Recycling the old: A new story

In the days of booming industry, at the conception of the idea that man could fly, a boy looked beyond the overcast of London and saw honeycomb.  He stared with a slack jaw, the news leaflets in his hand one moment, scattering down the cobblestones the next, falling under-foot of the passers by.  It was faint, yet as he tilted his head to the right, then left, the subtle pattern remained etched in the musty blue sky.  Years could have gone by then, the boy was so transfixed to this celestial window, but a blow behind the head from a stern regular on his tea break brought the boy back down to the bustling street and his job.  He was the cornerstone of news access for many, and so he could not be so completely distracted.  This did not keep his mind from wandering, however, and by the time he went his way home his thoughts churned with images of other-worldly bee creatures with swords and muskets, preparing their diving attack on the unsuspecting Englishmen below.

Despite all these illustrations of eminent war swirling about his head, it took the boy almost twice his usual time to walk home, for he kept his face ever held skyward in the hope a new break in the clouds would bring another glimpse of the honeycomb magic.


True story.  Not exactly, but sort of.  You see, one day while I was cloud-watching (yes people still do that), I could swear I saw a honeycomb pattern in the blue of the sky.  Probably just something with my eyes, which is no surprise at all since I’ve had glasses/contacts since I was 6, but that’s beside the point.  A new doorway to my imagination was opened, and I was off.  I thought what it could be, why it would be there, and I got a little short story in my head for it.  But I never really got it down on paper, just a couple sentences, and it was left behind.  For some reason last night, when work was getting quiet, it popped back in my head, and I realized why I had left it.  It had become a simple feel-good death story, and I hate those kind of stories.  There is no purpose but to give the dead a happy ending, and that was all the story was going to be.  So I’m revamping it like crazy, and this is the start.  I’m hoping to continue with this, although at the moment it is still a side-project.  I will have some new Apocalypse/Anubis updates soon, although I don’t know if it will be an extension of the chapter I gave you all to start with or if it will be a new chapter all together.  I jump a LOT with my novels, which makes progress slower I’m sure, but I can’t help it.  Anyway, short post is short, have to get to work and all that good stuff.  Take a read, thoughts and critique are always appreciated.  Thanks for your support, everyone! Cheers!

~S. Virginia

Regrets and Amends

Okay, once again I know, you all hate my guts.  *extended arms for stoning*

Lets start with the regrets.  I don’t know why I’ve fallen into this non-posting rut.  I think it just happens every couple months, no matter what I’m up to, and it makes me sick.  I need writing buddies to yell at me to write more!  But don’t get too mad, I have been writing, just not blogging it all.  So here is to amends.

My Apocalypse Today!…and Tomorrow! prompt is not going the way I expected.  I have started at least 6 short stories and just cannot get into any of them, mainly because I am realizing that they are actually just novelizations of apocalypse stories I already know.  They are nothing new, and that just seems silly.  So I have a new proposal, which I suggested a couple blogs ago.  I have been reading up on JJ Harkin’s second novel of his Angels of Apocalypse series, Abominations (which you should totally go check out on Amazon), and it has gotten me in the mood not only for the Apocalypse theme, but for novel writing again.  And since I have a very long-running project for an Apocalypse novel already, why not catch up on it?  I am going to attempt (if I can get the gumption and if this post doesn’t jinx my momentum) to get some chapters popped out for that project and see how far I can get.  I have quite a few sections started, but no chapters finished.  As a spur on, I have posted the beginning of the first chapter on Goodreads for your enjoyment.  It is short and sweet, just scene and character description so far, but the action is about to start.  And by action, I mean gods trying to kill each other, so yeah, be ready for that.  I have no title, not even a working title, for this story yet.  I do, however, have a commissioned illustration, which I posted quite a while back, but thought I’d share again with you all.

The first chapter does not include sweet little Aisha, but Anubis is all over it.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback people are willing to give me on my narration style for this one.  It is simple 3rd person om, and I really enjoy the voice I’ve put into it, but if no one else likes it there’s no point in continuing with it.  So please, as always, read and comment either on Goodreads or here.  I will post any updates on the book here if anyone is following and wants to know.  Thanks again everyone, and sorry again for all the quietness.  Cheers to all!


