Every year most of us make resolutions that we never really end up following through on. Guilty here! Do I dare be so brazen to suggest a resolution? I dare!
The resolution that I would recommend would be reading books. Sure most of us read all the time. We read street signs, text messages, emails… There is a beauty that lies between the pages of a book that makes the experience unique to almost every reader.
If you’re not already an avid reader, perhaps just reading a handful of books in 2014 could change your life. I know that sounds a little dramatic, but think of all the things that books have to offer. One thing they could offer is a new perspective. You’ll never know unless you crack open that dusty book on the bookshelf that you never got around to checking out.
Reading has the power to take you places you’ve never been and could never otherwise go. Perhaps a book could take you to the shores of Hawaii, the natural beauty of the Australian Outback, the center of the Earth, planets beyond our reach or even to alternate universes. In reading books, you can be transported to the distant past, millennia into the future, or anywhere in between with simply the turn of a page. You can fall in love with your favorite characters and feel the sting of their heartaches, the anguish of their failures and the exhilaration of their victories.
Whether it’s far off lands of the past, other galaxies or Middle Earth, the words on the pages transform into a vision of a place that once only existed in the author’s head. Books make us think, imagine and theorize. Who dunnit? Where do the clues point? How will these characters ever get out of the mess that they are in—or will they even make it? A book is simply an adventure waiting to happen, aching to have eager eyes of readers absorb its tale.
For me, reading can be an escape—but far more often—it’s a journey to a place and time that only exists within its pages.
If you aren’t already bookworm at heart, consider a resolution of reading more books this year. You’ll never know how those adventures in reading will affect you until you give it a shot.
It is my greatest wish that you all have a blessed New Year’s celebration and that pleasantly exciting things come your way all throughout the year! Good luck with those resolutions and as always—stay human. Jeannie Rae out.
Greetings Fellow Cyber Travelers!
It feels like ages since my last post- been tied up pubbing my novel. But here we are once again at the good ole blog. So let’s get started.
This list is for zombie eyes only…So no peeking humans. Today’s top five list is tactics that seasoned zombies have adapted in securing a meal.
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After interviewing several zombies they were quoted as saying “Rrrrh,” “Hhhhaarrrrr,” and “Eeeehhhh.” Unfortunately, I do not speak their native tongue, so I did a few walk-alongs with some experienced zombies to observe their tactics. Below are a top 5 list of these tactics:
1. Be Sneaky:
While with Billy—a once mechanic at Spiffy Oil—I observed him roaming around in a supermarket. Billy is the quiet type. He shuffled through the store, almost unnoticeable until you laid eyes on him. It went on like this for days. Finally a man entered the store. Billy didn’t race after his prey—instead he soundlessly shuffled along tailing the ravenous human clearing what little remained on the shelves. Then, just as the man was celebrating his triumphant find with a rare bottle of cheap whiskey, Billy sunk his rotting teeth into the human’s shoulder. Being quiet and sneaky can certainly work to the advantage of the walking dead.
2. Listen for Sounds:
Philippe was a zombie that I came across in an abandoned part of town. This area was in terrible disarray, looking as if humans and zombies had ditched the deserted area. I stuck with Philippe for a week and he would shamble around, between buildings and alleyways. Until one day, he heard a glass bottle roll across the ground on the side of a nearby building. Now, I thought that it was a rat or other rodent, but I followed Philippe anyway. He quietly shuffled around the corner of the building and discovered a human. As soon as he laid eyes on the living creature, Philippe broke into a sprint and captured his meal for the day. So, zombies- take stock in what Philippe had to teach and listen
for those sounds and don’t be afraid to investigate them.
