Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In
I’ve talked a lot about night time and the danger of trying to sleep in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, especially without anyone to watch your back. This time, I want to take a different approach, and discuss the importance of good sleep and the dire consequences that can happen if you don’t or can’t get any. Any survival situation is incredibly stressful, both physically and psychologically; a zombie survival situation is likely to be all the more stressful because of a number of factors. In order for a survivor to have any hope of coping, they must be well rested.
This is, of course, easier said than done. A successful survivor is one who is constantly alert and ready to react, and that makes falling and staying asleep very difficult. This is only compounded when the survivor is on his or her own. Nonetheless, when they start missing sleep, they quickly begin to lose the fine motor control, reaction time, and quick thought processes they depend on for survival.
About this Episode:
I’ve had a lot of challenges when it comes to making Bricks of the Dead. The most obvious is my lack of sufficient minifig parts to ensure that characters all have unique costumes and are able to emote reasonably well (and don’t, for instance, suddenly get different colored eyebrows between episodes).
Another big problem I’ve had I simply can’t blame on outside issues, but my own writing: that is the problem of time. If you go back through the comic from the beginning, taking careful notice of time, you will find that precious little of it has passed since the beginning. Now, this is fine in a lot of ways, but one of the things I want to do in this story is look at the way the world and society changes as it adapts to the zombies. That’s pretty difficult to do in a matter of a few days. Long story short, I need to make time pass faster in the comic.
Discussion Question: Missing Sleep
Have any of you had experiences with not sleeping? If so, what were the consequences. When I was younger and dumber, I once went several days without sleeping. Needless to say, it was quite an experience. I don’t remember a lot of it, but my friends say I was hallucinating and acting very drunk. It’s a wonder I didn’t hurt myself.