Wasteland Wednesday #1

*Language and Content Warning*

skull and crossbones.jpgskull and crossbonesUnlike QE’s normal informational blog, Wasteland Wednesday will be full of foul language and post-apocalyptic nonsense.  I’m talking f-bombs, thrice-bosomed mutant women, and potential buckets of gore.

Wasteland Wednesday

Corey:  Welcome to Wasteland Wednesday!  I have a very special guest here today to talk about what Wasteland Wednesday is and what we will be doing from here on out.  He rose from the dead, destroyed entire settlements, battled slavers, and butchered an army of renegade flesh eaters!  I’m very pleased to introduce…Drake Nelson!

Drake Nelson:  Eh?  The fuck is this? 

I’m using you as a marketing tool to sell books.

You suck inbreeder balls Corey.  First you create the fucking wasteland to absolutely bone me and now this?  I refuse. 

Refuse?  You one-eyed ingrate!  I created you.

…fuck you.  

* slams door shut on Corey’s imagination *

Ugh!  Frigging useless moronic piece of—

* door re-opens * 

I want bullets.  At least fifty .45 rounds.  You give me that and I’ll help you out with this idiotic sales pitch.  


* Corey opens manuscript and types,  “Drake springs a monumental boner as his foot kicks a box of fresh .45 rounds hidden beneath some leaves.” *

Nice!  Got it.  Okay, about this stupid book of yours, maybe you should talk about the cover art you just got updated?  People seem to either wet or stretch their undies at the sight of sexy cover art.  

That’s actually not a bad idea.  After all, you are featured on the cover.  Maybe you could explain what you were doing in the scene?

That’s such a great idea Corey.  I’m in a sharing mood right now too!  Just kidding.  Adios.

*door slams shut again*

Drake?  Are you friggin kidding me?


I don’t have time for this.  All right folks!  We are going to continue on without that geriatric madman here to slow us down.  The next iteration of the cover art did come in.

Many moons ago I wrote a post about how I am currently collaborating with the amazing Michail Mamaschew.  The post featured some of his stellar artwork.  You can check it out here if you missed it.

In that post I revealed how Michail (who is working from Berlin) and I have been collaborating to make the exchange of information easier.  I also shared my original concept art.  Here is my doodle.

Cover Art Concept

*door opens*  

You suck at drawing and your “doodle” is much smaller than this.   

*door closes again*

Screw you Drake!

* Corey locks door *

Okay.  So that was my attempt at the drawing the scene.  Michail recently emailed me his rough concept art for approval.  He added a superficial strip down the center of the image to approximate spine location for the print version.  If you consider the space to the right of the strip, this is what the electronic cover will morph into.

Cover Concept.jpg
The concept cover art for Wastelander: The Drake Legacy. This image is owned by Corey Truax. Any manipulation or use of this image without written permission from Corey Truax is not permitted.

*door rattles*

Yeah, we know Drake, you look badass and Michail rocks.  This is the rough creation without any details added.  I, for one, am pretty stoked about how it’s coming along.

If I fail at traditional publishing, the print and typesetting company (something I’ll talk about in future post) I have selected for the indie route will create font and set the cover text.  Once I get the final product from Michail, I will create a cover draft with temporary text so you can see what it looks like in all of it’s wasteland glory.  That’s pretty much—

* door explodes and Drake jumps through giving thumbs up * 

That is one magnificent bastard right there! 

Humble as always.  Can you share at least one thing about the scene here?  People are curious man.  Do me a solid.

Well the image shows me making my approach to Last Chance.¹  A few minutes later I obliterated the place using only wit, balls, and fucking grit.  Or did I?  Maybe I ninja’d my way in.  Hell, maybe I’m a shit bag slaver myself!  Guess you’ll have to read this ass hats book if you’re curious.  Drake out!

* Drake runs off through broken door waving a middle finger at me *

I’m really sorry about all of this you all.  Next time I’ll try to get Collins, Jim, or Preacher to help me out.  Drake’s kind of a wildcard.  I guess you learned a little though, hopefully.

We’ll see what my broken brain comes up with next week.  Until then, keep hiding, keep hoarding, and as always – stay alive.

¹ Fun Fact!  The Last Chance slaver fortress is modeled after the Moundsville Penitentiary.  In fact, the story occurs in this region of the United States.  

For giggles and evaluation purposes…here’s a poll if you are bored.   


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42 responses

    • He used to be well adjusted but his family got turned into radioactive dust during the fall, then he got shot in the head in the aftermath. The whole unsavory experience has changed his outlook. His sense of humor and sarcasm survived.

      I’m glad you like the cover! Michail is a miracle worker.

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    • I’m just surviving the wasteland and chewing bubblegum…and I’m all out of bubblegum! Hahaha! Good ol Duke Nukem.

      Glad you enjoyed the cover and the character. The books a first person jaunt and it’s through Drake’s eye (he’s missing the other). I’m sure he will wander in and out of these Wasteland Wednesday prompts.

      Thanks for the kind words and for checking out the madness!

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  1. Drake is annoying.

    You weren’t kidding about the language.

    Beautiful cover.

    I did your pole. Chose: Are there more than humans out there? What kind of beasts can I expect?
    If there are zombies in this, maybe Drake is one, I will be reading your wednesday posts and can even create a post when you will publish it, but I will not read it. Hate zombies.

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    • Drake is pretty annoying. It’s largely the reason he is a drifter (gets kicked out of settlements). However, if there is one person you want around when someone is trying to kill, eat, rape, or all of the above you – it’s Drake Nelson. He’s a dangerous guy.

      No zombies(at least not in this book), but there are radioactive humans who have devolved into more base creatures. Years of inbreeding didn’t help them much either.

      My book is definitely not made for everyone! Hah! But it’s a genre I love to play in. I grew up reading 80s post apocalyptic pulp – I would like to keep it alive.

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  2. Holy shitsnacks Corey. This looks and sounds incredible. I am ready to see more of Drake.
    (Even if he sounds like he can be a bit of a douche canoe sometimes) did he help you write or just slope off and turn up for the fun parts with the bullets and explosions?
    With regards to your poll… everything. I want to know everything.
    Keep it up Corey!

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      • Hahahaha! I noticed it and didn’t say anything. Michail has a really unique painterly style that combines so many embellishments into a great piece. It’s not finished yet so he still is rendering details and what not. He tends to layer. We’ll see if it survives or not! I think it’s a unique touch (I might ask him if he did it intentionally or not). This is still the rougher concept draft, which blows my mind. I wish I had artistic talents like his.

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      • He has been a joy to work with. Quick with emails, super clear with taking direction and asking questions, and is just very talented. The link to his webpage is the best way to contact him. Or, when the time comes, just shoot me an email and I’ll pass a direct line to you.

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    • Drake’s a fun character, and at his core is a “decent” person. At leas decent by wasteland standards (i.e. If he doesn’t like you it will be quick. You won’t have to worry about torture, slavery, rape, or being eaten).

      He’s just a bit mad from years of wasteland living and his brains got scrambled by a bullet. Lump in the annihilation of his family by nuclear fire, his best friend giving him a lead lobotomy, and being kicked out of most of the remaining settlements and you are left with a guy who often appears suicidal, but somehow won’t die.

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      • See, that’s why you’ve got to be careful about friends. Never know who’s gonna shoot ya in the head…
        It must be nice to have a character who can say or do whatever you can think of for him to do. Except for the really awful stuff, but hey, what are villains for?

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    • He was a fun character to run around the wasteland with. He is a little deeper than he presented himself here, but on the surface it was an accurate reflection of his general madness.

      Glad you enjoyed the read and I really appreciate you stopping by to leave a nice comment!


  3. Oooh, good stuff! Love Drake, love the artwork.

    I voted to learn more about the characters. All of the above was tempting, and so was world building, but characters come first for me.

