Elementary of the Dead: Chapter 7

December 31, 2011

Hello readers,

Happy new year!

Please enjoy my latest chapter in EotD. Please forgive me, I will not make excuses, but suffice it to say I plan on making a new year resolution about new content. 🙂

Anyway here it is.

Chapter 7

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Still Breathing.

November 30, 2011

Yes I am still breathing.

That is all.

Wait what? You want more?

Okay, okay chapter 7 is being worked on.

What have I been doing… umm nothing, why do you ask?

Fine if you must know, copious amounts of work and… Skyrim.

I know I know… but it really is so AWESOME!

I do have good news though.

I’ve now made myself a deal, that I must write every night before putting on my armor and killing dragons. 😉


Writers of the Future Honerable Mention!

September 19, 2011

I am so stoked I can finally tell you guys about this. I submitted a SCI-FI story to Writers of the Future and received an honorable mention!


Honorable Mentions:


Matthew Mayner of Idaho

This is the coolest thing that has happened in my writing career so far.

I know this isn’t just a “thanks for submitting” award, because my first story that I submitted didn’t get one.

They’re going to send me a certificate in the mail and everything. Sweet!

I know it’s not the same as winning but if my story “Battlefield Pickup” was trash I know I wouldn’t have gotten an honorable mention.

So without further ado, here’s “Battlefield Pickup.”


AttackWatch.com *Facepalm*

September 14, 2011

Readers, you probably already know that this blog isn’t a political blog, it’s a blog where I share some of my fiction and occasional opinions with you.

Well I heard about AttackWatch.com on the radio and just had to share.

It doesn’t take a genius if you read my stories to figure out I’m a conservative man. I like stories about regular people taking up arms to defend themselves. So it may be obvious to you that I am no fan of Obama.

So what is AttackWatch.com, well its a little website where you can go and tell Obama about people being mean to him. That’s right. If someone says something bad about him you can get on the website and let them know. Now before you Obama supporters get all uppity and say, oh well maybe this website was just setup by people who support the 44th president. Fans is you will.

Nope. Right on the bottom of the website it says…

Copyright © 2011 by Obama for America

It’s also linked from barackobama.com

And a simple whois search tells us…

Administrative Contact:
Admin, Domain admin@barackobama.com
Obama for America
233 N Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States
+1.7732356930

So yup the president is feeling insecure, and he needs your help to let him, or his staff, know when someone complains about his lack of experience, his bowing to foreign leaders, or Marxist ideology. It’s like twitter for tattle tails.

So what happens when you click on “Report an attack”?

Well you’re greeted by this little form.

Spy on your neighbors for the President

So let’s take a look at some of the options in the “Attack Type” drop down box shall we?

TV Interview
Public Statement
Forwarded Email
Rumor
TV Ad
Video Ad
Radio Ad
Robocall
Website/Blog

So let me get this straight Mr. President, you are paying people, taxpayer dollars, or campaign contributions, to create and run your little website for people to get on and say. “Teacher teacher, Timmy says you’re a poo poo head!”

Come on Mr. President if I were you I’d fire the idiot who came up with this idiotic idea. Actually if I were you I’d probably think it was an awesome idea and promote the mail room boy who came up with this to the Minister of Truth.

With all due respect this smacks of the Hitler Youth being told to spy on their parents. Hey I’m not one to invoke Godwin’s Law but man I don’t see how I couldn’t make that comparison. It’s so blatant. The president’s men are encouraging people to report any dissenting opinions.

All thought criminals must be reported to the Inner Party!


To Three Act or Not Three Act?

July 13, 2011

Hello readers!

I’m still plugging away on my main project Alone: Psi-Mage. If I was using the three act structure of writing, which I don’t really do. I’d say act I is almost wrapped up. Most of the main characters have been introduced and the “super powers” have been more or less established.

Some people love “three act”, others believe it’s the devil. Should we arbitrarily impose a structure on our stories? In my opinion writers should be able to use as much or as little structure as they’d like.

I’m a “discovery” writer, meaning I get a story started from an idea or two and run with it. Making it up as I go along. The problem with that method is sometimes the author could get lost in the bushes by the side of the road while missing the more important parts.

So what does that have to do with Alone: Psi-Mage?

Well Alone: Psi-Mage is basically a “body off frame restoration” of my first version of this story entitled “Alone.”

How different is it? Well… It’s written in 3rd person instead of 1st. The main viewpoint character shifted, and I’ve added the perspective of the “Big Bad.”

Most of the main plot points are the same but I’ve moved, removed or added ones that seem to fit better. I’m trying to make the overall narrative flow better, among several other improvements. Because when I started the first version I really didn’t know where I was going. Now I do. I already know what I want to happen (more or less) and I’ve decided to at least give the three act a cursory glance. Why, because I think many stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Some people might disagree, but usually once the pieces are set up, they get moving, run into problems, fail, fail, win, and eventually come to the climax where the story gets resolved. If it’s the heroes win, everybody dies, or something in-between.

Shoehorning your story to fit a three act when it doesn’t need to on the other hand…

So anyway here’s a snippet from chapter 14, it should be in your inbox a bit later this week.

