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If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
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I’ve sold a few copies of both of these stories recently, so as we think of frostier days, I thought I might try to give them a quick brief free run. Hoping that maybe either one of these stories will help jump-start the upcoming holidays for you. Enjoy.
A short story about a woman who risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.
5 out of 5 stars: Keeping hope alive.
4 out of 5 stars: Wonderful story of giving and hope.
EXP: A ZOMBIE THANKSGIVING
Dawn stopped at the edge of the parking lot. What she saw in front of her was an apocalyptic nightmare. It was a picture of mass panic frozen in a time of chaos.
The parking lot looked like a war zone–cars burned to metal bodies, cars crashed together, cars turned over, shopping carts everywhere and in all kinds of positions, (food and supplies in these carts long since looted), and bodies, lots and lots of dead bodies. Most of them had been laying out here rotting in the hot sun for far too long, and they were now decayed and gooey, slipping back into the Earth one second at a time.
She closed her eyes, held the gold cross on a chain around her neck, prayed, and then crossed the parking lot.
She stopped when she reached the double doors that led into the grocery store. Sunlight gleamed off what was left of the glass in the frame, shards on the ground twinkled like stars. Two zombies shuffled out of the store, heading in her tasty direction. Dead things. Rotten things. Been walking around for a long time now as a corpse things. A couple of quick pops of her gun and both of them went down hard. Perfect, clean, head shots. Blood splattered ground.
This short story is about three men who risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.
5 out of 5 stars – An Uplifting Tale of Christmas Generosity, in a Time When Helping Others is a Real Challenge.
5 out of 5 stars – I love zombies and I love Christmas ~ A winner!
5 out of 5 stars – A Cute Little Holiday Horror Story.
5 out of 5 stars – In a zombie world, there is a Christmas miracle.
Bold blue skies outside
New day starts with bright sunshine
Strong cup of coffee
Judge slams the gavel
It echoes around the court
Verdict has been reached
Her moment to shine
Basketball court falls silent
Final shot goes swish
Tennis ball bouncing
Across the grassy green court
Back and forth it goes
For more prompts like “court” go here: Haiku Horizons
Light and fluffy clouds
Covering the morning sky
Starting to burn off
A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty-dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it, because in many ways it does.
The fat around his waist was bouncing like it had never bounced before as he tried to keep up with the pace the treadmill was setting.
He was breathing heavy. Sweating like a man on a diet in a doughnut shop. A heart attack was surely on the horizon now, because he knew that he wasn’t supposed to go from couch potato to marathon runner this quick.
He tried to do what most would do in this moment, and that was to scream for help. He went to do this, but he was so winded that he couldn’t even muster a breath, let alone a scream.
He looked down at the dark video screen, and saw something pulsing, trying to push forth, trying to birth itself into this world. A second later, the screen split down the middle and a large tentacle rose up out of it. Bob could see (even though his vision was a bit blurred now) that this tentacle was made up entirely of wires, woven together and braided. At the top of this tentacle, there was a large metallic suction cup with two big lips, and this tentacle looked slimy, slick, all lubed up, ready for some kind of penetration . . .
Parched and dry green leaves
Shifting and changing colors
In the intense heat
Anybody else finished with this hot summer? Drop me a yeah or nay in the comments below to let me know how you feel. I for one will be glad when the cooler days are finally here. Not cold days, just a bit cooler than the blinding heat we’ve had all summer.
A day of preschool
Son, happy and smiling big
Excited first steps
Thick dark clouds stretching
Across the sunny blue sky
Rain is threatening
Climber taking precise steps
Moving up the rock
Moving through the tree
Frog climbing into the leaves
Hoping for escape
Climbing out of bed
Sipping slowly on coffee
Helping me to wake
For more prompts like “climb” go here: Haiku Horizons
Birds are returning
Heat wave (maybe?) almost done
Signs are positive
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I recently posted a list of fifteen writers who have had an influence on my work. One of those writers was Bruce Springsteen. Does he write books? No, but he does write stories. He creates characters and places and moments in his songs that breathe just as well as Jack Torrance or Scout Finch. You’ve lived in his towns. You’ve felt the pain of losing someone close to you and the joy of doing the things you love. He writes about things that have influenced his day-to-day life as well as yours, and he does so effortlessly. Okay, he makes it seem that way, but I’m sure he fights for his words as hard as any of us writers do.
There are plenty of authors who mention the impact of his work in their own. Brian Keene is the big one that comes to mind (he does have a book…
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Pepper black clouds cracked
Revealing the summer sun
A rich deep blue sky
Well, here comes another new cover. I guess you guys are saying – “Stop the madness!” You’ll be happy to know that I think this is the last of them, and it is probably one of the best that I have made myself. I thought I had this cover nailed down already, but when I looked at it I realized there was nothing about cars on it at all just a big red devil face. This one may not have a car on it, but the stop light kind of gives you that vibe. I think so at least. I also used the chrome color in three different spots. Kind of helps to blend it all together. Anyway, enough of that for now. Below are the links to grab your free copy today. If you like this one I have made some covers and put them up for sale. You can check them out here: COVERS FOR SALE.
Thanks again for reading and enjoying my work.
A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits. Ride shotgun if you dare with this short story.
4 out of 5 Stars – Joy for the Reader
Mike held the clutch in and started to rev the engine. The small family of four in the car beside them all turned in a shocked surprise at the noise the Chevelle was making. Mike flipped them off and let go of the clutch. The rear tires spun for a moment; and then the car blasted through the red light, narrowly missing a semi-truck.
Mike looked over at Vin, as the speedometer climbed. “Listen to her sing man. That’s real fucking music!”
“Maybe she can sing, but I want to see her fucking play!”
“Hold onto your ass,” Mike replied, pushing the car through the gears, sending the metal machine flying down the road at a blinding breakneck speed.
The Chevelle rushed up onto the interstate, and the speed of the car kept climbing.
Mike moved, bobbed and weaved the car through traffic, tires screeching with each move, as fast heavy metal music blasted. They were flying by the seat of their youth and loving every minute of it.
Then it happened.
It happened quickly.
Gloomy grey morning
Sky filled with ashy white clouds
Hiding summer rays
Are you stuck inside?
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What does happen to these two guys when they crank that engine?
Bright slanting sunlight
Laying across the green leaves
A soft wind blowing
Hot and muggy humid air
Stirred by its movement
Kids are waking up
I pour coffee down my throat
Caffeine starts my day
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