Guest post by S.G. Redling author of Flowertown, a high-intensity conspiracy thriller that brings the worst-case scenario vividly to life and keeps readers riveted until the final haunting page.
When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a U.S. Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Welcome to Flowertown where the chemicals contaminating your body make you smell like too many flowers in too small a room.
Flowertown is neglected. The only thing less reliable than the plumbing is the internet connection. But even in Flowertown, there is no escaping social media. Amazingly enough, its crappy internet service can handle Twitter’s 140 character blasts and Flowertown’s citizens love to share their thoughts in the social sphere.
Here’s a peek at a few Twitter threads from some Flowertownians. Ellie Cauley (SmellyEllieFT) seems to spend the most time tweeting since she’s probably not doing much else at work, while her roommate Rachel (PrettyRachelFT) chimes in only once in a while. Guy (RomanArmyFT) usually pipes up to arrange a hook-up with Ellie. Ellie’s best friend, Bing, refuses to participate in any social media. He’s too busy worrying about conspiracy theories.
Don’t bother looking for any of these Twitter handles because you won’t find them. They seem to have disappeared. Bing may be right. Someone must be tracking the communication in and out of Flowertown…
SmellyEllieFT: @RomanArmyFT is trying to woo me. Sent flowers. #fail
RomanArmyFT: @SmellyEllieFT like you’re so hard to win over ;) PS: 10pm tonite #Likeyadirty
SmellyEllieFT: ARG! This freaking internet sux! Everytime I try to cli
SmellyEllieFT: Mailman brought Euro cruise catalog. Worst. Target. Marketing. EVER.
SmellyEllieFT: My BFF Bing is pitching woo to @PrettyRachelFT. He actually used the words ‘pitching woo’ Nerd.
RomanArmyFT: @PrettyRachelFT You can do so much better than Bing. He’s a tool. Trust me.
PrettyRachelFT: @RomanArmyFT <- swagger ain’t no match for sweet! Oh Bing Y U no here to defend yourself?
SmellyEllieFT: Bing? on Twitter? Ha! Too too paranoid. Says THE MAN is always watching us. Ooooh.
PrettyRachelFT: @SmellyEllieFT Ask Bing if THE MAN knows where I left my pink sweater. I mean, he’s always watching… *snort*
SmellyEllieFT: UGH! WHAT IS THAT SMELL? Oh it’s me. #nevermind Water’s brown #again