The Beginning of the End

I began this week with nothing other than the Daily Create! My flash fiction about zombies being at my 8:00am class instead of students probably wasn’t as creative as I would like looking back, but it was difficult to tell an entire story in the limited characters Twitter allows. Find my story here! I decided to also do the Daily Create of recreating a strange dream I had, which happens to be the first dream I remember, when a crocodile is sitting at the edge of my bed smiling and says “boo.”

I also read a chapter of The New Digital Storytelling, watched Vonnegut talk and draw on his chalkboard, but then I came to the Tell It/Tweet it assignment. I had just gone to the zoo on Sunday, so I decided to write about what that trip meant to me before I went, and how my perspective changed at the end of the day. I tell brief stories about how my day went, but I have never seen myself as much of a storyteller, so it was interesting to take the concepts introduced in the reading and video and (attempt) to apply it to my zoo trip story.

I previously thought that apocalypse only applied to zombies, but End Day showed me differently. I watched it on Netflix, and so I missed one scenario, but I found it oddly interesting that I could easily see each of those scenarios happening, and that they were not all human-caused. I hold the stereotype that an apocalypse is something that humans did wrong, but it would be so easy for nature to harm or kill thousands, which is both unfortunate and fascinating.

My favorite assignment of this week was choosing a novel excerpt. I discuss California more in my previous post, but it brought up the idea of what may happen to infants and small ch

ildren after the apocalypse. This is a novel I definitely want to read more of, and will likely purchase within the next few days. I can easily envision myself reading it more than once, especially if the rest of the book is as thought-provoking as the first chapter. I am looking forward to doing more with this novel for the class.

When answering the two forums (the archetype and course planning), I had to think a lot about what I know about the apocalypse, and what I want to learn more about. When I think “zombies,” I automatically think of the character, usually a female, who refuses to kill any zombies, even if it means she will die because of that choice. I have screamed at the TV more than I would like to admit when that character what I assume to be a poor choice, but it would be difficult knowing that these were (or are?) people. And I would never kill, or hurt, a person.

I was thankful that I already chose a theme last week, which only left me with this blog post and the weekly question!

If I were a scientist, I would easily say that I would want everyone I love to be turned into a zombie with the hope that I could find a cure and save the world. However, I am not a scientist. In fact, science is my least favorite subject. The selfish part of me is telling me to pick everyone else so that I could survive, but what kind of life would I live all alone, spending my time hiding from zombies and struggling to survive? I think it would be more of a curse to be alive during the apocalypse than to be a mindless zombie. I assume zombies do not have a conscious or know what they are doing, so I would want to be the zombie. And hey, maybe a scientist will find the cure and save me.

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