Roms, Bombs & Zoms

Ah, it is finally official for a paperback edition of Roms, Bombs & Zoms $13.26 a piece. The kindle edition is $3.99 in cost.

When hearts rot, fuses ignite. Super geek gets the girl, a righteous preacher and his undead wife, fantastical zombies, the tantric art of zubbing, mindless hive workers, and traditional flesh eating walkers, this anthology has a bit of everything. Our twisted tales pull you into the darkest of darks, where hope is lost, and sustaining life is no simple feat. Twenty-one authors congealed romance, bombs, and zombies into stories that are diverse, witty, and occasionally gut-wrenching. Travel through time to walk in alternate histories, visit magical realms, and face down pestilence that will literally rot your insides. This collection is sure to warm your cold, dead, heart. Stories by Ken MacGregor, Patrick D’Orazio, Randy Henderson, and Kriscinda Lee Everitt, among others.
(*cough* Kris Freestone, moi)

It contains my piece From Safety to Where. I’m pretty sure I’ll start working + pondering the rest of the heroine’s fate from the short story.

And it is time to escape to get something productive done…

Meet Your Evil Girlfriend: Kris Freestone

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Attended the official facebook chat for Evil Girlfriend Media, which had a long series of questions + decided to put my answers to good use.

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Q: What inspired your story?

A: As for what inspired ‘From Safety to Where’…I was in a very very very dark place. I was reeling from being hurt by someone I thought I could trust as a friend + let someone too close. There’s a lot of surprisingly personal details in the story. I wanted to tackle the age old forbidden interest, tie in the Russian mafia + set it i n a strip club to make it exciting. Then I drank a lot of wine + threw myself into it completely. I unleashed some personal demons, offed characters who were the mirror image of those who had hurt me + ran w/ it.

In my piece, it’s not strong romance, it’s subtle. I like the unrequited, complicated + forbidden. It might have needed to be more obvious but I like where I left it.

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Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m a restless soul who moves too much + am creative by nature. I’m an artist + author, only recently broke into art being printed in a book too. Otherwise when I’ve got writer’s block, as I do now, I sink my teeth into art. All sorts of mediums are what I like; oil pastels, coloured pencils, watercolour, chalk, pencil, charcoal – you name it. Overall I’m just an creative + eccentric artist.

I’ve been writing for sixteen years. I mostly was a bookworm + Clive Barker was my first true horror author. I wrote mainly for myself, shared w/ friends, wrote under a pen name I won’t share + constantly try to teach myself new skills. It wasn’t til a year + a half ago I entered the horror field truly despite reading it a lot.

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Q: Hasn’t the genre jumped the shark, reached critical mass, and exploded like a pair of 5.56’s to the brain pan, yet? If not what do YOU being to the genre that is exciting and fresh?

A: Nah, zombies haven’t jumped the shark. Something new + different each day. Keeping the humanity in writing zombie fiction is the key.

I really wasn’t into zombies at all until a good friend of mine nudged me into watching the original Dawn of the Dead. Then I started thinking. Zombie fiction, at it’s core + if it’s done properly is really about humanity, loss + consumerism. It’s a very strangely dark thing.It’s not just about the horror or the dead attacking.

Zombie fiction is about pushing humans to their limitations + seeing what they will do in a situation. That is how I view it. I like seeing the psychological effects. Possibilities are endless.

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Q: What was the most difficult part about starting a book if you already have an idea in your head? How do you move forward?

A: The most difficult part isn’t getting an idea or starting a book. It’s usuall deciding where it will lead to + how the loose ends will be tied up.

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Q: What’s the STRANGEST book you’ve ever read?

A: House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski.

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Q: how do YOU break through writer’s block? Also, when you write… do you just write everything out? Or do you chart, map, etc. your ideas and string them together later.?

A: Wine. I’ll be nice + let into a good secret. Skip ahead. Sometimes I’ll write scenes in chunks or all over the place + string it together. It really is my secret. I get stuck + move on. It’s like a pile of flash fiction w/ different titles, but it’s all really one novel in pieces.

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Q: Why don’t you tell us about your writing process?

A: My writing process involves absolutely no outlines b/c I have never been able to do them very well. It involves a little bit or a lot of wine, dragging up demons + personal situations. Mostly I play a get to know you on my characters + fill out a Q+A for them in their voice that is fifteen pages long by the time it’s done. Then I let the character I’m exploring drag me along. And no, I’m not schizophrenic. It gets me in trouble when my character clams up.

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Q: I’ve heard of a lot of writers who like to write with wine, is this a common writing process?

A: Maybe it has something to do w/ dragging inner demons out? Or maybe it’s to relax enough to be creative enough. I’m not sure. I wish I could say that alcohol doesn’t help when you’re blocked, but it does. It also helps to write w/ instrumental music that fits the piece you’re writing. I see I am the opposite w/ others using coffee. I am able to write sober though! And now I sound like an alcoholic.