3. Follow, Follow:
Not all zombies are fast. It’s okay. If you are of the slower variety, fret not my undead friend. I met Vanessa a few weeks ago and this living dead girl does not have speed on her side, but she does have two virtues on her side: instinct and persistence. A group of four survivors, were traveling up the road and passed right by Vanessa. Obviously they discounted her as a non-treat due to her speed—or rather lack there of. The group of men continued on foot and soon disappeared in the distance. Several hours later, in the wee hours of the morning, Vanessa was still on the trail of the men that had passed her. She stumbled toward their camp where three unsuspecting victims slumbered. The sound of a twig snapping drew her attention away from the sleepers. She followed the sound, which was backed up by crunching leaves. She came up on the fourth man, just as he was zipping up his pants. Poor guy, never saw it coming. Following humans—in Vanessa’s case led to her next meal.
4. Pick off the Slowest:
I met Ginny, near a department store. She would stalk her prey, which typically traveled in herds of six to ten people—far too many for her to take on alone. She would eye them from afar, then when they began to separate—and they always would, she would make her move. She’d pick the slowest,
and follow it to the most opportune places, then launch her attack. It worked every time for Ginny.
5. Join the Horde:
Sometimes you just have to know when to go at it alone and when to join a group of other zombies. There are times, when you want to attack a whole group of people, and you simply can’t do it on your own. Joining the horde is an option for just this type of circumstance. I met Zeb about a month ago. He wanted to launch an attack on what used to be his group of survivors—when he was human. But in his undead state, he didn’t have a chance. So, he joined the horde. They invaded the camp after dark and well—let’s just say that there are some new members of the horde now. Afterward, Zeb left the horde to do things solo, but he knows that the horde will be there if he decides to come back.
Well zombies, that’s it for now. These tips should get you started, but overall follow your undead instincts. Good Luck & stay zombie-fied. Jeannie Rae out.
Greetings Fellow Cyber Travelers,
I am pleased to share the news that over two dozen female authors in the zombie genre (myself included) have joined together and released a zombie anthology titled Darlings of Decay. The anthology is comprised of zombie tales to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The tales range from short stories and excerpts to full-on novels. The book is available in eBook format and has more than 325,000 bone-chilling words and more than 900 zombiefied pages to last you for quite some time. If you’re into zombies and horror, this bad boy is for you.
Darlings of Decay is currently available on Amazon for $8.99 or you can download this terrifying mix of zombie fun on Smashwords for…FREE! That’s right zombie fans, this anthology is free on Smashwords, and we fully expect that Amazon will price match it to free within the next few weeks.
So, if you are in the market for a sweet summer read to check out poolside, Darlings of Decay is for you. Stay cool this summer, and as always, stay human. Jeannie Rae out.
Greetings Fellow Cyber Travelers,
Apologies all around for waiting so long between the last zombie blog posts. I have been buttoning up the publication of my new novel, Endemic Rise of the Plague. In doing so, I wrote a series of blog posts on the book’s website and sadly, the blog on my site has suffered.
If you are interested in reading those blogs, visit www.RiseofthePlague.com They are written from a writer’s perspective about the process of writing the novel—so they are a little different from the zombie-fare that I post here.
Also, I will be posting a publication release of a zombie anthology that my short story, The Sickness: Monte’s Story will be included in, on Monday! It’s been pretty busy around these parts lately!
Now, back to zombie business as usual—I have a new zombie post that will be up on the blog, the first Thursday in July. Thanks again for your patience!
Well, until the undead roam the planet, good luck and stay human! Jeannie Rae out.
Note: Previously posted to the Rise of the Plague website on 5/28/13
When I first made the decision to make my writing venture into a novel, it seemed like an organic evolution of the project. Little did I know what I was in for...
This had been the first time I’d written anything on this magnitude—involving so many characters and different settings. The outlining alone, took weeks and weeks to do. My first draft was laughable to say the least, and a measly 40K words. Bleck!
