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Title to be determined

Chronicles from the Long Apocalypse: Book Three

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This is probably the last book in the series… It might have a fourth one, but if I do write another after this, it will jump way ahead in time after society is put back together… just so I can break it again one last time.

Book Three will see the girls and their dad reunited at last… I don’t know the how’s and the why’s yet, but I do know that Jen IS actual pregnant and will be the first berserker to carry a child to term.

Today, I’m thinking about titles – so far I like “Enlightenment” but I am also looking into non Judeo-Christian equivalence of something like “Benevolence” or “Absolution.”

Danse Macabre

(formerly entitled Entropy)

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I need to clean my palate before I can get back into the long apocalypse. Writing Entropy is going to be a refreshing break from berserkers… Or so I hope.

This story was originally written back in my hollywood days as a screenplay that never found its way into production. But I love the story so much that when I was thinking about what to do between CLA books, I just couldn’t let these characters get left wasting away in some dusty desk drawer.

Entropy is the story of two brothers on their own after the tragic death of their parents. The older brother – Hugh – is an extremely intelligent college boy, or at least he was until schizophrenia suddenly poked its ugly head into his life and forced him to drop out.  And then, just as he was getting himself back on his mental feet – so to speak – his parents died in a freak car accident and he now finds himself solely responsible for his younger brother, Ashton.

Hugh must keep himself from losing his grip on what is real what is not, as he struggles with the reality of his new responsibilities. But unfortunately for these brothers and everybody around them, the dark forces that are haunting Hugh this time are NOT just in his head.

I love the concept of an unreliable narrator. One of my favorite films is Alfonso Cuaron’s adaptation of Great Expectations, simply because of the line: “I’m not going to tell the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.” Too bad Cuaron himself hates the film so much! But what can you do? Sometimes even the artists themselves are not the ones who can appreciate the value of their own work.

Anyway, in this book Hugh can’t trust what he sees and neither should the reader…

This book is still very high on my To Be Written list… but alas… The Long Apocalypse will have to get much further underway before I can focus on it again.
The Long Apocalypse can go to hell (for now)… I’m getting back into this baby this week!