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Q: Is there room for humor in end-of the-world lit or is it serious business?

A: There always has to be humour! It’s even better when it’s dare humour or simply a commentary from a character in the story.

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Q: What does your zombie track consist of?

A: Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts album + a variety of soundtrack music fine tuned on a playlist.

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Q: What would be your weapon of choice and where would you hole up for the apocalypse?

A: My current apartment is best as the windows are ghetto + painted shut. The glass is very thick too. Unfortunately it’s a small walk to a a shopping district. I’d board up the windows first though w/ a small section able to see through + put a piece of tape over. A machete is best for close contact, but I’d rather not be that close to a zombie. I think better for close contact is a dagger to pierce through the temple + to the brain.

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Q: What is your ideal apocalypse meal?

A: Best meal…anything canned, nothing frozen as I’m sure it’s gross w/o power…ugh, time for me to start a garden in case of an apocalypse for me! I’m going to fall victim to what would happen to be in an apocalypse if I don’t eat. Stress makes me have to force down food, apocalypse = ultimate stress.

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Q: Who is your favourite zombie author?

A: I’m enjoying Dani Fredsti + Rhiannon Frater lately when it comes to zombie authors.

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Q: Which kind of zombies are in your stories, fast-moving, or slow?

A: Depends on the stage of the zombie’s depletion. I use common sense on this one; it depends upon how long they have been dead or rotting. The newer ones can move quickly, but at human pace + it also depends on their muscle mass. The slower ones are the older ones that have been rotting longer.

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Q: How do you feel about gore in your work? Do you like to describe ooey gooey entrails or do you like your work to be a little more delicate. If there’s a middle ground, lets hear about it.

A: I love gore to a certain extent. In a strange way it can be described beautifully in a horrific manner. Middle ground is best for that reason. There’s a ‘delicate’ balance in that I think.

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Q: There is a lot to writing a short story and to some it comes naturally while books are a huge investment in time and effort. Which do you prefer to write, short stories or sweeping novels?

A: It took me a long time to get adjusted to short stories. I do prefer writing longer sweeping novels, although I haven’t written one in years since making the switch. I like being able to develop the characters better + their relationships.

Feed the Zombies: An all you can read feast

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Why wait until Turkey day? For one day, Wednesday, November 27th, you will be able to gorge yourself on zombie ebooks by your favorite authors for only .99 each. Join us for this fun filled event where you will be able to stop in and ask authors anything you can think of.

First Activation – D. A. Wearmouth
Autumn: The Human Condition – David Moody
Last Bastion of the Living – Rhiannon Frater
The Infection – Craig DiLouie
Domain of the Dead- Iain McKinnon
Downfall and Betrayal – Michael S Gardner
The Forgotten – Jackie Druga
Six Feet From Hell: Crisis – Joseph A. Coley
Game of Straws Origins – SB Knight
Beyond the Barriers – Tim W. Long
Fish to Die For (666 Fish) – Keith Milstead
The Undead Situation – Eloise J. Knapp
Roms, Bombs & Zoms – Katie Cord (Evil Girlfriend Media)
Epic Apocalypse – Apocalyptic Box Set ($1.99) James Cook, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser, and Mark Tufo.

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I will be joining in the question + answer segment for Evil Girlfriend Media. Kind of excited for this as I love a few of these authors. This will be the second question + answer I will be participating in. I did one last week. It was kind of fun to answer questions, give feedback to others.

It surprised me to hear someone pin point my contribution to Roms, Bombs & Zoms as the piece that kept them wondering. I’m contemplating continuing Ava’s journey. Feel quite flattered.

A better entry to follow.

Announcement on my main piece.

a brief flicker of light amidst an ocean of darkness…

Drinking > Diet Coke
Watching > Family Guy

Officially waiting on two short stories on whether they were rejected or accepted. I sincerely hate the waiting game when it comes to this.

Roms, Bombs + Zoms was officially released on November 1, 2013. Still absolutely make the video for my excerpt. I did find this nifty little image w/ an small excerpt from my piece in print/ebook. Not sure when it is in print yet.

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You can find my piece in Roms, Bombs and Zoms on amazon kindle. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the print release date.

In other news, I came up w/ an amalgamation for writing + illustration. It might take me a few months to make it more concrete though. Excited for this b/c it could get me somewhere. Resumed work on Just Like Honey, but the the ideas aren’t quite flowing there. Editing, shaping what I have are all I can do for now. Issue is that there’s already been interest from a publisher, but life has heavily gotten in the way. I am hoping that this move will have a good effect on me.

