Apr 25, 2012: "A Runner’s Diary" takes place in a post-disaster zombie infestation setting, like numerous other stories. So that was a star deduction. There are enough serials and movies in this mileu that writers should know they have to be compelling to bother, and fairly original to garner attention.
This story has nothing original to offer to its genre, so that was another lost star. I will say that I sort of enjoyed the narrator’s exuberant voice, it was weirdly humorous in a dissonant way. However, it didn’t seem particularly suited to the plot, so I mention it as a sign of the writer’s potential, not as a recommendation of this particular story.
Combine that with typographical errors, improper dialogue paragraphing and "telling" diary-style writing instead of well-described scenes, and you can understand why I’ve rated this heavily expository story the way I have .