Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Waiting Game

When I signed up to do this blog post several months ago, it was under the assumption that I'd have a book to pimp.  Sadly (as usual), the publisher has fallen behind and the book's deadline has been pushed back several times.  I have no idea when it is supposed to come out.

Even though it's not out, I'll still give you some information about it.  It's the sequel to my YA zombie novel, Life After the Undead.  Here's the information about that book:

The world has come to an end. It doesn’t go out with a bang, or even a whimper. It goes out in an orgy of blood and the dead rising from their graves to feast on living flesh. As democracy crumples and the world melts into anarchy, five families in the U.S. rise to protect the survivors. The undead hate a humid environment, so they are migrating westward to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors are constructing a wall in North Platte to keep the zombie threat to the west, while tyranny rules among the humans to the east. Capable but na├»ve Krista is 15 when the first attacks occur, and she loses her family and barely escapes with her life. She makes her way to the wall and begins a new life. But, as the undead threat grows and dictators brainwash those she cares about, Krista must fight not only to survive but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately those she loves.

The book can be ordered here or here.

The sequel is called Death to the Undead.  Here's what it's about:

Before Death to the Undead opens, tough teenager Krista’s parents are killed by the zombie horde, but she escapes to the safety of Florida. After her reunion with General Liet, a distant cousin, she moves with him to North Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West. Krista falls in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they free the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.

Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using the zombie apocalypse to control the people.  Florida is ruled by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of the zombie horde to coerce their populace. While trying to solidify their new relationship, Krista and Quinn hatch a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people revolt.  When The Families label Krista and Quinn rebels and attack North Platte, Krista and Quinn run for their lives. The Families want them captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors want them dead.  Caught in between powerful forces, they must survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into action, all while trying not self-destruct.

One day (soon, hopefully), the story will be out.  I'll let you know when that day comes!

Monday, June 18, 2012


Hi, Rosalie Skinner here, author of the Science fiction fantasy series The Chronicles of Caleath.

The other day I heard a news item explaining how the possibility of time travel seems to be creeping closer.

Is it really a possibility at all?

Could you, or your character, survive traveling in time?

Suppose a character did survive and did not change the future too radically. (I don’t want to get bogged down with the paradoxes offered if we consider the risks.) 

Today I thought we could think about practical time travel and what our characters need to pack.

For this exercise, I would include travel across dimensions, realms, through portals, back in time, forward in time, outside of time. You get the drift. In Fantasy the parameters are endless, so let’s imagine our characters are about to take off, whether they are prepared or not.

What should they take with them? What do we allow them to take with them?

Include knowledge… specific fields of knowledge, skills, etc as well as artifacts. A flashlight, matches, compass might be feasible, whereas a mobile phone probably isn’t much use. Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver seems to have multiple functions. I want one of them if ever it comes to packing.

In my series, TheChronicles of Caleath, several space travelers are exiled on a strange planet. They bring with them very few articles from their home world, but they carry implants and knowledge. 

Each has their own background career wisdom as a resource to use in the new world.

What do you see as the most important or useful item or skill for your Fantasy character to keep as they cross time/space/dimension?

As your characters face this situation, what will you equip them with?

How will they cope?

There are no wrong answers. Your time starts NOW…

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Writing Over the Summer

By YA Author Andrea Buginsky

School’s out for summer! That means you finally have three glorious months to write, write, write. So…what are you going to write?

With summer vacation kicking off for most of you, it’s time to decide what writing projects you want to work on this summer. Is there a book you’ve always wanted to write? A manuscript you had to put on hold while writing term papers and studying for exams? Maybe you want to start journaling, or learn to write poetry. Whatever your writing fancy is, you can start making your plans today.

The first part of your plan will be to figure out what you want to work on this summer. Once you’ve decided, you’ll need to figure out what tools you’ll need to work on your writing: is your computer up-to-date and running properly? Do you have the latest updates for  your word processing program and Internet browser? Do you have printer paper, ink, pens, pencils, and notebooks? These are the supplies you will most likely need for your writing projects this summer.

Once you are organized, you can start to make some notes about your project itself. Type up an outline for your book, reread your started manuscript before adding to it, and pick up some helpful writing books from the library. You can also review some basic writing dos and don’ts on the Internet. Here are some great sites to get you rolling this summer:

Book-in-a-Week: Sign up for this website’s monthly participation program where you’ll have a week to write as many pages as you can in your current manuscript. Participants assign themselves a weekly page goal, and then report how many pages they’ve written each day of the week. It’s a great way to get yourself back into your writing, and have the support you need to do it.

Writer’s First Aid: This weekly blog posting will help you get over the hurdles you face while trying to write.

ICL Chat: This weekly online chat can provide you with plenty of inspiration for your writing. Though the group is specifically for children’s writers, including MG and YA, all writers are welcome to join. Teen writers will fit right in, as you are also the target audience for many participants, and your input would be very welcomed.

Writer’s Digest.com: An all-in-one website for writing tips and tools, a community of writers you can join, and plenty of resources.

These websites should get you started if you find yourself a little rusty. So find yourself a nice quiet spot to work, such as your room or the library, and enjoy three glorious months of writing what you want to write!

Happy writing!

Andrea Buginsky is the author of :
"The Chosen," a YA fantasy; and "My Open Heart," an autobiography for adolescents growing up with heart disease or other chronic illnesses.

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