Here’s the trailer that’s got me pumped: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Anyone who’s followed me for any length of time knows that my obsession with the post-apocalypse began decades ago with Wasteland and Mad Max. When the announcement that Fury Road was underway, I grew unbelievably excited. Then that excitement waned when there were all kinds of setbacks, talks about it being done as anime (yeep!!!) and eventually it faded back into obscurity, and a near non-existence in my brain.

Until now. Wow.

I’d heard Tom Hardy was taking the role of Max, and I reacted with my customary “meh.” Then I saw the trailer and the poster and couldn’t be happier that they are keeping Max’s signature look. Charlize Theron’s character appears to be the “victim” of George Miller’s insistence that someone sport a medical prosthesis, with her robo-hand, and of course the customary reappearance of a previous cast member in a different role made me chuckle.*

This marks a very rare event for me personally, as I have been extremely underwhelmed by movies in general, but I’m actually excited to see this one, despite the silly girls in virginal white. One friend remarked he hopes he doesn’t see any asses hanging out of chaps, though. My thought is that it’s going to get much, much weirder than that.

But… It’s about time. The Zombie Apocalypse has worn thinner than a cotton t- shirt on a fifty-year old carcass. Time for Max to get back out there and kick some ass.

If you’re a fan of post-apoc fiction, tired of the zombies, check out Umbra: A Post-Apocalyptic Mystery. Already available for Kindle and coming soon to other platforms near you. I promise, no zombies.

*They are:
Max Fairchild as Benno Swaisey (MM) then Broken Victim (TRW)

Bruce Spence as The Gyro Captain (TRW) then Jedediah the Pilot (MMBT) (although there have been long-standing debates that he IS the same character, and some inconsistencies in his behavior keep that debate alive).

Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Toecutter (MM) and now Immortan Joe (MMFR)

Short post here.

Working on The Adventures of Ennid the Havoc: Belly of the Beast. I anticipate unleashing the Beast early next month. I’m also trying to run it through the Smashwords wringer in order to release it to as many platforms as possible for all of my readers.

Back to the keyboard…

So I recently had the question posed regarding my inspiration. Now I could take the shortcut and say that so many things inspire me that I can’t list them all. This is partially true – one, because if I sat and listed all those things, I would be wasting time better sort writing and two, I do mind-mapping when looking for ideas, and it hardy looks like a list by the time I’m done with it. Heck, sometimes it doesn’t seem useful at all, the ideas being very disparate ones. Occasionally, though, some of those weird things start tying themselves together in a rather novel (pun intended) fashion. The latest, as an example: (okay, not necessarily the latest, since “he” has been bothering me for a few years) I like fantasy stories, I love Monty Python, I love the video game Diablo (since the first one, and no, I am not a milkmaid), I love MMA. How could these come together? Ennid is how. Years ago I came up with an idea for a Diablo-based story (can’t even call it fan fiction since it never got beyond the idea) but it faltered and fell back into the idea box. Years later, I get hooked on watching UFC (except for Joe Rogan. Cannot stand that guy, and Dana White should just find someone else for Goldberg to flirt with). One if the things I simply love about MMA fights is that, more often than not, I get to witness a brutal, primal beatdown between two alpha males who look like they’re about ready to kill each other, but as soon as it’s over, they shake and hug and congratulate one another. I’d like to believe that all of them are really good guys in and out of the octagon (especially you, Clay Guida!). That inspired me to create a tough guy with a gentle heart who gets himself into trouble more often than not because he isn’t willing to take the easy way out of his problems by bashing heads in. Instead, he’s got to use his brains and heart before his brawn. And, of course, he’s a sucker for a woman in trouble, which is where most of his trouble starts. There’s a lot of story around Ennid to play with, and I think I’m going to have a lot of fun going back to his world from time to time.

Took a brief time off from writing the blog or posting due to the passing of my wonderful grandmother, Ruth V. Stough. I could give you all the cliches about her, that she was kind, gentle, a wonderful grandmotherly woman and such. Sure, she did typical granny things like cooking and baking and yes, she even crocheted (but was never one for knitting, as far as I know). Nanny could be loud and outspoken but she loved every one of us, her extensive line of grandchildren, great/grandchildren and even a couple of great-greats. If anyone enjoyed a wonderful British comedy or mystery, it was my Nanny. And I can’t leave out the Orioles – hell or high water, no matter how well or how badly their season went (or bad deals. I didn’t hear the end about that “traitor” Mike Mussina heading to the Yankees for a very long time). She also instilled in me a very spiritual sense, that God and Jesus aren’t in the motions we go through but in the relationship we have with Them and how we treat others. In light of this blog, and my published works, I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention that my Nanny was the person who, more than anyone else, encouraged my writing and my stories. As I stated in the dedication for one of my anthologies, she remembered more about my stories that I told her than even I did. None if this would be possible without her, in more ways than I can list.

I love you, Nanny, now and always…

I’ve been stumbling around a bit with the choice of my next project. I didn’t have this problem earlier in the year, when I sat down to calculate which projects I wanted to work on, with deadlines and tasks defined. However, I got word of an upcoming class on writing a series offered by Holly Lisle (if you love to write, you should check out her offerings here. Lifechangers. Seriously.), I decided to shuffle my schedule in order to accommodate the stories which I had not entirely fleshed out the concepts and characters. Using her method, I could define all of that around the basic idea floating in my head. I shuffled the projects around to get that particular universe into place, but the class hasn’t been moving fast enough for my schedule, so I decided to take on another project and work simultaneously. I’m hoping it doesn’t mess up the quality. Because of that, my next published project is going to be:

Ennid Cover I Take Final

A novelette revisiting Ennid from the short story “Food For Thought” in the Morsels flash fiction anthology.

He’s going to be around for a little while, as I have an arc of novellas planned for him.

(And, for anyone curious about the project I’m working on alongside Holly’s class, it’s SHARC, space opera military fiction.)

Many people think if this day as just another holiday, one if those “paid time off” days where we get together for a barbecue with the family and take a day to relax. So few of us seem to recall what Memorial Day actually means. For the sake of your freedoms and the ability we have to communicate, I urge you to do a little research on the history and meaning of such a day. As a descendant of military veterans (both long passed) and one of several veterans in my immediate family, please take a moment to honor the memory of those who gave their everything for every last one of us living in this incredible country of the United States of America.

Umbra

Posted: May 3, 2014 in Novels, Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction

Finally gracing the electrons of the Internet it’s… It’s…

(Cue the Monty Python’s Flying Circus Theme*)

Not!

It’s Umbra, several years in the making. Sort of. It officially got an entire re-write this year with some massive edits and some technical tweaking. This story resembles so little of the original draft that I could probably write an entirely new and different story from the original notes.

So here it is, in all its post-Apoc glory.

Hope you enjoy!

I’ll be back this time next week to add a real blogpost, one pertaining to my next project.