The zombies have a hold on me! There is so much research, so many books, so many subtopics about zombies! I think I might actually be lost in it. I keep thinking I’m moments away from beginning my research paper, but each bit I read leads me to another bit (bite?) … and another … and another … I’ve reached that point where I have to say, “Okay. Enough. You’ve done the research. Now write.” You can never really have ALL the info on a topic, so you just have to settle down once you have enough. (Sage advice from my first graduate advisor). I keep getting sidetracked in this research project, though, because there’s just SO much out there and so many directions to run with (from?) zombies!!
Of course, the pop-culture element of the zombie fascinates me! That’s my forte. I nearly always direct my research towards pop-culture. So that’s where I am really getting distracted because the paper I’m working on for my African & Diaspora traditions class isn’t going to venture strongly in that area. I’m trying to stick more to the Haitian zombie, its roots, and the reality. This discussion will go into film a bit, but it’s definitely not going to address what we now have stumbling before us: the post-modern zombie. I wish I could dig into that, but it’s so far removed from the original zombie mythos that if I wrote a paper on that, it wouldn’t be as rooted in African traditions as it should be.
I just downloaded two more articles from the school library and then I’m calling it quits. Tomorrow I am writing! I have to remember, this isn’t even my only paper! I really don’t have the luxury to spend the amount of time on all my research papers as I have on this one. I guess I just have to admit it what’s happened to me: