Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kindle-ready zombie book

One good thing today, aside from the agent letter, is that I've finally had The Big Idea for the next book that makes it possible for me to start writing in earnest. I'm setting the whole thing in Baltimore around 1900. What was missing from my original concept was machinery: the turning of immense iron gears, the clanking of man-sized pistons, chains dripping black oil, and the sounds of metal against metal like locomotive engines mating. Also, zombies! The subject line is the working title of the work-in-progress. I think it's Amazon-friendly.

I may re-think the zombies, but the Baltimore-in-1900 setting is certain.

6 comments:

  1. It's great when something just clicks into place. I started my next book a few weeks ago, but I don't feel connected to it yet. I'm just trying to keep writing until I stumble on a scene or a character that feels right. With my first book, I think I was working on three different stories at the same time and only one kept holding my interest.

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  2. Zombies good! But, you know, I'm no Jane Austen so I might have to give them up. I am surprised to find that there is a huge zombie sub-genre of horror fiction. I have mixed feelings about that.

    I'd been kicking around ideas for the new book for some time now. I had my protagonist, my antagonist(s), the supporting cast, the basic plot, the themes I wanted, a good idea of the ending and a whole lot of the structure, but still I wasn't excited enough about the tale to actually sit and write it. I had it set in modern times at a high-tech firm in Denver, which is where I was living when I first got the idea for the story, about 13 years ago. I don't know where the impulse to move it back 100 years and put it in Baltimore (city of my youth) came from, but suddenly the story has come alive in my mind, and I'm happy that I'm coming up with even better ideas for the book now.

    Possibly I don't like writing about contemporary life, which thought could trouble me if I were to dwell on it.

    Anyway, I think I can safely say that the new book looks to be a sort of cross between Upton Sinclair, Charles Dickens and John Milton. Which tells you nothing, basically.

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  3. "Anyway, I think I can safely say that the new book looks to be a sort of cross between Upton Sinclair, Charles Dickens and John Milton. Which tells you nothing, basically."

    Indeed. Ha ha.

    At least the story has gained new life...similar to a zombie, eh?

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  4. I can't imagine the connection between the zombies and Baltimore. Perhaps you could write something new.

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  5. Zawir,

    Have you been to Baltimore? I can't understand the connection between that fair city and the zombies either, but they're still there anyway!

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