Monthly Archives: July 2010

Why Am I Doing This to Myself?

I think most people ask themselves that while they are exercising at some point.  For me, it’s usually when it’s 4:30 am and I am tying my shoes, getting ready to do an hour or so of cardio before work, or when I realize that I need to do 53 consecutive pushups to finish my pushup workout.  Those moments are the hardest, when it is so easy to just walk away, or lie back down, and say: Tomorrow.  I can do it tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry

Chapter 6 Excerpt from The Storm of Anticus: A Zombie Fantasy Novel

See previous excerpts for warnings of poor grammar and writing.

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Kurgen and Turgeson stood at sloppy attention in the barren antechamber in front of what was known as the corporal’s office. They could hear him scribbling away at something at his desk while they stood quietly waiting. The corporal’s page, named Page, smirked insolently at them as he leaned against a wall. The twelve-year-old boy was the insufferable understudy of their commanding officer, and many a night the brothers had drunkenly come up with ways to torture the ever-present smirk off the brat’s face. Read the rest of this entry

Chapter 5 Excerpt from The Siege of Anticus: A Zombie Fantasy Novel

New material time! Again, not edited, probably bad.

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Lieutenant Villios called the troop to a halt at Boulden’s gesture. He told the sergeants to get their troops armored and ready, then moved over to where the commander was looking over the map of Northreach with Herndin. Boulden’s thick-knuckled finger was settled on a spot north of Anticus, labeled in a spidery hand with the name of Brethford.

“That’s it,” the commander said, “first place we’ve reached that the Baron’s boy mentioned as a possibility. We might not find a damn thing, in fact that’s what I‘m hoping for. But I want to be ready for anything.” Read the rest of this entry

Chapter 4 Excerpt from The Siege of Anticus: A Zombie Fantasy Novel

Insert standard disclaimer of no editing here.

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Dam surveyed the wreckage that his home had become. As he’d feared, his slide into the canyon had made it impossible for him to give warning to his fellow villagers in time, and devastation looked complete. The temple had burned, taking the nearby houses with it, and from the quantity of blackened corpses within the smoking ruin, it looked like most of the village had burned inside with it. Read the rest of this entry

Chapter 3 Excerpt from The Siege of Anticus: A Zombie Fantasy Novel

Standard disclaimer: unedited and probably rotten.

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On the far side of the city, a pair of guards in ill-fighting and cracked leather armor studied the dust cloud approaching them. Already the day had become infinitely more interesting than any they’d experienced before, guarding the least-used gate in the entire city. The gate itself was almost never opened during their tenure, since they used the sally port to get to their station outside the city. Indeed, the only time it was opened was when one particular merchant took a wagon out in spring, and came back months later.

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Where I’ve Been

Like Jim Anchower, it’s been a while since I rapped at ya.  There are various reasons for this, not least being the attempt to pull off a NaNoWriMo in July.  Several friends joined me, which was cool, although attrition is beginning to take its toll.  I’m working on the sequel to The Curse of Troius right now, and I’m over 23k words into it.  I’m having fun and liking it, and 50k written (or more) in July will go a long way towards getting me to finish.  It’s tentatively entitled The Siege of Anticus, although I’ve been toying with Northreach Besieged lately.  We’ll see.  I hate trying to make titles for things.

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Chapter 2 Excerpt from The Siege of Anticus: A Zombie Fantasy Novel

As before, this excerpt is heavily unedited. It is a flashback of the aftermath of the attack on Daneswall.

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The flames from the burning town behind Comrick set the planes of his son’s face shifting constantly, giving him the look of a stranger. The old man kept trying to count how many survivors ranged ahead, but the half-panicked and struggling mass ahead of him defied his attempts. Those last moments in the church resurfaced in his mind, over and over, the sacrifice of two men whom he’d come to love sending tears to eyes still stinging from smoke. The desire to honor that heroism kept his legs moving even more than the fear of being caught by the shambling remnants of the horde.

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