So, I want to try to keep my entries going. I have been slacking, and I don’t a have a real good excuse except the fact that there’s just not enough exciting stuff to talk about every day, or even every week. I will try harder. I promise!
The last couple of days, I have been playing Alan Wake, which I have to say is an amazingly creepy, and scary game. It’s immersive, and surprisingly challenging. I started playing on my keyboard and mouse, and found it too hard to press all the different keys at once, so I have been playing with a controller.
With Christmas coming up, I don’t have much time to meet my new goal of finishing “After Death” (a novella I’ve been working on) by the 25th. I have exactly 25 days to get the first draft (well second) finished. I will do my best. I do know that work on that will very likely slow considerably, since I’m getting the Wii U for Christmas…
As I was writing the last bit, I realized I never mentioned “After Death” before. Well, I did, but the novella had a different title then, “A Love that Never Dies”. It has undergone at least one title change since that one, and I ended with “After Death.”
The story has expanded quite a bit. What was going to be maybe 18k words long, has increased to nearly 35k, and it’s still growing. I might have another 15k left in me, but the editing will knock off a sizable chunk. So depending on how much more I have in me, and how much I knock off, it may be book length.
“After Death” follows two different characters.
Virginia Shibata is the perfect example of the happy, normal woman who (when everything is ripped from her) begins a devastating downward spiral into madness. She is a relatively successful fiction writer who lives in Bonner, Washington with her husband, Mark.
Virginia is the viewpoint character for the majority of the story, but the last 20% or so follows Mark on his adventures.
Mark Shibata is a down-to-earth kind of guy. He loves his wife, Virginia very much, and would do anything for her. Her happiness is his top priority, and when she is anything less, it really worries him.
The concept of this story comes from a rather dark place, so the subject matter is a little on the gritty side, but I believe that is what can make a really good story. One that feels real, along with the characters that can feel so real and believable. “After Death” comes from my heart, so it means a lot to me, and I’m hoping that anyone that reads it will enjoy it for what it is. It’s not for people who are looking for “happy” and flowers and rainbows, just as a fair warning. That doesn’t make as good a story anyway, in my opinion.
On that note, when I’ve finished writing, and editing, I will try to publish in some way, shape, or form. If it isn’t long enough to publish as a novel, I’ll just look for magazines willing to publish it. Maybe I’ll just self-publish. It depends. I look forward to whatever way is best for “After Death”.
For the second part of this entry: My best friend and I recently self-published our zombie story collection (which “After Death” was originally meant for, but was too big an idea) as some of you know, I’m sure. I want to bring it up again. Hopefully you will go to Amazon!
Kindle Edition – $4.99
Print Edition – $7.99
Whether you’re one of those people who loves the idea of holding a real book in your hands (I know I am), or you love your Kindle (or other eReader), it would mean so much to us if you would take a look. You can read the first 30% for free on your eReader of choice, or you can go here. You have to create an account to purchase the book or get the free sample of the book, but signing up on Smashwords is 100% free, so there’s no reason not to!
Also, if you could just pass this on to all your friends and family that are interested in zombies and such, that would mean so much! Thanks in advance! Have a good day!