“The Dragonfly Story” by @AlexChaseWriter @CoffinHop 2013


Hello Travelers,

I wrote this… I’ll be honest, I have no idea when I wrote this or what my intention for it was. The piece is unfinished, but I was so enamored with some of what I’ve said here that, if I get enough positive feedback, I’ll be sure to finish it. Luckily, my past self left me one enigmatic hint by saving this as “The Dragonfly Story.” I don’t know what that means, but, enjoy this snippet, Friends.

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Few humans are ever blessed with knowing what a gift their body is. Most only gain such an appreciation after they’ve lost a part of it. I am no exception

If anyone had attempted to tell me how strange my life would become, I would have laughed aloud and called the police to report an escaped mental patient. If I had been told a mere twenty-four hours ago that I would become like this, I would’ve had the same reaction.

My story begins, I suppose, with an event so mundane that it stands in stark and shocking juxtaposition to the details that are to follow. Almost one year ago, I was riding the bus, which usually took me from my apartment to a stop less than a block from my office at Lexington and West, LLC., when it missed a regular turn and meandered into a less savory part of town.

I pulled the cable to signal that I needed to leave only to find that the driver was new and was not aware of what such a signal meant. I approached the driver and explained the situation; he was courteous enough to stop the bus and kick me out while only shouting a few mild expletives at me.

My boss, Joel Lexington, didn’t seem to care that the error wasn’t mine. According to him, the fact that I had only graduated law school a few months prior meant that I was easily replaced. I hung up in the sad, slow manner of one whose only options are to accept defeat graciously or rebel like a child who tries not to sleep. I sighed, knowing how futile it would be to fight to regain my position.

Though I considered myself a local, I had no knowledge of where I was. I escaped the blistering heat of the sun by vanishing into a nearby Starbucks. I took one look at the woman by the counter and forgot my woes.

I do not know if it was love, but I do know I was utterly captivated. She had the eyes of a wolf– smooth and beautiful yet fierce and unrelenting. I couldn’t look away. My heart began to throb erratically as her gaze fell upon me. I prayed that I would die in that instant so that I could say I passed while looking upon the most beautiful sight in the world.

She noticed me and, upon realizing that I’d been entranced by her beauty, smiled. It was a smile of gentle violence, of a complete, actualized nihilism. It was so beautiful, yet so broken. It startled me to find that she was beautiful because she was broken, as if her mistakes and flaws were greater than the virtue and grace of any other being.

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Walk with me from October 24-31 as I post some of my work in honor of Coffin Hop 2013. Some of this is quite old, some of it not–guess which is which, Traveler. Perhaps a right answer will earn a stroke of fortune for you…

For this tour, I’ll be giving away one signed anthology in which a story of mine has been featured. Which anthology is up to the winner. Keep in mind, I reserve the right to award additional gifts as per Coffin Hop rules. Who knows–if I get a lot of hits, you might see a lot of rewards in the future. Be sure to click the badge at the side of my page and visit the other Hoppers!

The Coming Soon Blog Tour


Hello Travelers,

This is coming a bit later than it should’ve, but here I am with my entry for the coming soon blog tour. I could go on about how my wandering ways led me down some paths that were far longer than I expected, but that would only delay this post further. You have my apologies, and more importantly, you have my answers to these questions.

What are you working on right now?

That’s a tricky question, because I do so much at once that it’s hard to say… I’ll list everything, then.

I’m currently in the process of writing my second, currently unnamed, novel.

I’m also dabbling in a semi-autobiographical poetry collection.

And in my spare time, I’m crafting a book of stand-alone short stories that also serve to tell one overarching tale. I’m not sure if this is a unique novel or unique in general, but hey, that’s the way it is.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

My novel will have an equal balance between a male and female lead character. It will also blend science and fantasy (note: this is NOT a science fiction story).

And I think I covered the difference in my previous answer, but my poetry will be wildly experimental and my stories will be equal parts fantasy and realism.

What experiences have influenced you?

Modern psychology and quantum physics are heavy influences in my novel (as they are in my life).

Why do you write what you do?

Because what is life without that carnal drive? The real world isn’t nice and neat. People all over the world are suffering, fucking and dying, with some doing all three at once. If reality isn’t picture perfect, why should literature be? I just take my readers to the darker edges of the world they already live in. Remember: it’s only fiction if you don’t believe.

How does your writing process work?
I sit down, check my emails, tie up my loose ends, then type. Or talk, if I’m using my voice-to-text program.

However, poetry always goes down by hand first.

Overall, everything starts out as a stream of consciousness, which in some instances becomes a series of white-water rapids, culminating in the waterfall that I call ‘editing’ where any debris and unnecessary details are cast into oblivion by the delete button.

What is the hardest part about writing?
Having the time to do it! That and wrist strain.

What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
But I already do so much! Ideally, I’d like to write a movie or video game just so see my work on screen, but given the unlikeliness of that happening in the near future, I’d like to try my hand at horror that is more literary fiction in nature. I’m also entering a few contests, so let’s see how that turns out, shall we?

