The Rising Horde: Just Some Odds and Ends
I’m continuing to bang out the first draft of The Gathering Dead sequel, currently called The Rising Horde…though lately, I’ve been thinking of changing it to The Gathering Horde. What do you guys think? I’m averaging a good 3,000 words a day, which is a pretty healthy rate, I think. I have a hard-stop of October 20, as I need to deliver the draft to an editor for an initial pass, which is going to be an aggressive goal.
But hey. Life’s tough.
But while I should be writing about hundreds of zombies emerging from the surf around Padre Island, I’m going to loaf a bit and share some general errata with regards to the novel itself. Just so you guys can see what’s going on in my head, so to speak.
First off, music is key, and despite having a vast library of CDs and MP3s, I guess I needed something new and different to see me through. To the rescue: YouTube, and the scores to three video games, of all things–Lost Planet and Lost Planet 2 by newly-discovered Jamie Christopherson, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Hans Zimmer (who I don’t usually care for) and his hardworking contributor, Lorne Balfe. Some of the music doesn’t quite fit thematically, but hey, it’s free and it’s working for me. Some cool cuts:
Takedown – CoD:MW2
Rangers Lead The Way – CoD:MW2, which is fitting since I have a BN from 75th Ranger on-station
Task Force – Lost Planet 2
Infiltration – Lost Planet 2
Wayne’s Theme/Title – Lost Planet
Sortie/Mission Briefing – Lost Planet
Some good stuff here, really gets me going.
Other stuff–let’s see some pics!
McDaniels and Gartrell are part of Joint Task Force SPARTA (JTF-SPARTA) which is centered around defending a specific objective in Texas. The facility in question is already fairly remote–if you call being 10 or 20 miles south of Odessa as remote, and most people would probably agree with that. Here’s the location, marked with an X, courtesy of my fantastically mad Photoshop skillz…
And add to that several rows of HESCO barriers, which are filled with earth and can serve as secondary barriers…
There’s much more than just this stuff, of course…but that should give you an idea of what the task force has in mind, with regards to static defenses. I’ll come back in a bit and drop in some pictures of vehicles, weapons, and maybe a thumbnail of the forces arrayed against the encroaching dead…