#TBT: What's in a name?

We, Lindsey and Lindsey (Fairleigh and Pogue) are faced with an interesting conundrum. We're a "we," as in not simply an "I" or a "me." We are, in our dual nature, as that is the way of things when divided into two people, forced to consider the great and powerful question of dual authorship: Do we use a pen name? In the form of good ol' Shakespeare (Bill or Will or something like that)... What's in a name? that which we call a Lindsey By any other name would smell as sweet; So Lindseys would, were they not Lindsey call'd, Retain that dear perfection which they owe Without that title. Lindseys, doff thy name, And for that name which is no part of thee Take all myself. -Adapted from

5 Sentence Fiction: Armor

Jake wailed into the forest around him as cold steel slid deep into his warm flesh, turning all to black. Minutes passed--hours--days? He opened his eyes to find the treetops swaying in the bright night sky above him. Fingertips trail along his woundless spine. Shock--confusion--rage surged through him as he rises to his feet with a growl, "I’m gonna kill that son of a bitch."

Surviving The Ending Handbook: Clothing: Shopping Guide

Dani's Ultimate Post-Apocalyptic Shopping Guide Hey there survivors! So, I know you've been scrounging around in gross places looking for the things you need, but I'm here to help you find everything in slightly...cleaner...less rotten corpse-filled...safer places. I know, I know...you're thinking, "What places aren't corpse-filled these days?" I'm totally right, huh? I knew it! Anyway, check out my recs for finding the following things...you won't be disappointed! Shoes and Clothing Note to survivors: Keep in mind that you won't really be needing 5" stiletto boots and Armani dress shoes, guys and gals. Think practical. And comfortable. And durable. And absolutely NO crocks. That's just g

The Prostrate -Prostate Conversation

pros·trate ˈprästrāt/ adjective 1. lying stretched out on the ground with one's face downward. synonyms: prone, lying flat, lying down, stretched out, spread-eagled, sprawling, horizontal, recumbent; rare procumbent "the prostrate figure on the ground" Scene: A 100 year-old farmhouse in the Napa Valley Characters: LF: Lindsey Faileigh LP: Lindsey Pogue LF: Aggghhhh...I can't think of the right word to to explain what Dani's doing! LP: Hmmm...laying over? Holding? Clutching? Smothering?... LF: Well, let's see. (stands up and exits the room so she can re-enter as she acts out the scene.) LF (as Dani): (She enters the room.) Oh no! Why is the bathroom light on? (she rushes into the bat

Surviving The Ending Handbook: Survival

Jason's Survival Tips (Transcribed by Zoe) Note: This is a list orated to me by my brother (Jason Cartwright) while glaring at me and unpacking his things after a trip to New Bodega. Before the Ending, hikers and backpackers were well aware of the classic "Ten Essentials," items to keep handy in order to avoid any untimely deaths. 1. Map 2. Compass 3. Sunglasses and Sunscreen 4. Extra Clothing 5. Headlamp/Flashlight 6. First-aid Supplies 7. Firestarter 8. Matches 9. Knife 10. Extra Food But in a world after The Ending, there are important things to keep in mind. 1. Almost everyone is dead, so capable survivors are few. All survivors must fend for themselves. 2. ALL survivors

Surviving The Ending: Crazies: Categories and Level of Risk

Zoe's Ultimate Field Guide to Crazies - First Edition Note: I began cataloging this on my journey to meet up with Dani in Colorado. Survivors Beware! You may have been lucky enough to live through the H1N1/13 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you're safe. Ever. You can always run and hide in hopes of surviving, but it's better to know your predator and how to defend yourself. Our world is one of death, spontaneous genetic mutations, chemical imbalance, and infection, all resulting in some seriously disturbed individuals. What happens post-apocalypse is a crapshoot. Worst of all, you don't know what you're up against until it's running after you with crazed eyes and a pitchfork or screaming li

Surviving The Ending Handbook: Abilities: Coping

Dani's Eight-Step Program of How To Deal With Having An Ability Note: This was a journal entry from the early days, while I was on the road, scared and feeling lost. Although we've come this far, most of these steps still apply. Discovering (or even suspecting) that you have an extraordinary, virus-initiated Ability can be quite a shock. Remember, you're not the only one effected by this development. As much as it impacts you, you're Ability also effects the people who care about you. So, whether you can read minds, sense emotions, or manipulate other people's brain chemistry, it's important to have a plan for accepting your fate and telling your loved ones about your brand spanking new post

Surviving The Ending Handbook: Entertainment: Indoors

Keeping Busy (when you're stuck indoors) By Sam and Annie Note: Sam and Annie wrote this list together...with Zoe and Dani's help. This is how to keep yourself busy when you're stuck indoors during the winter Throw stuff off the roof (Sam) Make a fort out of blankets and couch cushions (Annie and Sam) Play dress-up and talk with a British accent (Zoe and Dani) Draw on the walls with Crayons (Annie) Build a bunker under your house (Sam) Paint with food coloring (Annie and Dani) Use spit to polish the hardwood floors (Annie) Sing Celine Dion in the shower (no comment) Hunt for dust bunnies because they're the only bunnies that you're allowed to hunt for (Annie) Inventory your house's nooks and

Surviving The Ending Handbook: Medicinal: Essential Oils

Dani's Guide to Essential Oils and Natural Remedies Note: The following recommendations are a combination of the knowledge my Grams passed on to me and what I've learned through trial and error. The ailments listed below are those that we've experienced since settling in Petaluma, and I've included the remedies that have been noted by myself and our resident doctor, Dustin Harper, to have made a significant difference in both healing time and pain severity. Skin Acne face wash: To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water. Freshen breath: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way

#TBT - The beginning of Team Lindsey, our first signing, and our epic book journey together

It seems like forever ago that Team Lindsey first ventured out on their own (that would be us) to explore the new, scary world of authorship. And while it may have been a tad intimidating and definitely uncharted in the beginning, it's been such a wild ride. Since the day we decided we were going to dive in, head first, we have't bothered looking back. It's been four years, and five Ending Series books later (including the book of novellas), here we are. We have the most loyal, dedicated readers who are beyond amazing, patiently waiting for us while we explore other genres and storylines. We've tamed brooding, emotionally constipated men, and defeated maniacal generals. We've created viruses

In an Emergency: Drinking Water and Food Rations

If something should happen and you and your family are cutoff from neighbors or town for more than a few hours, you're going wish you had previsions, food and water over a lengthy period of time being the most important. FOOD If something should happen and you and your family are stranded alone for a while, it's prudent to always have a week's worth of food on hand. I'm not referring to fresh produce and popcorn--nothing that relies solely on electricity to cook or keep cold. Some of the best foods to keep on hand are: Canned foods, like tuna fish. It might be smelly, but it's packed with protein. Canned fruit and preserve are always a good idea, but like most things, canned and emergency fo

In an Emergency: No one is coming to save you

Not-so-fun fact: You're on your own. No one is coming to check on you. It's a fact and something you should engrain into your mind. You should always be prepared to rely on yourself. Did you know that if a disaster should happen the following would almost certainly be true: If there's a fire and you're in a hotel higher than the 4th floor, you will not be rescued. Fire ladders don't go higher than that so ALWAYS know where the exits are. Expect communication failure--the ability to call first, texting would eventually fail due to overloaded systems. Hospital won't function properly like they do in the movies. If you're in the hospital, it must be bad, and only 3 people are likely to be seen

In an Emergency: Dos and Don'ts

Some of the Dos and Don'ts during a disaster are common sense, but you'd be surprised what your instincts might be and why being fully aware of these things might help you to make a safer choice should you find yourself in a sticky situation. As I mentioned before, where I live, flooding and earthquakes are the most common disasters I've ever needed to worry about. So, you'll note that my advice is geared toward the disasters I know the most about. You can find more information about other disasters HERE at Ready.Gov. *For both of these instance, make sure you have your emergency kits somewhere accessible. You never know what you'll need or when you'll need it. In circumstances of flooding:

In an Emergency: Why I'm writing this blog series

e·mer·gen·cy əˈmərjənsē/ noun a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. "your quick response in an emergency could be a lifesaver" synonyms:crisis, urgent situation, extremity, exigency; More arising from or needed or used in an emergency. modifier noun: emergency "an emergency exit" synonyms:urgent, crisis; More a person with a medical condition requiring immediate treatment. Emergencies are unpredictable, can be very dangerous, and are often extremely scary. We can't always predict an emergency situation, but we can be prepared for them. Now, I won't lecture you here about being a prepper or stocking a fallout shelter for a dark, rainy day, but I will

The Story Behind The Book - Publishing After The Ending, Book One

In our last post, After The Ending: The Story Behind Book One, we talked about how The Ending world came to be, what book one looked like in the beginning stages, and how much it has changed since. But there's another side to being an author that some of you may not think much about--the publishing part of being an indie author. We're going to share that piece with you today. Things are always changing in the indie pub world, so why did we want to go this route when we were so green? Why would we want to spend so much time on formatting and design and marketing when we initially knew so little about the process? In part two of The Story Behind the Book, LF sheds light on why we wanted to put

The Inspiration Behind the Story, Writing After The Ending

This series of blog posts are about Team Lindsey's story and how The Ending Series came to be. Why are we spending time on this? The answer is simple. Most of our readers haven't been with us from the beginning and know little about us. Even those loyal readers who have been around over the past three plus years aren't aware of how The Ending world came to be. So, here you go! This is our story of when it all began--when After The Ending wasn't even a book concept yet, when Dani and Zoe only communicated through one-dimensional emails, and the world was just starting to fall apart... THIS is how the world of The Ending came to be, how Dani and Zoe grew into complex, commanding characters w

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