No, I’m not TheBoredZombie! I know, you’re thinking, “Well, who is TheBoredZombie then?” Read on, dear friend, I promise there is no quiz at the end – or is there?
Some time ago (has it really been 10+ years??) I was learning Flash development to build websites and casual games. I loved B-roll horror flicks, casual web games, and small development projects. I had grand plans marrying the three and creating a flash web site www.theboredzombie.com. The site featured a zombie that attempted to entertain himself by visiting old haunts from his human days and terrorizing the living through casual games like zombie diner dash and zombie pac man. To prove this story is true, I dug through all the old files and found a few of the flash animations!
WARNING: This animation makes noise! If you want to see it, click the image to pop it out in a new window.
I had a vision of a cartoony zombie world full of silly mayhem and competitive high scores. I then wrote lots of design docs, back stories for the characters, and thought hard about what my zombie’s world would be. I really came to love the little guy and his cast of characters even though I never gave him a name. I even wrote a short story to start telling the story of one group of the townies. If you want to read it, download this PDF. If you like that story – you may like my only other attempt at fiction, Dreadful Day Jack.
Look what else I found! My Character sketches from when I was trying to learn vector art. I mostly finished Bo and the rest are doodles. I had a long way to go to be good, but I wasn’t a total loss! You’ll need to click the image to see this too – the file is pretty large and I didn’t want to auto-load it on you.
Life happens. I got a job, found myself crazy busy then less and less interested in my bored zombie and his cast of characters though I never gave up the URL. Two years ago, when I started my blog, it didn’t have a custom URL. I used my nickname Suedre (pronounced sue-DRAY) and called it suedrescreations.blogspot. I didn’t love it right from the start, but I was still feeling out the blog-o-sphere and trying to find my voice. It wasn’t too long and I was hooked. I love creating, I love writing, I love sharing, and I love this community. I decided to go ahead and switch to a custom URL and tinkered with a big long list of them.
No matter how hard I tried to squash him, my bored zombie kept creeping into my head. After a lot of reflection, I realized he was a part of me. I had spent so much time and creative energy into crafting him and his world that he started to melt into my own world. What he really craved was to be a valuable part of his community and reach out to others like him and learn from those that weren’t. And, maybe chomp a brain or two. Not so different than what I’m doing here. Well, except for the brain chomping thing.
I tinkered with a ton of other names. I won’t even list them because I don’t remember most of them and you wouldn’t have either! TheBoredZombie just kept calling to me so I jotted down why I shouldn’t use it. Every single reason came back to fear of what people might think. I want to be part of this community and don’t want to turn people off because of a name they don’t understand. I went back to one of my only two blogging rules – Be myself, even when it doesn’t fit neatly into a polka-dot box. TheBoredZombie.com is part of my personal narrative. It tells a story in itself and it reminds me, at just the right times, that my voice is my own and it is OK to go my own way. I believe I have something to say and hope that if even some people that don’t love the name, they will value the content of the blog enough to overlook it. If not, that’s OK too.
As goofy as it is, I’m completely happy with the URL and absolutely would not change it. I have already received a sweet, well intentioned email suggesting I should change it to something more appropriate. I ask you – what is more appropriate for a total nerd girl that loves independent horror flicks, art in all mediums, television, video games, 80’s pop culture, sci-fi cons, and technology?
What?? There *IS* a quiz!
This was one of the first diversions I made for flashy version TheBoredZombie.com. I still think I’m kind of funny – Try running through it without answering any of the questions….
(WARNING: Some images are a bit bloody, click the image to load)
Well, that’s it. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. I really enjoyed digging through these files and taking a look back. I don’t notice my own improvement as a creator from day to day. Stepping in the way back machine sure is effective at proving to myself – I’ve come a long way, baby!