Saturday, November 22, 2014

Day One (Revised and Updated with Bonus Content)

 The following collections of journals were recovered from a caravan outside of Duluth, Minnesota. The exact date of recovery is not known nor is the origin of the speaker. The Bureau for the Restoration of History (BFRH) would like help in identifying the man who kept these records. This unedited record of events is still considered the most accurate history of the apocalypse that occurred on April 15th, 2011

I stole a yellow memo pad from the supply locker. I hope they don't care. I need to write something down. I remember hearing somewhere that having a journal is a good way to avoid going crazy. It was on the Today Show, or something like that. They'd have to be experts, right? Doesn't matter, I won't get in trouble. The bank won't be working for a while. I don't care though, after everything that's just happened. I don't want to work here anymore if this is going to happen in the area.  

It hit around six tonight. It was right before I could close the drive-up. There was this weird hammering sound everywhere. I thought it was just some construction, but it didn't stop. A drumming started and came booming through every wall and counter. It was almost like a casual vibration or something. These things came out shortly after it started. I knew because I heard screams. At first they were everywhere around the building, people screaming, running, and being chased. A big guy in a Twins jersey came running by the bank's windows and something grabbed him from underneath. Something was crawling around out there. There was a scream, crunch, and nothing else. I hid down and behind the counters. Something exploded outside, sending a tree branch into the front doors and throwing glass everywhere. I crawled to the basement. There were more explosions, like they were following me. The lights went out quickly and without warning. I heard some brakes screech and a woman scream. The door to the basement still worked. A battery controlled the whole keypad thing. 

Three hours since then, my phone is holding the time at least. I’m going to hide here all night. The mold and dust smell is driving me a little nuts. The basement had a few cookies and stale chips from some old office parties. I ate them all. I don't care. I tried calling my dad, sister, and my girlfriend. No answer, nothing, not a whisper. It was probably like 9/11 when the phones crashed, or when Michael Jackson died. I'm going to try and sleep soon. The walls keep shaking, and there are distant sounds of smashes and screams. War? The Russians? An earthquake in Saint Paul? Whatever, I'm not going to sit down here all night. I'll have to pee eventually. The bathroom is upstairs. I'll try and sleep first. Maybe I can drive home in the morning. My dog is home after all. She hates thunderstorms. 

She can't be doing very well with this


AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wanted to refresh and release the first entry to give people a taste of the narrative and because I felt guilty about taking away all the entries. I've decided I'll still release entries to this story online, but in very limited capacity. I really do enjoy blogging and publishing stuff online. The first paragraph is from the novel and it sort of sets the stage for the diary entry format, and also gives some context to the outside world. Thank you everyone for your support.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Days Going Forward

ATTENTION: As of the date of this post (November 13th, 2014) I'm no longer publishing new diary entries or offering free content from my post-apocalyptic blog The Greenland Diaries. Days 1 - 100 are now available in paperback and on Amazon's Kindle. This novel form, which was recently published by Calamities Press, is doing excellent and I recently sold it at Crypticon 2014 here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Days 101 - 140 were still available for free on this website, but I've taken them down as they will be released in novel form in Fall 2015 Days 101 - 200.

I will still be updating this blog and occasionally showing some new content about the days and what's happening in this world. The Greenland Diaries is by far my most successful story to date. Over 30,000 people have viewed the blog. I've always struggled with what style I should write in, nonfiction or fiction, and this blog has been the perfect mix. I literally took my life as it was and incorporated monsters into it. More of me is in this story than you realize. I want to thank everyone who kept this blog a success. My subscribers, followers, and fellow authors who have supported me with such extreme vigor, thank you. I'm honored to have started this story as such a little and meaningless writing exercise to practice writing in past-tense.

Before I remove the available days, I will post links to the book right below this message. Big things are happening with this story. Will the main character survive much longer? When will the days end? What are the Unnamed? Can you trust the Reanimated? Thank you everyone. Again, this started as nothing, but I'm trying to make it something. Thank you.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Author's Note - Novel Available

Thank you everyone for supporting me throughout The Greenland Diaries. If you know anything about the origins of this blog and story, it started as a meager past-tense exercise I undertook when I returned to college for writing after a lengthy absence. I would write it everyday, without fail, and hope that my family and friends through Facebook and Twitter would pity me and read it. The vast majority of my views were through friends and family. The tide then turned to an actual audience, and I'm so very happy to have them support me through this far and long procedure.

So once again amazing audience, thank you.

There have been a few slight changes to the site. The first 100 days are no longer available for free. If I want to make any money as a writer, I've got to start realizing the value in my own work. The first 100 days are now available in novel form for $3.99 on the Kindle and $15.00 in paperback form. There is added/bonus content for the blog if you purchase it as a novel. There are more clues, more descriptions, and more everything in the novel. Yes, I do know how this story is going to end.

And I do know what the monsters are :)

I'll still update the blog every week with a new entry for Days 101 - 200, until they're released in novel form. I see this story going for another two years at least (outside of the actual journal entries). I'll get back in the habit of posting twice a week, but until then, enjoy the latest entries and take care.

Thank you again.