Want to know how to tell if you’re a writing junkie? When it’s Friday night, and you’ve turned down several offers to go out in order to stay in and plan for your next novel. What of the one I was writing? The one I got to about 25,000 words before my two weekends traveling derailed me? Well… whatever. That’s on the back burner for now. Was more of a writing exercise, anyway.

So! My new project involves watching the show 24 on the TV to my left (despite having very strong objections to its stance on torture), researching North Brother Island on Google Maps, Wikipedia and several urban explorer websites, and getting madly excited over finding a 274 page Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan prepared by NYC’s DOHMH’s . You have no idea how excited I am by this Response Plan. No idea. I’m practically monkey clapping non-stop over this pdf. You know why? Why it’s so perfect? What, with a slight amount of modification, I hope to tailor it to?

One word: Zombies.