Month: January 2018

Surviving the Second Week of The End

Surviving the Second Week of The End

This week, I started out by completing two Daily Create’s! For the first Daily Create, which I completed on Tuesday, we were to write a fictional story in 240 characters or less, due to the fact that 240 characters is all you can use in one Tweet. For the second Daily Create on Thursday, we were to create some kind of “gateway” to another dimension. I found a free stock image online that really intrigued me. I felt as though it created some kind of mystery as to what is at the bottom of the stairs. When I was a child, we had a basement in our house, and I refused to go down the stairs by myself because it was so dark. This picture reminded me of this. You can see my two entries below:

Also this week, I watched a video of the late famous author, Kurt Vonnegut, explaining how stories are told and written, while using humor, and causing me to laugh out loud. As part of the assignment for this piece, we were to write a blog post telling a story that could be factual or fictional. I chose to write about my experience from last spring break when my two best friends took me to a Panic! at the Disco concert! That post is two posts below this one, so go check it out! After writing the full story, we were to recreate it as well as we could into 240 characters, again on Twitter. Here’s what I came up with:

Another assignment we had this week was coming up with our own character “archetype” for the apocalypse. I’ve read through many of my classmates’ entries, but I decided to create a character for the apocalypse who would be the “Disease Hunter/Healer” and this person “goes out to try and find a certain disease or outbreak of something before it becomes too powerful and before it spreads to the rest of the world. They are always trying to find the cure for numerous diseases. One of them being cancer.” I hope and pray that it does not take time up until apocalypse for us to find a cure for cancer.

As explained in my reflection of apocalyptic fiction/science fiction, I read an entry in The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. It was quite interesting because I have never taken the time to learn where science fiction came from, due to the fact that it is not my absolute favorite genre. I also watched the BBC episode End Day in which the world ends in five different ways. I found that quite interesting because I had never really thought about it or thought about what it might really look like! I also read a few excerpts from the post-apocalyptic novel California by Edan Lepucki. I will be reading this novel over the course of the next few weeks, and am looking forward to where the story takes me!

Also this week, I tried to fix up this blog in order to make it feel more inviting and exciting! I have tried to stick with an apocalyptic feeling while also trying to portray my personality. I still have a few more touches I’d like to add, and it is a continuing work in progress! I look forward to telling more stories and sharing more of my creativity!


Weekly Question: 

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be turned into a zombie or have everyone you love turned into a zombie? Why? (Please feel free to also answer this question in the comments below!)

If a zombie apocalypse occurred, I would want to be turned into a zombie. I would prefer that because there aren’t stapled down standards and traits of what a zombie must look like or how they have to behave. As I have said in a past post, if I had to be a zombie, I would want to be a zombie like Liv from iZombie. She looks and behaves (mostly) normal. She eats burgers made out of brains, but other than that, she is not a terrifying, growling, moaning zombie like the zombies are in the show The Walking Dead. I would rather become a zombie as soon as possible so that I wouldn’t be as much of a target anymore, due to the fact that we know once zombies arrive, they take over. Also, it is much more difficult to destroy and “kill” a zombie than it is to kill a human. Soon enough, my family and friends would become zombies too, and we would be able to survive together as a ‘unit.’ Who knows if we’d know each other, but I can only hope!

Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

This past week, I have explored apocalyptic fiction in several different mediums.

I watched an episode of a BBC Docuseries called Horizon which came out in 2004. The episode I watched showed five different possibilities of how to world, as we know it, could end. The first scenario was a massive tsunami. The second was a killer meteorite. The third was a global pandemic/disease. The fourth was a volcanic eruption. The last included strange matter, such as a black hole. There was one main character, Dr. Howell, who was planning on conducting an experiment in all five scenarios. However, in the first four scenarios, he is unable to get to the lab due to the dangers proposed by the first scenarios. After each world-ending scenario occurs, the world starts over completely. Each scenario ‘segment’ begins with Dr. Howell laying in bed as his television playing the credits from a program he was watching. The last part of the credits we see shows the words “The End” as to refer to the “end” of the world. Each day starts over with Dr. Howell, but different characters begin to appear each day. At the end of the docuseries’s episode, Dr. Howell finally manages to turn the key that ‘launches’ the black hole that begins to swallow everything in its vicinity.

