Hi everyone! I’m back for another 8Sunday. 😀 This week’s excerpt doesn’t come from The CyberWorld; it comes from before the CyberWorld. A couple weeks ago, an idea for a piece of flash fiction hit me. This is a little snippet of what life was like just before the creation of the CyberWorld. Enjoy! 😀
I sat outside, the cold night air touching my numb skin; I was alone on the grassy hilltop, as I had been for the past hour, twisting my fingers around the strong, tall grass and watching the stars as they moved across the sky. An owl hooted somewhere in the cool, biting night, and I watched the sky’s colors shift, turning from the purple of the evening to the blue-black of the night.
In two days, I would never see the sky again. The grass, curled around my finger, was a little less green than it had been a week ago. The number of people alive had been halved. I looked over the horizon, watching the invisible molecules slowly creep across the landscape, threatening to kill anything they touched. I looked carefully at my skin; it had already infested me, working its way into my lungs and changing me into a deterioration of my physical self. My mind would go next, if the radiation didn’t kill me first.
Blog Post, Idea, and Novel Excerpt © Sabrina Wolfheart & the Books and Bark blog
I’m really excited to be writing this short story, especially because it involves some of the older characters who never appear in The CyberWorld. You guess who the narrator is! 😀 Of course it’s revealed in the story, but I’m interested to hear what you think. 🙂
In other exciting news, it will be my birthday in exactly two weeks! 😀 This makes me very, very happy. Even though October 19th is quite a ways away, I have already started sending out my (extensively long) TBR list to my friends. It’s actually on Sunday, so I’m thinking of doing something extra-special on the blog (perhaps there is an excerpt of The CyberWorld or Dear Melody that you especially want to see? Or an excerpt from another old/new project?). The Sunday after that is actually my dog’s birthday (and National Pit Bull Awareness Day… which is appropriate considering she’s a pittie). Yesterday, my mom finally let me go to Barnes & Noble and buy a physical book for the first time, I think, in 2014 (my physical book-buying ban has been lifted? I think not.). My room has become quite cluttered with all the physical books I already have, plus all the ARCs that have been coming in (not that I’m complaining, no, no, no! I love the books! Give me ALL the physical books!), that I think I may need another bookshelf. And considering my current bookshelf is floor-to-ceiling and all the shelves are filled and double-stacked, I think I may have a lot of books. I happened to get Parallel by Lauren Miller, seeing as it’s the type of book that I would write. Now away from the really long paragraph about all the books I own. Did you know that…
October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month!
EVERYONE needs to know this. This year, I started a campaign for pit bull advocacy called Pits4PEACE (check us out on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Our “Official” Site, or our Instagram), to help pit bulls get rid of the bad rap they don’t deserve. In honor of National Pittie Awareness Month, I’m getting rid of the “start here” badge on the right-hand sidebar and replacing it with… *drumroll please*… THIS:
Feel free to download it and print it out, use it on your own blog, or do whatever else you want with it. If that design doesn’t appeal to you, there are also these:
Go celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Month.
Signing off on a shamelessly long WeWriWa post/self-promotion of birthday (and happy 8Sunday!)