What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
Just plugging along. The time away from the blog and focusing on my WIP has been productive, both in word count and enthusiasm level. Plus, with my hectic schedule, writing really has been catch-as-catch-can, which I figure is good practice for doing it professionally. Never knowing for sure when I’m going to get a good writing session in, I’ve had to eliminate the ritual aspect of the craft in favor of just getting down to it whenever a moment presents itself (either getting up at 4:30 in the morning, or on those rare moments when both of my children take a nap at the same time).
Otherwise, I had a fun interview I did for Tara Maya’s blog. She was one of the other authors (besides myself) in Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies. If you get a chance and want to learn more about me, check it out by clicking here.
What does the future hold?
I’m debating axing this regular section of my blog for two reasons. One, with everything going on in my outside-of-writing life right now, I can’t guarantee the regularity with which I’ve posted in the past. Two, do any of you really count on this section of my blog and mark your calendars based on it? Feel free to comment with your opinion.
But without further ado…
I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a woman named Allison Morris. She had come across my post, End of the World Stories We Love to Hate, and sent me a graphic she helped create on a timeline of failed apocalypse predictions (well, one still remains to be seen).
I thought this was pretty interesting, but what really sparked my attention was the text that introduced the graphic. I’ll get to that shortly, but first, here’s the graphic from OnlinePsychologyDegree.net
Now what was interesting was the line in the text that mentioned the fact that some people actually seemed disappointed when these predictions didn’t come true. That struck me, because I think this is true of many of us… depending on the form of the apocalypse.
For example, I remember back in December of 1999 when I was living in Montana, there was certainly a part of me that kind of wished everything technological would come to an end. I even had friends who were hunting guides/outfitters who said if everything went to Hell to come stay with them. They were stocked.
Sure this would put a kink in my plans of getting professionally published, but if nothing else, I figured I could be a roaming bard of the new Wild West, toting my Underwood typewriter to document the times (and beat down bears if necessary).
Plus, I’d be out of debt. This, I think, is largely the allure of Fight Club.
The zombie apocalypse is another story. As I mentioned in my interview for Tara Maya:
“People want to believe that in a zombie apocalypse, they would be able to survive. [ergo, the appeal of zombie stories]”
Various other stories have also had their appeal. I have to admit that I love most disaster movies. Cheesy as it was, I even liked “The Day After Tomorrow.” But again, there’s that element of survival. The world has changed. On one hand, I think many of us believe the world is due for (and would benefit immensely from) a serious change. And of course, we want to think that we would still be around to see it (and consequently, help usher in the new world).
The 2012 apocalypse was a different story, especially if you saw that stupid movie (which I actually talked about in Part II of my End of the World Stories We Hate to Love. Basically, I just hated it). That was supposed to be the Big One. The movie didn’t really have any significant amount of worthwhile people surviving. Just rich people. It was really difficult for me to look at my two-year-old daughter and four-month-old son and think that they wouldn’t be around after December 21st.
So was I disappointed when Y2K didn’t happen? Sure, maybe a little. But this last go ‘round? Not so much. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a free ride now. Kind of like when I survived skydiving. Once you’ve survived impending potential death, you shouldn’t take anything for granted.
What do I want from you?
What are your thoughts? Have you ever thought it might be nice to see a major cataclysmic global change? Did you want to see Y2K happen? Have you read Fight Club or seen the movie? Do you think Brad Pitt is hot?
Don’t forget to check out my interview with Tara Maya.
Oh, and if you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, do you think I’m okay to axe the “What does the future hold?” segment?
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