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According to the benevolent overlords at WordPress, this is my 300th posting.

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Hard as it may be to believe, folks, 300 Kosher Samurai articles and counting!

I’m having a blast posting on this blog and I hope that you are enjoying yourselves.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement.

More to come!

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One year ago today, April 25, 2012, I started writing The Great Dead North.

It is a post apocalyptic journal entry novel on Twitter.

When I blogged about it last year, I called it My Twitter Experiment.

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Each entry is no more than 140 characters… the maximum allowed per tweet.

I post daily journal entries from the second year in aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Only a relative handful of people have survived the first year. Food, vehicles, gasoline, medicine and supplies were relatively abundant during the first year. By the second year, gasoline (a highly refined product) has ‘gone bad’ and vehicles no longer run on it. Most of the ‘easy picking’ supplies have been exhausted. Specialized ‘city folk’ are now forced to exist in a hostile environment. Our world, at best, has been plunged back into the Dark Ages. For some survivors, they have been thrown back to the Stone Age.

Please check it out on Twitter and Follow it, if  you like it.

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If I Am Your Mirror…

(Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”)

A 20-minute animated horror short, written and directed by Garrett DeHart, set in the Civil War Era.

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Thanks to my sweetie Eva for this horror short.

WARNING: If you watch it, don’t be surprised if you find it frightening or disturbing. Enjoy! 🙂

The Year of Halloween

Darlings, tonight’s feature is a brief little film about two girls whose mamá has come to collect them. Creators Andres and Barbra Muschietti pack some eye-widening imagery into just three minutes, which is probably why this short was picked up for feature-length production by none other than Guillermo del Toro.  Enjoy!

If you liked tonight’s short, do watch the trailer for the feature-length production hereSet to release this January and starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame, this is definitely one I have on my watch list for next year.

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I have been accused by more than one alleged friend of having an ‘Unhealthy Interest’ in zombies.

Well, honestly. These days, who doesn’t? I mean, really.

(♥ I’m a zombie girl… in a zombie world ♥)

Yes, but [1]… these so-called friends are quick to point out that, unlike yours truly, most other (i.e. normal) people…

  • Are not lifetime members of The Zombie Research Society (with membership card in wallet to prove it);
  • Haven’t given newspaper interviews or had newspaper articles written about them and zombies;
  • Haven’t given lectures/seminars on the subject on zombies;
  • Aren’t writing an ongoing Twitter fiction ‘journal-style’ story about life in The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse;
  • Don’t regularly write blog articles about zombies and The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse;
  • Don’t regularly use the expression ‘The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse’;
  • Don’t refer to Walmart as ‘The Zombie Serengeti’;
  • Don’t have a large cache of weapons [2] in easy reach of their computer desks;
  • Don’t have a 3-month supply of food in the basement; [3]
  • Don’t have a dozen gallons of fresh water and boxes of Twinkies and Strawberry Pop-Tarts [4] in their apartments;
  • Don’t call Twinkies and Strawberry Pop-Tarts ‘The Official Snacks of The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse’; [5]
  • Can’t speak for an hour straight on the most efficient/effective and least efficient/effective ways to kill zombies;

(The last thing a Georgia zombie sees)

The list goes on, as you can imagine.

Frankly, I don’t see how this interest of mine can be seen in any way as ‘unhealthy.’ If anything, it promotes emergency preparedness which, if done right, ensures survival.

(Yeah… I wish!)

And you can’t get much healthier than ‘not being eaten by hordes of living dead.’

So, back-off, buzz-kills!

You don’t see me kvetching about your ‘unhealthy interest’ in taking long walks and hitting little balls with sticks while wearing stupid gaily-colored pants.

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[1] “You know, my brother once told me that nothing someone says before the word ‘but’ really counts.” (Benjen Stark, ‘Game of Thrones’)

[2] Off the top of my head (and looking around me):  samurai blades, four (2 katanas, 1 wakizashi, 1 tanto); standard machete, one; bayonets, two (1 U.S. Indian wars, 1 French, WW1); Bowie knife, one;  gurka knife, one; ‘Book of Eli’ machete, two (1 large, 1 small); ‘Eragon’ medieval dagger (Arya’s blade), one; billhook sickle/machete, one.

[3] With respect, that’s my mother, not me. I barely have a 6-week supply. Hardly anything, really.

[4] Twinkies and Strawberry Pop-Tarts are the official snacks of The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.

[5] D’OH! 

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Today is Star Wars Day, for obvious reasons. [1]

Here are a couple of Star Wars related photos that have tickled me over the past year or so.

For me, Imperial Stormtroopers are a constant source of fun!

I love nerd humour!

Yoda is also good for a few laughs.

We’ve all seen Star Wars tshirts. Now… Star Wars swimwear by Black Milk Clothing!

So, my little geeks and nerdlings, remember…

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[1] For starters, George Lucas was born on May 14, 1944.
Another point of interest is that all 6 Star Wars films were released in May.
Episode II – Attack of the Clones was released on May 16, 2002.
Episodes I & III – The Phantom Menace & Revenge of the Sith were released on May 19, 1999 and 2005.
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980.
Episode IV & VI – A New Hope and Return of the Jedi were released on May 25, 1977 and 1983.
Today and every May 4th has been considered an unofficially holiday by all Star Wars fans.
The play on words of ‘May The Force (Fourth) Be With You’ is perfect for the month of May.

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A few weeks ago, I broke down and got a Twitter account.

One of the things I’m following on Twitter is a series of tweets called Life After Z Day.

The premise is elegantly simple. The Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse has smacked us in the face like a bloody severed hand. Despite things hitting the fan in a major way, someone out there has access to Twitter and tweets his journal entries several times a day.

Here are a few examples from this month…

  • 1 Apr:   Sorry for the inactivity, my brother and I had run out of ammunition and canned food… We had to venture into the city.
  • 3 Apr:   What a night last night, we drove the rzr into a small town and broke into a boarded up bar… It’s funny to say, but I missed hangovers.
  • 4 Apr: Hung over today, and my brother and I are being lazy and bunked down… but tomorrow we gotta get out and work on our fences.
  • 6 Apr:   Just after we had got to sleep the dog heard something and woke us up… It was a nomad walker cought (sic) up in one of our perimeter fences.
  • 8 Apr:  as soon as the door opened up i thought maybe there was a reason the door was locked from the outside.. thats (sic) when we heard the moans inside.
  • 10 Apr:  we came across a sworm (sic) of walkers, and in the middle of the swarm there was an SUV with what looked to be two girls in trouble…
  • 11 Apr:  We have been busy all day patrolling the perimeter of the farm, there was an abnormal amount of walkers caught on the fence…
  • 11 Apr:  But I suppose these days there is no such thing as ‘normal’.

Some days, there is only one entry… or two. Other days, there can be several. April 10th had about 30 entries.

It’s like reading a diary. Or rather, reading a journal over the shoulder of the person writing it, while he is writing it.

I’m hooked… like a walker on a barbed wire fence.

Check it out.

If, like me, you a zombie kinda person and you tend to drift on over to Twitter whenever you’re bored and have a few minutes to spare… give Life After Z Day a go.

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