The Real About Me – Part 4

The Real About MeHere we are again!  For those of you jumping in here and wondering what this is all about click here to read the first post in the series.

Here’s something you should know about me if we’re going to be friends (and why not – lets be friends).  I am a fan of the apocalypse.  It’s true.  I don’t even care what form the apocalypse takes be it the moon getting too close, volcanic eruptions plunging the world into a new ice age, an electromagnetic pulse, or zombies – I’m a fan.

I don’t mean that I’m hoping I suddenly have to start using a hole in the back yard as a toilette, or want to have the learn to sharp shoot a cranial target (I don’t want to start anyone off on a project here), no I just like apocalyptic stories.

Why? I hadn’t really thought about it until I sat down to write this post.  Maybe because it’s real drama.  Yes, I understand that zombies aren’t real but the drama of what could happen if there was a complete societal collapse is real.    It’s the highest stakes possible in a story.  It’s life or death and not just for one person but for everyone.  So not only does it become life or death it becomes a story of challenging morals and beliefs.  I like that.  Plus, it’s a safe place to be afraid and face those challenges.  It forces the reader to ask themselves tough questions.

Those questions stay with me long after I close the book.  Read The Road by Cormac Mccarthy as a parent and call me.  We can have a long philosophical conversation about that one.

I think I like being afraid of things like zombies because they can’t really hurt me.

Or maybe I’m a sick and twisted individual who should probably seek counseling at my earliest convenience.  I’m going with the explanation above and you all can hold whatever opinion of my you’d like.



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