Season 4 is Coming in 2015
A few words from co-creator and lead writer Naomi Alderman:
So we’ve hinted at it and mentioned it, but now it’s time to make it official: yes, Runner Five Will Return for Zombies, Run! Season 4.
We’re just starting to plot out what exciting adventures Runner 5 will have in the next season, so there are really no spoilers to give. But you know, there’ll be terrifying enemies, horrifying scenarios, and of course heartbreaking moments to continue our tradition of Crying While Running. And there’ll be zombies. You may think you’ve beaten them down, you might believe that you’ve laid them to rest, but remember: you can’t kill something that’s already dead.
I’m thrilled that despite the wonderful success of her novel Smiler’s Fair, I’ve managed to twist Rebecca Levene’s arm*, and she’ll continue to be my right-hand woman for Season 4. And many of the writers from Season 3 stay onboard. I’m very sad that Matt Wieteska’s retired from writing radio mode, but I’ve got a few surprises coming up on that front, and we’ll have plenty of announcements of exciting guest writers to come over the next months.
We’re all so looking forward to getting stuck into Season 4, and I think it’s fair to say that Runner Five’s journey has only just started. There will be the walking dead, their flesh falling from their bones as they come for you with outstretched arms. There will be Sam being concerned and Janine being badass and Doctor Girlfriends… well, you’ll see. Above all, there’ll be mission upon mission when the only appropriate thing to do, the only possible thing to do, is: run.
*basically blackmail, OK. I know what she did for the CIA in Cuba back in 1965.
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“Your words are you. You are them and not much more. The description: the fieldness of fields, the weediness of weeds … When is description mere? Never. A freshness in the seeing, an innocency in the vision, the angle of perception, the bringing together of details, not necessarily as metaphors, even, just as objects. Be one of those on whom nothing is lost. Don’t strain for arrangement. Look and put it down and let your sensibility be the sieve.”
—Theodore Roethke, from “I Teach Out of Love,” On Poetry & Craft (Copper Canyon Press, 2001)
thesarahdoughty asked: I know you have food allergies, but can you maybe explain the kinds of things you do eat, and what you do to stay so healthy? Lots of fans in the YA age bracket might find it useful (along with other, rather interesting, passive-aggressive fans). Greatly appreciated!
I have a happy relationship with my body because I listen to it, is the short answer.
The longer answer is:
1) My body is not me. Me lives inside my body, which means that any frustration I have with it is at the same level as frustration with a pair of jeans or a car. It is unconnected to my sense of self. Making it “prettier” does not make me a better person. Something happening to make it “uglier” (like when I have to tour with big bald spots) does not make me a worse person.
2) My body has two jobs. To physically do the things I’d like it to do and to take good care of the brain it carries around, so the brain is working at full capacity as often as possible.
3) I know what my body feels like when it’s doing those jobs. And I’m unwilling to settle for anything less. If I feel tired, achy, irritable, out of shape — I will do my utmost to hunt down the culprit and fix it. I listen and I trust that my body wants to work well. Even if it’s a tiny thing like orange juice: I know that if I drink a huge glass of it without any food, my blood sugar will soar and then crash. That’s not working at full capacity! Fix, fix, fix. An earnest and wide-eyed priest friend of the family once told me I moved faster than anyone he had ever met. I like that. It’s how I get things done. I don’t want anything to get in the way of that.
4) I heard a story (I don’t know if it’s true) about an old woman who climbed banana trees every day of her life. When asked how she could still climb trees now that she was old, she answered, “because I’ve never stopped.” I believe in that. I move my body because I want it to keep moving. I’m not good with scheduled exercise because I despise routine, but I hike and run around with dogs and other things that feel purposeful. It helps me sleep, too. I’m not gifted at sleeping.
5) Yes, I have food intolerances & allergies (chemical preservatives). It involved a lot of hospitals and nearly getting internal organs removed before we figured it out. Actually, a lot of people don’t really do well with the two major preservatives (sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate), but they put it down to after-meal fatigue or IBS. I strongly recommend that all teens suffering from depression take a hard look at their diet as a part of the puzzle. Many, many mild food intolerances have fatigue and depression as a side effect, and our bodies are not generally (unlike what I believed as a teen) wired to be unhappy or sluggish. Elimination diets will help you find out what allows you to run well.
6) So what do I eat? A lot of butter. I love butter. A lot of chocolate. Avocados. Bread. Meat. I have to make pretty much everything from scratch now, but it’s not that bad once you get the hang of it. People get annoyed that they can’t take me out to dinner, but I don’t miss it. I prefer business meetings to be held at SPCAs anyway.
7) My body has a sort of sub-job, which is to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside. It’s less important than the other jobs, and isn’t about “pretty” so much as “Maggie.” I like to be known. Let’s see what I can do with this body I’ve been given to show what it’s carrying around.
They don’t really touch. Women don’t shake hands with men. So the first time Darcy touches Elizabeth is when he helps her into the carriage. Which is a really beautiful moment because it’s the first skin on skin touch. I think today, we don’t think twice about that at all. I shake people’s hands, I give them a kiss, whatever. It’s interesting to think, if you don’t have that tactile nature, how important one touch can be. — Keira Knightley