Having a Dystopian Weekend

Australia Day is this weekend, and in honour of the proud beating of my heart to this vast brown land, I’m taking the weekend off and having a dystopian holiday.

You can too! It’s kind of like a game, where you do what you would anyway but with an extra dose of challenge. Here’s how it works:

Dystopian Weekend Challenge

1. No car.

2. No internet.

3. Natural food, meals prepared from scratch.

4. If you can find it, you can keep it.

5. All equipment to be used over the weekend must fit in one bag. I’m making an exception from this for my bike. <–immediately cheated.

6. Can do a shop beforehand, but once the challenge begins, the car rule applies.

7. For power: every six hours (12am, 6am, 12pm, 6pm) roll a die. Whatever the number is = hours power is available. So if at 12pm you roll a one, you have one hour of power between then and 6pm. If you roll a six, lucky you.

8. You can only use hot water when the power is available.

My extra challenge is:

* Design an irrigation system for a greenhouse using only scrap parts.

* Document ten varieties of plants, harvesting seeds where possible.


I’m counting the weekend as research for my novella, Apocalypso. The irrigation system and seeds are both directly related to the story, but if you want an extra challenge which is more personal to you, just think about basic needs: shelter, food, companionship. You could always rig up some solar panels, introduce an oppressive government regime, or something equally as uh, challenging.

If you do it, please let me know! Otherwise, have a happy Australia Day, wherever the bloody hell you are.

Just while we’re here; because there isn’t much on at the start of the week compared to the end of the week, the podcast release day is going to be moved to Tuesday. That will be sometime late Monday if you’re in the US. Episode 4 of Literature Emergency Broadcast will be available on the 28th. Fingers crossed this will have everything running a bit more smoothly.

Okay, off to charge my Kindle while there’s still power. >:|



About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.

Posted on January 24, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Happy Australia Day! Sounds like a cool set of rules – and great research for your book!

  2. Lol, suddenly I long for a LARP weekend….

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