A word of advice: never order stuff from IKEA. I know, I know – a little bit of my soul died when we ordered our office furniture from their website. But we’d seen these desks elsewhere, and they were minimalist, sturdy, and very reasonably priced. So we gave our hard-earned money to IKEA, smashed up our old furniture (seriously, we couldn’t get the old desk down the stairs) and waited patiently…Read More»
Zombies are monsters. They will hunt you down. In packs. Tear you apart with blunt fingers. And eat your flesh.
Zombies are the stuff of nightmares. Powered by an unknowable force from the darkest of places, somewhere beyond human comprehension. They don’t stop. Even when their bones are crushed and their flesh is torn away. They don’t even flinch. You can’t reason with them or appeal to their emotions. They are empty vessels of insatiable hunger. You will lose.
The most interesting thing about zombies in fiction is how their mythos changes to reflect the fear of the times. The zombie myth addresses fears that are both inherent to the human condition and speciﬁc to the time of their resurrection.
On a basic level, zombies represent our fear of infectious disease, loss of the self, and death. On a cultural level, zombies reflect current social anxieties. It’s also interesting to note how much of this commentary is intended, and how much is interpreted.
Romero denied that he made his Living Dead films with any agenda, whether as a critique on war, or a commentary on racism or consumerist culture. On the other hand, Boyle spoke explicitly about his inspiration for 28 Days Later (2002): the exploding, inevitable rage we are all capable of when the promises of the media constantly fall dramatically short of the reality we are presented with in an overpopulated world.
The zombie as representative of an infectious disease in a globally accessible, over-populated world is probably most relatable in recent years. However, as survivalism is championed and fetishized to the point that many people now welcome such an apocalypse – to break free of modern social constraints and the inherent rage associated with them, to become a hero or champion in their own lives, to prove to themselves and the (surviving) world what they are made of, that they too can be strong – I think there is a new shift emerging in zombie fictions.Read More»
Yesterday, I finished reading Blood Canticle, the tenth and final book in Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. It had been about seven years since I read the penultimate book in the series. As a teenager, I was in love with the series. For some reason, I put off reading the last book. It sat on my shelf, pages yellowing. I picked it up a few times, read the first chapter, put it back down…
I had a feeling something terrible was going to befall my beloved protagonist, Lestat. I wasn’t ready for that. Not only that, but the first chapter failed to grip me. And I was worried that my tastes had changed and the writing would fail to impress me.
But I decided recently that I wanted to lay this ghost to rest. To finish the series. I used to love the books so much. It was time.
It took me a little while to get into the novel. Lestat, who had not narrated since the fifth in the series, was rambling and self-obsessed as always. Yet instead of charming me, it annoyed me. Much of the book seemed incoherent and steam-of-consciousness. I couldn’t decide if it was fitting to the character or messy writing.Read More»
Hello everyone. Just to let you know, I have been busy creating a new website for my writing and editing services: www.playle-editorial-services.com.
I’ve been blogging since 2009. My blog started out as a place to document my education, career and literary journey, but as these aspects of my life have developed, strengthened and divided, I have found the need to separate my web presence.
So I’ve moved all the stuff relating to my editing and critiquing service over to the new website. I’ll also be moving the resources for writers over to that site, and I’ll going back to my roots on this domain, focusing once again on my own writing journey.
Thanks for your patience and support during this upheaval!
So it’s been around six weeks since my last update – probably the longest I’ve gone between posting. Once again, I am becoming overwhelmed with how fast time seems to be moving these days.
What have I been up to these past few weeks? Well, I am in the middle of creating a separate website for my writing and editing business, which will enable me to keep this site a bit more personal and focused on writing and creativity.
Further to that, I’m now working in-house a few days a week at a design agency as a copywriter and social media manager. I think the work is going well, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing. Having a regular schedule is incredibly useful.
I’ve manged to get a bit of writing done, but not as much as I’d hoped. I need to be more strict with myself and set aside a day or two a week to focus on it.
I’ve got a long ‘to-do’ list this month, including putting together the long overdue latest issue of Inkspill Magazine, updating the Inkspill website, finishing my business site, finishing two ebook guides for this website, and keeping up with my writing… Right now I’m off to finish re-decorating the bathroom!