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Zombie Apocalypse Survival Diary

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Zombie Apocalypse Survival Diary
Swap Coordinator:Ginger4520 (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Letters & Writing  Journals 
Number of people in swap:53
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:August 3, 2013
Date items must be sent by:September 6, 2013
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

It's been months since the world ended and the zombies have taken over. There is still hope for a cure and survivors are sparse across the world trying to find safety in numbers or on their own. You are one of those survivors. You have hope for a cure and a better tomorrow and you want your memory to live on. Each night you survive this hell, you take down a memory to preserve it, just in case there is no tomorrow. Just in case you don't make it, that it might find it's way into the hands of someone who can use it to survive.


This is a simple month long journal swap. You will go to wal-mart or some store that sells small little notebooks (that you'd keep in your purse or bag for small notes etc) and pick up one.

On the first page tell us who you are:

Name:
Location:
Days Since The Zombie Invasion Started:
Date:

Each page after that you will date in order for one month and write 2 or three sentences on how that days survival went. Did you lose someone? Did you eat that day? Did you see any zombies, kill any? Heck it can even be a flash back memory to something before the invasion. Make each entry 2 or 3 sentences.

Feel free to refer to The Walking Dead for ideas. LOL!

This is a creative writing project. Use your imagination and let your thoughts flow. Please keep it to a few sentences for each page so that you don't run out of room for your book. Basically try not to exceed one page for each entry. You may use front and back of one page if you choose. You can also do this swap in a few days if chose to. You can sit down and do your 30 entries in one day or do them over the course of the month. You have one month however to get it done before the mailing date.

Example:

7/23/2013

Today we chose to travel by woods as the zombies seem to be wandering around roads with abandoned cars. It took us longer than expected but we didn't lose anyone today.


At the end of 30 days, you will end your book however you see fit and send it to your partner.

This is open internationally so please be aware for postage. These small books should fit into a small envelope and shouldn't be too costly.

Do not join if you have the slightest doubt that you will be able to commit to this. No recent or unexplained 1's or 3's. I reserve the right to remove anyone I find questionable or that does not have a well filled out profile. NEWBIES Welcome. Please make sure your profile is complete.


When you receive your journal, you should rate your partner with a 5 if:

You received your swap within the time limit. The swap contains 30 dated entries and meets the criteria of the swap.


This is my first hosting swap so if you have any questions or concerns, please comment below. :)

Discussion

hduffey84 07/23/2013 #

This is Epic!! Watching for now but will def join!

raynebeau2 07/23/2013 #

Omg the date items must be sent by is my birthday. I am so joining. Can the notebook be spiral bound? Should it be decorated?

Pouffia 07/24/2013 #

I've signed up but could you make a similar swap with a traveling journal? That would be awesome as well.

Pouffia 07/24/2013 #

Or, hey, how about making this a recurring swap? How awesome would it be to have a bunch of journals of different people experiencing the same zombie apocalypse?

Pouffia 07/24/2013 #

I imagine if someone finds this 200 years from now it'll change history as they know it, haha!

Okay, enough spamming.

Pouffia 07/24/2013 #

P.S. I love the Walking Dead..

Okay, I'm away now. Seriously.

Ginger4520 07/24/2013 #

@ Pouffia - Sure I will be glad to host it more than once. I don't mind at all.

@ Raynebeau2 - Sure it can be spiral bound. Just has to be a small paper tablet, you can choose whatever or if you want it slightly larger just remember the postage. Also feel free to decorate it if you like.

chelle523 07/24/2013 #

OH.MY.GOD. Best idea for a swap EVER!!!!

liveve308 07/25/2013 #

Is it okay for the entries to be a bit longer, I'm super excited to so thia but I'm worried about the 2-3 sentence limit XD

liveve308 07/25/2013 #

'to so thia' meaning of course 'to start' this hehe...

