Not every monster started as human.
In this anthology of eleven original tales - ten by DFW Writers' Workshop members - the undead are never quite expected. From sinister feline mummies to ravenous zombified cars and any and all things in-between, the living dead have returned from their graves, junkyards, and even the war torn skies to haunt the lands of the living. With stories horrific, funny, and weird, Strange Afterlives has a little something for everyone who has ever wondered what terrible secrets could be lurking in that rotting tree or broken toy.
Edited by former DFWWW board member and "a pretty cool guy (according to his mother)", A. Lee Martinez, STRANGE AFTERLIVES is available on Amazon for $0.99.
Buy it now see firsthand why you should join the workshop, if you haven't already.
Stories included in this anthology:
Mouse Trouble by A. Lee Martinez
After the Invasion by Russell C. Connor
Seated Woman with Child by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Roots by Brooke Fossey
The Late Mrs. Buttons by Sally Hamilton
An Undercover Haunting by Kristi Hutson
GImme Shelter by David C. Whiteman
01001110 by Nik Holman
The Runner by John Bartell
Night Witch by Shawn Scarber
The Scavenger Hunt by John Sanders Jr.
STRANGE AFTERLIVES will terrify and amuse. You may never look at a rusted automobile the same way again.
And be sure to join us any Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at The Simmons Center in Euless to see how DFWWW authors keep producing wonderful stories like the ones in this anthology.
Each year, area authors submit their first ten pages of their novel to the Henery Press First Chapter Contest, sponsored by the Frisco Public Library. Henery Press, an award-winning local publishing company, reviews the entries and selects the winner.
And for the second year in a row, a DFW Writers' Workshop Member has claimed first prize.
The 2015 First Chapter Contest winner is...(drum roll please)...our president and fearless leader...
For those who don't know her, Brooke is a hard-bitten literary gunner who holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Texas A&M and a Masters of Technical Management from Embry Riddle, both of which she’s holstered in favor of raising her four kids with her hubby, Matt. She is also a blogger for Carve Magazine. Find Brooke on Twitter as @BAFossey.
Brooke's first chapter from her book, The Parting Hour, will be featured at friscolibrary.com and professionally reviewed by Henery Press. She joins last year's winners and DFWWW members, George Goldthwaite and Melissa Lenhardt.
Join us any Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at The Simmons Center in Euless to see how DFWWW authors keep bringing home the wins.
Despite this, I’ve recently found myself dwelling on the nuances of sentence structure. I know what you’re thinking: boring. But stay with me. If you’re awake at the end of class, it means you’ve read my story about men and bras. (I’m nothing if not desperate for your attention.) In the meantime, let's talk about sentences.
Here it goes.
There are a million ways to arrange your subject and predicate, another million ways to splice and compound. It’s overwhelming, really. As authors, we’re on the hook to understand at least a modest portion of this mind-numbing subject in order to build our books. Personally, I hate writing crappy sentences. Out of context, that last one might qualify.
But anyway, how do we construct our 50,000+ word towers if, on the English-knowledge-scale, we merely qualify as dangerous? How can we appear to know more, from a literary perspective, than we actually do?
Here’s my trick: Don’t start every sentence the same way. Get away from what I like to call the “See Jane” syndrome. The moment you start your sentence with a new and different word is the moment you’ve begun to build a tiny literary masterpiece.
To illustrate this, I’ve written a story. Each sentence of this yarn starts in a distinctive way, and that’s important. An unabridged dictionary offers you 600,000 words to choose from, so it would be silly to always begin with “See”. Just saying. And for those who are interested in the scientific names for these syntaxes, they’re included. Perhaps you’ll be able to stomach that portion of the lesson if you consider the subject...
Bras! Men! Men! Bras!
Without further ado, here are eleven unique ways to start a sentence.
At the entrance to the mall’s brassiere shop stood a man with his hands jammed into his pockets. (A Prepositional Phrase)
He walked inside looking for his wife, but instead ran directly into a faceless mannequin who wore a leopard print teddy. (A pronoun)
Excusing himself, even though it was hardly necessary, he made his way to the counter. (A Participle Phrase)
As he did so, his cable knit sweater caught the clasp of a bra hanging from the nearest rack. (A Conjunction)
Panicked, he stepped away, but the bra stretched and followed him. (An Adjectival Participle)
Undergarments of all types began pointing to him as the rack tipped. (A Noun)
Swearing seemed reasonable enough, though he didn’t mean to yell quite so loud. (A Gerund)
To avoid any more unnecessary commotion, he righted the rack and gave it a well-meaning hug to ensure its stability. (An Infinite Phrase)
Meanwhile, his amused wife looked on from the entrance where she had been waiting all along. (A Transition Word and/or an Adverb)
Alas, he had proven her longstanding argument: Men are unnecessarily hung up on women’s unmentionables. (An Interjection)
The end. (An Article)
For real…the end. Wake up. Class dismissed. Go forth and put this little nugget into practice.
Let’s go write something not crappy!
- Brooke Fossey, DFWWW Member since 2010