My Second Week Nearing the End

My second week nearing the end has been another great, productive week. I have been preparing and educating myself on The End. This week I decided to jump around and do things in a different order. I first started with the Daily Create that we all had to do.  I created my story about my day at work and the zombie apocalypse. The second Daily Create I did was the gate into another dimension and the picture I used for it was pretty creepy, because the entire apocalypse theme to me is a little creepy so I decided to stick with it!

I really enjoyed writing my story for the Tell It/Tweet It assignment we had. At first I thought this was going to be a little tricky because sometimes it takes a little while for my creative juices to get flowing, but I gave myself a few days to think about what I wanted to write. I think this assignment really helped me with digital storytelling in writing. I had a lot of fun with it!

I filled out the form for the course planning and the apocalypse archetype. For the archetype I talked about the survivalist characteristic because of The 100, all of the main characters are survivalist with the characteristics of being tough, intelligent, and headstrong.

The last thing I did was watch End Day, read the Routledge article, and I read an excerpt from the book “The Passage.” I think that End Day was informative in a way that not every apocalypse is about aliens or zombies. An apocalypse can be a natural disaster or a really contagious virus going around.  I feel that these opened our eyes more to what an apocalypse really is and why so many people are interested in them. I actually enjoyed watching and reading all of these because I feel that I learned more about the apocalypse which is going to help me in this class.

Question of the Week:

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I would rather be turned into a zombie than everyone I love be turned into one. I think I would rather be turned into a zombie because I am one person rather than so many people I love. Either way I will be alone because no one can really interact with a zombie and I wouldn’t be able to interact with anyone. I just don’t think that I could watch everyone I love be turned into something they aren’t, so I would rather just be the sole person that gets turned into a zombie.

Looking forward to seeing what we will be doing this upcoming week. 🙂

Apocalypse Starter Kit & Reading Reflections

I thought that End Day was pretty interesting, the cameraman needed a little bit of practice though. I thought that the apocalypse that were outlined in End Day, were pretty realistic in terms of them talking about it. Each one that was shown in the show is something that could potentially happen to our world.  While I was watching End Day, I just kept thinking that each situation could happen to us even though it is very unlikely. The scariest situation in my opinion was the contagious virus that was being spread throughout the world. People were getting hit with it and were dropping like flies. With the vaccinations that we have today, this probably won’t happen. It just seemed so realistic, because we always hear about little viruses going around, now imagine if they were as big as the one in End Day and people around just started dropping…pretty scary. 

In the Routledge SF article, I learned that some people think there is sexism in catastrophe fiction because the male is always the one who basically survives the whole thing. This article talked about how apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction were very popular due to the fact that people just found it really interesting. I believe that people also find it interesting because they might have a thought in their head that these things could potentially happen one day, even though it is highly unlikely.

I read the excerpt from the book “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. I thought it sounded intriguing and something that I would want to read the whole way through. I am not usually a fan of reading nonfiction books unless they seem really interesting and this is one of those books.

In the Woods

We live in an area where not many people go. There are around five houses next to ours and we live down a long, narrow, gravel road. It may sound weird, but the view is breathtaking, the view of the water and sunset everyday is something I will never get tired of.  The house is huge and it has a ton of windows, but I feel at home here…unless I am alone. It was a normal Saturday night when I was hanging out with my family when my dad kept mentioning that there was car that had slowly drove down our gravel path but then turned around and left. We did not think much of it since we have a couple of neighbors and maybe the person driving just could not find the right house. It wasn’t until another car came down a couple hours later when we started getting a little spooked out. This wasn’t normal.

Around midnight a third car came driving down the path when they suddenly stopped at the house next to ours that no one lives in. The car then slowly started to drive closer to our house…they turned off their headlights and just sat at the end of our driveway. My dad and boyfriend quickly hopped in one of our cars and drove down to the car. My mom and I could hear them and my dad kept saying, “who are you?” “what are you doing here?” My heart was beating out of my chest, I was not going to sleep. At the time we had four little kids over, my little brother and my boyfriend’s three cousins. The four of them started to get freaked out because they wanted to know what was happening, but we couldn’t tell them so we just made up an excuse. My little brother is just too smart that he figures out everything, so he started to tell the other kids what was happening. This didn’t help the situation.

My dad and boyfriend came back and told us that the woman in the car wouldn’t show her face. She was crying and said she was lost. This, to us, sounded like a fake story and someone was really trying to rob our house. I wasn’t going to let that happen. Once she left, I walked outside to make sure that no one had gotten dropped off in the woods by our neighbors house. I didn’t see anyone, but as I was out there, I looked in the distance and saw a car just sitting at a house a couple houses down from ours. We immediately thought that they were robbing that house.

My parents decided to get in the car to see what was happening down there. I waited and kept the doors locked to make sure we were all safe. When my parents came back the news they had for us was something unexpected…

This little shack, where no one except for one guy lives, was having a MASSIVE party. How would we have known?! The guy is never there and no one really has parties like that down where we live. So, all three of those cars that kept creeping down our gravel road were just lost and couldn’t find the party house. That’s when I realized that I needed to stop thinking the worst and making the scariest assumptions possible in the middle of the night. I have never been so relieved to hear something like that in my life…I was able to go to sleep peacefully that night knowing someone wasn’t trying to rob us.

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My First Week Nearing the End

My first week nearing the end has been a productive one. The first thing I did was set up this blog website so that all of you could read my journey as we are all reaching the end. This part was fairly easy as I had an online class this past summer where we had to create a website just like this that had WordPress downloaded onto it. The second thing I did was set up an Instagram, Twitter, Slack, and SoundCloud just for this class. I have my own personal Instagram and Twitter, but I decided to set up one just for this class as it will be easier to put up posts relating to The End 106.

I added some items into our bunker. These items were combat boots as the world might be a little rough and we will need some durable shoes to get around. I also put in a fire starter and protein bars, so if we need to start a fire we will have something to help us get one faster, and if we get hungry a protein bar would be perfect to give us some energy. I read about apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction on Wikipedia and that definitely gave me some more knowledge on both of them as my understanding of both was limited.

I really enjoyed doing the video of what was in my bag and how those items would help me if the apocalypse happened at any time. I did realize that I had very few items that would be beneficial to myself in the apocalypse. The items that would be beneficial to me, would not have lasted long, except for my sunglasses. Luckily, as I prepared this video I only had to record it twice, because the first time I went slightly over the 90 second mark.  If you’d like to see the contents in my bag, it is posted below. 🙂

Question of the week responses:

My own personal relationship with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is that I don’t mind it, but I haven’t always been a big fan of it. I have never been super interested in alien invasions or zombies, as those things could potentially happen in real life but it is very unlikely.  As it is fiction, it is not real, and I think that is why I have a hard time really liking these things. There is one show that I absolutely love and has resonated with me and it is The 100.

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This show is one of my favorites and it is about a nuclear apocalypse that destroyed civilization on Earth. There are only 4,000 people living and they are living in space. The problem is that they are running out of oxygen up there, so they send their 100 teenage prisoners down to Earth to find out if Earth could potentially be livable and to see if people would react badly or die from radiation. Then it gets crazy from there. That show has resonated with me because a nuclear apocalypse is something that could happen in the future. I don’t know if people could live in space, but the show is just so interesting. A nuclear apocalypse is the type of apocalypse that is particularly interesting to me, just because I feel that it could really happen one day. I think I also have the show The 100 to thank for that, because it is one of my favorite shows.

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I am looking forward to the rest of this semester, I have already learned a lot in this first week. I also really enjoyed this first week in The End 106 and I am looking forward to reading everyone’s blogs each week. 🙂

About Me

My name is Alyssa Murrell. I am a senior at UMW and will be graduating this May. I am majoring in Business Administration. I am a huge family and animal person. In my free time, I like to workout, do adventurous things outside, and hangout with my family and friends. I love to watch baseball, especially the Nationals! 🙂