Rereading The Trials of Blood (59%)

My progress on rereading The Trials of Blood has slowed. I broke the screen on my smartphone, which I was originally using to read the story on. While there is advantages to reading on a smaller screen (I wrote a blog post about it earlier), there is not an advantage on reading on a screen that is also broken. So I debated: buy an eReader like a Kindle or Nook? Or buy a tablet, which can download the Kindle App that I was already using on my smartphone to begin with? I weighed my options, and when I came across a clearance tablet at Best Buy for $40, I could not pass it up. I snatched up the tablet, it came with a (slightly) protective case, and loaded the Kindle App on it. As soon as I opened it: it synced my place in the story and I was back in business.


The tablet, while far from the best on the market, is perfect for me. I didn’t want it to be so good it was a distraction (or too bad, my last experience with an eReader was awful). It’s a Digiland 7″ Quad-core Tablet and Amazon has it for around $80 now.

I have 25 pages of handwritten notes that I’ve taken across 59% of the book. Many of these are revision notes or story information, such as character descriptions.

The rereading process wasn’t something I could sit down and do for the first few months after finishing my first draft. After time, however, I was able to pick it up, dust it off and give it a good reading without being too biased. Of course, as an author, I’m the worst person to criticize my own words; they’re perfect. Don’t touch them. Except, they’re not perfect, and we all know that, but… give me time, and I’ll make them better.

I’ve very excited about what will be coming out of Draft 1 (technically first draft is draft 0).

The Next Zombie Apocalypse: finding story ideas everywhere

I was shopping online recently and came across what could ONLY be the source for the next #ZombieApocalypse. I bet the other option on that dropdown menu is “Flesh Rejuvenation.”



Don’t trust anything with “bio” in the name. Have video games taught us nothing?! (Annotation: Yes, I’m ‘aware’ this isn’t a zombie-inducing spray, as it was lovingly pointed out by Stephanie, but let me dream, would you?!)

I am feeling like I need to write (also finish) a zombie novel. There is something about the unknown, terror on every corner, fighting for your next meal and shambling footsteps that just makes the author in me giddy.

Also a bit sick.

A can of peaches (we’ll assume), a live drill and a spray can of Oven Cleaner. This is a man who obviously has no regard for his personal safety. OR they’re used against zombies.
In a video game, this place would be full of useful, life-saving items and ointments. As this was real life, I had to credit it to a lonely old man, who calls himself a “tinkerer” and not “murderer.”
This has all the makings for a paranoia-rich story: the American flag, the “refund” policy, the security camera. It screams belligerent, religious(?) and/or conspiracy theorist.

One habit I’ve formed as an auhor is to take pictures of everything that makes you wonder. I can’t rely on my memory to keep story ideas safely tucked away, so I have 3,000+ photographs on my phone and hard drive. A fraction of them bring back story ideas (many, many of them are cat pictures). But when I saw this Biofreeze product, I was drawn to remembering another location I had visited in December that had me fearful for my life (jokingly, like the above post).

From any of these pictures could spring zombies, characters, dialogue (“If those aren’t peaches…”), story titles. I keep them just in case.

[I mean no disrespect to the business owner whom these images are credited to. He’s actually a super sweet guy, whose misleading storefront makes for good story fodder.]