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Her Name is Ed Wilson

Thoughts, Anyone?

The submission period for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest officially ended yesterday night at 11:59pm. This means from now until February 25th the pitch portion of our submission will be examined, prodded, and scrutinized until they have the 500 they want to move to the next round. Will I move to the next round? Only Slusho knows. I do know I did what I could with what I know. Part of that means I had to embrace the fact that I’m green, an amateur. Another part of that meant taking a chance with nothing to lose.

Ignoring that horrible Clint Eastwood impression I attempted just above, we shall see.

If you’re curious (or not ) about my pitch I’ll post it below.

There are 700 million among us. They crawl underneath us. They hover over us. And when we are gone, still, they will remain. However, the mindless mass has one weakness–mortality.

There are no Gods for Arthropods is an anthropomorphic fantasy about the lives of insects. The novel is complete at 68,000 words.

The human race has disappeared and discarded the world as a leftover. But in their absence, it is the insects that emerge and form an interdependent society. They live in the giant Sourwood, the last great sanctuary since a catastrophic incident one-hundred and fifty years ago.

Fig, a lint sized mite, toils away pruning the dead leaves off of the Sourwood. He, like most insects, will live a short life and in twenty-seven days he will die. After witnessing a horrific murder, Fig is confronted with his own fleeting fate. He crosses paths with the nihilistic Fly King who offers Fig a chance–the promise of eternal life. With only the name of Alice Abernathy and a crew of bug bunglers, Fig must wander through the twisted realm outside of the Sourwood where he will discover a truth the Fly King has been hiding for 300 years.

There are No Gods for Arthropods is a slight homage to Lewis Carroll’s Alice and Wonderland and would appeal to readers who enjoy satirical fiction about the comedy of life and death. During his journey, Fig encounters the mysterious and unforgiving inhabitants of the Wanderland where he experiences a reality much worse than surviving, much worse than living, and much worse than dying.

And there you have it.

-e.d.w.

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