don’t Starve a Writer

Writing is important – a part of our lives and being. It’s a job like any other, but it’s something more for those of us who need to create.

A husband, lover or young children will compete for time with a career as a writer. I know how tough that can be. So many of us (our loved ones and ourselves) forget that writing is a real job, with demands of mind and time. It’s easy enough to forgive our loved ones those stolen moments – they may not always understand what writing demands. But ourselves – sometimes we forget that writing is a real task – a job like that 8-hour a-day mind stealer that you left behind when you walked out of the office. We forget that we must dedicate a certain amount of time to writing every single day.

We find that we tell ourselves that writing is flexible. We can let other demands snatch at our attention, divide and divert us, and tell ourselves that writing time will flex around those demands.

And that’s how we get thinner and thinner – not our bodies, but our minds. (Sure, you can get skinny by chasing a couple of single digit munchkins around, but let’s skip that for a now.) By letting our writing job take second place (sometimes it should, most times it should not), we starve ourselves.

I keep saying we. I mean you and me. We need to write and not feel guilty, or rushed, or that we’re falling into a rut.


Tonight’s TwitterFic – It’s about You 2

The spell was inscribed into Michael’s flesh with @Blackfireink taken from a phoenix’s heart. That’s why as a zombie, he’s indestructable.

When he found it, Philip held the @philo_diamond high and screamed his joy, until the harpie swooped and snatched it from his grasp.

“It @RGoodship,” the zombie growled. “It have lots of meat inside.” Trapped in the hold, a hundred humans shivered in anticipation.

“We need the @Kindlbookreview of the Necronomicon,” he said. “That’s our only hope of ending this zombie plague.”

We found @RichardTEckhart‘s legs by the busted bicycle, where the zombie horde tore him to pieces.

We took advice to @ReadHeavily as the best defense against zombies. Alas, upon conversion, zombies lose literacy and tend to devour readers.

They called @JeannieWalker1, because Jeannie was the first zombie to stop shuffling and stride quickly after her prey.

When Jennifer saw the @ShadowPhoenix32 swoop down over the city, she knew the Zombie Apocalypse was about to begin.

It was a simple spell with one word: @jezri1. Yet, only with the proper accent would it bring Nirvana. Otherwise, Armageddon beckoned.

I really love the @twisted_twins. Did I say love? I meant stalk. Did I say stalk? I meant to say shove them in a Trunk with a @_DeadHooker

“We’ve got to get @AmyLunderman said. “She’s the key to the zombie infection.” Too late, Lunderman found out that Amy had broken free.

“We’ve got the big gun,” James screamed “The @BumpFire2012. That’ll stop ’em!” But no matter how big the gun, the zombies kept coming.

“Beware the @fire_lass. It’s the only way we can be sure the zombies are dead.” But Sonya was already a zombie, and smothered the flames.

Do You Want to Die in the Slavering Jaws of a Zombie?

I write #TwitterFic – micro-fiction with a twist. Your username is combined with a short story, typically one involving the Zombie Horde that has swept the world. In 140 characters or less, I feed you to the zombies. Sure, I tell a few other stories as well, but normally it’s the Zombie Horde.

If you want to die in the jaws of a zombie, catch me on Twitter @DianaTrees, and I’ll do my best to carve you up into scraps for the undead.

When he saw @StevenKonkoly thought him a zombie. After all, Konkoly reasoned, Steven was from Jakarta – ground zero for the Apocalypse.

When he finally found @JillyJameson was too late. Jilly had been bitten, and she was now the Queen of the Zombie Horde.

Though gentically engineered to fight the zombie plague, @theSYNGENOR developed a conscious, and chose instead to join the horde.

When she came face to face with the @ZombinaNora forgot the first rule of silence, and screamed her way into the femme Zombie’s gullet.

Solomon Calumet Petrof shortened his given name to @SoCalPete, but the zombies found him just as tasty roasting under the sun of California.

We found our missing socks behind the couch where the @ZombieIrishGirl had hidden, waiting patiently for our arrival.

The Zombie Apocalypse was losing steam, until the undead found the @BrittsBeachClub and had a feast of the young lovelies.

Though Shaun’s movie was the one to make it big, it was @DavidoftheDead_ that exposed the legion of animated corpses.

When at last she found the @poet_teresa paused to savor her victory. Unfortunately she waited too long and the poet was eaten by the horde.

Rebecca thought the EvilChair the ultimate in violent things. But when she was thrown by the @CreepyWalker, she realized a new horror.

We thought @SoniaCharming1 until we discovered that all who crossed her were buried in the backyard.

Jenny had @dreamsofwriting that haunted her sleep. So too, did a vampire. Now Jenny dreams of the sun.

