Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWriMo update - The Seed, by Zebedeerox, is on the blog

This post's just for my followers, really.  Of course, there's nothing stopping you from becoming one, but I'm keeping this post under the radar, so it's unlikely anyone else will pick it up.

The novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo is on the blog, but on a password-protected page (I hope).

The link is here: The Seed, Jerald Larson.

The synopsis and an excerpt, to see if you think you'll like it, is here on my NaNo Profile.

The pictures I'll be putting on the Pinterest board I hope to start tomorrow and do a good couple of hours to start building the board.
That's it - the little grey cells am knackered.

Thanks for listening.


Saturday, 27 October 2012

NaNoWriMo - 'The Seed' synopsis

Okay - you can read this on my NaNoWriMo profile, but for those of you who've not found your way over there yet, here's what this year's National Novel Writing Month story by Zebedeerox is going to be about.

Darren Hicks (a budding reporter and our protagonist) returns from vacation with huge swathes of the fortnight missing from his memory and his skin, if anything, is paler than when he flew out two weeks earlier with his father.Seed Cover

What he puts down to a fever when he gets back sees him return to work later than his allocated vacation. As a punishment, his boss (who takes more than a passing interest in him upon his return) sends him to The Highlands to investigate two random murders, which soon turn out to be related.

As he investigates, flashbacks from his vacation begin to haunt him, lending credence to the whisperings of vampires that several eventual allies start to consider as plausible rather than improbable.

With growing evidence that there is indeed a vampire on the prowl, a police officer - pining for the love of his life taken years ago upon their wedding night in similar circumstances to the current murders - along with Darren and his new-found allies seek to thwart the Nightstalker before a) the true story leaks out and b) to bring closure to the many aspects affecting said merry band of vampire-hunters.

There's a lengthy prologue before the story kicks off for real, whilst Darren's flashbacks escalate alongside the story hinting at what happened in the Canaries; this all leads to...well, let's just say a pretty gory finale.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Billy came - the story so far

I'm going to be away for a week or so from tomorrow, if for no other reason than to give these arthritic old bones a bit of a break from this god-awful British summer and seeing if the latest therapy does the trick, or not.

I know a fair few followers of have already asked me if I'm going to turn Billy came, the short vampire novella (rapidly growing into a fully fledged novel at the behest of the characters, themselves) into a book...the truth is, I simply don't know if it's good enough.  Let alone do I have a clue where Sebastian and Perveen are going to take me next, now that they've been plunged down yet another level below terra firma, only this time under the wing, quite literally, of Vlad Țepeș himself.

Some of you have joined the vampire story half way through or relatively close to the point the tale's at.  When you're online it can be a bit of a pain in the neck to keep flicking from post to post, which in the case of Billy came, equates to from chapter to chapter, especially when you've got other stuff you need to be doing.

Now, I know us bloggers and writers all have extremely busy lives, not only with keeping up with our online presence but also with the stuff we do off-line.  Including life itself.  But if you get the chance, I've uploaded Bill came, the story so far as a .pdf file.  This incorporates all of the first three parts of this tentative toe into the waters of creative writing and the beginning of part four.

If anyone gets the time whilst I'm away to cast an eye over the story (approx 50 pages / almost 25k words) I'd really appreciate some honest feedback.  Am I urinating into the wind or is it worth developing further?

Right - I'll take up no more of your valuable time, only herewith the link:

Billy came - the story so far

Bless you all, and I'll see you in a week, or so.

Thank you so very much,


Friday, 22 June 2012

Billy came 1

Billy Came - a short vampire story

Part One  - The Making of a Vampire

One: He came like the thief in the night

It was strange that he should choose this night of all to call. 'The Longest Day'. A day that would prove to be my eternal night.

summer solstice sunrise over stone henge
Summer Solstice | strange day for a vampire to call…
Thinking back but a few hours, although it seems a lifetime hence, I think he chose last night on a purpose.  According to lore, June 21st should have afforded Billy the least time in the year to carry out his damned courtship and wooing of my immortal soul.

Yes, immortal. It is now, or at least I am of the impression that that's how these things work.

He abides by no law, Billy. That I know. He's bound by neither natural nor ethereal forces. He pays no heed to myths, those written or whispered in the depths of a million nights through the ages that have borne legends of his kind.