America the Dead
A few days back I began work on the America the Dead website. I hope over the next month or so to migrate everything America the Dead to there: Podcasts; Books, Videos. Of course immediately after starting I also decided that my office, which has been torn apart for months should be put back together, straightened out. I have three computer builds, two guitar builds, recording for original music and covers and recording for podcasts, so I spend hours every day here; as in 16 or so.
That correlates directly with every iron I have in the fire, but doesn’t have to be so time consuming, I tell myself, if I would just schedule things. Ha ha. For me that has never been possible. How do you stop writing? Do you tell yourself “Uh, Dell, hate to bother you man, but it’s been, like, over eighteen hours you have been writing, and you also have to finish up that song, and then…”
“What are you trying to say? Are you saying I should cut the flow of story and walk away from it? Stop writing? Because you say there isn’t enough time? Huh? Well, la dee da.”
And, that’s the way it would go. That little argument and the next thing you know, three hours later the new story is done and I’m off for a nap for an hour or so before I’m off to the next thing.
So, I need organization, and I started on that today. Of course after fifteen hours of organizing I was stressing the loss of those hours to organizing instead of creating. But, the creation doesn’t happen without the organization, so I did it.
The payoff was that I finally hooked up my new monitors, not new, but new to me. I had been waiting for a good deal to switch from my flat panel 19 inch ones, to 24 inch monitors, and I finally found a deal on eBay and purchased four of them. They came and have been sitting, after testing, and now are finally hooked up. Refurbished, screens excellent, frames excellent too, $50.00 U.S. per if I popped for the four of them, and so I did,
Before that I was running six monitors of mixed brands, 19 inch flat panels. The monitors were good, but mixed brands are sometimes a problem: You can have the same physical size monitor, yet it has a different output. I have dual GT 710 Nvidia Graphics card and they will and did run six monitors. I told myself I needed six monitors because… Um… Because I wanted six because they would run six, lol.
When I did programing nearly full time a friend said to me “You shouldn’t do something just because you can.” That is the truth.
So, fifteen hours, I have my 40 inch HD-TV hooked up on the left of the desktop so I can watch YouTube, and my four 24’s on the right so I can work. Now I have to get to work to prove $200.00 in monitors, another $100.00 in Graphics cards and a used 40 inch HD TV for $125.00 (All eBay). Of course I am cheap, and so I saved for months, rejected several deals, and finally jumped in.
America the Dead: What in hell am I doing, doing a weekly Podcast and basically giving away the book series an episode at a time for free? Good question. It started because my friend Andrea sent a prototype and I liked it; the idea, so I did it.
Each episode is 20 to 30 minutes, give or take. That means about 16 episodes comes to, give or take, sixty thousand words. I have about 20 books at 100 k each, and many other stories, almost none of it published before, so that works out to about fifteen years’ worth of material ready to speak to life.
Since the podcasts do not follow the exact story line as the books, it leaves more to discover in the books, characters, places and events the Podcast listener didn’t know about. My hope is, if you like the podcasts, you might also like the books. And, if you don’t? Well, I’m enjoying doing the podcasts, so it hardly matters.
You can find the books on Amazon at my author page, Dell Sweet: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Sweet/e/B01N24V05N
The individual books at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/37057
The story is more survivor based than undead based; in other words more character driven and voiced. But, the dead do make appearances both minor and major throughout the series.
The dead have a hunger for human flesh. I have often wondered about that, so should they be cannibals instead of zombies. Undead? I know this, I wouldn’t invite them over to dinner.
I was doing some research the other day on zombies and got a cannibal reference. Some people think that there are still hidden areas of the Amazon inhabited by cannibals, so maybe this is not a far jump to write about flesh eating undead people wandering the streets. But not dumb, smart, smart enough to outsmart humans on many levels. You can’t just go out and hunt them because you may very well find yourself being hunted instead. And, what wo9uld you say if you did find one?
“Hey, dude, please don’t eat me.”
I don’t think I would say that but knowing me I would want to pick their undead brain…
“So, what sort of condiments do you use, MS dead person?”
“Do you eat each other or only live people?”
“What about Friday? Only fish on Friday?”
“Hey, have you ever eaten cat food? Just asking for a friend.”
Okay, I’m off, but if you are a follower you knew that. Check out the podcasts and or the books and please leave reviews, likes or dislikes for the books, and subscribe to the podcast and follow me to get weekly updates. Thanks for dropping by, Dell…
Mentioned: Andrea Scroggs. Andrea is a fellow writer, and an awesome one too. She is one of the most original and talented artists I know. Here is her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Scroggs/e/B00JO5J75Q
America the Dead: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=America+the+Dead+%26+Dell+Sweet&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss