November 4, 2012

Never Judge a State on Impressions from the Air- Utah’s Beauty with Karina Fabian

When we first flew into Salt Lake City on a house hunting venture, I looked out the window at the nasty, damp salt flats and thought, “This is the ugliest state we’ve ever lived in.”  Then, we drove half an hour north to Layton, and were blown away by its  beauty.
Utah is one of the most varied states in the union, and, IMHO, one of the most impressive.  In the south, the desert is full of the most amazing rock structures, from the tall, lonely mesas popular in SUV ads to city-block-sized rock slabs that stick vertically out of the ground as if the earth had grown dorsal fins.  In the north, where we live, there are rugged, arid mountains with great skiing (they hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics).  In Layton, we have 270-degree views of the mountains, including a far off panorama with the Great Salt Lake in the foreground.  My mother said the view actually reminds her of Puerto Rico, where the mountains rise from the ocean!
I’ve decided to make Utah the location for my next fundraiser serial story, “Shambling in a Winter Wonderland.”  Neeta Lyffe, the main character from *Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator* and *I Left My Brains in San Francisco,* goes on a ski vacation with her fiancé, Ted.  Unfortunately, the corpses of a ski team killed in an avalanche dig themselves from their snowy graves, intent on finishing the competition they’d entered before their demise.  Looks like a working vacation for Neeta and Ted!
I’m writing this story in serial and posting it at starting in November as a fundraiser for Operation Homestead.  I’ll take donations, and for every $10 I receive for Operation Homestead, I will post the next episode.  The story continues until all the episodes are posted, and then the money made will be donated in masse.
Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator is one of several of my world/series that I write in both novel and story form.  I enjoy taking my characters in crazy situations, like taking on the undead on snowboards.  As for my personal adventures…we may have to say good-bye to Utah in 2013, but I learned something valuable here:  Never judge a state on first impressions from the air.
Zombie problem? Call Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator--but not this weekend.
On vacation at an exterminator’s convention, she's looking to relax, have fun, and enjoy a little romance. Too bad the zombies have a different idea. When they rise from their watery graves to take over the City by the Bay, it looks like it'll be a working vacation after all.
Enjoy the thrill of re-kill with Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator.

Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem) and a Global eBook Award for Best Horror (Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator), Karina Fabian’s writing takes quirky twists that keep her--and her fans--amused. Nuns working in space, a down-and-out Faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, zombie exterminators—there’s always a surprise in Fabian’s worlds. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing
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  1. Utah is gorgeous. I've driven the Western side from SL to Zion Nat'l Park, then toured all the parks. It is definitely a place to visit if you want to see Mother Earth in all her beauty and natural splendor. Then I drove North again and West to across Idaho. I lived in AZ and the land just flows from Grand Canyon into Utah with the world's most wondrous sights. Good luck with all your writing.

  2. Utah is indeed an amazing and beautiful state. Hubby and I went to school there and have family there, so we visit quite often.

  3. There are several things I want to do in Utah but have not as yet been there except in passing. I hope to visit soon.
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  4. I agree, Utah is beautiful. Your fundraising project sounds just wonderful! Good work!


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