While watching this episode, I realized how happy I was that none of these epidemics were, hopefully, not going to be arriving any time soon. I realized that I would definitely be one of the first to die in each situation. I cannot run fast, and I don’t go outside everyday in bubble wrap to protect myself from volcanic eruptions or other flying shrapnel from a meteorite. I would try to fight as long as I could, but if I was to come face-to-face to one of these scenarios, I would not last very long at all. However, if I was able to prepare, and get to the highest point of my building or stay inside with everything I need, I can see myself staying safe. One of my biggest fears in life is getting sick. I do everything I can to stay healthy. Maybe I could survive that scenario, but if I have to combat zombies, I can’t make any promises. However, I can’t say I black hole opening up in the world any time soon. I found this scenario to be the most fictional out of the other four. This episode definitely portrayed what the apocalypse may look like. None of us might receive any warnings until it’s too late. It may come as something inevitable and something none of us can avoid or fight against.

Also this week, I read the entry called Apocalyptic SF from The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Something I never knew before reading this article is the fact that apocalyptic sci-fi and science fiction in the first place really began in the late eighteenth century. I definitely thought that sci-fi got it’s beginning in the 20th century. I also never knew that sci-fi really became a popular genre because of the way it portrays “sadistic fascination with representing massive destruction in minute detail” (Routledge). I agree with this statement because in many apocalyptic fiction works, no one is running around screaming, but everyone acts as though it is a normal part of life. It is almost as if people just expect that the apocalypse will come, without a doubt, like the concept of death. We all know we will all die at some point.

The last piece of apocalyptic fiction I delved into was reading a few excerpts from Edan Lepucki’s novel, California (2014). It really drew me in because it explains a post-apocalyptic world in which the two main characters Frida and Cal learn to live in the wilderness after the world that they’ve known has been completely destroyed. I am looking forward to reading this novel in full very soon. So far, I know that Frida and Cal are living in the wilderness, and Frida is also pregnant. I’m very excited to see where this story goes!

 

The Night My Life Changed Forever

The Night My Life Changed Forever

My life changed in the best possible way on March 3rd, 2017.

My best friends had surprised me with Panic! at the Disco concert tickets for one of their tour stops in Baltimore at the MGM Theater. They surprised me in the fall. I thought I was dreaming. One of these amazing best friends introduced me to Panic! during my freshman year. She showed me the video of Brendon Urie, the lead singer, singing and playing the piano for an acoustic version of his song This Is Gospel. After watching this video, I knew I was completely obsessed. If you haven’t seen the music video, I absolutely recommend it.

WARNING: You may fall in love with Brendon Urie after watching this video. You’re welcome.

March 3rd arrived much faster than I expected. It was also perfect timing because it was the Friday night that began our spring break.

I had to sit through three classes that day, and all I could think about was what would be happening and where I would be later that evening. I was so excited! After classes were over, I went back to my on-campus apartment that I shared with my two best friends. We got ready to go, and got in the car to head to Baltimore. It felt so surreal! Also, you better believe we blasted Panic! at the Disco music the entire way.

Finally, we arrived at the MGM Theater in Baltimore. The parking garage was quite strange and had many weird entrances. Once we actually got inside the parking garage, it was like a maze with many dead-ends and floors. Once we got inside, we had to walk around the enormous casino that was in the middle of the building, because unfortunately, none of us were 21, yet. As we were walking, I began to freak out. I kept repeating, “I’m in the same building as Brendon Urie right now!” My best friends had to tell me to shut up after repeating that sentence over and over again.

I failed to mention earlier that my best friends had bought us VIP tickets! We got in the VIP line where we each received a tote bag with a t-shirt, mini vinyl-record, our VIP pass, and more. I couldn’t believe it. I was having the time of my life. We went into the theater, itself, and Saint Motel was performing as one of the openers. After they performed, MisterWives performed as the other opener. I became very antsy. I knew what was next. My best friends and I took at least one-hundred SnapChat selfies.

Soon, a count-down began on the stage which meant Brendon Urie was about to enter the stage. I began to shake with anxiety and excitement. The lights came up and there he was and he sang his opening song. I thought I was going to faint. I could not possibly believe that Brendon Urie was right there in front of me, and only about 50 yards away from where we were standing. Confetti was blasted into the crowd from the ceiling which made the experience feel even more magical. His voice in person was even more amazing live than it was on iTunes and Spotify. I still don’t know how he can possibly hit all of the high notes he does in almost every song. I kept looking at my two best friends and we shared great, big grins and screams of “Oh my God!!” 

All of those hours spent listening to Brendon Urie’s songs had been put to perfect use. I never wanted to night to end. I didn’t know how I was ever so lucky to have best friends like the ones I have who would treat me to such a night/experience.

