Armageddon It! (or my way of getting attention)

I recently noticed a spike in the number of hits I received on my blog. Great, right? Well, kind of. For awhile I enjoyed watching my stats increase week after week for the last couple months. I figured I blogged some really good content other writers were checking out. Turns out that’s not quite the case. I checked out my blog stats and a post from January has been doing most of the heavy lifting.

Seems people love Armageddon more than I do. I guess in the world of Google, Armageddon must be a sought after topic. Cool for me but not for my writing. The post reviewed Armageddon week on the History channel. I like to indulge in occasional apocalyptic entertainment and felt the History channel presenting some decent programming.

This blogs primarily tracks my effort as a writer striving to get published, but I also want to share what interests me. Folks should also get to know my tastes for fiction and what inspires me to write.

As my wife has learned, I like post-apocalyptic fiction (tv, movies, books, music). In most stories I write I try to integrate that setting in some fashion. While it’s fun to imagine a Mad Max type world of survival, it’s far removed from reality. Maybe that’s why I like it – it’s far from my what my real life is like that it’s a true escape.

Lately, I’ve been piecing ideas of what my next novel will be about. I want to jump into a world where the modern life is no more and survival is paramount. Anarchy rules the country, and people set off to fight for land and resources. Yet I’m drifting from that. The world  I’m building is actually alive and kicking. Fully functioning and moving forward, if you will. What I’m exciting about is taking my characters away from their go forward world and placing them in a setting where progress stopped. Imagine if life as we know in 2010 stopped? Progress came to a halt yet the rest of the world moved on. If I had to go back to that world that stopped. what would that be like? That’s the type of Armageddon I’m imagining at this point. I like what I’m flushing out. Wish me luck.

Nothing new but something fun

Not a whole to report on the finding-an-agent front. I still have a partial with an agent who told me she’d have a decision in March, but came back that it would be May before I learn anything else. I’m not holding my breath on this agent. I imagine there a lot of other people in line with me. So I’ve continued to query other agents with no results.

I’ve also started contacting small publishing houses  that will work with authors directly. Sometimes I think my novel might not be mainstream enough for the masses, or maybe I’ve in out in the cold for too long. The search continues as I’m still focused on doing something with my book.

I also have a short story I’ll be editing soon. As of right now, I’m letting the story”breath”. It’s over month since I wrote it. I’m hoping a fresh set of eyes will lead me to some kind of profound revision that makes it sharp. Then, I’ll either have my wife or a friend take look. I still think it’s important to rack up writing credits so I’m relevant in the market. I’ve thought about starting another novel but I’m still determined to get the first published. I’m not ready to quit just yet. Waiting’s the hardest part – I’ve invested a lot of sweat and time equity so I’m not about to give in and move on.

The best part of this post is the news about my Butler Bulldogs. While they didn’t win it all, it was a heck of run. I’m proud to be a Butler alum, and can’t wait for next season. I was fortunate enough to see the Bulldogs play in January versus Loyola (at Loyola). They won in a close one (much like Monday night’s game). Back then I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the team. Loyola wasn’t that good, and Butler looked soft. Needless to say, it was an off night because they were in the middle of what would become a 25 game winning streak.

Last night they played Duke tough. I’m elated to write that I think Butler will become a powerhouse program of the future. I’m not referring to them as powerhouse mid-major. They beat Syracuse, K-State and Michigan State — they’re for real and no longer a Cinderella.

So while my writing pursuits are stalled, it’s fun to have something like college basketball capture my imagination for a little bit.

Armageddon Week

Last week The History Channel set aside episodes about Hitler, Ax Men, and Pawn Stars to showcase documentaries about how the world will end. “Armageddon Week” was fantastic! I don’t why The History Channel doesn’t do more programming like this? Shows like the “Nostradamus Effect”, “Doomsday 2012”, “After Armageddon”, and my personal favorite “Apocalypse Man”. Now, I know this week was created to buy into the 2012 hype, but I found it refreshing from a science fiction point of view.

Right now, science fiction is diluted with space operas, alternate history, and fantasy. I’ve never really been into any of these genres. As mentioned in early posts, I’m dystopian, end of the world type-of-guy. So when “Armageddon Week” came along, I was psyched. I got more out of the documentaries like “After Armageddon” and “Apocalypse Man” because they were dramatized end of the world scenarios. The others were just recycled tidbits about Easter Island, Nostradamus, and Mayan prophecies. What I liked most about “Apocalypse Man” was the survivalist theme that ran through the show. How to set up a base, acquire information, and convert grease into fuel were just some of the topics covered. The host was a little over the top at some points, but still was fun to watch.

I really get a kick out of this stuff. I know I shouldn’t. God forbid, something catastrophic happen! I’m sure I’d forget all the stuff I learned from “Apocalypse Man” and just hide in basement. However, there is something that attracts me to watching civilization fall apart. Maybe it’s sick or maybe it’s my desire to live a simpler life. The U.S. is becoming a lost place. We’re losing our identity as a nation day by day. It’s still better than any other place I can think of to live, but just watching the news I can’ t help wonder what the future holds. Even with technology that surrounds us today, are we any further advanced? I personally think the technology has dumbed a lot of our society. Talk to any high school kid and you’ll know what I mean. (Although, I’m sure I wasn’t all that articulate at 16 either.)

I don’t believe the world will end in 2012. I do believe there will be a chain of events that will affect the world and change everyone. Some for the good and some for the bad. No one really knows and that’s why The History Channel can run Armageddon Week — suckers like me buy into it…hook, line and sinker.

Now I’m off to try to convince my wife of the coming zombie apocalypse. Good luck surviving!

Later!

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