My name is C. David Apgar and since I was a child, every story that truly got to me was a short story.
My whole world has been shaped by brief flashes of the spectacular and amazing. From TV shows like The Twilight Zone & Night Gallery to the exquisitely twisted writing of the masters like Harlan Ellison & Harry Harrison, I have been blessed to live in a time when writers have had more ability to express themselves in a multitude of mediums than at any other point in time.
But it is the medium of the short story that owns me.
I believe it is the short story's brief moment of existence that shaped who I am as a writer. Peeking through the curtains of a tiny window at a world so unlike my own, relishing every naughty second, knowing this pleasure could only last for so long and then it would be gone.
There was never more...You got what you got.
It may not have been what you wanted or it may have been exactly what you needed. Either way, when that last page was turned or the credits started to roll, you knew that particular adventure was over and the only way that story could possibly continue was in your mind.
Like a drug, it is that abrupt reality check at the end that has always sealed my fate as a reader and creator. My mind freezing everything in time, permanently sealing away those characters and their plight in the folds of my brain so they could continue to live out their journey in my imagination.
At two hundred sixty pages combined, Survival Pod Issues One and Two are twin twisting, turning rides through twelve strange and eclectic moments, all frozen in time for your entertainment purposes.
Despite being my debut books, Survival Pod Issues One and Two represent a lifetime of work, experience, love, and choices. Professionally my writing credentials include publication in my collegiate newspaper "The Lantern" and Cincinnati's former alternative weekly "Everybody's News", along with a brief stint as a television, video game, and book reviewer on Blogcritics.com and as an Assistant Web Editor for City Pages Minneapolis. Besides Survival Pod, my most recent writings reside on the blog, $10,000 Big Ones or My Journey to Become Published; which has in the two years since its debut been read by thousands of readers in over ninety countries.
Like most writers, I spent a large part of my youth working on that opus novel that would "make or break" my career and it did just that...It broke my spirit and for almost a decade I have been searching for a way out of the dark and back out into the light*.
*(For more insight into my path to publication, please check out my blog: $10,000 Big Ones or My Journey to Become Published)
It wasn't until December of 2011 that it all came together and suddenly made sense. I needed to go back to that which made me the most happy and Survival Pod Issues One & Two and Volume One were born.
The books are completed and have been edited by myself multiple times but are still missing that last element needed before e-publication via Kindle, Smashwords, and physically via Amazon CreateSpace.
The services of a Copy Editor!
Having already found a local editor; whose skills are exceptional and way beyond my expectations, the two of us have worked out the costs, and are currently in a holding pattern until funding is procured.
I am also applying for the Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers (formerly the SASE Jerome Grants for Emerging Writers) in the hopes of bolstering my financing in order to promote the project through personal appearances and book signing events through 2013.
Since they do not announce the winners of the Grant until January of 2013, all funds from the Kickstarter Project will be used exclusively to pay for the completion of copy editing. If there is anything left, the remaining funds will be used to pay for any promotional costs related to the marketing of Survival Pod to the public up to and after the projected release date of mid December 2012.
Thank you so much for taking your time today to look over my project! Have a great day and thanks for supporting the Arts.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges with any project.
For example, it could take longer for my editor to chop her way through the books than planned. The revisions could cause some stories to have to be rebuilt, entirely.
Then there is the extensive post-editing process, and trying to release during the christmas season with internet traffic at its highest; which could theoretically could cause unexpected delay...
Hell, there could be a zombie apocalypse and I could end up looking like an old Mel Gibson; ala' Road Warrior, standing in the frozen wastes of a post-mayan prophecy America, eating dog food, and mumbling incoherently to random survivors.
In all these cases, I assure you I will continue to work as hard as I can to overcome all hardships standing in the way of a December 21, 2012 release of Survival Pod Issues One & Two on Amazon and Smashwords.
We stand at the precipice of a new world folks. The world of "Democratized Media" as Kevin Smith would say. All the tools to make a dream into reality are all well within our reach.
This is the time of action instead of just dreaming and believe me folks, like a locomotive I am in motion, have momentum, and in no way ready to stop!
- (30 days)