Whew. Done! Now I just have a whole stack of things to do! But at least the 1st draft is written! One of the first things I have to do next is print it out and read it for the first time. I’ll do this out loud and make notes as I go. It’s a pretty good way to see if it all works, and whether any sentences need work. I actually read quite a bit of it out loud as I was working on it; since beginning podcasting all my fiction, I pay a lot more attention to making a good read-aloud book.
Speaking of the podcast: No voices, for this one, just narration and enough vocal variation to be able to tell any two lines of dialogue apart. Also, based on a schedule I’d just laid out, I should be able to start this one on the Friday after Untrue Tales… Book Three is complete and then post two chapters a week (one chapter per episode, like FWYCR) from 11/13/09 to 12/25/09. Because, yeah, I’m going to post the stunning conclusion to the novel on Christmas day. :p
Oh, in addition to writing chapter 13, I’ve also written Appendix Z, included here:
Appendix Z: About the Zombies
Some helpful information about the zombies in this book:
Zombies are slow.
Zombies are stupid.
Zombies do not use tools.
Zombies do not use language.
Zombies do not experience romance.
Zombies are not just old, hungry vampires.
Zombies do not want to exact revenge on the living.
Zombies do not have any magical abilities or super-powers.
Zombies can only be killed by damaging or destroying their brain.
Zombies eat the living, and are attracted to the motion and commotion they make.
Zombies like eating brains, but are not possessed of superhuman strength, so how are they supposed to bite through your skull?
Zombies who did manage to eat the brains of their victims wouldn’t be much of a threat, since they’d prevent the spread of zombie-ism by doing so.
Zombies are created when a human has had fluid contact with a zombie; primarily via saliva transmitted into a bite wound.
Note: Hell is not full, zombies are not a sudden and global phenomenon bringing all unburied dead to life, the dead are not clawing their way out of graves, and this book’s cover is intentionally misleading.
Zombies spread quickly because the living are stupid, too.
I’m posting it here because it’s at the end of the book, which means it isn’t in the free preview. Which still contains (roughly) the first four chapters of the book. Have you checked it out, yet? You should. The full book’s price is, as promised, at the full eBook price of $4.99 (subject to change) over at Smashwords. It is currently in its first-draft, unedited state. Please let me know if you find any problems or errors in it, so I correct them before I send it to press (probably next week). When it’s corrected, I’ll update the Smashwords copy again, and release it to “Premium Distribution” as well.
Time to go throw it into InDesign, so I have a page count to submit for the PCN request. I hope you enjoy it.