Water. Ever since I was a kid, I have LOVED the water. When I was little, I played in creeks and streams on my granddad’s farm or fished in one of his ponds. I’ve hiked up streams… in the water… to see majestic waterfalls. Anytime I go to the ocean, I almost have to be forcibly removed from it. I’m not sure why I am so fascinated with water, but it is where I feel most at peace; it’s when I feel the most joy. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ocean, sea, lake, river, stream or tiny creek, water rejuvenates me. Let’s face it, the idea of zombies is humans with no passion. They don’t experience joy or peace. Their complete existence, if they were real, is to steal life from others. With that in mind, there have been times in my life when I was a zombie… times when I lacked passion and sucked the lifeblood from my friends. There have been times when my depression was so great, it infected everyone I touched. It’s one of the reasons I moved closer to the water, to escape my personal zombie land… to move near a physical source of one of my passions. What gives you joy? What gives you peace? If you feel like you are infecting others with hate or discord, what do you need to do to escape your personal zombie land?
For those who are unaware, I recently released a new book, Relics of Grim Gorge, which is available in both digital and print formats. Although Relics is the second book in the Grim Gorge series, I've inserted a nice summary of the first book at the beginning, so you can pick up this book and start fresh. Relics has a whole new cast of characters. It's filled with mystery, intrigue, and surprises. Okay, yes those words do have similar meanings, but they sound good. This book dives deeper into the mysteries of Grim Gorge, exploring new areas and uncovering the past. If that's not enough to whet your whistle (or is it wet, I find that phrase confusing), the book ends with a crazy new encounter. I can't tell you what it is, but this book is definitely worth a read, so check it out.
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I get it. You're not really into those e-books. You like the smell and feel of paper. You get headaches from staring at a screen. You love using bookmarks and folding "dog ears" in books. You say things like "books don't need to change, they've been with us for thousands of years."
I hear you and I understand your dilemma. Let those Millennials keeps their new newfangled devices. Or in the case of a vinyl record loving Millennial who is embracing the old world as new, bring on the old school printed literature!
I have great news for everyone who loves books in print. Terror at Grim Gorge is now available in good old fashioned black & white ink on paper. It's a book you can hold. Head on over to Amazon and buy yourself a copy. You won't regret it. Click here: Terror at Grim Gorge IN PRINT
Well it's Friday the 13th, the release day for book one of the Grim Gorge series. The book is now available on Amazon. Just click on this link: Grim Gorge or go to the Grim Gorge tab at the top of the page to access the book. This is the first book in a new series. The second is scheduled to release later this year. While you're here, check out the teaser!
I'm excited to post that two new books will be published over the next two months. Here is a sneak peak of the covers. I am not yet releasing the titles, but I will say they are books 1 and 2 of a new series. Book 1 is finished and going through the final stages of editing before being published. Book 2 is in the final stages of writing. Both will initially be available in electronic format with a print version soon to follow. I am hoping to later create audio books as well. The books will be available on Amazon and I will post links to them on this website once they are available to purchase. Keep visiting the site for updates.
I recently took a trip to Texas. I visited Dallas and San Antonio. I love Texas. It's open, filled with nice people and warm... or hot depending on the time of year. I highly recommend a visit to San Antonio. There is much more than just the Alamo. I loved the river walk. It's amazing how you can me in the middle of a hectic city and yet find tranquility. The hill country outside of San Antonio is amazing if you like wide open spaces. While in the hill country, I visited the LBJ ranch and a reconstructed western town - where this picture was taken. There are many historic sites to see. The cultural aspect is phenomenal including the nearby German community of Fredricksburg and the vibrant Hispanic district.
If there were a zombie apocalypse, San Antonio would be one of the better cities to be. People are well armed and know how to survive. Also, once you get out of the city, there are plenty of wide open spaces to camp out in. Zombie apocalypse or not, I recommend a visit to Texas.
I know I've posted about the beach before, but it's my favorite place to be. Besides, like I said before, heading into the ocean seems like the best way to escape zombies. We all know they melt in saltwater.
This year we vacationed in Panama City Beach Florida with friends. There were 6 adults and 8 children all stationed in one awesome beach house. This is on my top ten list of great vacations. Panama City Beach (PCB) is a great place to visit. They have great beaches, tons of entertainment and every type of excursion a beach-goer is looking for. If you are going in a big group, rent a house. It's worth it and if you get one on the beach like we did, that's a great bonus.
One word of warning - book early because everyone wants to spend some time on the sand in PCB. It just makes for a great getaway, even if you're not trying to escape a zombie apocalypse.
The streets are full of zombies. Everywhere you turn, you are bound to see them. It's not what you think, but they are there. You see, this site is dedicated to convincing people to live life. Think about it. People walk the streets every day going from one place to the next. They don't see the trees around them, the green grass or the changing leaves. They don't see the guy on the street starving from a lack of nutrition. They don't see the girl on the brink of suicide due to a deep depression. What they do see are their texts, Twitter Feeds and Facebook messages. They don't hear the birds singing but they hear the tweet on their phones.
Zombie Getaways is about the walking dead, but not the type of walking dead made popular on television. It's about those who have become dead to the world around them. This site is dedicated to helping you find life. You may find it on a remote beach, a distant forest far from the grasp of technology or in your local soup kitchen. The whole point, however, is to make you think about disconnecting from all your appointments and messages and reconnecting to the world around you. Enjoy a sunset and a sunrise. Listen to the needs of your friends. Mow someone's lawn just because they need someone to do it. Do something to benefit someone's life. Reconnect to the world around you.
Find life by living.
I've never visited Fort Knox, but since it's supposedly the location for the United States gold reserve, you can bet it's pretty stinking fortified. If the U.S. really has all the gold there that the government claims, you can be sure they are going to do everything in their power to protect their assets. If not, they will do everything they can to protect their secret. Either way, it would stand to reason that if you could get in and keep the zombies outside, you would stand a good chance of surviving the apocalypse. Since it is already heavily guarded, however, it might not be too easy to get into even in the event of a viral outbreak. Chances are the guys and gals who are already inside will be keeping themselves safe and won't let you in. If the outbreak gets them, you might have a war to even get inside, and who want to be inside a fortress with a bunch of zombies anyway. Take my advice and look for a deserted island instead.
Kentucky, however, is a pretty nice state. I grew up in Tennessee and lived in Kentucky for a few years. It's filled with rolling hills, lakes, forests, and great people. From Louisville to Murray, it's a pretty neat state to visit, so I would recommend going and visiting Kentucky while it's still safe to do so.
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Tim McSwain is a freelance blogger and published author. Tim grew up traveling and has a passion for seeing the world. This blog is Tim's way of sharing what he has learned in his years of travel.