I was feeling so drowsy toward the end of my shift at work, but for some reason my adrenaline kicked in once I got that DVD going. Tonight I worked up the biggest sweat EVER for this particular routine. It’s about time!
On the writing front, I had to take a few days off from writing the story proper in order to review the notes I took on APOCALYPSE NOW and see how I could transpose episodes from that movie to my zombie story. It took me a few days but, as always, once I buckled down and focused it didn’t take as long as I thought. At first all I was doing was taking the APOCALYPSE scenarios and putting them in a zombie setting. It felt too much like plagiarism to me, so I kept on hammering at it. There are still some parts that are more or less directly borrowed from Coppola’s film, but I consider them “homages” instead of “rip-offs” now. (The difference is subtle…so subtle, in fact, that I can’t even describe it.)
There is only one part of the story I don’t have an answer for yet: how do the team mates convince Adam to rejoin them so they can use his blood to eradicate the zombie virus? I mean, here he is camped out in a city he has all to himself, where people treat him like a god. What motivation would he have to leave and rough it on the road again?
However, the good news is that I don’t have to answer this question for a while. In the meantime, I can resume cranking out my 15 pages per day!