At that point, I contemplated sticking it in a file and shoving it into a drawer—not to be discovered again for three or four years. But alas, I did not do this. I strapped in, held on tight and decided to take this ride. I spent the next year battling with myself and my manuscript. It felt like I would have flashes of genius, followed by eternal pauses. At times, I felt like the manuscript was really on the move. Other times, it seemed as though the universe conspired to prevent me from progress. So many days went by when I didn’t even touch the thing. And yes, at that point it was a thing. What I had loved so much in the beginning, and in writing it—had all but dissolved.
I would hit a frustrating impasse and shelf the whole project for weeks at a time. Then, like past lover that one cannot escape, I would reacquaint myself back into its familiar settings and go at it again. It really was a love-hate relationship between me and this manuscript of mine. One day, I looked at my creation and decided that I had to make a choice. It had really become a relationship that I had built with my art, and I needed to look at it that way—either all in or all out.
Once I decided to look at my writing as something that I would nurture and shape into something that could bring entertainment to others, I began to love it again. With each revision, each edit
and each proofread—and there were many—my passion grew.
Endemic Rise of the Plague has been years in the making for me. Sending it out into the world for others to enjoy is a great honor, but it has been a bit difficult to let go of. I’m not sure if it is
something that each author experiences, but for me it feels a little like dropping my child off at school for the first time. It’s exciting to let it venture out into the world, but also terrifying at the same time—thinking of the hills and valleys that lie ahead.
In all, it has been a roller coaster adventure—like life I suppose. There have been ups and downs, loops and corkscrews, times where I could scream and times when I’ve been wordless. In the end, I’d say that this book has become a part of me. And this adventure is far from over.
Greetings fellow zombie lovers! I am excited to announce the release of my full-length zombie novel. Endemic Rise of the Plague is book one of a trilogy. Tuesday marks the first day of the book launch--a seven day event that offers behind the scene information, deleted scenes and an intro to a few of the key characters as well as a view into the setting--the coastal town of Port Steward.
Here is a brief description of the book:
The last great plague is upon us.
College student and SCUBA instructor, Roxy Harper has lived in Port Steward her entire life. Chaos touches her neighborhood, while Roxy’s father and sister are across town, in some danger of their own.
As civil unrest and ravenous monsters spread through her coastal town like a rapid moving cancer, what’s left behind is only a shadow of what once was. A local laboratory is greatly invested in the cause, but which side they are on...only time will tell. With time running out and cannibalistic beasts on her heels, will Roxy be reunited with her family or join the ranks of the undead?
For more information and to join in on the festivities, visit www.riseoftheplague.com
Thanks for checking out the blog and visiting the launch site! Stay human, Jeannie Rae out.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, having a radio can be a key item in locating survivors or even finding salvation. Hearing someone on the other end of the radio calling for help or offering a safe haven may seem like a welcomed voice.
Not so fast. Could it be a trap? It's not something that would typically cross our minds, but this will be a whole new world- and in that new world, not everyone can be trusted, even though the circumstances are dismal. Now, of course, I am not saying that the call should go unanswered. Exercise caution before proceeding.
Listen carefully to the message being conveyed and if you choose to follow the voice into the rabbit hole, plan ahead. Survey the area in advance and don't forget to bring your weapons. Planning an emergency escape route is a necessity. Once you are armed like a tank, have an escape route mapped out and have thoroughly scoped out the area, then you are ready to get in there and see what the fuss is all about. It's not unreasonable to think that the government or an organized group wouldn't set up a camp and encourage other survivors to join them, but it could very well be a group of raiders that want nothing more than to take what you have at any cost.
Travel with caution fellow survivors and while it may sound safest to stick to yourself, there is safety in numbers. Not to mention, survival in a post apocalyptic world is an enormous chore and having the duties of survival spread across many shoulders lessens the burden for all. And for the most part, at least a tiny part of each of us wants to be part of a community.
With that said, best of luck with answering the rescue call. If you have a plan in place, escape route and proceed with caution, you may just find a safe haven from the zombies lurking outside.
Good luck and stay human. Jeannie Rae out.
Some of these places might seem like a great place to hold up when the zombies are claiming the streets, but you may want to give them a second thought. Read on survivors to check out my Top 5 list of places to avoid.