Racheyface56 07/25/2013 #

This is a great idea I'll definitely join! I hope you do another one of these, even if it was a different story setting x

Ginger4520 07/25/2013 #

@ Chelle523 and everyone. Thanks so much. This was actually a dream I had. It was very vivid and I was like HEY this is going to swap bot!

@liveeve308 - Basically for this rule of thumb, the journal and entries can be as long as you want them BUT you have to be able to fit 30 seperate entries for 30 days in there. You can use a lightly thicker or longer journal if you like but of course you do so knowing you'll pay extra shipping. Like my journal is a little longer cause I probably won't be able to do just 2 or three sentences. Just use your judgement and keep in mind you have to keep room in the book to last the whole month. :) After all ... it could be the last notebook you'll find EVER in the world if the zombies have their way :)

@ Racheyface56 - Sure I will defintely be hosting more. I have a few in mind plus the one you suggested :) See your emails :)

Racheyface56 07/25/2013 #

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/154117?new=1

Fantasy diary swap!

wishfulkelly 07/29/2013 #

I wanted to join this but I am afraid to be flaked on, because this swap requires great deal of effort and time to complete. Can the swap coordinator please put a high rating requirement and check all the profiles? This is really interesting :) I love zombie movies/stories.

Scrapper427 07/30/2013 #

Oh wow!! this is such a great Idea, I love anything to do with Zombies but just do not have the imagination to create 30 journal entries:(.

bruxbaby 07/31/2013 #

This is a great swap! However, I am also hesitant about joining. Because of the time and dedication required to complete the journal, it is highly likely someone will flake. Also, newbies are invited to join with no rating requirement.

Ginger4520 07/31/2013 #

In the future I will adjust ratings for this so that people feel comfortable joining. I would definitely angel this but of course it would take me quite a bit of time to do so. This is my first swap so I"m still learning the ropes for hosting :)

Ginger4520 07/31/2013 #

After giving this some thought, I will angel if anyone is flaked on. I am going to pick up a few more journals and do them at the same time just in case. I will send you a copy of my journal if you haven't received from your partner within 2 weeks of send deadline. :) I of course ask you to be patient with me to get them to anyone that is flaked upon.

Breezybealle 08/ 1/2013 #

I agree about being wary of flakers due to the time & dedication it takes, so I will also agree to angel if needed so Ginger doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting! :)

I know I am going to spend a great deal of time on mine because not only am I a writer but I'm perfectionist so my journal is going to be super realistic, too! Blood stains & all.... if anyone needs any ideas or help, let me know and I will be your muse.

And you can always check out my other blog saidbree.wordpress.com for my stories & inspiration links!!

The most important thing is to just have fun with it! Crinkle your pages, rub 'em in the dirt, tear some in half... you get the picture.

HAPPY SWAPPING!!

MsVal313 08/ 1/2013 #

Zombies are terrifying but I have to do this! Cannot wait to let my brain go crazy.

user2637 08/ 1/2013 #

@Ginger4520 This is a great post with helpful tips for first-time hosts! :)

Ginger4520 08/ 2/2013 #

Thanks so much Breezy. I appreciate the help to angel if we should have flakers but I'm really hoping everyone does their part and sticks it out :)

Thanks so much for the post with helpful hints. I printed it out for future reference :)

LovelyOne 08/ 2/2013 #

This idea is the best thing ever!!!! I would love to join but I'm not doing any international right now my post office seem to be having problems with it (not just me but all their customers). It would be cool if someone did a bigger one and you made your own journal. That would be a great swap!!

rsilvers 08/ 2/2013 #

I wish I could join, but the dates don't work for me. I'd love to take part if there's another such swap in the future.

