Tips for Surviving Dystopia from @pjsharon

Welcome to guest author PJ Sharon!

Hi Stacy’s readers! So happy to be here with you today. Thanks, Stacy, for having me. Since I’ve been writing a YA Dystopian trilogy, I thought I’d share some of the survival tips that my research has unearthed for us.
1) Find a clean source of water

2) Build or find shelter

3) Scavenge for food

4) Hoard useful materials and items

5) Collect containers

6) Band with others

7) Master fire

8) Create or find tools

9) Fashion weapons

10) Learn to trap

11) Know how to fight

12) Have a plan

13) Escape into a good book

And if you find yourself in a confrontational situation (No! This doesn’t apply to your boss, teacher, or family members)

1) Avoid confrontation

2) Buddy up/power in numbers

3) Communicate/SAY NO! STOP! FIRE!!!! SCREAM!

4) Have a plan of escape/Don’t go willingly/FIGHT/You have the right

5) Locate available weapons

6) Learn/know how to use them

7) If you have to fight/give it 120%

8) Kick, bite, claw, gouge, tear

9) Aim for weak spots

10) Eyes, nose, throat, ears, solar plexus, groin, joints

11) Disable attacker and run

12) Use every part of your body as a weapon

13) Including your brain/THINK, PLAN, ACT

Feel free to print a copy of this page and clip it to your fridge. You never know when you might need it! The old saying, “Fail to plan, and plan to fail,” comes to mind. Also, it might cause your friends and family to rethink messing with you, LOL.

Peace and blessings,

More on PJ’s Books:

WESTERN DESERT, Book Two in The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael trilogy, takes off where WANING MOON ends. Genetically enhanced sixteen-year-old Lily Carmichael, and seventeen-year-old Will Callahan embark on a journey across a sun-ravaged and decimated US in the year 2057, bound for the Western Desert on a dangerous rescue mission. The survivors they meet along the way put Lily’s healing abilities to the test and challenge Will’s resolve to find his missing father—no matter the cost. But even with the burden of life and death on their shoulders, and the Industry hot on their trail, the greatest challenge they face is trusting their hearts to each other.

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WANING MOON: In the year 2057, in a post-apocalyptic world where three quarters of the population has been wiped out by a global pandemic, and a polar shift threatens the remainder of earth’s inhabitants, sixteen-year-old genetically altered teen, Lily Carmichael, faces bigger challenges—escape capture by a rogue government agency, save her family, and avoid falling in love. Free on Amazon from June 24-28!


Also available for perma-free on Smashwords and Wattpad is the short story prequel, Soul Redemption. Lily’s thirteen-year-old brother Zephron deals with the emotional turmoil of living with the genetically-induced ability to take life with just a touch. In this first person account of Zeph’s struggles with being an adolescent with such a destructive and powerful “gift,” Zeph must face his lack of control and discover whether he has a place in his world, or if he’s better off leaving his family behind in order to protect them. If you had this terrible “gift” what would you do?

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  1. I always like seeing PJ’s survival tips. It reminds me that maybe, just maybe, my Terminator style weapons cache isn’t enough. 😉
    Great post Y’all!

  2. Thanks,Greg. They do give one a moment’s pause to ask the question, “Am I really ready?” Most people are not, and if the SHTF, it’s going to get ugly. The best weapon any of us has is intelligent planning and preparedness.

  3. Thanks for coming by, Gregory, and for the fascinating post, PJ!

  4. Thanks for having me as a guest, Stacy!