Consideration and Work Ethic

I’m currently contemplating entering the as-yet-untitled zombie book for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award despite the fact that it’s less than halfway done and the deadline for entry is January 27th.  This would require me to write roughly 2,500 words per day for the next ten days AND have all of my required editing and formatting complete.

I’m going to try my hardest.  Even if I don’t finish it in time, it’ll certainly move things along for this book rather quickly.  The real question is, do I have the perseverance to work that much on something that may ultimately (and in all likelihood WILL) fail?

I suppose we’ll find out together.

In other news, my other short is still available for free for another 26 hours.  Grab your copy here:


My name is Nick.  I am an aspiring writer and not much else more.  It has come to my attention that it would be a good idea to start a blog, so I am going to do just that.  Here goes:

I’m not entirely certain what I’m supposed to talk about here, but I suppose it could be just about anything.  Hobbies or interests, movies, games, books…whatever.  I choose to start with a tale.

On January 7th, I self-published a short story on Amazon Kindle entitled “From the Hollow.”  I don’t know how good it is; I’ve yet to get a review on it.  I’ve been whoring myself out on Facebook (much to my chagrin, I might add) in a vain attempt to get friends and family to cough up a dollar for my efforts.  So far, these posts have generated a whopping 16 sales, of which I get 35 cents per unit sold.  Ergo, I have made $5.60.  Not bad, I suppose, unless you take into consideration the fact that Amazon doesn’t pay out unless you reach a  minimum of $10 in royalties, which really means I have made a profit of exactly zero dollars.  Discouraging, yes, but it has only been a week, so a glimmer of hope remains.  I just have to find that hope and reinvigorate it.

My main project has been a book, for which I’ve yet to generate a title.  It takes place in a semi-post-apocalyptic world in which zombies have taken over a vast majority of the human race, but most of the uprising has been quelled, resulting in very few survivors and even fewer zombies.  To date there are only four of the creatures featured in my story, and I have no intention of adding more (though one idea of mine involves there being many more; perhaps some day you’ll see).  Instead of revolving around zombies and physical struggle, it has much more to do with human beings and how they react in extraordinary situations.  I often find myself asking “What would I do in this predicament?” or “How far would I go to protect the ones I love?”  As a result, the main character often asks himself the latter question many times throughout the story, consequentially pushing him beyond his past self-imposed limitations.  It is easier to make hasty decisions without worrying what society thinks, after all.  In a world without a stable society, what are consequences?  Do they even exist anymore?  These are questions I am attempting to answer.  Struggling, as the case may be at times.

I reiterate: perhaps, some day, you’ll see.