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:
This morning, I climbed out of bed and could hear distant screams and a low humming-growling sound. I figured it was just people talking on Campus Walk, and that the humming was coming from the air conditioner or a generator. Looking outside all I saw was zombies. #tdc2206 #ds106
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) January 23, 2018
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) January 25, 2018
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:
My life changed forever when I went to my first concert for Panic! at the Disco. A dream come true fulfilled by Brendon Urie and my two best friends. I'll never forget a day that started with classes and ended with an unforgettable experience. @theEnd106 #WritingAssignment2160
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) January 26, 2018
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!
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!