I might not be around much this weekend. At least on Saturday, so I’m having two guest posts that I really hope people take time to check out. Tomorrow will be Dan Alatorre and Sunday will be C.S. Boyack who are both fantastic, hard-working authors.
This week has been writing, sweating, and not much else. I’ve gone into a routine due to having limited time, so things don’t really vary. I will admit I stayed up too late a few times because something on the TV had me mesmerized. So, I’m looking forward to a day that I can sleep in. One of these decades. Anyway, I should explain the title of this post and then dive into a bunker.
2 copies of Crossing Bedlam sold this week and, at least at the time of writing this, they haven’t been returned yet. This actually has nothing to do with what someone asked me in regards to this story, but I wanted to share. For those that aren’t in the USA or simply didn’t know, this week was a big political shindig. I’m really trying to work my way up to writing about a topic that I typically avoid in public. I should just tear this off like a bandage. The question was:
Did you write Crossing Bedlam with Donald Trump in mind?
The reason for this is because this story takes place in a reality where the rest of the world has blocked the USA off. There is a global naval patrolling the oceans to prevent anyone from escaping the newly dubbed Shattered States. More importantly, there are heavily defended walls on the northern and southern borders. Sorry, Hawaii and Alaska, but you’re on your own now. Now, you can see how anyone who reads that description will think I was inspired by current events. Only two problems with that.
- I designed the Shattered States for a failed idea back in 2014.
- Coming up with a wall as a defense isn’t anything new. I mean, did you think walls were only there to hold up the roof? You can do that will pillars too, but that means people can just walk into your living room like they’re your teenager’s friends who think they own the place.
Nope. The initial influence on the world-building was this:
That’s a show from way back that made it 2 seasons before it was cancelled. ‘Jericho’ was about a small town surviving after several major cities in the country were blown up. I didn’t go that route. The original plan was for the story to focus on a man who was gathering the best of the survivors to eliminate the divided governments that were battling to claim of the Shattered States and then take over himself. The story didn’t appeal to me after I had fun with the research, so I tossed it on a shelf and forgot about it. Until last summer when Lloyd and Cassidy came to mind. Then I dug out the notebook, altered stuff to suite the new story, and decided to say ‘screw politics’ because I wanted action and comedy.
Now, am I going to say there aren’t any similarities between the Shattered States and what is going on? No and those things tend to freak me out. I’m trying hard not to draw politics into Chasing Bedlam and that is easier than I thought. The more personal quest of recovering their jeep makes it a smaller scale. It also helps that Lloyd and Cassidy simply don’t care about anything more than survival, holding onto their stuff, and being loyal to the few friends that they have. Yet, I do have the temptation to make a reference to the real world because it’s in my face every day. Doesn’t help that some people have asked me what happened to specific people. Are the politicians of today alive in the Shattered States? That’s a good question, especially since all of DC was nuked specifically to take them out. Probably a few are out there, but I’d have to do a person-by-person decision there.
Now, here is where I’d list goals. So I will:
- Continuing my lifetime streak of NOT singing in the shower.
- Lose more faith in humanity.
- Read more manga.
- Parenthood stuff.
- Put something that I hope is funny at the end of this: