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End of the world: Survival must-haves

Let's talk about the end of the world stock piles. Why? Why not? My new upcoming post-apocalyptic novel, Hear Me Scream, which will be released Spring 2014 (shameless self-promotion) has me in that mind set. This one goes out to all you preppers out there. You might already know most of this stuff, but if you don't know them all, I have a few things I'd like to discuss. Like essentials:
Water:      It doesn't matter whether you have a pond or a creek nearby or a water tank full to the brim. Find more. Get as many bottles as you can steal find. Storing buckets to collect rain is also a good idea. I think I saw this in 28 Days Later. We can't live without water and so never get too comfortable with the idea that you have enough. Besides, isn't the world running out of fresh water, right now? 
     2. Canned Food:
     I remember having read  Earth Abides and thought, "Will old can foods really be edible fifty years after a collapse?" I don't know, bu…


The pleasures of running are almost nonexistent to me. I jog because we all want to be in shape, right? I do. The best part of my 'exhilarating' run, however, is passing by Sable, the black mare. This beautiful creature lives in the farmstead below my current home. Every time I spot her, I stop running and go see her. It's an impulsive need of mine. Sable approaches the edge of her confinement to greet me as well. We have a mutual understanding. Sable communicates in that funny way animals do, by staring blankly at me while I ramble. She listens, I suspect the mare humors me hoping to be fed. So far, I've sorely disappointed her everyday. Of course, this horse's name is not actually Sable. But in my writer mind, she has been for a while.

My novel Hear Me Scream happens to have a black mare, important to the plot, to Raven's (the main character) growth. Originally, I was going to have a chestnut stallion, and I still did add Bronte. But the mare, the mare became…

Lowell Library

I recently visited: Pollard Memorial Library located in Lowell Ma. A beautiful library. Historical and with plenty to offer. My sister and I roamed about the place for about an hour. We took some pictures and looked through some books. If you're ever in the area, go visit  this book heaven.

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