Fictional Blogging During and About a Zombie Apocalypse
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I am going to write a zombie apocalypse narrative spanning five weeks from the perspective of a survivor at the time of the crisis. It will incorporate the ideas of epistolary novels and disaster tweeting.
This project is designed to create a story in the style of the old epistolary novels, in that the entire plot is relayed through blog posts (as opposed to letters). It blends that genre with the practice of tweeting from ground zero of a disaster, but rather blogging throughout the development of a crisis- a zombie apocalypse.
The structure of the posts is that of a person staying alive during the zombie crisis and blogging about it as well. The nature of the crisis would have to be tailored to allow for the preservation of the internet throughout the crisis, not the usual “entire power grid is down” situation frequently seen in zombie stories.
The posts are to be real-time, day by day as the crisis unfolds and develops. Week 2, then, is the actual second week, no “3 months later” type of situations. Twitter can be incorporated as much as it is useful. These are the only set-in-stone guidelines, and any other details are up to the person doing the project.
As far as mine goes, each week will be themed as follows:
Week 1: Outbreak. The scenario is set up as the characters scramble to understand it. Information is limited.
Week 2: Complications. More is learned about the crisis through internet communication and none of it is good- the infection rate is rising (obviously) and there are actually two completely different strains.
Week 3: Perspectives. Other characters weigh in with posts of their own and unusual angles of the crisis are explored, such as a webcam video that was automatically uploaded of a man being eaten by a zombie, accompanied by an automatically published blog post of gibberish as their struggle randomly struck the keyboard.
Week 4: Connections. Bloggers and internet users communicate on meeting up and how to keep the net running as more and more humans become zombies. Twitter is integrated more as the narrator dares to leave his house.
Week 5: Conclusion. The plot comes to a close, loose ends are tied up, most likely everyone dies because that how it always does and is supposed to work. May or may not include the Antichrist.
Each week consists of three to six posts, each 500-1000 words long. The narrator writes on a combination of their daily escapades in dealing with the hordes, as well as information that is passed around the internet about the crisis.
The intent of this project is to exist as experimental fiction. It is a modern-day, internet- and blog-centric version of the classic epistolary novel. It also relies on the practice of disaster-tweeting (or in this case crisis-blogging), providing an unfiltered first look from the center of a crisis.
The final report will be a reflection on how well the story progressed and how well it lived up to its aspirations, as well as any other information it becomes important to include.
Weekly reports will be at ericgchristenson.wordpress.com. If the report is not the latest post, use the categories widget and look for “Weekly Reports.”
Contract for Grade
250 Points: 3-6 posts per week, 500-1000 words per post. Twitter incorporation, extensive detail on the subject matter covered.