#5: Police stations
A police station sounds like a safe enough place, right? There are likely weapons contained within, and it would seem like a secure enough building. This is one of the big reasons to steer clear of this place. Like apartments and banks, others will have this idea and head on over, bitten or otherwise. The more people head in your direction the more dangerous. Just one infected person can really ruin the day. Plus- it is a police station, their weapons (if they haven’t already been taken by the officers that once occupied the station) will likely be locked up tight and might even have additional trigger locks on them. So unless you are a locksmith, you might not even get any of the weapons left behind to work. While it may seem like a great idea to stick it to the man and use the police’s cache to supply your weaponry needs, you might not want to get caught in a police station.
#4: A Bank
Most of us would love the idea of digging in at a bank. You think that you could stay warm by the heat of a stack of hundreds burning at night—after all, that’s about all money would be worth in the apocalypse. You could sleep in the vault—if you had access to it and the ability to open and close it. But those glass walls... Those glass walls will likely keep out the undead. But would they keep out raiders and competitive scavengers? No way. In fact some may even think that they whole zombie apocalypse thing will blow over and they could stash away some cash for when things get back to normal. A bank is a high risk place, and other than lining your pockets with useless paper, there aren’t really any advantages to being there.
The dank, spooky, apartment building with about a thousand places for baddies to hide and nooks for zombies to pop out on you. Oh yeah, apartments are as bad as they get. There are too many variables when it comes to apartments. You want to be in a place where you can control the exits and the perimeter. Apartments will look like a shining beacon to others and raiders as well, looking for goods and supplies—and all that activity will draw in zombies. Just say no to apartments.
#2: High-rise buildings
A high rise would seem like a good place to go, they're off the ground and away from the hysteria. You head up flight after flight and are pretty sure you have access to your floor blocked off. You’re all set, right? Well, you are going to need more food and supplies at some point. Let’s say eleven stories up you realize you're trapped with no way to get down. Sure, if the elevator is out, you could use the stairs—unless they are overrun by zombies. Okay fine, take the fire escape—oh wait, there are raiders headed up to take what dwindling supplies you have left? Well, you could channel your inner spider man and leap off the building and hope for the best. What might be best—is to skip high rises at all costs.
You’ll want to leave the city in your rearview mirror as soon as possible in the zombie apocalypse. Dangers can lurk in every window and in each dumpster. Cities have too dense a population to stick around for long. Imagine sneaking around a corner with your little group of say—four people, only to stumble upon a horde of fifty. Game over. Get out of the city. Travel through the smaller towns or better still—on the outskirts of towns and keep your exposure to zombies at a minimum. Don’t forget that in the zombie apocalypse, zombies aren’t the only ones you have to be weary of. Raiders, looters, robbers—or whatever you want to call them, can be an even larger threat to you than zombies. Travel light and quick, my fellow survivors and stay away from these places. Good luck and stay human. Jeannie Rae out.
Sure, we’ve seen some really impressive inventions to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, chainmail gloves to prevent hand bites, retrofitted sedans with all the bells and whistles to fend off the horde and even bicycles tricked out with chainsaws. But whether you are a hardcore prepper or the average citizen, sooner or later you’ll need to seek out a hideout. Here is a top five list of possible hideouts to keep your limbs attached and to keep you from joining the legion of undead.
Ah, a supermarket. Plenty of food and water, four walls to keep out the baddies and lots of space. Seems like the absolute best place to hideout from zombies, right?
Not so much. You are not the only genius with this idea. Others will gather to this spot, if they haven’t already. Remember Y2K? Before anything happened, gas stations and supermarkets were inundated with doomsday preppers gathering supplies. A supermarket should only be a last resort, as even days and weeks after the zombie apocalypse has begun, people will still be going to the market to see if there are any leftover survival supplies and food. This place will attract regular Joes and raiders alike. And human activity will attract zombies. That’s why a supermarket is number five on the list, because of the dangers involved with this hideout.