For a college student in a nuclear engineering program he discovered Katrina wasn’t very bright. Sure she knew her formulas, theories, and periodic table but street smarts were lacking.

“So do you have a long term food supply?” he asked.

She was silent for too long on the other end of the line, “Umm… I don’t know I’d just been getting food from the campus market.”

“Most of which spoiled a long time ago right?”

“Yea, I shoved it all the perishables in a dumpster out back. Why?”

His phantom left leg began to ache, for some reason he could feel its absence more than his right. He rubbed his stump to get it to stop. “Look you’re going to need more food than what is in that little convenience store to get you through the winter.”

“Oh… I hadn’t thought that far ahead. So I’ll walk down the road to one of the grocery stores.”

“Be careful, if they’re anything like we have here you’ll probably run into some feral dogs.”

“Feral dogs? Why would they…”

Martin leaned back in his wheelchair and stared up at the stained ceiling tiles, “Nobody’s feeding them anymore. They’ve begun to run in packs, scavenging and hunting for food. Sarah was chased earlier today.”

“What can I do?”

“Shoot them.”

“Shoot them?” She replied aghast. “I… I don’t have a gun, and I wouldn’t know where to begin. And I don’t know if I could shoot someone’s pet.”

“Listen to me Katrina, these aren’t pets anymore. They’re hungry predators with sharp teeth. They may avoid you… but they might not.”

“Where would I get a gun anyway?”

Martin sighed, “Who carries… carried guns on your campus?”

“Nobody!”

“Nobody? Are you sure?” He shook his head, “Doesn’t MIT have a campus police force? Or what about Boston PD?”

“Cambridge.”

“What?”

“MIT is in Cambridge, not Boston.”

“Whatever… everything east of the Mississippi is one big urban blur to me.”

“Well at least I don’t live in flyover country.” She replied.

Martin bit his tongue, getting into a stupid fight right away was for lack of a better term stupid. “Katrina, hey I’m sorry. Look I’m just trying to help you out. The old rules don’t apply anymore. If you get into trouble you won’t be able to pick up the phone and call for help. Plus there’s the aliens.”

He looked up at Sarah who was sitting in an office chair, spinning around in lazy circles. She glanced at her monkey lemur thing the same time he had said the word aliens. Something just didn’t feel right.

“Aliens?”

“You don’t believe what took billions of people away was a natural occurrence do you?”

“No I guess not.” She said in a quiet voice. “I… I had hoped that aliens, if there were any would have been friendly.”

“Now we know the truth. The universe is a cold cruel place.”


Larry Corriea Needs a Favor. Preorder Monster Hunter Alpha!

June 30, 2011

Larry needs our help. Monster Hunter Vendetta made it to number 27 on the New York Times best sellers list. Let’s see if we can get Monster Hunter Alpha up above that. How about number 15 or higher? Those are the ones on the website that have the little blurbs attached. To do that we all HAVE to buy it the week it comes out which is the week of July 27th.

So if you haven’t already pre order it from either Uncle Hugo’s if you want a signed copy, or Amazon or Barnes and Noble if there’s something wrong with you. 😉

Monster Hunter Alpha

Earl Harbinger Kicks Monster Butt In the Snow

So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years you already know how awesome the previous two Monster Hunter books were. Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta. Basically take our world, add every dark thing our of our nightmares, werewolves, vampires, zombies, Old Ones, etc and add in a Private Military Company who makes money keeping the population of brutal nasty beasts in check by shooting them in the face. And you’ve got the Monster Hunter Universe. Yes it really is that awesome.

Today, I want to talk a little bit about why you guys are so awesome, and then once I’ve got you sufficiently buttered up with flattery, I’m going to ask you a favor. For a relatively new writer, I’m doing pretty darn good. A couple of years ago I was a self-published nobody. I just wanted to write a book that was a salute to B movies told from the perspective of the heavily armed side of society. (i.e. My People) I stuck Monster Hunter Internati … Read More

via Monster Hunter Nation


Asteroid 2011 MD to Just Miss Us

June 27, 2011

I hate to disappoint you but the world will not be coming to an end today. The chunk of rock known as 2011 MD is going to miss us, by 12,000 km. To put that in perspective the moon is between 362,000 km to 405,000 km away. So it really is coming very, very, very, close to hitting us. I know, I know, you were probably sweating bullets about it. 😛

Even if the rock did hit us it’s not big enough to do much, if any damage. It’s estimated to be between 30 and 150 feet in diameter. So most of it would probably likely burn up in our atmosphere. So there’s nothing to worry about except the fact that we only discovered it five days ago on the 22nd of June.

So what happens if we discover a planet killer only five days before impact? Five days isn’t enough time to do anything about it. To be able to push a rock away we’d need months or maybe years to alter its course enough to keep it from impacting us. I know, a big rock would probably be easier to spot but the fact that there may be BIG chunks of rock, metal, or ice out there waiting to smack us that we don’t know about bothers me.

This reminds me of the epic quote from Kay from Men in Black

There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!

So maybe it’s a good thing that we haven’t found a big rock on a collision course for us in 2063. Or have we but the government is covering it up? 😛

If you’d like to read a novel about an earth changing comet impact take a look at Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled lives.