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Will writers survive the apocalypse? March 8, 2012

Posted by karinshah in Uncategorized.
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I spent waaaay too much time yesterday, fretting about whether the power grid and all my electronics were going to fry because of the sunstorm on Tuesday, which was supposed to reach us and cause varying amount of havoc today (Thursday).

Now I am by no means what you would call a “Doomsday Prepper.” I’m nowhere near that category, but having lost family members in natural disasters (Hurricane Camille in 1969) I believe in preparing to evacuate and that it never hurts to get ready for emergencies, even if they never come.

The possibility we might all be back to pre-elecrical times made me start to wonder? Do I have a skill that is necessary for survival? Is my job something that (when the s*&t hits the fan) I can use to get food and supplies for my family?

Smugly, I think it is. Even though paper would be scarce and printing presses hard to come by, I, as a writer am a storyteller. Storytellers have been necessary to a group’s existence since Paleolithic times.

I think when the work is done and people gather, they will want entertainment and without movies, TV or video games. We writers will be the only game in town.
(Don’t tell my IT manager husband*g*)

So what do you think? Does your job stand a chance after the apocalypse?

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1. Mike Cocchi - March 9, 2012

British historian James Burke envisioned almost exactly this scenario in Episode 1 of his brilliant late-1970s TV series Connections. Here’s the money quote: “Never in the history of the world has so many people have understood so little about so much.”





The bottom line– you’ll have a better chance surviving the apocalypse if your storytelling talents are well appreciated by the people who know how to farm by hand.

Also, I would argue that storytellers would not be the only game in town. Music, athletic competitions, and the world’s oldest profession will also be around.

karinshah - March 9, 2012

absolutely, musicians, acrobats, people would go back to holding dances, circuses (autocorrect changed circus to viruses, but I don’t think illness is entertaining) and carnivals would come back into fashion.

2. Mike Cocchi - March 12, 2012

Finally! A growth economy for Renaissance Faires. By the way, thanks for putting a picture of me on your book cover above. : )

karinshah - March 13, 2012

You’re welcome!*g*


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