Today’s publication includes chapters 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. These chapters contain action, adventure, drama, and historical data dumping. You will enjoy them. We finally get to learn more about Quan, the boy solider and about his relationship with the other Sions of Sugar Island. We take a tour of the Honey Acres Compound. We make a thin reference to the famous Finch Brothers– a band of cowboys from Lake Mills Wisconsin.
By adopting the organic technology of psionic implants, the Scions of Sugar Island carried their fight throughout the biotronic age, using their implants to give them one last self-evident right. They’d lost free speech. They’d lost freedom of press, religion, and even the pursuit of happiness. But they had one thing. They had freedom of thought. The implants, carried and worn by all of the true scions of Sugar Island, afforded the founders of the scion’s society the privacy of their minds. That, Cailean said, was the one thing that they’d managed to salvage, and that, he insisted, was the one thing that kept them from succumbing to the mind-numbing epidemic that had taken the lives and freedom of the people of the New City.
“While the New City of Sugar Island crumbles around us,” the wiry old man said with a spark in his eye, “The true Sugar Island has chance to rise again
I’m serializing my novel “Someone Liche You” on Red Lemonade over the course of the next few months. Most of it is available online right now. About half of it is yet to be uploaded. (I’m editing as fast as I can– and there’s a lot more to edit!) Eventually, the whole thing will be avaialble on demand and as a self-published kindle book.
“Someone Liche You” continues.
In these chapters, Kevin wakes up and passes out like, three times. And ends up in a psychic battle with an old man. Oops. Spoilers.
“You are at a crossroads, Kevin Adderly.” Cailean said. “I cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. But I will ask you this one time. Will you step into this bower and talk with me?”
Kevin stepped. He did it without thinking. If there was one thing he was not sure of, it was that whether wanted to listen to the man. But, if he’d learned anything on his bike ride, it was that when his mind failed, he could trust his body to do what it needed to. And his body stepped into the bower.
His mind was somewhat disappointed in this turn of events, but his heart felt a great burden released. So there was that, he thought.
Eventually, my plan is to release the entire novel via Lulu and the indie e-book vendors. For cheap. But if you want to read it for free as it’s being edited and proofread, I’m serializing it at RedLemona.de.
When I wrote this in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 I was really hoping to tell a story about a man hero who had feelings. At this point in the story, Kevin clearly has feelings. He spends a lot of time crying in this chapter. He gets stronger from here on out. Our little Kevin Adderly is growing up.
Kevin had sat crying for a good while, but when dehydration and exhaustion made his sobs run dry, he just stopped caring. He may have even slept. He had no idea. He rested his face on his hands, which were resting on his knees. He shuddered. Devoid of all feeling. Numb. He’d just killed a man; what else mattered?
This chapter is much better than this passage would indicate. Read it. Read it now!
One of the things I wanted to do with this novel was tell the story of a reluctant hero. An A-typical protagonist who isn’t really the heroic type.
That, eventually, manifested as Kevin Adderly crying a lot.
Uncontrollably, his body wracked with sadness, snot ran down his face, and he fell to his knees. He slouched onto the floor next to the dead man. Still sobbing, he curled up into a ball on the floor, always holding firm to his weapon.
Read, edit, comment, and enjoy over at indie publisher RedLemona.de.
The Germans have a lot of great words with no real English equivalent. One of them is ChaosKampf. It means, so I’m told, ‘struggle against chaos’ and it sums up the hero’s battle against a chaotic monster often represented as a dragon or serpent.
“Lo: thy dread empire, Chaos, is restored;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
And universal darkness buries all.”
–Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
In the case of “Someone Liche You,” my novel being experimentally published in serial at RedLemona.de, it refers to Kevin Adderly’s flight across a dead city in search of his zombie girlfriend’s mom. Thus is where chapter 3.1 begins.
I’m sure glad that the second part of my novel “Someone Liche You” is only four chapters long. The third chapter is now available for your consideration at Alternative publisher RedLemona.de.
Something is trying to get into Gregor Samsa’s concrete and steel reinforced garage hanger, and when it does, Gregor is not only surprised, but extremely annoyed. And the dog does little beyond unhelpfully heightening the overall sense of urgency.
Gregor commanded the dog be quiet with a quick shush, to which Cursor responded by exploding into a full bark. Gregor stepped forward and tilted the oil lamp to try to throw the light better toward the corner
You can read Part 2.3 at Red Lemona.de, or you can start from the outset of the Second Part. Or read the whole thing from the very beginning. One more chapter to post before Thursday, when we move on to Part 3.
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