~S. Virginia

Something quick before my life continues on its downward spiral

Hey all!  I am terribly sorry for no stories on my Apocalypse! train.  I’m going to try and pump out all that I’ve missed (working on a weekly schedule, not daily, or else I’d have to kill myself a little.)  Life has been slapping me so many pucks to the face that I can’t stand straight, but I will be back asap.  For now I’ll have to hold back because I have no phone and no interwebz on my good computer, so this is just a quick sorry and let you all know I’m not dead (yet). 😉  Keep your eyes peeled, or open, whichever is more comfortable for you, and I’ll be spamming you with apocalyptic goodness soon enough.  Until then cheers to all and to all a good day! ‘Cause, you know, Christmas isn’t for a while yet. 😛

I found another writing challenge lover! This time it’s Dietrich Stogner, and I’m thinking he has a better idea about what time frame to give himself. I like the idea of going for publish-quality, especially if I can put them all together in one collection at the end, depending on how many actually turn out reasonably good. So let’s give Dietrich some support and see if I can’t keep up with him in my own Apocalypse writing project for the year.
Speaking of which, sorry I haven’t gotten anything out to you all yet. The day after I made my Apocalypse post, my world started to freak out. I haven’t had the time to think about writing, let alone actually write. Hopefully in the next couple days things will chill out. Until then! Cheers!

~S. Virginia Gray

Dietrich Stogner

2011 was an amazing year for me.  I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and successfully published my first book.  When I rang in the New Year, it was with a fair amount of confidence that 2012 would be a banner year as well.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate with our ideal scenarios. I began my job hunt optimistically, but that optimism quickly began to fade after January flowed into February, and I saw President’s Day and Easter disappear in the rearview mirror.  I was in a special void, where I was either told that I didn’t have enough experience, or that I was overqualified.  My enthusiasm faded as my desperation grew.

Set against the background of my job hunt was my writing.  While 72 Hours didn’t burn up the sales charts, it was well received, and I still feel that it’s just the beginning of what I would…

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Inching out on the limb…OF THE APOCALYPSE!

Okay, so on my first note, so I don’t forget to say, I will not be releasing my short story to you all just yet.  Not even a sneak peek.  Sorry guys!  But the risk of judges accidentally finding my blog and reading it is too great in the wide world of webspace.  SO! Instead I will be posting a really long section for String Warping for Homosexuals, which will not hold to the usual flash fiction style.  You’ll actually get a look at Luke and Rog for more than 200 word-seconds! YAY!

And now to the title of this blog, which I’m sure you all are spitting at me for, either because you think it’s going to happen and your paranoid/terrified or you don’t think it’s going to happen but you think I do and you are mad that I could be so gullible as to believe it.  As for that, no I don’t think it’s going to happen, but the lolz will ensue heartily, let me tell you.  No, but I can have some fun with the concept, can’t I?  I’ve been wondering what my next small project would be, since my time travel work is finished (for now).  As a result, I come to you with a proposition.

I’m going to start a project: Apocalypse Today!…and Tomorrow!  (working title; I know it’s weird, it’s off the cuff lol)  This is going to be just as the title suggests.  I am going to write a story, mostly like flash fiction style, every day.  Each story will be a reflection of the last day, December 20th, 2012.  It may be some people partying til they puke, or people huddled in a basement in terror. (SPOILERS!)  Every day will be new characters, new stories, and tons of fun.  Sometimes I may have a longer story going at the same time, possibly as a weekend special, but only from time to time.  It will be a fun exercise and will keep me writing and you reading! 😀

In fact, I’d even like to make this a challenge for all you writers out there following.  Let’s make this a big project, maybe even compile a collection of our best pieces for publication.  Share the Apocalypse Today!.. and Tomorrow! idea on your own blogs, share on Twitter and whatnot.  It doesn’t have to be once a day, although I’m going to attempt holding to that.  It could be one short story a week, or even poems instead of stories.  I may take that up myself.  Point being, this can be a great writing exercise for the masses and I think it could really kick off!  Now I’m not on a story yet.  I may wait a couple days to see who else may be interested.  But rest assured this project will happen.  For all I know I’ll have a brain ‘splody and write a story for you tonight!  This will also be a new Category (to your right), so you can see what my progress is doing.  Each story will be numbered and titled.

So get ready for some wacky stories and prep yourselves to write some too!  Let me know what you think of this idea or other stipulations I could include.  If you have an idea for an pre-apocalypse story but don’t really want to write it, tell me details and I’ll write it for you! (with credit to you, of course)  I’m really pumped to try this out and see what interest we can get on this.  Be comment crazy!  I want to know what you think!  And cheers everyone!


~S. Virginia Gray