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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Greetings from the Couch

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: February 2011

This week dear readers, I write to you from the couch. Where I’ve been, in sweatpants, for days now. In the last week of the Sid And Nancy run (for those of you who didn’t see it, you missed out) I was getting progressively sicker and sicker. On closing night I swayed back and forth, sweating, and returned home to find I’d developed a fever of 103. A visit to the doctor the next day enlightened me to the fact that I had a bad case of the flu, and not one, but two ear infections as a result of the aforementioned flu. These past few days have seen me moving from the couch to my bed and back again, shivering and sweating, and generally hating life. Thanks to the stupid antibiotics I have no appetite, and the body aches have turned by back into one big knot of tension. A few nights ago, I lay in bed, huddled under an electric blanket (like an old lady), listening to my heart beating so fast it sounded like a hum. I probably would have taken myself to the hospital if I could actually manage to get up out of bed. It would seem that I’m not the only bedridden one at the moment though, as the Facebook world is positively lighting up with complaints from ill people. It looks as though Chico is one disgusting sesspool of disease and plague right now, much more than usual. Speaking of which, does anyone know if that rumor about Chico State having to change the pipes in the dorms quite often due to stomach acid (thanks bulimia) eroding the pipes?

Anyway, this week has been strange, mostly due to the strange fever dreams I’ve been having, but there has been one bright spot (that wasn’t fever induced, although there were plenty of those).

According to www.deadline.com Sony Pictures has greenlit a film based on Ashley Wood’s Zombie’s Vs. Robots, which has always been one of my absolute favorite series. www.deadline.com reported “JT Petty has used the Ashley Wood/Chris Ryall-created comic as the basis for a spec script called Inherit The Earth. The film focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on Earth. She is protected by a group of robots from a pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved.” Also in the works, another by Ashley Wood, is World War Robot. It would seem things are finally looking up… in the entertainment world anyway. The rest of life seems to be just as much of a mess. So dear readers, good luck wading through that mess during the coming days. Remember to take those vitamins, because Chico is a disease ridden beast at the moment. Like the cast of the Jersey Shore. But less greasy. 

Arielle Mullen