Monthly Archives: September 2013
Recently I took part in the HorrorAddicts.net Wicked Women Writers Challenge after having been dealt what I feel was a fairly rough
hand by the clever yet cheeky Norns:
- My Apocalyptic Disaster – Super Volcano
- My Location – A Commuter Train
- My ‘Helpful’ Item – A Bottle of Jack Daniels
- My Disadvantage – Being Naked
The challenge was to take the four elements and weave a story around them, all while answering the penultimate question: How Will You Survive? Trust me, it wasn’t easy…
I sat at my computer and wrote somewhere in the neighbourhood of three potential stories combining the elements in different ways before deciding upon a completely different angle to attack the challenge from. And from that point forward, there was no turning back.
To give you a quick synopsis:
“After a failed and disastrous sexual interlude on her commute home, our heroine is shocked to discover the train she’s riding upon is rushing headlong into the path of an erupting volcano. Completely naked, how will she survive when panic sets in?”
Gripping huh? That’s what I thought! It’s filled not only with elements of horror, but I’ve mixed in a good dose of comedy as well. How could I not? Facing down a super volcano while being naked bespeaks to a certain amount of needed comedic flare.
So in the end, Not All Jacks Are Created Equal is a dark comedic tale that certainly answers the questions the Norns asked. You’ll just have to read or listen to find out how our heroine survives.
Julianne Snow’s Bio:
Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction and has roots that go deep into horror. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, James Ward Kirk Publishing and Hazardous Press as well as the forthcoming shorts in anthologies from 7DS Books, Phrenic Press, and the Coffin Hop charity anthology Death by Drive-In. Look for parts in a number of collaborative projects to be announced shortly.
Last year, I was challenged to participate by a fellow writer. I thought it might be fun, so I did. This year, I didn’t need a challenge.
Did you have any challenges writing your story once you got your challenge or did it come easy to you?
The most difficult part for me was deciding what the biological weapon would do. There were so many choices, but I had to pick one. I tried giant sand fleas in one draft, but it only made me itch.
What kind of style do you usually write?
I’ll write anything except erotic fiction. My inner twelve-year-old won’t stop giggling. Horror is my favorite. It’s a great way to release any frustrations I bottle.
Do you have anything you are working on now that we should look forward to?
I’m not sure if anyone should look forward to it, but I’ve been working on a novel that expands one of my short stories. It’s interesting seeing more of the characters than they showed me in the short.
You can find out more about Rebecca Snow at cemeteryflowerblog.wordpress.com
Bio: Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, FINDING POE, was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC Awards in horror.
This year, the WWW Challenge theme is How Will You Survive? I, along with 12 others was assigned an apocalyptic disaster, a location, a helpful object, and an untimely disability. Voting starts September 7th and ends October 7th. Stories will air on podcast #95 September 7th on the http://www.horroraddicts.net show. To vote, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “vote” in the subject line.
I got a terrorist invasion, in a greenhouse, with a skateboard and I have a migraine. It was pretty challenging but I hope you enjoy my story, Static.
You can also read along with the stories and catch words you might have missed on horroraddicts.net. Be sure and listen to all 13 stories before casting your vote!
The winner will be announced on the October 19th Finale of Horror Addicts.net podcast show. Break a Leg, Wickeds! The wicked entrants are listed in order of submission for their completed podcasts.