News and announcements
12/12/2013 - Not a lot of writing going on this week, however Chapter 11 is ready and waiting for you eyes. I am doing a lot of reveiw and editing, if not outright writing, so tit is not like I am sitting idle! Sitting idle is very bad for me during the holidays and best to be avoided.
12/05/2013 - Back to Hank and Juan tonight with Chapter 10 of Undead Advantage II.
11/28/2013 - Happy Thanksgiving! (If you live in the USA, otherwise, well, "Happy Thursday!") In honor of today's feast of overindulgent bliss I have written a new short story, Thanksgiving, it is available for your reading pleasure now.
11/21/2013 - Well imagine my surprise when I came up empty on Dead Weight...Tonight I have posted Chapter 9 to Undead Advantage II, I guess it makes sense, after all, it IS where I have been focusing my time lately. Now I have to get ahead of this weekly posting beast by a more comfortable margin so I won't feel rushed.
I do need a couple of pre-release readers for Fraser, I'm looking for general comments on the piece, opinions really, not editing, but logic and story 'flow'. I'm asking here as a low key way to find a couple of people who would be willing to do this in exchange for early access to the book. Interested? Please use the webform and drop me a line. This book is not about zombies and is not related to The Zombie Chronicles -- it is more akin to Cthulian horror. I would get the book to you (electronically) around the 1st of December and feedback would be most useful to have within two weeks time. If you can do this, have time to do it in a couple of weeks and have the desire, please let me know. I'm pretty sure I can get a file to you in the digital reader format of your choice and if worst comes to worst I can created a pdf, although that wouldn't be ideal for an eReader device or app.
11/14/2013 - Yep, it's come to this, the end of TZC4. The last chapter of that book has been posted tonight, you can find it here: Chapter 35 So this means next week I'll have to get back to Dead Weight, which I'm really not ready for, or start posting Undead Advantage chapters, which I'm reluctant to do just yet. Why? Well I've found myself revising earlier chapters to Undead Advantage, I suppose it doesn't matter too much, as I can revise the website as I go too, it's just that then requires people who are caught up to scratch their heads and go hunting for bits of story that contradict what I've written before...and then they won't find it, because I've gone and changed things. Perhaps I can get a few chapters of Dead Weight up and out there to get me through November. I know I have at least one chapter of Dead Weight in the can waiting to be posted, so *probably* that will be posted next week.
11/07/2013 - I've posted a short chapter to TZC4, Chapter 34.
10/31/2013 - Chapter 33 has been added to TZC4.
10/24/2013 - I have added chapter 32 to TZC4.
10/17/2013 - Chapter 31 has been posted to TZC4. It has been a while since I put out a book, hasn't it? There are more than a few reasons for this and lately I have been fielding anxious questions as to when the next TZC book will be released. The bad news first; not anytime real soon. One may be released in December at the earliest and only if I can focus my muse on one book at a time. First 'Dead Weight' has taken on a life of its own, I am working more on it lately than anything else and have incorporated it into the world in a...oh, at least a minor way, but that won't be apparent for some time. Second Undead Advantage is still lingering at 10 chapters, I poke at it often, but DW keeps calling me back. Finally I am also plinking away at TZC5 now and again, but it is really more of an outline at this point.
The major project over the summer has been Fraser, that book should be out before the holidays, my coauthor is making me look like a slacker by doing some major overhauls on it. It is a good book, honestly I think the best I've worked on yet...but it's not in the TZC universe, which I know won't please a lot of people. There is a reason this isn't www.zombiechronicles.com though (and yeah, it was available when I bought ctales instead). I never intended to only write zombie books and I won't, but zombies and the world I've created for my own special brand of them will always be near and dear to my heart. I will not abandon them and will turn out books in the universe probably for as long as I am writing. Plus, hey, I've already mentioned I'm working on three books in that world now, right? So next year is looking like it will be a very good year indeed! As for the website here, I've decided to stop jumping around for now. I'm going to finish posting TZC4, and then continue on with Dead Weight, before I start posting chapters of Undead Advantage again. I have thought about making Dead Weight a website exclusive and never 'releasing' it as an ebook too. I'm still mulling that over. I know I like being able to read books when there is no internet around so that logic may compel me to release it as an ebook at some point.
In addition to the writing I have also been taking an English course at the local community college. <GASP> Yes, I know, I'm trying to learn more about what want to do for a living, I like to think of it as an investment in my future and one that will be appreciated by you, the reader, as well. I am fortunate that I have a professor who is actually very interested in teaching the subject matter. College instructors, at no matter what level, seem to be filled with people who desire to teach and, of course the students actually have to pay to be there, and most of us would like to learn. For me this isn't a course to earn a degree, it's a course to learn something I need to know and that, my friends, makes a HUGE difference in how I approach it. I have a 4 year degree already (and some additional learnin' for computer stuff) and there were classes that were mandatory for me to get that degree. Those were the courses I dreaded the most. Now, well, I've got my sheepskin, so why would I take anything I'm not curious about? Honestly I wish ALL learning at any level was treated this way, but that's a story I'll save for the zombieblog where it is easier to skip.
Other news? Well, I've already clogged up the front page with this post, so I'll summarize some of that here: Weddings, dog surgery, car maintenance and stalkers. That about sums up the news, dear reader, I hope if there is any ass-kicking going on in your life, you are the kicker and not the kickee!
10/09/2013 - Chapter 30 has been added to TZC4. Oh yeah, and there is an anthology out there now too:
Outbreak: Visions of the Apocalypse
I've got a story in the book and 100% of the profits go to Direct Relief International (www.directrelief.org), an absolutely stellar humanitarian aid organization. So pick up 271 pages of zombie goodness and help people from around the world deal with the real apocalypses that happen every day!
10/02/2013 - Tonight I am back to TZC4, I've posted Chapter 29 for your reading pleasure.
09/26/2013 - I have posted Chapter 12 to Dead Weight tonight.
09/17/2013 - I'm mixing it up a bit tonight -- I've posted Chapter 8 to Undead Advantage II, yeah, been a while since I did any work on that one, but I need to get it out the door before I get TZC5 done.
09/12/2013 - I have posted a new chapter to Dead Weight tonight, yeah, it's been a while, on that one, eh? And there is Chapter 28 to read if you're still into TZC4 as well. Fraser is also finished, those 3-4 sentences ended up being another couple thousand words and it is undergoing final story additions and updating by the co-author now, which will probably add another 12-15 thousand words. I believe it is going to weigh in at 150 thousand words or around 460 pages. I look at it as providing good value for your reading dollar. I will post links here when the work is finished for anyone who is interested.