Well, a hand full of leaves will do ya. Watch out for poison ivy, though, you might not like the feeling that'll give ya.
I was just asking James Mcdonald that because of the way he stated it. "couldn't make it writing anything else except zombie books." Made it seem like he thinks zombie books are just terrible and worthless to read. Not saying, "OMG HOW DARE U TLK ABOUT BROOKS LIKE THAT, HES GAWD OF Z0m3i4Z!!!!"
Personally I dislike Brooks
I understand where you're coming from. My thing is that people think Brooks is the be all end all because he wrote a couple books. It isn't so.
Brooks is the child of Mel Brooks and Anne Bankroft. Mell brooks ia an awesome comedian and Anne Bankroft a wonderful actress. Not to say he hasn't made his own way but his name and parents in the background has surely helped him. Max Brooks did a stint with Saturday Night Live and has written a couple books. Michael J. Strasynski is writing the screenplay for WWZ and Max Brooks admitted that he doesn't have the talent to do it himself. Brooks is no survivalist. When it comes to surviving a "Zpoc" you've got to be a survivalist first and add in the zeds. It is about surviving. You've got Police, Fire/EMT and Military on this site that will tell you about surviving. You've got those of us that take it seriously. It isn't about "Just writing a Zombie Novel." It is about a lifestyle. Even without the zombies. Brooks sips lattes and suns himself. I reload ammo, sell guns, train my horses and have been a police officer longer then many folks on the site have been alive. Other folks are in the military where anything can happen at any minute. You've got many EMTs and Firemen who also deal in life and death on a daily basis. And you have some actual survivalists who live the lifestyle now. Zombies is a fun way of preparing for the disasters that come our way like Hurricanes, Flooding, Earthquakes, Tornadoes and the possible complete and utter economic shutdown of society. We all like to have fun but we take certain things seriously. There are young adults on the site who are here to have fun too. Many of them like to learn and have learned from those who are experienced.
You've also got your Zombie fans. They come here to see what others are churning up in books and the gaming world and they teach us much about what we have decided to call our pastime.
Occasionally people end up getting schooled when they show they know nothing about a subject they interject themselves in to. I think Max Brooks might get schooled on a couple things if he were to show up some day.