Weekend Writing Warriors #63 – Revenant (Part 102)

Apologies for posting this a tiny bit late, I hope you’ll forgive my first lapse after all these many months. I don’t know how it happened but Sunday completely got away from me.

As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “Yes, but let’s not think about that right now. First we concentrate on clearing this facility. The vault is a maze. Way too easy to get fenced in if we’re not careful.”
    Marcus nodded. “You’re the boss.”
    “Besides, we can always venture outside to bag one later if we do end up killing them all.”
    “Fair enough.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #62 – Revenant (Part 101)

This week’s 8 sentences come to you from Sydney. As I write this I am gazing upon the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera house. Grey skies notwithstanding it’s still a spectacular view.

As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Behind him, Marcus did the same but in the opposite direction. Neither man spoke. Their training and experience made them an effective team. They cleared the area in seconds, and when the last husk fell the two soldiers left the room to continue their sweep of the ground level. Most of the rooms were empty, and they cleared those that were occupied with practiced efficiency.
    Only the vault level remained.
    “Aren’t we supposed to capture one of them?” Marcus asked when they returned to the central hub.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #61 – Revenant (Part 100)

Wow. 100 snippets of Revenant.

When I first started writing this on March 31, 2012 I really didn’t know what to expect from this story. I certainly didn’t imagine that it would have grown to almost 10,000 words and still be going a little over 2 years later.

In that time I have received a great deal of encouragement and support from a lot of people and I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to visit this site every week to see how the story is progressing. Your continued visits and feedback really do mean a lot to me.

These sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    They took position on either side of the door. Ryan raised his hand, three fingers raised, then two, then one. As soon as his final finger went down, Marcus kicked the door open. He stepped into the room, breaking off to the right with Ryan right behind him going left.
    With his head held over his rifle Ryan scanned the room. A husk leapt out from behind a nearby partition and ran toward him. Ryan brought the barrel of his weapon around smoothly and squeezed the trigger. The husk died without a sound and Ryan pressed forward into the room.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #60 – Revenant (Part 99)

Started this morning with a bit of exercise in the name of charity as I participated in the annual Cystic Fibrosis fun run (http://rchfoundation.com.au/event/anglingforacure2014). A great start to the day for both the body and the soul.

Today, as always, I have another 8 sentences from Revenant. These sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    The massive glass panels forming the exterior wall let in plenty of light despite not having been cleaned for more than a hundred years. A luxury after a career spent combing through the narrow confines of derelict starships.
    Ryan felt he could get used to such light and wide open spaces. It was nice too, not having to worry about oxygen supply or explosive decompression. Now that he thought about it, Earth really did have a lot to offer humanity. Provided of course, they get to the bottom of this pesky zombie plague.
    “I’m detecting movement up ahead,” Marcus’ said. “Second door on the left.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #59 – Revenant (Part 98)

Hello all and welcome the latest snippet from the ongoing story of Revenant. As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan entered the stairwell, where Marcus waited with his gun held at the ready. The pair carefully negotiated the stairs to the ground floor, pausing to confirm the entryway was clear before they stepped out onto the foyer. The area looked exactly as Ryan remembered from his previous visit.
    “You’ve been here before. Which way should we go?”
    “My last trip wasn’t a sightseeing tour. We just got in and out as quick as we could.”
    “In and out eh?” Marcus said. “That sounds about right. You know, that hot doctor is entirely wasted on you. She needs a man who cares enough to take his time.” Even with the visor completely covering Marcus’ face Ryan could feel the man’s lascivious grin.
    Ryan sighed. “Let’s start with the East Wing.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #58 – Revenant (Part 97)

Sunday again, and that means another 8 sentences from the ongoing story of Revenant. As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Light from the blast illuminated the corridor as Ryan ducked around the corner. Once clear of the debris he turned back around ready to lay down a burst of suppression fire giving his teammate a chance to clear the area.
    Three husks emerged from the flames and smoke. As soon as they saw Ryan standing before them they charged headlong into a barrage of gunfire that vaporised them completely.
    “I’m clear!” his teammate said over the communication channel.
    Ryan waited for a second or two, in case any more husks had survived the explosion.
Nothing moved.
    “Okay, it looks like this level is secure,” he said.
    “That’s three down, only two more to go. At this rate we’ll be home for dinner.”
    “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Marcus. We haven’t met the Banshees yet.”


