About this project
Apocalypse Springs: Reanimation is a story about a man in Colorado Springs who has to fight against his physical disability and his mental problems in order to move with his friends to safety in the midst of the "zombie apocalypse." This is the first book in a science fiction series.
This story began as one of my creative writing projects for my own benefit, but it was quickly transformed into a viable book and series idea by the input of my creative writing improv group. What started as a science fiction story of a man in an abandoned city has become a story about a growing pandemic.
In short, the story involves a man known only to others as Jester. He is a man whose war injuries and bipolar disorder have lent themselves to a self-destructive nature, held at bay by the mentorship and care of a defrocked minister and former Irish Army Ranger. The story begins after Jester wakes up from "falling off the wagon" and he is immediately thrown into the bedlam of an overrun city.
As Jester and his friends are constantly pinned between the so-called "Reanimates" and a task force of mercenaries who call themselves the Hellion Battalion, Jester's fluctuation between mania and depression serve as a greater threat to the group's survival than the diseased cannibals and constant gunfire that surround them on every side.
While there is plenty of action to be had in Apocalypse Springs, the greater story is Jester's personal struggle to cope with his ailments and deal with his doubts in everything he has ever known. When Jester's mistakes become a liability to the survival of the group, it falls upon him to become the leader he needs to be or die trying.
I have already been working on this book for six years--research, writing, rewriting, learning the craft, and going through zombie-genre pieces to see what's already out there. I know my predecessors, and I know the expectations of you, my Backers. I am prepared to be completely finished with writing by April, and to have all rewards out to their Backers by the end of the year.
To accomplish that, I'm working with a group of professionals and friends who have worked in project management prior to this Kickstarter. While I work on writing the best long-form novel I can, they're going to have my back, working on the logistics and making sure things get to where they're going.
When I'm not writing, I'll be interacting with my Backers and fans to get their input and answer their questions. I'm huge on interaction with my audience, and while I can't be "on call" twenty-four hours a day like I want to be, I'm going to work to do the best I can to make sure I deliver quality products on time.
Risks and challenges
Most of our complications will probably come about because of misprints on T-shirts and books, changes in dates of events like ZombieCon, or other problems. While we can't guarantee the dates of those events beyond what their function managers promise, we feel that the rewards we're offering are worth waiting for. In regards to printed materials, we do have alternative printers and other production avenues in mind in case our primary avenues don't come through for us.
In regard to the text of the book itself, it is always saved in at least three different locations in three different ways, allowing us to make up for lost ground if we lose one-third or even two-thirds of what we have. It is very, very unlikely that we would ever lose all three, but we are prepared for that eventuality as well with outlines and other guides to help me as the author reconstruct the story.
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