I’m back. After a long hiatus, I’ve returned to cultivating this blog. For those of you wondering, these past several months I’ve been working on my fiction writing. After my first wave of horror and sci fi short stories were rejected and/or ignored, I finally sold a story. My post-apocalyptic piece Big Dead Noise is running as a serial at JukePopSerials.com.
Another zombie apocalypse story? Do we really need that? Yes, we do. This one will kick your mind in the gut, because unlike other zombie stories out there, this one’s got . . . robots! Can the remaining humans on Earth survive against zombies and robots? You’ll have to read to find out.
The first chapter can be found here. You need to log in to read beyond Chapter 1, but registration is free and easy. Also, once you register you can vote for your favorites serials on the site. You can vote for each chapter—so as the saying goes, vote early and vote often.
The top 30 serials get bonuses and accolades, so in order to sit at the big kids table, I need your help (and your votes). So click the cover below, if you dare. It’s going to be a wild ride.
Earth has become a battleground. Mankind has reached the Singularity but was not ready for the devastating repercussions. Machines have assumed their rightful place as the dominant species on the planet, but are at constant war with the mutated remnants of humanity that are trying to take it back. Among the few truly human survivors is young Quinn Pearce and her ailing father—who have awoken from cryogenic sleep into an unfamiliar and hellish world. They must join forces with a group of unlikely allies to find a way through the war zone that surrounds them.
This week we had the Grammy awards, which allowed the music world to recognize their own in spectacular and splendid fashion. In the blogging world—from time to time—we have our own ways of recognizing those that stand out. And wouldn’t cha know, Kalley over at Blogging While Nursing has given Five Things at Once the LOL Award.
Yeah! Kat from Keeping Sane nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award, so I get to have one of those fancy bloggie badges on my page. Now I look all official and stuff. But seriously, thanks to Kat for thinking of Five Things At Once, and I suppose thus there is some bookkeeping to do.
The Liebster Blog Award is all about giving recognition to worthy blogs and raising their visibility. In theory, it is meant to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. As Kat wrote, ” In German—“liebster” means “dear,” from the verb “lieber” [to love]. A Liebster Foundation? I have no clue, but it’s a great idea.”
Writing fiction is great. It’s the best catharsis around. You get to create characters, make them up anyway you want, and then do absolutely horrible things to them. I’m not being negative. That’s what most storytelling is: characters overcoming obstacles and adversity. And hopefully they will grow and develop along the way, some for better and others for worse.
Some writers shy away from the horribleness. I remember a tweet from a fellow blogger some time ago, where they said, “I’m sorry for my protagonist, I’m going to have to do all these bad things to you.” For others, it’s not such a problem. There’s no real right way to do this, and maybe sometimes it’s good to “curb your enthusiasm,” so to speak. Too many setbacks for your characters may turn off the audience. For myself, I tend to come from the Chuck Palahniuk School of Embracing The Darkness. So, maybe I enjoy all this a little too much. But whatever you call it (horribleness, setbacks, adversity), your characters must experience it, sometimes a lot of it, and it must hold some kind of truth that you are wanting to convey. As it turns out, some truths are naturally darker than others.
By now most people know the story of Heather Armstrong, who lost her job as a web and graphic designer due to subject matter she posted on her personal blog. That subject matter, unfortunately for her, was specific details about her workplace. Being one of the first workers fired for blogging, she became famous for sparking a debate about online privacy. However, Armstrong turned the situation into a win, by growing her blog into the booming business that is dooce.com. Yet many others aren’t so lucky. Every day, we see more and more examples of people getting themselves into trouble with blogging and social networking.