About Cheri Baker
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A struggling father takes his two young daughters on a road trip in the shadow of an apocalyptic threat.
Genre: Speculative; Apocalyptic
Length: 9400 Words
Where This Story Came From
Tip: Skip this next bit (or return to it later) if you prefer read the story without context.
Have you noticed that apocalyptic fiction tends to be dehumanizing? Apparently, if the end of the world arrives, we’ll instantly turn on one another and become monsters. Yuck! That’s such a cynical view of humanity.
At risk of sounding like Pollyanna, I suspect most of us would be cooperative in the end. Like: Perhaps instead of trying to murder each other, or rioting in the streets, we’d go to Disneyland? I had this mental picture of parents taking their kids to a theme park on humanity’s last day, making the most of the time they had left.
If the world was ending, would you tell your kids?
Might we be kinder to one another if we knew the end was coming?
Is it possible that the end of the world might bring out the best in (most) people?
What difference would kindness make to a person who was suffering?
With those questions in mind, I wrote this story about Jack, his daughters, their road trip, and the people they met along the way.
Once you’ve completed all the pages in your zine, you can print them out on a single page of paper. The software keeps everything in the correct order and orientation.
After some folds and a quick snip of the scissors, you’ll have a cute little zine. (Never heard of zines? They have a cool history. You can read more about them here.)
Not bad for a 30 minute art project! The Electric Zine Maker is pay-what-you-can software. Check it out if you’re looking for some creative distraction.
Most cozy mystery covers feature cute cartoon-style characters, and I may still go that way, but it’s fun to experiment with different looks.
A cozy mystery is a crime novel without “on screen” violence, sex, or unpleasantness. They’re cozy! Think Murder She Wrote or Miss Marple. Or a nosy aunt who solves crime in between her volunteer work and baking cookies.
I enjoy cozies, and cruises, and I figure a cruise ship makes a nice self-contained environment for a murder mystery. Think of all the ways to murder someone on a boat! You could throw them overboard, poison the buffet, drown them in the pool, and that’s just for starters! The possibilities are amazing.
Why, no. I don’t have emotional problems! Why do you ask? 🤣
Anyway, I’m enthused enough about this project that I’m working on it in the evening after my other writing is done. That’s a good sign!
This series is an experiment for me, genre-wise, production-wise, and distribution-wise. Maybe I’ll write more about that later. For now, I just wanna say WHEEE! MURDER ON THE HIGH SEAS!