After the concert was over, I was still in a state of shock. I had just seen one of my favorite people in the world in person. I could not believe it. I tried to Tweet at him and tag him in an Instagram post, in the hopes he would notice. Who knows, maybe he did!

It took us about an hour-and-a-half to get out of the parking garage, but once we did we realized how hungry we were. Where do you go to eat after such an exciting night? McDonalds. Yeah it was about midnight when we went, but it turned out that everyone else who had been at the concert had the same idea. We ate our dinner, and headed back to school to spend the night before we all went home for spring break.

All of my adrenaline and excitement had drained my energy, and I fell asleep in the backseat of the car of the way home. Once I had to wake up to go inside, I made sure to tell everyone I knew over the phone and over social media that this night had been the absolute best night of my life. It had been, without a doubt. Now I have to come up with a surprise like this for my best friends as a form of repaying them.

The World is Ending and Here’s How I’ve Prepared

The World is Ending and Here’s How I’ve Prepared

The apocalypse. Everyone’s heard of it. We’ve feared it’s arrival. And now… it’s here.

When I was about fourteen-years-old, I was first introduced to what apocalyptic life might be like when I watched Shaun of the Dead (2004) with a few of my family friends. Of course this movie is a comedy, and almost parody, but I remembered feeling like I was scarred for life. I couldn’t get the images of zombies out of my mind, and I could not stop hearing the growling sound of zombies.

Then, I came to college, and one of my best friends loves The Walking Dead (2010-). I began to get used to the scary and graphic zombies. I watched a few episodes with her, and I remember hoping that I hope the apocalypse never actually happens.  I do not keep up with the show very much, but I did see the episode in which Negan clubbed someone to death in the season 6 finale. However, even though I have been permanently scarred by this hit TV show, I still find it quite interesting.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a ‘post-apocalyptic’ world, but I had to read The Hunger Games trilogy in ninth grade. I have also seen every movie, and continue to have a crush on Josh Hutcherson. I loved this trilogy, and I loved the movies even more. However, in class whenever my teacher asked if we wanted to be like Katniss or Peeta, my answer was and continues to be no. I have always told my friends and family that if I had to participate in the “Hunger Games” I would die on the first day.

The zombie invasion genre of the apocalypse definitely interests me most. It is funny saying this after explaining how terrified I was of zombies after watching a parody movie and a TV show in which zombies play a large role. I would definitely need to find a bunker I could hide in when the time came, because, again, I do not see myself surviving for very long after having to face a battle against zombies. If I was to become a zombie, I don’t know, maybe it would be cool, or maybe even fun? I would almost be indestructible and immortal! However, eating brains as my only nutrition would not be my first choice. What would also be interesting is to see if the movies and TV shows have illustrated zombies as they actually will be, or if they will be completely different. They might be nice, while strange, like Liv Moore in iZombie, or as scary and gross as a zombie in The Walking Dead.

However, now that the apocalypse is arriving, I have had to start preparing. I have packed my bag that I will be taking with me into the bunker. I packed my water bottle, glasses, granola bars, a blanket, a book to read, and a few pictures of my family so I can always remember them. I made sure to make a video for The Daily Create outlining each of these items. I also created accounts on Twitter, SoundCloud, Slack, YouTube, and a new Instagram account.

I decided to create a new Instagram account for this class because I wanted to keep my main account private, and I didn’t want to fill it with pictures I’ve already shared or with pictures that illustrate the apocalypse because I knew it would probably confuse my followers. As a way of introducing myself, I uploaded four photos to my new Instagram account. They were a photo of just myself, a photo of my dogs, a photo of my family, and a photo of my two best friends. I also already had a YouTube account. I made it back in high school for my Creative Writing class in which one of our projects was making a ‘book trailer’ for the ‘novels’ we wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That video is still on my page.  However, I did have to create completely new accounts everywhere else. I have used SoundCloud in the past to listen to music, podcasts, etc. Also, as I have created accounts on each of these social media platforms, I have looked for and found my other classmates’ accounts and followed them as to be able to connect with them anywhere whenever I need to do so. I also joined our Slack website and made sure to introduce myself to my other classmates. I also read the Wikipedia article about the apocalypse and apocalyptic fiction. I found it quite interesting.

Also this week, I added items to our online ‘bunker.’ I added two pictures, one was of blankets and the other was of books. I was about to add a photo of an iPhone until I came to my senses and realized we will definitely not have any kind of WiFi or cell service during the apocalypse.

I really enjoyed myself this week, and I am so excited for the rest of this semester!

We can get through this together!