I give this hideout idea one star on the survival meter- if you have to go to a supermarket—make it a quick trip.
A cave can be a decent place to hideout for a while. If it’s up high on a hill or mountain, it can be a deterrent for outsiders. While providing shelter from the elements and giving an element of safety, a cave can provide a level of defense from zombies and outsiders. You would likely only have to defend from one side which will prove to be advantageous. The drawbacks to a cave are—well, it’s a cave. In addition to the creepy-crawlies already dwelling there, there is no plumbing and you’d have to protect yourself from wildlife that may want to invite themselves to your cave. If picking a cave, try to keep the length of your stay to a minimum, if possible, only because of the energy needed for cave survival.
I give this hideout idea two stars on the survival meter, because while it is better than nothing, cave living is still a little too much work. You can probably do better.
Hiding out in a cabin can be a really great option. It can offer most of the comforts of home, warmth, comfort, supplies—like pots and pans, maybe even electricity, and let’s not forget—a water source. The fact that it is out in the sticks, actually adds to the benefit of a cabin. With a little perimeter defense, you can dig in here and hideout for quite some time.
I give this hideout idea three stars on the survival meter for comfort, and sustainability.
A boat can be a solid hideout keeping you isolated and safe from flesh-eating zombies. Outsider issues should be at a minimum. As long as you know how to fish and the water supply hasn’t been contaminated, you can stay fed and hydrated. If your boat works, you can try to head for an island or other area and see if it’s all clear. But travel with caution, my seafaring friend, approaching other boats or land masses could be the end of you.
I give this hideout idea four stars on the survival meter because the life of a sailor could help you outlast.
When it comes to hideouts, a farm ranks high. Not only do you have all the advantages of a cabin, but depending on the type of farm it is, there should be a perpetual food source. Whether it's cattle, hogs, corn or potatoes, there should be something that can provide a food source. Additionally, there would be plenty of room to add more crops and then you can really get to farming and keeping you and anyone in your group secure and well fed for a good, long time. So long as you don’t call too much attention to yourself and you take security measures, such as a perimeter fence, and guard duty, you could be just fine. Remember, the more you have, the more you have to lose. You’ll need to be really careful at securing your perimeter and selective about who you let in.
I give this hideout idea four stars on the survival meter for sustainability and having the comforts of home.
*Until the day comes when scientists develop a zombie repellent, good luck and stay human! Jeannie Rae out.
When coming across a settlement that is already intact, make sure you make your presence known as soon as possible. Announce how many people are in your group and if not commanded to leave by a gun toting guard, immediately ask to speak to someone in charge.
They may not be taking in a new people, if that’s the case, see if you can negotiate based on your skills or the skills of those in your group. They may just need someone with your shooting skills or with Ginger's medical knowledge.
A settlement may only have enough food and supplies for their existing people. So if you’re a master farmer or scavenger, let them know! Assuming that you convince them to let you in, don't be surprised if they keep you away from the supplies or security area for a while. Just as you’ll be checking the place out to see if you'd like to stay, they’ll likely be checking you out to make sure you aren't infiltrating their settlement to feed info back to a group of raiders. Remember that you are the newbie here, and it will take time before they trust you—but you should be equally cautious as well. You want to make sure that this is the kind of place where you want to stay.
In the event that they do not let you in or command you to leave as soon as they spot you, leave as directed. Remember, they are trying to protect the settlement and will use any means in defending it—as you would likely do if in the same spot. So, unless you want to escape a barrage of bullets like avoiding raindrops falling from the sky, you might want to move on and look for the next one. Good luck and stay human! Jeannie Rae out.
I am Jeannie Rae, not so plain & almost never simple. A person who is just as flawed as I am skilled. One who loves my family with all my heart in good times and in bad – through celebrations & times of tremendous grief, achievements and disagreements. A woman who knows how short