Introducing the latest Zombie Bedtime Story: Bedlam #IndieBP

I have a very special project that I’d like to share with you. My most advanced work in progress is named Bedlam. It’s the fourth part of my bloody and unique Zombie Bedtime Stories. It’s been almost two years in the making, and it finally is making its debut on August 22, 2013. That’s in 3 days.

Let’s roll that cover:

Bedlam cover

Bedlam cover

The idea for Bedlam came to me when I was fleshing out the overall plotline of the Zombie Bedtime Stories. I didn’t just want to write a ton of random zombie shorts. I wanted a persistent, shared universe with recurring characters and a beginning, end and middle point. I mostly pants the stories, with unexpected (and hilarious) results. I know one or two things that have to happen, and I make the rest up as I go along. I’ve tried making outlines, but I ignore them because I’m a force of chaos.

Bedlam marks the end of the beginning. It’s the last story where a new character is introduced, and contains the last pieces of worldbuilding. Now, the stage has been set and we know (or have heard of) all the players. There are 8 total stories planned for ZBS, and a novel to finish it off. I’m hoping to have it all wrapped up sometime during 2015.

I always try give something of myself to my writing. In this case, Samantha was bullied mercilessly as a child, much like I was. We share a love of running, and both want to do what’s right. The story itself is as much about Samantha’s inner struggles and doubts as it is about the zombies. I wanted to put a human angle into a character in an inhuman, savage situation.

Now, for the blurb:

Corporal Samantha Henderson is a member of the Peacemakers—an organization devoted to putting down the riots that plague their nation’s cities. When what starts out as routine guard duty at an elementary school quickly turns bizarre and bloody, Samantha finds that her life is turned upside down.

Citizens have gone into a berserk killing frenzy, dismembering her comrades with ease. Samantha is the only soldier who makes it back to base alive. With her friends missing and only Captain Remus McIntyre for guidance, can Samantha survive the zombie apocalypse? More importantly, can she protect the weak from their enemies—human or otherwise?

Want more? I’ve got a first paragraph for you, too!

“I want my Mommy.” The girl clinging to Corporal Samantha Henderson’s hand choked back sobs, and looked up at her. She couldn’t be more than seven, and her pale blue eyes were bloodshot and brimming with tears. Samantha had been part of a squad assigned to evacuate this large inner city elementary school. She didn’t know if they were going to escape before the rioters closed in, but Samantha was determined to do her duty and get as many kids out as possible. The school was a decaying, squalid building—a leftover relic of the baby boom nearly a century before. The grey hallway dragged on ahead of them, only punctuated by the shadows of closed classroom doors and the occasional splash of children’s art projects. Samantha sucked in a deep breath as she enjoyed hearing the pounding of her boots on the cold granite floor. The echoes gave her the illusion of power and control, when in reality her stomach gnawed around the chill of uncertainty.

Indie Block Party Introductions: Come meet Thea!

I’m taking part in a sweet blog hop called the Indie Block Party. This should be an excellent way to get this blog revitalized.

Indie block party small

The first post is a means of introducing myself. I’m pretty awesome. Post done.

 

Just kidding!

I’ve been writing for three years. I got my start writing movie, music, and theater reviews for a local blog. The editor took a sadistic joy in giving me the more unpleasant assignments. In the end, this gave me the gumption to work on my own creations. If utter crap can make it, then why can’t I?

I started writing mostly because I started having really awesome story ideas. I couldn’t ignore them, or get them out of my head. So, I wrote them down and people seemed to enjoy the results. My favorite genre is science fiction, but I really do love horror and fantasy as well. Speculative fiction is the best way to depict the extreme positives and negatives of human potential. By going outside of our world, we learn more about ourselves and the human condition that we can without the forced change in perspective.

This blog is about my journey as a writer. It has my triumphs, my challenges and everything in between. There’s a great deal of everything, and I try to keep it on topic. When I’m not writing, I’m at my day job, jogging, sleeping, pacing, or practicing my driving. I just got my first car, and I’m working on my standard driving skills. It’s totally awesome.

More Awesome (blog) Awards for me!

 

What goes around is all around. Or What’s all around comes around. A few days ago, I gave April Denton a sweet award, because that’s what friends are for. Did she ever reciprocate! Since the last award-thing post I did was such a hit, let’s have some more fun. It’s better than a “I wrote stuff today” post.

I think I have to include the rules. They are:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you 
2. Share seven random facts about you
3. Pass this award to five new blogging friends
4. Contact and congratulate the awarded bloggers

1. Done. Thanks April. #Zweeps forever.

2. Seven random facts about myself? Well, alright. No refunds.

  1. The hat-fact. I love hats. I have more hats than shoes. I look great in hats. I try to mix up my hats in my youtube videos, just to keep it exciting. I’m at the point where I don’t even need to buy new hats, because everyone knows I love hats. Thus, I get them for birth-mas. The best holiday ever.
  2. I am a Christmas baby. It royally sucks, because I am an atheist and have to lose my birthday (and none of my friends care/remember) to some imaginary jerk who took over the AWESOME Roman holiday of Saturnalia. I could go for a week of gluttony and debauchery. I’d share my birthday with that.
  3. I am an amazing cook. No humility at all here. If I smell/taste something, I can usually figure out all the spices and recreate it well. I also build recipes in my head and know how they’ll turn out. No formal schooling, just lots of learning from my dad and about 20 years of experience. It’s all just chemistry, anyways.
  4. I’m a giant science geek. I have most of a physics degree done. It needs to get finished, when I stop being broke (haha). I also enjoy electronics, chemistry and math.
  5. I have two black belts. Tae Kwon Do and Karate. I think I like pain. Current fascination is yoga, but I really wish my YMCA offered a non-Tai Chi martial art. Tai Chi makes me stabby. I want to hit things.
  6. I have a strangely beneficial nervous habit. I pace, which is where most of my story ideas come from. Nervous energy seems to stimulate my imagination. So if I’m pacing, I’m probably writing my next story in my head. Eventually, I’ll calm down enough to actually write it.
  7. I dislike cars and public transit. I will walk up to 45 minutes and bike up to an hour in each direction to avoid needing to take it. I only have a learner’s permit, so I don’t drive much. I don’t mind driving, but I hate traffic. Driving is boring. Biking is fun and active, kind of like pacing.

Now I need to nominate five people for these awards. Do I know five people? Hmm.

Jason Darrick – He nominated me for my last award, and I’m going to return the favor. He’s an all around sweet guy, single father who writes really scary stuff.

Shana Hammaker – She’s a rebel with no blog, but I bet she can come up with way more than 7 interesting facts about herself. Plus, she write short thrillers, which we all know are the best thing ever.

Malcom Sexsmith – Although we have nothing in common writing-wise (I write zombies, he writes erotica. No touching vs. lots of touching) he’s a pretty cool guy.

AG – I am nominating stick figure picture man, because I can. His blog is funny, too. 🙂

Number 5 goes to anonymous. I need to make more friends with blogs. Or start lying about the rules. Okay, it goes to April again. Hahaha April.