Monday, September 15, 2014

Following Zippy by C.B. Burdette: Guest Post with Excerpt



Gandhi: I swear I love this guy.  Maybe I’m just partial because I’m a fellow vegetarian, but I seriously find all of his efforts phenomenal. In a day and age where we’re fighting not just civil and border wars, but spiritual ones as well, there is much that we can learn from Gandhi’s efforts with peaceful non-cooperation. Sometimes the best thing to do is to be still when everyone else is constantly moving.


Freddie Mercury: Ok, so I’ll admit it. My dad has impeccable taste in music, and I was fortunate enough to have been raised on it. One of my favorite things about Freddie Mercury aside from his insane musical abilities and stage performance was his ability to stay a public figure with such a private life. Although many stars and celebrities nowadays are beyond flashy with their lives, it’s amazing to look back at this entertainer and see someone so amazingly talented be able to keep his life as private as possible.


Marilyn Monroe: Here I join the masses. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are beyond in love with Marilyn for her sultry voice and her volumptious body, but I can’t help but adore her for who she was. (What a clich√©…but completely true.) I’ve read a few books on her and think that she was a total mastermind. She knew what worked for her and she went with it. Though people believe her to have been the sexy dumb blonde of film, she was really a brilliant businesswoman who allowed her flaw to be her career.


Lee Strasberg: I would have loved to have been able to meet Lee Strasberg. Outside of writing I work as an actor and study Strasberg method. My coach is beyond phenomenal and actually trained with one of Lee’s assistants, but how cool would it have been to have learned from the originator? It would’ve been awesome to have been able to sit down and talk about sensory work with this mastermind.


Anne Frank: Anne is probably my number one of people that I would’ve loved to have been able to meet. While I really loved her story growing up, I was even more impacted by it when I visited her annex in Amsterdam. I know it sounds strange, but I really do love anything WW2 related (IE Sarah’s Key for example). Maybe it’s simply the fact that my granddad fought in it and his DNA passed along to me and gave me an interest. Personally I believe that it’s the most important moment in history for people to look back on and gain insight. The world is constantly changing and forgetting, and we’re constantly recreating the past. The past always repeats itself, and the human race is always quick to jump on the prejudice bandwagon, be it for socioeconomic or racial reasons. If anything we should look back at WW2 and remember, if not for anything that to realize that this is not a moment in history that needs repeating. We are all humans and NONE of us has chosen the skin we’re in, we simply learn to live within it.


Title: Following Zippy
Author: C.B. Burdette
Published: July 2014
Word Count: 67,000
Genre: Young Adult
At fifteen most guys only have to worry about the style of their shoes, or mustering up the courage to talk to the pretty girl sitting across the room. Gabe Perkins isn’t most guys. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal that he starts to question his own sanity.

C.B. Burdette grew up a gypsy at her parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, she was able to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, she realized that the industry wasn’t much of what she was looking for in life. More often than not, C.B. felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where work is based on something more than beauty, something she could truly emote through. Between spending 12 hour days on set, and tending to her daughter and cat, C.B. escapes real life through writing fiction.

“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek.

“What about them?” I asked her.

“They’re just swimming along. Living. Breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “If they know what purpose they serve.”

“Well, they probably don’t.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because, they’re fish?”

“Don’t think so low of the marine species.”

“Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life.”

“I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice though, you must admit.” She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.”

“Oh, crap.”


“I have no clue. Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about this little fish. Or even, you know, something out there that is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish. Just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?”

“I do.”


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