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WordPress Tag

Thank you to Matthew for tagging me in this round of WordPress Tag. As a result I am to answer the following questions then send out a few tags of my own.

What are you currently working on?

For my main project I am in the throes of writing Returned, the sequel to my hugely popular novel, Hunter. Set in 1944, Kade and Leonard team up once again to kick ass on a remote island. Combining Nazis and Zombies I am really enjoying the way the story is playing out. In addition to this, I am also polishing off a couple of short stories for a sci-fi anthology that tracks the progress of a human colony on a new world.

How does your writing differ from other authors in the genre?

A very difficult question to answer, since I too choose to use words in my writing that have been taken from the lexicon of the English language. That said, I like to think that I put a bit of a sword and sorcery spin on the Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction tale. Having grown up reading Tolkien, Eddings, Feist, and Gemmell, and more recently Sanderson, Lynch, Abercrombie, and Rothfuss my background is staunchly set in the fantasy domain. My writing, on the other hand is drawn from real world events in the case of Hunter and Returned, and probable extrapolations of the future in the case of the anthology. But I like to include elements of fantasy in everything I write. Who said an accountant who works a 9-to-5 job can’t summon demons after hours? Not me, that’s for sure.

Why do you write what you do?

I think I might have partly answered that in the question above. As a reader of fantasy I love the belief that anything is possible, but as a software developer I like to think that everything has to follow certain logical rules. I am also a student of history, having a degree in History and Archaeology from Monash university, which means that I am actively engaged with the events of the past. So to answer the question, I like to reimagine what did happen and consider what might have been if the world followed slightly different rules.

How does your writing process work?

I have a wife, twin teenage daughters, a cat, and a fulltime job. I don’t get a lot of time to write. For that reason alone I am thankful for the deplorable state of public transport in Melbourne where a 25km train ride can afford me a full 40 minutes to bash out some words. I am not a plotter, I rarely know how a story will end from the outset and enjoy the process of writing because I get to find out myself what is going to happen. I read a lot and draw my energy from that, and hoping that one day it will be my books that will be flying off the shelves. But the only thing I can truly say is that consistency is key. I try and write every day, much of it is rubbish but amid the mess of words is the kernel of a story that with a great deal of revision might one day be a source of joy for someone else. To be told that something I imagined made another person happy is a feeling that I cannot describe. Put simply it’s awesome.

That’s it people. Those are the questions. Now, according to convention, I am to tag three other writers, so without any further ado I nominate the following:

Richard Leonard

Monica Enderle Pierce

Veronica Scott

Weekend Writing Warriors #57 – Revenant (Part 96)

Sunday again, and that means another 8 sentences from the ongoing story of Revenant. As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    The Chairman pursed his lips, and Kassandra realised she had gone too far. “Though capable of conceding to your superior arguments, Doctor, I am still petty enough to take offence at being condescended to.”
    “I’m sorry, Alex, I shouldn’t—”
    “You will have your mission, but you are to play no role in the capture of the infected. Only once the area has been secured by suitably capable others will you be permitted to leave the station.”
    “But.”
    “Do I make myself clear, Doctor?”
    Kassandra nodded. “Yes, Sir.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #56 – Revenant (Part 95)

Summer officially ended in Australia two days ago, and I’m not entirely convinced that it actually arrived this year. Sure we did have the occasional hot day, but apart from about three or for days of over 40 degrees Celsius in a row this summer was something of a non-event.

Well its autumn now so we should have some cooler days ahead as we head toward winter. This week has another 8 sentences from Revenant, with Kassandra wielding her considerable intellect to get the outcome she desires from the Chairman. These sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    The man’s mouth opened and closed a few times. “Well, yes, I … what I mean is….” His words tumbled out in fits and starts, and Kassandra waited for him to regain control of his diction.
    Eventually, he sighed. “Very well, Doctor. I can see that your mind is quite made up on the subject, and I have to admit that you make some very valid points.”
    “Thankyou, Mister Chairman.” She fought to keep the triumphant grin from her face. “I knew you would agree with me once presented with all the facts.”


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