When Daneen found @LilDannyTaylor loitering at the fringes of the Zombie city, neither of them realized their lives would violently shift.

When life diverges, and I’m faced with two or more paths, I always choose the one that’s soaked in @Rubyviolence.

He loved her enough that he called her name twice: @GerettaGeretta! It was the second sounding that caught the zombie’s attention.

Few people realized that Grim was not his real name. But @PeterJReaper didn’t strike the same fear into hearts as his chosen moniker.

As the movie was @RatedRLilStar asked Mayv if they could see something else. Unfortunately, the theater they chose was overrun by zombies.

No one expected a zombie-produced movie to do well, so it surprised the living that @TheRevenantFilm grossed billions.

I knew that Apocalypse had reached its peak when the @ZombiePuppets cut their strings, and ate the puppeteers.

When he was certain he captured the @SoulEaterWolf snapped shut the trap. What Wolf didn’t realize was that the PeopleEater was behind him.

Ivin found the @Authopublisher software handy in producing ebooks. But he didn’t know that the developer was the author of the Necronomicon.

As a @pseudohumanist Michael expected to fool the horde. But Michael didn’t realize that zombies don’t think, they eat.

We wanted to bury John somewhere on the @westlawns. But as a zombie, we had to set him free.

Exhuming @RenWarom proved to be their undoing, as it released MangaFusion – a mind fuck that ripped the thin dimensional fabric to Umwelt.

“We must find @a_greenwood,” Alex said. “It’s only in nature’s purist place that we can reverse the Armageddon spell.”

When the day was not @TypicalLydia put on her NightFace. For it was only in darkness that Lydia could face the daylight.

The spell wasn’t complete without @BlueSleighty‘s poetry; the obsession it created brought the zombie horde to its knees.

Jeffrey had never seen a @Klingorengi before, and would have otherwise thought mating twixt Klingons and Ferengi impossible.

As a @ZombieAldous thought life perfect as he did little but eat and sleep. But after seeing a zombie babe he realized something was missing

Muttering the ancient @Daezarkian spell to turn the night to BloodSkies, Steven then turned back to his supper of long pig.

When the Zombie horde swept over @LA_Tafe turned his attention East. What Tafe didn’t know was that the East was the Zombie stronghold.

It was the @HorrorShockLoli found most disquieting. But there was more violence to come when Loli discovered the blood-spattered doll house.

Working again on TwitterFic

It’s nice to know if my legs fail, I’ve got my @CreepyWalker. If I can’t kick ass, at least I can whack ’em about the head and shoulders

Looking to @Derek4words to calm the crowd, Fournier noticed that Derek was teetering on the edges of sanity.

When she realized that the woman of her nightmares carried a @Chainsaw_Sally had to rethink how she saw her waking hours.

Finding @spectralmuses to guide your writing isn’t so difficult. The recipe is coffee: one part beans, one part chocolate, one part dreams.

The audience howled at the antics of the @ZombiePuppets, until the puppet master cut the strings, and the puppets continued to move.

Even though I knew that she was @kNotOfGod, I follow Crystal because of her monstrous beauty and ferocious intellect.

“Open @thezombiebible to the Second Chapter of Groaning and repeat after me.” Even though zombies can’t read, they know how to groan.

We realized the end of the world was close when the @ZombieDog_SF was found; the Rage virus had found a way to jump the species barrier.

While we thought it @SinisterProse that he scrawled, none of us realized that Killeen had been given the entire Necronomicon in a dream.

Safe, he scrawled the name of the demon, @TyrKieran, in his own blood. Finished he sat back; beside him a half-seen flicker solidified.

We thought her @Mad4Passion, but when she devoured the postman, we realized that she was well and truly mad.

When George recived a preview copy of @GPWriter, he didn’t know it was a rogue program, released by a psychotic techie.

When she finally found @edenbaylee, thought herself safe from the horde. But Baylee didn’t know that zombies had planted corruption.

As @twisted_twins, they vowed loyalty to one another through best and worst. That came in handy when they found a @DeadHooker in a Trunk.

Seeking the woman known simply as @LaFemmeLestat skulked dark city streets. But it was LaFemme who found Lestat and made him her own.

Tanya didn’t realize that the @VEscritoire was an obscure volume of magic. As she spoke what she believed to be a poem, her breath became fire.

Though Sean @ReadHeavily throughout most of his life, even he was surpised when books sprang to life, and words scurried like ants.

Finding the tree emblazoned with the letters @BA_Matthews turned left toward town. Further up the path zombies waited patiently for Matthews

Before being shortened to the “t-virus,” researchers called it @TLogicLive, as they thought it would assure life after death.