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BLITEOTW - Gotcha Ya!


Needless to say, I have not been eaten by zombies. I was participating in a little blogosphere ruse called "Blog Like It's The End Of The World", which I happened to hear about from thespian.

Usually I'd ignore something like this, or just go along with other people's LJs, but I figured first, it was something I actually heard about before it happened, so I could actually participate from the very beginning, and second it caught my interest as a writing experiment. I'm not a writer, but, as most of you know, I do enjoy telling stories, and I thought this would be kind of unique in a War Of The Worlds kind of way. I also realized I was in a unique position on both LJ and in the real world.

No one I know on LJ lives closer than 2 hours away (hi, gingy!), so I wondered who could or would actually believe something as pandemic as a zombie outbreak could be real. Geographically speaking I'm in the perfect spot for an outbreak - I'm in a somewhat isolated, rural area, at the tip of a peninsula with few access points. I figured either way it would prove to be an interesting scenario - if it started here it would be limited locally for a while, possibly not even spreading; if it started elsewhere it would take a long while before it reached us. I sort of went at it from both angles since friends all over were jumping into it, so I took the tack that something was going on, but we really didn't know what as it was taking its sweet time overrunning the population down here.

So given all that, I wondered if I could write it convincingly enough, and slowly enough, that people would actually believe it, and from that point I really did see it as an opportunity to write something I had never done before. I even screened some comments of people who knew what was going on and might have given it away, but I'm unscreening them now. (I even slipped and included the above link in one of my replies to rvrjoe775, which I figured, if people followed, it might alleviate the worries of those who were actually seriously concerned; it seemed to work with some folks, but not everyone.)

Unfortunately I guess I did it too well, because I did cause a few people to believe something was going on and to take it seriously before they realized it wasn't real, and for that I apologize. My intent was only to have this be a writing experiment for myself, but I needed an audience to know if I could succeed at it. It was not meant maliciously by any means, but only in good fun, in the spirit of the dozens of others participating as well. If you're mad at me, I understand, but I hope it will pass, because I would hate to lose contact with someone over it.

For those who did enjoy it, thanks for participating. I had a blast! :)

Comments

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eridun
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I had a blast! blogging back and forth with everyone who was playing along was seriously the highlight of the day yesterday.

We need to do this again some time.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
I was amused as well. :)
gullinbursti
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a chance to blog; my office is less than 100 yards from Woodland Cemetery, with big glass windows all around it at ground level. They ate my brains five minutes in. :'(
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Braaaaaaaaaains...
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esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, sorry if it bothered you, then.
troystar
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
I had only read one of your post I hadn't read anything about Zombies (OK sometimes I skim through) so I was actually worried :(
I was about to write you when Chris made me notice it wasn't real.

Not sure I like this little LJ event :(
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Like I said, it was certainly intended just to be for fun.
jezebelleinhell
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
yeah I was totally in the dark. An LJ friend was writing about Zombies and I had no idea what was wrong with her....had she lost her mind? But yours was non-specific to Zombies so it was more believable and had me riveted.

Good job, you got me!
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Why thank you kind miss. :)
bigbearok
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Had no clue here. You were the only one on my friends list who participated. Sadly, I would have been Simon Pegg in the beginning of "Shaun of the Dead", just blindly going to work and not noticing all the brain eating around him.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
And in some places, that's not that difficult to do. Hee!
sistercoyote
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad - I was in the same boat.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Most people were. It wasn't until halfway through the day that a lot of people decided to participate.
sistercoyote
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Although I would like to say that if Zombiegeddon really had come, my LJ entry wouldn't have changed much. ;)
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jsciv
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was too, but then I TXT'ed him. Thankfully the fiction didn't extend to cell phones so I was able to get about the rest of my day in peace. :)

In the end I only had one other friend finally say something on the day in character, and then two people with sort of late night "I was meaning to do this so here's my after hours halfhearted attempt at it."
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
I figured anyone who would take the time to text me or call me or e-mail me outside of LJ or clearly indicated they were freaking out over my well-being deserved a clue. I'm not *mean* for heaven's sake. :D
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esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Of all my friends, I knew you'd be the one to not only jump to zombies, but welcome them openly, you sick bastard. ;)
fabricdragon
Jun. 14th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
my husband went out deliberately and got eaten. then he formed a support group at zombies_unite.. and now he's talking Political Action Comitte.
sad
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
I saw that. You married a strange, strange man. :D
av8rmike
Jun. 14th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Some of the entries I read from other peoples' friends lists were pretty creative. Yours too.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, kind sir. ;)
sftyson
Jun. 14th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
You were quite good at, since you didn't mention anything about it being a "zombie" attack (unless I really was blind and missed it), until I clicked on a link and finally caught on. Though I did spend probably an hour on the web searching for news or something. Even asked one of my coworkers to try. Oh well.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hee, sorry if you were overly worried, but I'm impressed with myself that people thought it was real.
frozenbroken
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
very well done, actually. very creative. you write like a novelist.
you should write more stuff like that on your blog. seriously. it shouldn't have to take a blog gimmick like that to have you writing good stuff. so... more pls! hehe
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're so kind! You haven't met me in person yet to know how much I love telling stories, but you can ask Q, he'll tell you (and then probably complain about it). :D
dragonblink
Jun. 14th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of people participating on my friends list, but you were one of the first people to post and you started off so well and so subtle that I didn't catch on right away. Well done!

Hmm, I don't have a "brains" icon, so I'll settle for Robocop Vs. Terminator.
esprix
Jun. 14th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
braaaaaaaaaaaaains? braaaaaaaaaaaaaains. braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains!
queenal
Jun. 14th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not in the slightest bit mad at you; I feel like a doofus for believing you and actually checking the news, but hey, that's because you never mentioned 'zombies' and wrote in your usual style. I think you did very well, and it was an interesting experiment.
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