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Part six of The Whiteboard

You can find part five of The Whiteboard here http://wp.me/p3VxaG-1QS

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So, here is the sixth part or installment of our strange tale. The Whiteboard is about a woman whose dry erase board at her job suddenly starts issuing someone’s opinion and becomes the object of their interest with her as the recipient.  Today we find out what happens next.

©The Whiteboard Part Six by Kim Smith

The writer didn’t put out new whiteboard writing at all on Thursday. By the time Anne got ready to leave work, she had convinced herself it was just a silly office game someone was playing with her and best left ignored. She wanted no part in it.

But when she prepared to leave for the day, she couldn’t locate her keys.

She was fastidious to a fault and to misplace anything was not her norm. She checked her sweater hanging on the back of the door, took every item out of her purse. turned it upside down and patted it to make anything inside fall out.

Nothing did.

And she had an immense set of keys. They were impossible to miss when they were lying on the desk or in the bottom of her purse. She checked her desk, every nook and cranny, even looking all around on the floor.

The keys were officially missing.

She gazed up at the whiteboard. Nothing there to give her a hint.

Or was there?

In very tiny writing, using the yellow marker this time, was one single line that she had completely missed.

“I like your car.”

Now, a cold drip of fear sucked through her belly. Did the writer take her keys?

She had to go to her car.

Of course, the writer had taken the keys.  Why else were they missing? The writer was taunting her. Anger made her breath come out in a whoosh as she strode from her office headed straight for the elevator.

If this lunatic had done anything to her car…she’d kill him. Or her. She didn’t care. When she got her hands on them, they’d be a believer.

When she walked outside, she blinked at the brilliance of the sun as it shone on her face. She would love to be able to just sit on the concrete steps and enjoy it. But instead, she thought about how unfair life was. She couldn’t even enjoy the seasonal beauty because someone had gotten focused on her and now had her heart filled with hate.

When she arrived at the car, her keys were lying just underneath the car’s door. Did she accidentally drop them? Had she been all keyed up over the writer’s activities and been at fault all along?

She scooped them up and walked around her car, suspiciously. She had had to have them in her hands to lock the vehicle’s door’s with the clicker. It was obviously locked. Besides, hadn’t the writer said in the latest writing that they liked the car?

Frustrated, she rushed inside the building to go straight to her boss’s office. Enough was enough. When she walked into her supervisor’s office, it was like it wasn’t even her moving her legs. She was a robot performing some weird pre-designed action.

“What’s up?” Mr. Stanton asked.

“I…I have a problem,” she replied, looking at the various items on his desk, formulating her thoughts.

“Like?”

He was being kind.

She was approaching this all wrong. She dove in anyway.

“Y-yes,” she stammered. “I’ve been having a visitor at night in my office.”

She glanced at him.

He steepled his fingers together and sat back.

“A visitor?”

__________

Well, there you have it, my friends. What do you think will happen next?

 

 

 

Survivalist Mode: Will We Make It Out Alive?

I think I have gone into survivalist mode. I see so many books being published every day at Amazon. In a recent interview on Writer Groupie my guest mentioned 2200 a day. That’s a lot of books, folks. NY publishers are sitting back watching their slush piles grow smaller and smaller and they are laughing at the rest of us.

Yes, this is the slush they USED to have to deal with. 2200 books a day, y’all.

It’s enough to make me grab my bug out bag and race off into the wild. I think I have a better shot at making a living as a rainwater catcher in the rainforest (another sort of Amazon) than I do at getting someone to find out about my books.

Maybe this is why readers love apocalypic stories–to see who makes it out alive. I feel like I have been dropped into the pages of the next Hunger Games. Who will survive this book apocalypse? If in one week there are 15,400 books to come out, then that’s like 803,000 books a year. OMG.

How do WE survive self-publishing when everyone else is doing the same thing?

Well, for one thing, we have to be better. We have to be the best there ever was.(insert strains of The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band)

We must write GOOD books, ones that are worthy of being looked at. Put GOOD covers on them, and be GOOD marketers. Okay, maybe we should change those goods into greats. No wait. Excellent. The best we can be. We can no longer thrust our work into the world and say, “Oh, well, I can always reissue it if it gets a bad review. I can always update it. Issue a revised version.” No. I am saying noooooo. If you lose your reader on the first go round, they may never give it another shot-and what’s worse? They may never buy from you again.

Write an excellent book. Give it an excellent cover. And learn how to make people want to buy it. That is the main point (or three) of surviving this new world of the written word. It’s like food, shelter, and water. The basics.

Post up your thoughts.

As you all may know, I have been working on a sort of apocalyptic story. It’s really a little hard to write, because I have to imagine the world completely utterly changed. Nothing is as it is now. Not even simple things.

Imagine brushing your teeth in the morning and remembering that detail won’t be allowed in this terrible future of your story.

So, a good thought for you today–

In a future world where everything is chaos, and nothing remains of our current luxurious amenities, what do you see? What does the world look like? What is missing? What is new and even more terrible?

I will post up some of my apocalypse story stuff later this week.