Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Cathartes Aura on the Road from Nowhere" Sneak Peek: Chapter Eight

Just wrote ninety-six.  Almost finished.  Then a month of editing.  It will take that long.  So much dialogue and choreography in this episode.  It's so much easier when they're all animals and they stay within one square mile.  Somebody, count the number of quotation marks in "Apocalypse Zoo" and we'll see how it compares to "Road from Nowhere".  Also, I don't think I used a single name in book one.

Chapter Eight, Verse Seven:

Soon they roll down the highway, Joe’s magnum

In his lap, the shotgun on Val’s shoulder.

Bodhi flanks the camels.  With field-glasses

And Glock, Sam melts with the trees, climbs the ridge.

Pushing hard, he takes high ground, jogs ahead,

Outruns the Jag until he finds the mall.

He ducks behind rocks, surveils the structures,

Ragged fence, rugged garden, scattered cars.

A long swig of water and a quick puff.

Sam drops to the road, trots back to the car.