GH Lulu frustratedI am not participating in NaNoWriMo 2013 b/c of all the life changes. I just moved to Dallas, Texas + am looking for a new job.  Instead of NaNoWriMo, I have resumed work on Neverland + am turning it into a novella. I was unable to complete it as a short story b/c it left too much unsaid + unwritten.

For future notice to those who think they’ll get some followers by leaving rude comments on my entries; it won’t work b/c I have the ability to reject any comment I please. I just mostly laugh + think about what an ass they are.

Maybe some photos of my unworthy artwork I’ve been producing. Mostly sketches, watercolour + etc. Nothing I’m impressed w/.

Time to draw, then work on Neverland.

Man of Steel: Film Review

MOS02When a close friend of mine said that the new Superman film was actually good, I found myself a little floored. This came from one of the pickiest people I have come across. I didn’t bother w/ asking him what he thought of the original films, since I could easily gauge what his reaction might be.  With this being said, I set out to see the film w/in the next few weeks + eventually went w/ my youngest sister.

I grew up watching the original films thanks to my mum + as campy as the might seem now, I still love them. They’re truly in their own field + era. Then again, I’m a little strange + actually enjoy the original Clash of the Titans to this day.

Previous endeavors on the Superman franchise left me disheartened + I’ll admit I didn’t even bother w/ the ones beyond the originals. I took one look at the trailers + decided to not waste my time. It turned out I was right to. I was very surprised that I completely, thoroughly enjoyed Man of Steel.

MOSlaneAmy Adams went onto an late night show to talk about the new Superman film + I rolled my eyes, as this was before my friend encouraged me to see it. I absolutely adore Amy Adams, but I couldn’t quite see her in the role of Lois Lane. It wasn’t even that I was ever into Lois + Clark or Smallville either. She was surprisingly one of the best things about the film. Lois Lane was suddenly brave, daring + adventurous. She playing the damsel in distress. I only saw her fall from the sky once, only to be rescued, but she wasn’t crying out for Clark Kent/Superman. She is by far the most impressively written + acted Lois Lane I have ever seen. The romance wasn’t overkill either. You could see the bonding, the restraint + there wasn’t even a single kiss up until the end.

My sister + I walked into the movie theater not knowing who had produced the film or the actors/actresses involved w/ it; Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne + Russel Crowe. I was very very pleased w/ the casting in the film. It was like a dream cast. I felt the emotions eluding from Costner + Lane, it was beyond words. I hadn’t seen a better set of parents for Clark Kent or the impact both had on him in any of the previous films.

henry cavillHenry Cavill did an amazing job as Clark Kent/Superman. I was surprised to find myself pleased w/ him being selected as the main role. Perfect.

Overall, the film was amazing + only one thing was overdone. I have a love for action movies, but the final action scene dragged out for far too long. It was fine going on for two to three minutes, though when it stretched out for longer, both my sister + I were rolling our eyes. Will I see the next film in the series?

YES! Five stars, amazing cast, well written + no complaints aside from the overdone final action scene. Highly recommended.

Roadblock?

drawDidn’t read everything in the details for Wicked Belles, but checking up on if it is essential that the character art + four sequential pages are done. Yes, I’m entirely capable of doing my own artwork, but it’s more of a matter of not having the time at all to do it on top of working w/ a deadline on End of All Days. 

The issue of it? As stated above, I am capable, but I am an extreme perfectionist + it’s the prime reason I haven’t launched my own comic book series for the script I’ve written years ago. I’m alright w/ doing character art + sketches, but beyond that I am not game. The only other thing I would willingly + happily do is cover art every once in a while. I won’t know until later on this, once I get an email reply.

I sincerely do not have the time to tackle an entire 20-40 pages of a comic book w/ art + all in addition to the main thing I want. End of All Days needs to make it into the Clive Barker tribute anthology. I want it more than I can express.

HARDCOVER!

It is a huge goal of mine to get into this anthology as it is not only a tribute to the author who happened to be the very first I read in the horror genre, but also it is hardcover. It is something that will be carried in bookstores.

Alas…sleep is necessary or I will burn out. I know this, as I must work for several hours tomorrow, starting in a mere few hours + need to rest my swollen fingers. So ready to be over this inflammation.

