Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Main Course and News

It's day three of Zombie Week and I'm offering you the main course of the feastivities, the Zombie Bite Calculator.

If bitten, how long before you become infected? I would turn into a zombie in one hour and 14 minutes. How about you?

The Zombie Bite Calculator comes courtesy of The Oatmeal. If you haven't checked out Matthew Inman's site then it is well worth a visit. Particular favourites of mine are the twitter spelling test and how many germs live on your mobile phone? There also some hilarious comic pages, with topics such as how to use a semicolon and the five phases of caffeine intake.

Now for some news:

My 6000 word tribute to William Shatner, Why Do Aliens Love Iowa?, has been accepted for the Static Movement's Tribute to the Stars Anthology.

I'm ecstatic about this acceptance for many reasons. Firstly, at just over 6000 words it is the longest short story I've written. Secondly, it's the first story I've written with a particular person in mind, in this case William Shatner. If you don't already know about this anthology, the editor is looking for stories that are written as if you were making a movie and your favourite actor/actress will be playing the lead part. Thirdly, all the actors/actresses featured will be sent a copy of the anthology. I don't know if William Shatner will read it - I'm sure he gets sent lots of things - but you never know.

See you on Friday, when coffee and zombie dating will feature on the menu.


  1. I <3 the Oatmeal, he has excellent stuff there.

    Congratulations on the acceptance! That really is news to celbrate/ be proud of.

  2. I'd last a piddly 59 minutes!!! LOL!!!!

    Oh well - I can do lots in just under an hour can't I?!?! LOL!!

    CONGRATULATIONS with your story's acceptance!! OH of course Mr Shatner will read your story!!! Wow that's just amazing!!! WELL DONE you!!!

    Take care

  3. Huge congrats on the short story! A most unusual publishing idea!

  4. Congrats Ellie, for the short story selection. You must be thrilled. I am so happy for you. Anthologies are a nice way to get noticed and this
    idea sounds wonderful.

  5. 1 hour 22 minutes. Mar.

    Major congrats on your short story!

  6. i love the crossover post from how long it will it take to be a zombie, to the world famous william shatner... i think i will make them into one. congrats on the story...

    You'd last 1 hour and 16 minutes before becoming infected! so many things i would like to do before then...

  7. Woohoo! Doing the happy zombie dance for you. :)

    Congrats on making it through 6,000 words (NaNoWriMo - no problem!) and getting it accepted. And seriously, can you believe he'll be getting a copy of it??! Yay!!

    Bitten by a zombie, hmmm I wonder how long I'd last? Depends on my current state of mind, which today would probably equal not long LOL! :O)

  9. eg,
    left you something at the zombie lab, you will know once you see it... thanks for the inspiration....

  10. Congrats on the acceptance!

    1 hr 7 minutes for me--but I'd take a bunch of them with me before I go. Very cute quiz.

  11. Love the zombie bite calculator! I'm going to try it right now.

    Happy zombie Wednesday!

  12. You wrote about William Shatner? Now that's awesome! And congratulations.

  13. Ah!!!! I love this! Congratulations on your publication. What a cool anthology to be a part of! I bet he will get it, and he will love it. So happy for you!

    Now, I'm off to see how long I'd last. I'll probably get like 2 minutes.

  14. 1 hour and 6 minutes!!! Bahaha this was so much fun Ellie! I'm going back to play something about Justin Bieber and fighting... sounded like fun :)

  15. Congrats!!
    I'll turn into a zombie after 1 hour and 11 mins lol

  16. Melissa - thank you!

    Old Kitty - 59 minutes is good! LOL. I hope if William Shatner reads my story he likes it; I've included a few in jokes that he should get.

    Greyscale Territory - I've never seen an anthology like this before, which will hopefully make it stand out!

    Rachna - thank you!

    MorningAJ - thank you!

    Liz - you beat me. Well done! LOL.

    izombie - you do make me laugh...thank you! Zombie Shatner! Yay! And Rocket Man. You've made my day.

    Janel - thank you! The happy zombie dance. LOL. I like it. No. I can't quite believe he'll be reading it. Not yet, anyway.

    Madeleine - thank you! When you get a spare couple of minutes, do the quiz - you'll probably last longer than you think. LOL.

    Maria - thank you! I like your fighting spirit, taking some of them with you as you go. LOL.

    Talli - how did you do? LOL.

    Alex J. Cavanaugh - thank you! I really had fun with this story; lots of in-jokes and plot points as a homage to the legend that is Shatner.

    Carolina Valdez Miller - thank you! I hope he does enjoy my story. How did you do with the zombie bite calculator?

    Jen - LOL. The Oatmeal is addictive!

    Lynda - thank you! It seems that everyone who takes the test lasts about an hour, so there would be a lot of us turning into zombies at the same time. LOL.

    Elena - thank you!

  17. Apparently I'd last 1 hour and 1 minute. How entertaining! :O)

  18. Hiya,
    How come you never said anything about the acceptance to me on the phone this morning LOL
    Bloody good job I'm addicted to your blog now!

  19. I forgot to add I would last one hour seventeen minutes after being bitten by a zombie ! lol I can actually do something well for a change!

  20. Congratulations on the acceptance and I hope you're joking about aliens and Iowa...?

  21. Congratulations, Ellie! And I can see WS reading your story. It will be the shout heart round the world if you pick up the phone and he's on the other end to tell you he enjoyed reading it!

  22. Madeleine - it's a different way to spend your time. LOL.

    Rachel - Oops. . .I forgot! How bad is that? Glad you're addicted ;)

    You beat me! Should give you a have laugh watching me go first. You should get Jay to take the test!

    Sharon K. Mayhew - nope. 'Aliens love Iowa' should be the state's new slogan. LOL. Just kidding!

    Lisa Ricard Claro - OMG. Don't say that! I'd be speechless. I'd cry. And then I'd ask if he wanted to make the movie. LOL.


I love comments. They make my day!