Who are the authors you most admire?
Aside from myself? Just kidding, folks, I’m not that kind of guy. Barker, King and Koontz (not in any particular order) as far as mainstream are concerned. In my little indie-corner of the world, Daemonwulf, Nina D’arcangela, and Blaze McRob (again, in no particular order). There are also a few friends of mine back in the real world whom I believe to be very talented (looking at you, Bill).

Who are new authors to watch out for?
That’s a tough one for me to answer because I’m not certain what qualifies as ‘new’. I could certainly direct you to the aforementioned indie authors, but they’d be ‘new’ in the sense that I haven’t known them for very long. They’ve all been writing for some time now. Even I’m not ‘new’ if you count the fact that I first started writing online and entering contests at writing.com seven years ago. As such, I think I’ll skip this. Sorry, Travelers.

What scares you?

Failure, definitely, is at the top of my list. Thinking that I could give it my all and not get anywhere… that’s one of the most terrifying prospects I could ever face. Spiders, snakes, and serial killers have no such hold on my heart.

The Tagged Authors

I’m calling on the people below to repost this to their own sites one week from today.

Joseph A. Pinto

Nina D’arcangela

 

Check around the internet soon for their participation. Until then, walk on, my long-roaming friends.

The Coming Soon Blog Hop! @CdnZmbiRytr


Hello Travelers,

Today, I bring you Julianne Snow’s post on her ongoing projects. Having been tagged, you’ll see my own variant of this next week, on the 17th. Until then, enjoy the brief glimpse into this zombie-author’s ever-working mind.

And, if you’re reading this, thank you, Ms. Snow, for the subtle compliment- I’m sure Kate Monroe and Suzanne Robb appreciate it too!

The Coming Soon Blog Hop!.

My Upcoming Novel — The Next Big Thing world blog tour, by Christofer Nigro


Hello, Travelers. In my own session of “The Next Big Thing” I picked a few extremely talented writers to post their own follow-ups. One such individual, Christofer Nigro, brought his installment to my attention. Not only is his Next Big Thing definitely going to be big, it is a prime example of how a writer can tactfully respond to probing questions without giving anything away.

I direct you now, friends, to the detailed discussion of his upcoming archetype-breaking super-hero novel, Centurion: Dark Origins. Enjoy!

 

My Upcoming Novel — The Next Big Thing world blog tour.

The Next Big Thing


Hello again, Travelers. I’m here today to talk about The Next Big Thing. My thanks to Ms. Julianne Snow for tagging me in this blogging trend.

For a brief introduction, I’ll be talking about my second novel, which I just recently started writing. My first novel, A Touch of Malice, is currently up for consideration. Technically, I did write one prior to that, but it shall never see the light of day. On to the questions!

What is the working title of your book?

Oh man, titles are always the hardest part, aren’t they? As of right now, my working title, aside from “Working Title”, is “Reflection”, though that’s almost certainly going to change (It changed three times while I wrote these reponses).

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

That’s tough to answer too, but only because I drew a little bit from a lot of places. Some comes from folklore, some from the field of psychology, and others from video games like Heavy Rain. I suppose, if I were to say one thing specifically, I’d say the inspiration comes from how hard people try to escape emotional pain.  And the song ‘Snuff’ by Slipknot.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

Probably Thriller, though it’ll have more than enough fantasy and horror elements thrown in to confuse the hell out of the person trying to categorize it (right now, I’m that person!).

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

If this ever turns into a movie, I’ll invite everyone who “Likes” this post to party with me (Who knows- maybe I’m being serious?). Now, assuming I can take my pick from the veritable feat of household names, I’d choose:

Main protagonist (The anti-hero): Josh Hutcherson

Secondary Protagonist, (The victim/ voice of reason): Ashley Rickards

Main antagonist (The serial killer): Cillian Murphy

Secondary Antagonist (The cult leader): Fran Kranz

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young woman who is being targeted by an unstoppable serial killer is forced to place her trust in an enigmatic stranger, despite his own secretive life, only to find he has an unusual and dangerous gift.

  

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’d prefer an agency, only because I’m really not that good at promoting my own work.

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Oh, er, he he, draft? I, how shall we say, have not written it yet. I’m a good bit into the first chapter though. I’m going to give a hopeful estimate of “a few months”. Maybe four or five? …By August, certainly.

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’d say it might fall in the weirdness realm of The Dead Zone (King) or From the Corner of His Eye (Koontz).

 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

It’s really just something that came into my head one day and began to infect the rest of me. Now, I have no choice but to write it.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Part of the story will involve a depraved cult intent on ritualistically sacrificing one of the main characters; another will be focused on a renegade FBI agent. Plus I intend on using a non-linear story telling format to keep the readers on their toes.

 

Now for my five three choices (and these are in no particular order):
Christofer Nigro

Russell Linton

Shane R. Collins