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Open Source Idea

I’m going to borrow a page from and post an idea I had that I don’t have time to follow through on, at least not for a very long time. I would post it under a creative commons license, but since you can’t really copyright an idea anyway, that seems a bit redundant, so just consider this open source, and recognize that whatever you choose to do with it, I still have the right to do my own thing with it somewhere down the road, if the spirit moves me. 😉

I am so very, very sick of the phrase, “Obesity epidemic.” Dear Media: Obesity is not a virus.

Except, what if it was?

And what if a scientist discovered this, and developed a vaccine? But the Diet Industry, which has a huge stake in everyone staying fat, will try to stop the vaccine at any cost. And what’s the source of the virus, anyway? Evolution? Invading aliens? A vast, corrupt conspiracy?

If you decide to take this idea and run with it, I would love to see what you come up with.

Happy writing!

Ficlet: Caught In the Middle

This is the seed of something that will very likely become my next NaNoWriMo project.


Splinters from the boards over the window dug into her back as strong hands pinned her there with only half as much force as they were able. She would have bruises later, but so what? The cool tongue in her mouth made her blood boil.

The boards bucked against her, knocking them both away from the window. She stumbled. He caught her (of course he did, with those amazing reflexes) but then shoved her to the ground. She skinned her palms as she landed on the concrete. “Hey!” She looked up, half expecting him to jump on top of her, and really looking forward to it. So she was a fun mix of surprised, disappointed, and turned on when she saw him ripping the zombie’s head off with his bare hands instead.

That was so gross. And so hot.

“You ok?” He wiped his hand (zombie gore, ew!) on his jeans before offering it to her. She took it, releasing the breath she’d been holding as he pulled her up.

“You kiss good for a dead guy.”

He grinned, fangs exposed. “Just one more thing the zombies and I don’t have in common.”


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