Z 2136 is Here!

Z 2136 is Here!

Do you know the one thing we’ve never done at Collective Inkwell? Through nearly three years, six series, 13 seasons, and 78 episodes, we’ve yet to end a story — until now. Well, that’s not completely true. We did write 19 short Dark Crossings stories, all which had proper endings, but among our full-length works, we’ve yet to end something, until now. That ending starts this week with the release of the first episode (of six) of Z 2136 on Kindle Serials. Z 2136 is the end of the Z trilogy which began with Z 2134. Writing serials with cliffhanger endings has meant that we’ve never had to give a proper ending to a book. I love mystery. I love that wondering of what’s next? But when a series ends you have to give resolution and find the right balance of being true to both the story and the characters, and giving readers what they want. All while still keeping the mystery alive until the end. A tricky thing to pull off well, but I think Sean and I did it. Judging from email, though, readers don’t seem as concerned whether we’ll pull off the ending as they are with who will live and who will die. Given our penchant for sometimes killing main characters, one of the questions we’re getting a lot is: “Who will die in Z 2136? You better not kill (insert name here.)”  I won’t say. The other question we’re getting is: “Will there be a happy ending?” Again, I won’t say. I’ll simply say that this is the ending that the series deserves, and...
Z 2136 and FAQs

Z 2136 and FAQs

We can finally reveal the cover for the Kindle Serial, Z 2136, along with the synopsis. We were given a few covers ideas to choose from. The first ones didn’t work for us. So I had an idea — what if we go black? Using colors as the themes of the overall series, it breaks down like so: Z 2134: the first book is yellow and black, with just a bit of red on the spine. Bright, with a bit of mystery. Z 2135: the second book is mostly red (it has spread from the spine to the cover) with some black and yellow. All hell is breaking loose. Things are not good. Z 2136: the last book in the trilogy is all black, with some red. The darkness has taken over. All hope is lost. This is the end. That’s how I see it, anyway. And I think it will look awesome in print! Warning: if you’ve not read Z 2134 or Z 2135, you probably shouldn’t read the stuff below as it gives away details from those two books. The Games may be ending, but now the real battle begins. In the stunning finale of the Z 2134 series, lingering questions will be answered, vengeance will be sought, and lives will be lost in a dystopian world where the boundaries of humanity are tested. Several months after events of Z 2135, Adam Lovecraft is once again following in his father’s footsteps, this time as a contestant in the infamous Darwin Games. In The State’s latest iteration of The Games, the odds of survival are slimmer than ever before, and Adam...
Fuck it

Fuck it

When I was a child, I was certain that my family would die if I thought bad thoughts as I went through doorways. Yes, you read that right. I even had specific and elaborate scenes play out in my head on how they would die, ranging from car crashes to random acts of violence you saw on the news all the time. And the only way I could save them was to reverse the bad thoughts while I went backwards through the offending door. Repeatedly. My days were ARE filled with many such rituals designed to keep bad things from happening to people I love. Whether it be unthinking things, blinking, sniffing, or any other number of things that made me look weird, I had to do them … or else. It’s like the whole “step on a crack break your mother’s back,” on meth. I had no idea what was wrong with me. My affliction didn’t have a name back then. Today, we call it Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is a disorder where you have an obsessive thought which grows increasingly harder to ignore, like an itch you can’t quite scratch. And the only way to find relief is to act in some compulsive manner, a ritual. Rituals can be physical — washing hands, touching objects, walking backwards through doors; or mental — counting, praying, reciting words in your head, and more. Or even a dizzying array of both. Again, those are but just a few, and I’ve done hundreds of odd rituals to ease the obsessive thoughts. For many OCD sufferers, it’s all too easy to get caught...