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Jill’s Story: An Online Zombie Story

I was chatting with my friend, Lisa Conger, on Twitter, and she mentioned that chapter 8 was finished. Jill’s Story is a work in progress, and while Lisa claims to be jotting down zombie “daydreams,” I see a potential for a fantastic novella. At first, I was just going to tweet the link (http://tiny.cc/JillsZombieStory) but then I decided to write a review. (It’s very rare for me to be impressed with something before it’s been through the polishing of a publisher.)

Jill’s Story begins with Jill working in a grocery store, trying to avoid a weirdo in one of the aisles. She heads up to the break room, and zones out on her earphones. Next thing she knows, she’s being shaken by another employee covered in blood. As Sue describes people eating other people to her, Jill looks out the two-way mirror, and struggles to wrap her mind around the chaos and gore down below. Only two other employees, Sam and James, manage to make it to the safety of the break room.

Miss Conger delivers the first kick in the gut, when we find out that Sue has two young children at home with a sitter when the zombie outbreak hits their area…any parent’s nightmare. There is also the irony that they are in a grocery store, but have no access to anything, other than what was in the break room already. These characters do seem to have some common sense, as they bring their meager supplies with them in a make-shift bag, when they decide to make a run for it out the back dock doors.

It wasn’t long before I decided that Sue was a piece of crap. Granted, it’s Jill’s story from her perspective, but she never mentions if Sue is planning to get to her kids somehow. If I was on the run, I would at least be running in the direction of my home. However, I was impressed that they took refuge in a library which had a display of knives and swords. I couldn’t help but wonder if they would read the ZSG while they were there.

What she does find is another survivor named David. Before Jill or the others have the chance to plan anything, the military shows up, and they are not interested in helping anyone but themselves. Despite all the setbacks, Jill seems to be handling the outbreak rather well. I am waiting to see how living among the undead will change her.

Moans.

  1. danation

    Whew man, tried reading this story, (Actually I powered through and read everything she had uploaded.) and I gotta say, Lisa needs to work on her grammar. Not that I am a prize or anything, but it was really REALLY hard to understand half of what was being said.

    Although from what I understood I really did enjoy the story, so I can see that she IS a pretty good storyteller.

    The good thing I gathered from it is that its from the point of view of someone who is completely not ready for what is happening around her. So many times when I read unpublished stories about the outbreak, people already know exactly what to do and where to go… and while I know that every zombiephile out there SHOULD be ready… it makes the story too unbelievable.

    Anyways, thanks for bringing this story to my attention, it was a fun read.

  2. I’m glad you could see through to the story…she just posts them raw on her blog, but I’ve read other work from her that does not have the same issues because she does revise that stuff.

  3. danation

    Glad to hear that. I looked at a few more of the posts she had in there and they were a little easier to follow. My only other issues with it was that it felt like she was torn between making it a journal or a first person narrative and she skips on details that seem pretty important. (i.e. when her friend is captured by the army guys, she falls asleep and suddenly the guy in their group had retrieved her friend while she was asleep.)
    Ultimately I’m going to keep reading to see if the story goes somewhere thematically. After all, any good zombie story maintains a certain social commentary, and I’m hoping she illuminates hers in the story soon.

  4. danation

    So AstraDaemon, since you know Lisa I gotta ask… is Chapter 10 the end? If it is, I am a little disappointed.

  5. I just finished reading an email from her saying she was revising it on 5/12/10.

    I haven’t finished it yet because I had two family members in the hospital this week. Luckily, it was not due to zombie bites. ;)

  6. I am not sure if chapter 10 is the end. I write my books like movies in my head. Hence the bad grammar. It could go on and I want it to go on but I am working on another story that is about another character and I find I cannot write about two different characters at one time.

  7. danation

    Hey Lisa, I want you to know that my judgement on the grammar is with love. I truly enjoyed the story, and though I was a little disappointed with the ending, I could see the reason in it.
    Do your other stories exist in the same world as this one? Because a multi-character story could be a really fun read, especially if they somehow interact. That being said, keep up the good work; and thanks for putting your stories out there for us to enjoy.

  8. Yeah they do exist in the same world but basically different parts of the world. My hope is to someday publish all of them like a collection. Kind of like world war Z. Revising Jill’s right now so I will have a better version soon.

  9. If I were to try and promote my ongoing zombie blog on this site like these people, how would I go about doing that?

  10. Hi Jack,

    You can just ask myself or any of the regulars who write the articles & we would gladly write a review.

    Ursula

  11. Why, thank you.My username has a link to the blog. Be gentle.

  12. Jack

    So, can you review my blog?

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