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Monday once again, and you got it, time another post in the Writers of The Web Series. I haven’t had a lot of time this week to find new sites. luckily, I had a few that have been bookmarked and waiting for a little recognition on my part. I actually have some authors contact me to ask if I would check out their site. Not many of them mind you, but a few. So I will highlight one of those blogs, and a couple I have stumbled across in my Entrecard dropping.
The first site I wish to highlight, is authored by David of David’s Musings. He started a separate site for his blog novel, titled “Diary: Alone on Earth”. I have read the first few chapters, and find myself interested in how it all works out. I have to dedicate a little more time to reading his novel, which I believe is completed. Diary: Alone on Earth is set in the year 2016, starting out on a day of world wide confusion. A strange humming noise is causing all kinds of disruption in the world societies. Animals are acting strange, not to mention certain animals mysteriously falling dead. There are power outages, and communications of all type are plagued by static. David and his trusty beagle, lay down for sleep that night, and awaken the next morning to find no other humans or animals for that matter, anywhere.
David is writing this novel as a diary, and I find the entries to be captivating. The first thing that stood out to me was the number of entries per day. Something, I could see happening if one were experiencing these strange phenomenons. One of the difficulties of this novel, is the lack of links to individual chapters, or at the end of each chapter, leading to the next one. A few things that would make reading it just a little bit easier. Currently you have to use the achieves, and navigation is a little backward that way. For instance when you click on the starting month, October 2008, you have to page all the way to the bottom for the first chapter. Then after reading down, you have to scroll back up to the next chapter. A link at the end of each chapter leading to the next chapter, would simplify the reading considerable. Failing that a link list in the side bar would be monumentally helpful.
Navigation issues aside, the writing is first rate. David captures the imagination in this Sci-Fy suspense novel. The method he chose, using a diary version, personalizes it, and lends itself to a relationship with the reader. The story line is intriguing, and captivating. In the prologue, David explains his inspiration behind the story, and I found that almost as entertaining as the story so far. I will be back to read further, and discover what David finds at the core of the troubles.
West of Mars is one of those sites I ran across in my endeavors to drop a few cards on new blogs. It is the home of Susan Helen Gottfried’s fictional world. Author of the novel Trevor’s Song. You’ll find all kinds of interesting writing here. A recent post of hers, Shapeshifter Fiction: New Shoes (Trevor’s song Era) is a short piece, somehow inspired by Iron Maiden. Don’t ask me how, because she doesn’t go into that. The story is part of the Sunday Scribbling challenge.
The next site I wish to share, is Darnuth Keep, authored by Kelly D. Tolman. You will find another blog novel, and a few poems, and other works of fiction. The Cleansing of Darnuth Keep is a fantasy novel based on the character, Colter Halfspear, and his adventures as he becomes a man, and learns the ways of magic. The blog has a few of the chapters posted, Just enough for one to get a taste for the story. Of course you can click of the download link to purchase the E-book, for a reasonable $5.00. You can also down load an original short story, The Shadow Bender, for $2.00. I found this idea to be quite interesting and pretty dam slick. I’ll have to keep it in mind, and start working on my own E-book.
That’s it for this week, I’ll be out of town again, two days at a time. Hopefully I get time for a Wednesday post, and Fridays Fantasy. Hope you all have a great week.