Daily Archives: January 24, 2016

Zombie Western Crossroads

Howdy 3.5 buckaroos.

Bookshelf Q. Battler here.  So, the 3.5 readers with me from the beginning have known that I have a problem.  I start stories, then I hit a wall, then I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to climb over that wall.

In that regard, I think that’s a problem every author faces.  Maybe its not so much a wall as a crossroads.  A fork in the road, rather.  You have to pick a direction and you worry the road you take will offend your 3.5 readers into running off and finding some other blog to read.

Anyway, yup, I foresee a fork in the road ahead.

You may have noticed that Part 1 has no zombies in it, just a brief mention by some Native Americans that “the undead” might be coming.  Hate to break it to you, but I don’t believe that Part 2 will have any zombies in it either.

I know.  Right now you’re channeling Dr. Malcolm from Jurassic Park.  “Uh…you do plan on having zombies in your uh zombie book, don’t you?”

Yes.  And how to handle the zombies was also a decision.  There was the option to just let them roam around uncontrollably with no one having any idea where they came from and watch as Slade and Co. fight for survival.

Hell, the Walking Dead has been on forever without informing their 3.5 billion viewers as to how the zombademic occurred.

But, I decided to go with a villain.  Henry Alan Blythe, yet to be introduced will, well I won’t spoil it, but he’ll have the ability to control the zombies.  On their own, they’ll just be dumb zombies running around eating everyone but then Blythe has the ability to take control and focus them on something…an army of the undead at his disposal.

OK, so I just gave a big spoiler.  But you’re not just my 3.5 readers.  You’re my 3.5 writing advisors too.

So the fork in the road.  How will Slade find out about Blythe’s powers?

I’m torn between two options:


Blythe pulls the classic Bond villain move, capturing Slade, fully explaining himself, his motives, his powers, what he’s up to, perhaps the reason would be Slade gets an offer to join him in his evil mission or perish…oh and of course than Slade, ala Austin Powers, is “left in an easily escapable situation with one inept guard while the villain walks away without confirming his enemy’s death.”  Cheesy, but most of my stuff is a parody over something else so, I think I can get away with it.

Option 2

A new character, I’m thinking a former slave with his own supernatural powers, moseys into town.  He’s crossed paths with Blythe before so he explains everything.  PRO – avoids the Bond style villain confession.  CON – every time you add a hero, it does steal some of Slade i.e. the main hero’s thunder…though I’m thinking eventually it becomes a Scooby Gang situation (remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  She did all the work and her Scooby Gang, i.e. Xander, Willow et all were the support team?)

I don’t know.  What say you, 3.5 cowpokes?





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