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    Spinning My Wheels

    Did you ever feel like no matter how much work you get done, you’re just running a treadmill, never actually accomplishing something where you can say “finished”? After spinning my wheels to make a Merm-8 cover POD book (going through many unnecessary steps for a volume that’s marketed towards one person and one person only), I’ve got to write blog entries, read books, write short stories, get Merm-8 ready for critique, look up all my Internet stuff, work, prepare for Christmas, and then everything else I’ve forgotten to mention. This biggest grinch in my goiter is the ending for Z Company (zombie army story).  I’ve already thought of six possible…

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    The Books I Read: September – October 2010

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett This is an excellent book. It was on everybody’s “Best of” lists for 2009, but I never considered reading it because it wasn’t in my genre. And to be honest, it sounded a little Gone With the Wind for me. But my mom had it and liked it, so I borrowed it. What book is is females with no junky romance (well, a little), no weak women, and lots of Bechdel test successes. This is a book about black housemaids in the 1950’s in the south and their white women employers. The novel takes it from multiple perspectives, and there are good and bad guys, and not everyone…

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    Apocalypse Why?

    As I look through my library, I notice that I have a lot of books that take place in some sort of apocalypse or dystopia. Why? Why do I read books like this? What attracts me to them? I don’t write things that take place in post-apocalyptic scenarios. For some reason I keep coming back to it. 23 books alone in my 200 on LibraryThing are tagged with “apocalypse” and 20 are tagged with “dystopia”. A lot of them involve zombies. Movies too. Lots of stuff like The Road and Carriers. I think it’s because that’s what I’m most scared of–a life-changing apocalyptic event. Something that devastates the world, turns…

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    L4D Monsters

    In Left 4 Dead, many people have brought forth explanations as to why the special infected mutated the way they do. Here’s my theories, and I think you’ll find them derivative. The Boomer – Most people think he started as a fat guy who grew to obese proportions. I think different. I think it’s more likely (and more horrific) if he was a skinny health nut. Always eating the nutri-grain bars, jogging every day, counting every calorie. Staying away from trans fats, carbohydrates, and gluten. You can see his shirt and pants are too small–they’re stretched. Plus he’s wearing sweatpants. While circumstantial, this could mean he was into healthy living.…

  • Left 4 Dead, 2 Rabbits, 9 Badminton Nets, 2 Plungers, 4 Dinosaur Scales, 12 Claw-Gripper Things, and a Chia Pet

    Two weeks ago, I had the weekend to myself. I played some Half-Life 2 mods, like Minerva and Mistake of Pythagoras, but my appetite was whet and couldn’t be sated. I wanted to kill things. Lots of things. Like zombies. Enter Left 4 Dead. Well, enter Left 4 Dead about two years ago – I’m a late adopter. The concept always sounded intriguing to me but A) it had fast “28 Days Later” zombies, which I don’t like and B) wasn’t a game I probably had time for, since it was a collaborative online game. But despite those objections, I just bought it and downloaded it on Steam. (Aside: Steam…