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An Apocalyptic Notecard Story

An Apocalyptic Notecard Story

We’ve all seen those stories in which the person doesn’t talk, but just lifts up notecards where the story/words are written. Many of them are very sad, however, some are funny! I decided to make mine funny! It’s all about my encounter with what I thought was the world ending! What happened? Just watch!

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!

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!