Thursday, October 21, 2010

Creepy Things, Zombie Nation and a contest...

Well, lets get to the good stuff first.

I'm considering having a contest on my "Risky Fiction" blog for writers, in particular my #fridayflash friends. You will have a chance to win copies of the anthology "Zombie Nation: St. Pete." This is an anthology of local zombie fiction that will be released at a premiere party at the St. Petersburg Pier this Saturday. I get to go sign books and hobnob with great writers such as Jeff Strand and pretend I'm an author, too. My story "The Lust, the Flesh" is among the other great stories that local writers have put together for this really big event in my hometown. I'd like you, my friends, to help me celebrate...bust out the virtual champagne, all that.

Here is the book you'd receive if you are one of the winners:

There may be another prize in the offing as well for the very best (grand prize) of whatever contest I decide to do.

I need your help with this. Please leave a comment on this post about what you'd like to see happen with a contest. The idea I have so far from Jim Bronyaur involves me posting an excerpt of my story and then giving you all a story starter for another zombie story and having you write the story. People could then go to the Risky Fiction site and vote on their favorite stories. The top vote getters win. How does this sound? If you have other suggestions, please include them in your comments.

Those of you living in New York, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles have further reason to want to check this book out. Future "Zombie Nation" projects are scheduled for these areas. In fact, the submission deadline for "Zombie Nation: New York" is December 31st, 2010. Go here to learn more.

Now for other news:

I've received my copies of "Creepy Things," the anthology by "Static Movement" that published my former #fridayflash story "World Wide Web." This anthology is now available to purchase on Amazon.

Below is a picture of me holding the book at the mini-cafe on campus at St. Petersburg College, where I'm currently a full-time student.

I thank my friend in my Algebra class for taking this photo.


  1. Much congratulations to you Maria! You are really flying high right now, and I hope it continues.

    The contest? It sounds like fun, but maybe complicated for you to keep up with. In any case I hope I can be a part of it, (although I'm supposed to be writing nothing outside of my novel right now).

    All the best to you!

  2. I'm hoping it can be done in such a way that it sort of regulates itself. I have school work and Nanowrimo. Don't want to get into anything too involved. Might even consider postponing it for Christmas when we get a break from school.

  3. Oh, and thanks for the congrats! It's been a year of mixed blessings. :)

  4. How about you post the zombie story, and everyone who enters writes about one survivor/victim within that story? Like, multiple viewpoints of the same zombigeddon?

  5. Seeya at the launch party!

  6. The cover just slays me... so to speak.