    Whenever I read a novel, I cast the characters in my head. Pending further information about his age and race–and, um, whatever weird effects rising from the dead might cause–I’m picturing Karl Urban as Drake. I’d love to see him in a role like this. 🙂

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    • Everyone’s going to be disappointing to find out Drakes, “rising from the dead,” is metaphorical. Perhaps a few lines of backstory wouldn’t hurt! That’s why Wasteland Wednesday exists after all.

      Note: Only a few bits and bobs of this are sprinkled into the story, most of this is backstory that lives in my brain housing unit.

      When the fall initially happened (30 years prior to this story) Drake was in Ohio for a shooting competition. He lives in New York with his beautiful wife and darling son. He didn’t want to go to the shooting competition but his wife thought he needed it.

      Drake is a veteran of the military and shooting is a stress reliever for him. After he finished with the military he got a degree in Homeland Security and became a corporate physical security specialist (people who look at buildings for weaknesses and put in cameras, biometric scanners, ballistic glass, etc.). He loves/hates the job, but it takes care of the family.

      He decides to go to Ohio for the qualifier. After all, if he snags a pro sponsor he could start shooting for free and even get paid to do it. That would be boner inspiring for him.
      Off he goes to Ohio with his good friend from work who also shoots. It was while he was at the shooting competition when communications stopped working, then electronics, then bombs began coming down out of the sky like nuclear dildos looking for holes to fill.

      New York was obliterated along with Drakes family. Dildo one is in place. Some of the bombs detonate in the atmosphere and some detonate on the ground. Ground bombs cloak the area in impassable radiation. Thanks to these Red Zones Drake is trapped in middle America. Dildo two is in place. At first Drake and the people around him band together. A bunch of skilled shooters with guns and the apocalypse has begun, it’s a good group to be with.

      For the first few years it was okay. Then as resources depleted the group became more and more chaotic. Ultimately they made some decisions that pitted the group against Drake. His best blasted him in the brain and left him for dead. Instead of dying, Drake woke up with nothing. Included a large part of his mind being gone as well. The final dildo drives home.

      This is how Drake, “rises from the dead.” The group he was with becomes a prominent group of raiders and slavers in the area. The fact he came back after being shot in the head and started killing them for giggles created his “undying” legend. He wasn’t able to destroy the group el solo, but he killed enough for his legend to begin spreading through what was left of the isolated central states. Word of mouth stories tend to grow in the telling. The fact he wanders about and keeps getting kicked out of settlements doesn’t help either.

      Hope this shines some light on the sneaky metaphor I used.

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  4. OMG! This is great! I love the creative use of using ones own character to promote and the late night talk show vibe you had going. Drake seems like a pretty awesome soul. Love the no holds bar approach to this opening entry.

    The cover art is coming along amazingly! This seems like my kind of read. I’m very interested to learn more and keep up the amazing work!

    Cheers! ^_^

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    • I went with the no holds bared approach because this book is packed with vulgarity, insane characters, and general nonsense. While all of this is true; I believe in the story. There are some deeper themes and ideas. Every chapter begins with Drake explaining how a certain virtue is the most important thing in the “Wastelander Survival Toolbox.” Of course these virtues are Drakism style virtues and a far cry from what we consider to be a virtue. And for me that’s one of the most important themes of the book. How would our belief in virtues be compromised if we were thrust into a situation like Drake? Might we become (or even aspire to be) Drake us if we were more honest? After all, before the fall Drake was just a nice working class family man.

      Mostly, I didn’t want someone to read my daily blog and think the book is going to be vanilla. Who I am as an editor and blogger aren’t exactly a good reflection of the content in this book. If you go into it with this expectation prepare for bewilderment.

      Thanks for stopping in and all the encouraging words. I’m really excited about getting the book out there and sharing bits and bobs until then 🙂

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      • I could see where a situation like that would for obvious reasons change someone completely. I like that though. I always find interesting dichotomy in stories, well…interesting. Xp

        Also character arc is huge! I am interested to learn more and will be excitedly waiting to see a release in the future! I wish you the best!

        Cheers! ^_^

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