liveve308 08/ 2/2013 #

I don't have a solid 5 rating but I was super stoked being able to join this! I only have one 1 due to a crappy partner I had, so it kind of annoys me that people want the rating requirement set up higher :( I'm already almost done with this so... yeah. I do understand that some of you are a bit hesitant to join and want the rating to be higher in future swaps like this but I hope it's not a 5 so I can join again :D I'm hopefully getting this sent out Monday the latest so I hope I get partnered up with someone who is scared of us low-rated swappers ;D

thebragal 08/ 2/2013 #

@liveve308 when I host swaps, I always accept explanations as to why someone has low ratings when they weren't fairly given. But I require the person with the low ratings PM me at least 3 days before the sign up deadline (to make sure I see their PM in time, I don't always remember to check my PMs right before assigning partners) so I can check them and the explanation out. Maybe this hostess could do the same for you. Just banning low ratings is never fair because there are always wackadoos who don't rate by the rules or don't rerate when a package arrives late due to the postal service or when a second package arrives cuz the first went missing. Or worse, disappear or get suspended themselves so there's no opportunity to connect with them to fix it.

This swap is so awesome. There was a swap series a while back to create posters or notices etc that might be posted in public places during the zombie apocalypse. It was fabulous. I sent and received some awesome documents.

I think for this I'm going to make my own journal from found papers. After all, you might not find the perfect notebook in the ZA. Gonna save some junk mail! That will make it thin too and cheap to mail. I may appropriately distress it too! My kids love getting into my red ink pads with their whole hands!! Thanks to the hostess for an awesome idea!

luv2kraft 08/ 3/2013 #

wow! love this idea......

AmethystBraceLett 08/ 3/2013 #

Love this idea! I hope it doesn't become necessary, but I would be happy to help angel if several people are flaked on.

Breezybealle 08/ 4/2013 #

@thebragal I think I will use found papers, too. That's a great idea. Like torn pieces of newspaper that are found sweeping across the dead alleyway (you can use a sharpie)... or napkins out of the "dumpsters" you pass by, etc. I'm sure after an apocalypse there will be a lot of debris in the streets!! Just watch out for the runners, hehe.

girlpicasso 08/ 4/2013 #

Bummer...I was reading this to join and it closed. I forgot it was based on eastern time...let me know when you do it again!"

Ginger4520 08/ 4/2013 #

Thanks for all those that offered to angel if it should be necessary. Everyone was rated minus one person that signed up so this should not be a problem for flakers as everyone was around 4.9 to 5 rating. Partners have been assigned and good luck and have fun all.

kittyfluffgal 08/ 4/2013 #

This swap is awesome. I've only gotten my first diary entry written, but am loving doing this so far!

blubutterfly 08/ 6/2013 #

Possibly this is a silly question but I was just re-reading my first few entries and because I am writing a bit more than 2-3 lines per day the story does have some gore/graphic parts (as in the walking dead). I'm thinking this will be acceptable given the nature of the swap but just wanted to see if there were any thoughts to the contrary. Having so much fun with this so far though!! Awesome idea for a swap:)

wishfulkelly 08/ 9/2013 #

I joined and am ready to write my zombie journal, but I have a very bad feeling that I will get flaked on. :S Finger crossed.

thebragal 08/10/2013 #

I'm going to copy mine so as long as a copy is ok, I'll send mine to anyone who gets flaked on. It's already many, many pages long, basically a short story! Only a few entries are shorter than a half printer page, no lines, handwritten fairly tight and small and most are much longer, up to 4-5 pages. I'm at day 30 and trying to decide how to 'finish' it. I really got lost in the writing process. It's something I've never done before and I'm loving it. I've got some gore in mine. I think its to be expected considering the subject matter. What's a zombie diary without any gore?? Ha ha! That's MHO! Hope everyone enjoys it as much as me!

Amane 08/13/2013 #

Mine has some gore in it two but nothing to graphic yet, Mine has a umm how should i put it a non-descriptive sex scene, I put "made love" i thought it was the most toned down way to put it. I hope my partner doesn't mind. I'm having fun as well I'm doing Yesterdays entry at the moment. ^_^

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