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P. O'Sullivan

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Gender: M

Member Since: July 2017

Last online: July 2017

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Storytelling is something I've always been interested in.  I truly believe that the best means of conveying any message is through a good story.  This is true of everything from George Orwell's cataclysmic warning of authoritarian government to Bill Bryson's comical interpretation of his travels through Europe and America.

In the past, I have dabbled with forms of storytelling. When I was 10 years old, I wrote and illustrated a comic book thirty-two pages long. It was written in the style of the Beano and the Dandy, which I read religiously as a kid. It's name now evades me, but I know it's in the attic still or in a wardrobe somewhere collecting dust.

Unfortunately, that spirit of my 10 year old self had waned in recent years, but the idea of storytelling and writing never really left me. Recently, I rekindled my interest and followed through on a new year's resolution to start writing!

There was one idea in particular which fascinated me and which I have wanted to write about for some time. Doomsday. The end of the world. Yes, this topic has arguably been pursued to death in many ways, but the focus is often on the events leading up to such a disaster or how such as disaster may be averted.

But what about what comes next?

After all, in many ways it is a chance to start over. Not to say that this is necessarily a desirable or a positive thing, but as isolated communities come together once more to reform the remnants of civilisation, who is to say that they will follow the dominant polity that has come before them. I will still focus on the lead up to Doomsday in my writing, but chiefly as a means of providing a setting for the greater picture of my focus.

In that sense, my hope is that I can convey to you the details of the real-life problems of post-Doomsday in the context of an interesting story. 

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