ENDURE HAS BEGUN


A few years back, after I'd completed my first book, Holliday's Gold, I tried my hand at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I both won, and lost.

I won because I was successfully able to write 50,000 words in the month of November that year.

I lost in that I never finished the book I'd started and it has sat on various drives for those few years, unfinished, and forgotten.

It was a zombie tale in which two best friends and coworkers from Kansas are on a business trip in North Caroline when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. One is single, the other is married with children.

That was the premise. The zombies come a-chomping, and the two friends have to not only survive, but travel the thousand or so miles from North Carolina to Kansas so the one can get back to his family.

I wrote and I wrote and had something I felt was pretty dang good when I stalled out and began to spin my wheels as the friends fought their way through the zombie-choked streets of Winston-Salem.

It was then that I skipped ahead and took one of those two friends to see what he might be up to a few days later.

He was alone and in the wilderness.

How did the two friends get get separated?

Would the two ever find each other again?

Would they both make it back to Kansas?

Well, I never did answer those questions.

What I did, however, was stumble upon something that got me quite excited. And though it was something that wasn't new to the zombie genre, it was something I'd only personally seen used once. And even then I never felt it was used to its fullest potential. But then, I'm not as steeped in zombie lore as others.

Yet, I walked away from it to work on other things.

Just recently I came across it again and I read through it. As I did so I found that while I enjoyed a lot of it, there was still quite a bit there that was lacking.

That got my brain working and I put a couple of pieces together and thought I'd give the tale another go.

But this time, I'd do something I hadn't done before. Well, not quite.

This time, I'd serialize it for free on the web.

Like a web comic, but without the pictures.

I'd done something similar to this when I'd written Holliday's Gold. I just posted it here on the site as I wrote it. I'd started with two to three hundred word posts and finished with 1,500 word posts.

That's not what I wanted to do with Endure.

Oh yeah, it's called Endure.

See, with a web comic, you get one to two strips or pages a week. Each strip or page takes you about one to two minutes to read.

So, with Endure, I'm shooting for about 500 words per installment, twice a week.

You won't get much out of each installment by themselves, but it also won't cost you must time to keep up each week. Because that's the goal, to have people reading every week.

And as you keep up, as you fall into the story, well, that's where the magic will happen.

I hope.

So, there are three installments up right now. Three installments that shouldn't take you more than ten minutes to get through.

So go on, check them out. Then keep coming back and enjoy the ride. Because I have no idea how I'm going to end this thing. I'm just going to keep writing and see what happens.

At the least, I'll get a book out of it. At the most, I'll get a series of books and a story that unfolds each week for years.

You can start by clicking the Endure banner above, or click this link right here.

Enjoy.

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