 

(IMAGE: General Hospital)

The Anxious Author

fiddleFinally received my copy of Cabal to get into the mode of working on End of All Days. I really need it to submerge myself into the concept of ‘monsters’ as it isn’t what I usually read or watch. The only ‘monsters’ I’m very familiar w/ in media are in crime dramas + horror movies. Monsters were never my sort of thing before, so it is definitely new grounds I am breaking. If someone told me I would go on to write about zombies a few years ago, I’d have been in disbelief + laughed terribly hard. Maybe it is the same for monsters? Besides, I need to branch out further in the horror field.

tumblr_molvht1zfi1s7gnr1o1_400It’s been a little too tough to even concentrate on reading w/ the stress of work. If it wasn’t such a roller coaster, things wouldn’t be quite so bad. Taking some St John’s Wart pills have helped balance my anxiety quite a bit, but not really enough. It’s still tough coming to grips w/ serious anxiety + something I am not adjusting well to; especially the restrictions placed on caffeine. It’s been half a year since it first became serious + I know I should be adjusted to it by now. Being on a prescription for nearly two months did help, then I cut myself off of the prescription as I don’t like medication. It pushed the extreme symptoms away + those haven’t risen again. For the most part there’s some chest pain + panicking when at work for the most part. Wanting to start yoga again on days off. I haven’t b/c I’m usually far too worn at the end of a work day. It used to do wonders.

In other news, I’m ready to destroy the printer/scanner, as I have been unable to figure out how to get the scanner working for weeks now. I’ve also successfully made it so I cannot even print off of the damn thing. Everyone else on the network can besides me since I’ve begun trying to figure out how to get the scanner to work. I really need it to work to scan in my artwork, update my sketchbook + try to get some work done as an artist. I did remember that my piece in Shifters isn’t my main debut as I had my design win a t-shirt contest w/ a successful band + it was printed on shirts for a few years. Besides that, nothing in a a long time, but that was my true debut.

wooshSo yes, nothing terribly exciting, but I realize I need to start blogging more often. Plus I’ve been cruising the internet for fitting gif images. Hopefully I get some reading done tomorrow, put in some writing time + get the evil scanner running.

XO.

(IMAGES: How to Steal a Million, VEEP + Alice in Wonderland)

Ice Queen in Bubblewrap?

tumblr_inline_mpu689oh4W1qz4rgpThere’s two types of people in the world; those who love to be close to people + those who prefer their bubble of space. Those who are close to people have absolutely no respect for the bubble of those in the opposite realm. It isn’t their fault as they’re blind to how uncomfortable it makes the other person, but it’s obnoxious all the same. They press too close to those who love their bubble of personal space too.

It should be blatantly obvious that I fall into the category of a bubblewrap girl. I have absolutely no issues w/ hugging family members + friends that have been very close to me for years. Sometimes a hug from someone very dear to me will uplift my day completely, but that list is extremely short. I never mind hugging children either. It’s been driving me up the wall lately when people get less than a foot away from my face, brush close to my shoulder or practically push me into a corner.

huggingThe touchy type tend to hug on instinct + it makes me nearly crawl out of my skin. I do not like to hug in greeting + upon saying goodbye unless it is someone I won’t see for a long time. Then I actually like to hug. The two friends I left behind in Utah I do not mind hugging at all, but then again I have known both of them for years. 

It was a strange thing when a mostly absent + distant friend crashed at my place w/ his friends. He came out of the van + hugged me instantly. I’d never hugged this friend before, but now the few times I do see him I look forward to the traditional greeting + goodbye hugs. Again, a rare exception.

This isn’t why I have a lack of social life these days. I do have what I consider to be a social life as all of my friends live distances away. One of my best friends, Krystin, is someone I met during my roughest days while living in Texas. I adore her to death + we both try to Skype at least once a week (if not more). There’s loads of other friends who like to Skype too, text or try to catch up somehow.

tumblr_mqbfu7oWDw1s729mdo3_250My boss asked me today if I do anything outside of the house + I found myself shrugging. I explained that what little free time I have is spent working on crafts, art or writing. I didn’t really go in depth into my writing as I’ve been trying really hard to keep personal matters away from work. Also mentioned how I’m trying to learn the ukulele so I can play a song as an apology of sorts to a very dear friend of mine.

The fact is that I do not notice that I don’t have much of a social life, as it is something that I personally choose. I am taking writing very seriously, crafting is my outlet + way of unwinding too. It’s something I can sit + do while socializing w/ my family. Mum is one of my best friends + I hang out w/ her whenever I have free time too. I don’t see anything wrong w/ it. We talk idly, catch up on our favorite soap opera, she gives me story ideas or tells me about interesting things she saw on television that might inspire me. Next week we’re hitting the movies to see Red 2 together since dad doesn’t care for the movie series anyways.

Being social in Colorado leads to one of two vices; alcohol or weed. I am fine w/ having the occasional beer, but try not to go beyond that + do not tend to go near hard liquor as of the past few years. There’s a deep history w/ greenery + I’m just simply staying away from it, even though it’s legal in this state. Writing is something that keeps me on the straight + narrow. It is something that I am working hard towards + it is my future.

I think very few realize how seriously I take it.

(GIF images: Cristina Scabbia, Toddlers + Tiaras, Cristina Scabbia)