Bullies Suck

Bullies Suck

(Note: This is the author’s note from our short story, Monsters, and was written in 2012. Don’t worry, there’s no spoilers.) Last week my wife and I (Dave) brought my son to his first day of kindergarten. He held my hand as we made our way up the sidewalk to his school. As we approached a set of double doors to go inside, we had to pass a group of kids outside, aged between six and 10. All eyes were on us as we walked past the kids. Being shy, my son looked down, not meeting any of their eyes. And yet, the kids didn’t take their eyes off of us. We were early, and the only new people there at the moment, so obviously, we were the center of attention. I watched as the children looked him up and down, judging him, seeing how he fit into their world. And I had flashbacks to my own childhood, that feeling of being the new kid. Being judged on a first impression and being cast in some role or another. And it all came back to me in a flood of memories and sensations. Suddenly I wanted to grab my son, hold him close, and bring him home, so he never has to deal with the difficulties of being judged, singled out, or picked on. Of course I didn’t do that. For one, my wife would freak out. For two, I’ve got to let my son find his feet and his own way. And I didn’t want to kick off my son’s first school year by being the most embarrassing...
Inside The Pages: Available Darkness Episode 1

Inside The Pages: Available Darkness Episode 1

(note: This week’s newsletter is the same as the Author’s Note, so if you prefer to read those in the book, just click the links below to go get the book. Additionally, we’ve got an update on Z 2134 at the end of this letter.) Hello Fellow Goner, It’s Dave here with a few words on Available Darkness: Episode 1, (Amazon US link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009CHBQZU  Amazon UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009CHBQZU ) a serialization of the Available Darkness book we released in August 2011 as the first part in a trilogy. We wanted to revise the book — our first co-written novel, by the way — to make it a better reading experience before launching the second season. If you’ve never read Available Darkness, welcome! If you read the original, there’s a few things you need to know: If you already read Available Darkness: Book One, then you don’t NEED to read the serialized version. This is REVISED material, but events from the first book have not been altered. The major changes in this edition are: better scene flow, less clunky exposition, and what we hope to be a better written story. Available Darkness: Season One will run the length of our other serials, six episodes, followed by a fully-revised Season One compilation. A couple weeks after Season One, we’ll return with Available Darkness: Episode 7, the first episode of Season Two. While Yesterday’s Gone was the serial Sean and I are most associated with, it wasn’t our first serial. That honor belongs to Available Darkness, which we started writing in 2008 as a serial on the web. While it found a...
Inside the Pages: The Good Deeds Society

Inside the Pages: The Good Deeds Society

Hey there fellow Goner, I’m trying something different this week… I’m using the Author’s Note of this week’s release, The Dark Crossings short tale, The Good Deeds Society, as our newsletter. Don’t worry, it’s a spoiler-free Author’s Note. As much as I hadn’t planned the ending for this short story (which came to me in an almost fevered rush of writing), I didn’t plan to write this Author’s Note about why I write. It just kinda came out. It felt confessional, and cleansing in a way, to finally put a point on a question that many have asked and which I’ve never had a decent answer for — why do I write such dark stuff? Usually it’s asked with either fascination, like I must be some dark, evil, and totally fun guy (instead of the boring guy I am). Or it’s asked with which I can only describe as that face, where someone doesn’t want to insult you, yet they clearly are concerned for your sanity. Well, I think I finally have an answer (which you can read below or wait until you read the book, where it’s also included). Here’s the story pitch and the links, followed by the original author’s note (with just a couple of words changed).   THE GOOD DEEDS SOCIETY Something weird is happening in the gated community of Evergreen Walk. People are having dreams in which a mysterious woman appears to them, asking them to do good deeds for one another. Soon, a group calling itself The Good Deeds Society forms, eager to spread  word of the Lady and her good deeds. But...
What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do began as something of an inside joke between Sean and I while writing the first season of Yesterday’s Gone. It’s obviously a play on the What Would Jesus Do? (W.W.J.D.) motto which asks evangelical Christians to consider what Jesus would do in any situation, to help guide their decision making. W.W.B.D. is kinda the opposite of that. What would a homicidal serial killer rapist do? How would he handle any given situation? W.W.B.D. It was our take on dealing with stressful situations, stupid people, or hell, even the weather. Someone take your parking spot? What Would Boricio Do? Someone let their dog crap all over your lawn and then just left it there? What Would Boricio Do? And while we can’t go around in polite society breaking people’s legs when they take your parking spot or let their dogs turn your lawn into a minefield, it’s fun to imagine. It was a fun little thing and we even made a video. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6TGj9ocr74] Before the first season was out, people were already responding positively to Boricio. I was kind of surprised, to be honest. A secondary character that Sean created simply as “the bad guy” to begin with, had become one, if not our most, memorable character to date. I’m not sure if that flatters or scares us. Readers began asking us to write a story about Boricio. And Sean was all too thrilled to do that! But I vetoed the idea, thinking that having Boricio carry a story, without something to counter him, was a bad idea. He’s all id, and let’s face it,...

Author’s Note: Episode 14

Spoiler Alert: If you’re not caught up through Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 13, then please don’t read this… We added this author’s note to Episode 14 following some questions from readers. We had to revise the book to include this note, so your copy may or may not have it in the book. We will include it in future editions this season. And we’ll leave it here on the website for you to read. Author’s Note: Hi, fellow Goner. When we started Yesterday’s Gone last summer, we knew that we’d have some ‘splainin’ to do when we finally pulled the curtain back to show you what happened right before The Event of October 15. Sean and I (Dave) have spent many hundreds of hours hammering out this storyline, and believe this season will be one of the most powerful stories we’ve written together. The challenge of presenting a complex narrative is to tell it without insulting the reader with constant reminders of what they know, while making it so people who have gone weeks or months between episodes can easily recall the story to that point. It’s a fine line to balance. Given the nature of this story, and the multiple timelines and alternate Earth characters, we wanted to take a moment, offer a recap, and address some of our most frequently asked reader questions regarding timelines and alternate characters and worlds. There are NO SPOILERS below, provided you’ve read up to Episode 13 (the book before this one). Yesterday’s Gone began with the premise that nearly everyone on Earth vanished on October 15, except for the main characters you first...