30 April, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zozzled


Zozzled?  You just made that up.

Did not. It's slang for drunk. Which is how I feel right now: emotionally drunk on the success of getting through an entire month of daily blogging and mentally drunk on the relief that I don't have to do it again for a whole year.

Well...it's still a made-up word.

Know what else is made up? The last flash fiction story of April! My muse finally showed its face and I am pleased as punch with the results. I hope you will be, too. Scroll down for a look-see. (And, if you missed them, here are parts 1-3: Catagenesis, Isotope, Osmosis.)

Thank you all for visiting my blog this month!  I've enjoyed getting to meet each and every one of you. I'll still be trolling through the A to Z list for anyone I missed. Feel free to leave me your blog address if you'd like to be visited sooner rather than later.

Also, a HUGE welcome to all my new followers!  You all are amazing.  When not doing crazy things like A to Z, I blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  You can find the schedule for what happens when on the right sidebar.

And, now, without further ado, the last flash fiction. Until next year, A to Z-ers!

[EDIT: Unigenous has been taken down, along with its flash siblings, for consideration in a print magazine. Thank you so much to those of you who read it and left such wonderful comments!]






21 comments:

  1. Love your blog and I love your story. The imagery is crisp and clear. I love Eliza's character and the scene with the Coldblood is fantastic. I would definitely read more.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! That means a lot.

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  2. More! More! I want more! I saw you post on the A to Z challenge. I'm so glad I dropped by. I was eating while reading your story. I don't think I tasted a thing... that engaging. Good read, Jessica. Real good read.

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    1. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the night after reading your comment. I made someone forget their food! I'm tempted to print out what you said and hang it somewhere for when I get the writer blues. ;) Thank you!

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  3. Why'd you stop?!!!! I wasn't ready to stop. So glad you found me and I returned the favor, fellow fantasy writer! I am definitely a new fan and follower. Way to go!

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    1. Thanks, Adam. That means a lot.

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  5. Oh man, this gave me shivers. I love this story so much.

    Excellent, excellent ending. So Eliza is sort of a blood-carrier? She drinks blood and brings it back to humans? And that person at the beginning.... is that the same as the one at the end? I have so many questions, I want more! But I love how it ended.

    It left me with just enough insight into this world that I was satisfied with the ending. Like a little peek into a series of events.

    But I would love to see this as a novel or series of short stories. I love how you take the vampire mythos and play around with it.

    This story is going to stay with me. :)

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    1. Thank you, thank you, Lauren! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

      Yes, in a way she's a carrier. When she absorbs infected blood, her body turns it into an antibiotic against the Coldblood infection. If an uninfected human is injected with it, they can't be turned.

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  6. I'd love to read more of the story behind this story. Great tension and imagery. Congrats on making it to the end. :) It's been a fun challenge.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. It really excites me that everyone liked it so much.

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  7. Great story!

    And congratulations on completing the challenge. I thought it was a doozy myself, but I couldn't imagine writing a flash piece for each post. Kudos!

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  8. "emotionally drunk on the success of getting through an entire month of daily blogging and mentally drunk on the relief that I don't have to do it again for a whole year."

    This seems a common sentiment. Congrats on finishing!

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    1. I've noticed that. At least we're in it together, right? ;)

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  9. i think i would like to try my hand at this----you make it look so easy--thanks for the inspiration

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    1. So happy I inspired you, Lynn! Let me know if you post any of the results.

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  10. Great Job Jessica,
    I didn't quite make it to the end of the A-Z challenge. Too much other stuff going on. For the letter Q you visited my blog--Tate's Other Side--and answered a few questions for me. The offer for a free copy of my book still stands. It's called Blood Bias. It's a murder mystery a little more edgy than a James Patterson novel. If you're interesed, I can gift you a Kindle or paperback copy on Amazon, or mail you a signed copy. If not, maybe you know someone who might enjoy this type of book. Let me know. Thanks!

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    1. Hi James! Thank you! I'd love to read your book. When not doing stuff like A to Z, book reviews are my regular Monday posts. I like to show off new authors to others. :)

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  11. Really good, goosebump producing read!!!

    Congratulations on completing the challenge- and doing it sooo well!

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