Zombie Cliche Lookout: Immediate Concern
In a disaster situation, you have to go through a sort of triage process. There will likely be a lot of things that you’ll need to handle, but if you don’t prioritize, you’re going to find yourself in a lot of trouble in the future. For instance, killing or escaping from the zombie in your home is more pressing than filling the bathtub with water.
In a less exciting example, let’s consider an extended power outage. You’ve got a number of things to consider, and depending on your situation, things can get much more complicated. Let’s say it’s in the middle of an August heat-wave, and your octogenarian mother lives with you. Keeping her cool and comfortable is likely going to take priority over preventing the loss of your ice cream in the freezer (and, hey, there might be a mutually beneficial short-term solution in combining those two problems).
About this Episode:
There’s been a bit of feedback lately that I’m spending too long developing certain plots, so I’m going to try to make this flashback pretty breezy and well-paced, or at least as much as I can while still focusing on developing Sam’s character the way I want to.
One of the more difficult aspects to writing Bricks of the Dead is striking a balance between the action and the character development. Despite being a horror and zombie movie junkie, I actually went to college for English and creative writing. As such, I focused a lot of literary fiction, which revolves around the character. Contrast this with genre fiction (where you’ll find zombie stories), which revolves around the plot. For Bricks of the Dead, I’m trying to strike a balance between the two, but I think I’m leaning more toward the character stuff these days.
Long story short: zombie action is coming.
Discussion Question: Zombie Kill of the Week
Here’s a nice fun one: what’s your favorite zombie kill from a zombie movie/show/etc? What makes it great? The creativity of the kill? The gore? The tension build-up that gets released as the zombies gets dispatched?