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Advice For Living In The Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

Living in the post-apocalyptic wasteland can quite often be fraught with danger! Since I am a huge post-apocalyptic genre fangirl I’d like to think that I have more knowledge about how to survive in said wasteland than most. Since this is the case I am going to share with you some tips that I have learned through the years. I have gleaned this information from various dystopian/post-apocalyptic games, films, books and other such sources which include:

  • Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas
  • A Boy And His Dog
  • Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Terminator, Terminator 2, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • The Book Of Eli
  • The Beach
  • The Omega Man
  • Soylent Green
  • Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead (both versions), Day Of The Dead
  • The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead
  • Bladerunner, Bladerunner: 2049
  • World War Z
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Six String Samurai
  • The Road


You are wandering about the wasteland minding your own business when you see a child in the distance. What do you do? What you don’t do is get close to that child. Scavengers, of the human variety, could be nearby waiting to pounce. They have purposely put said child on a main trail to attract people such as yourself. At best these heathens will steal all of your gear. At worst they will kill you and quite possibly eat you. So, if you see a child in the middle of nowhere just standing there picking its nose just walk away.

If a child in a desolate community begs for you to take them away from there be quite firm in telling them that you cannot do so because the wasteland is a dangerous place. After all do you really want to be responsible for the health and well being of somebody else’s child? If you decide to take the child you can be sure that they will cause trouble of some sort, such as nicking goods from a caravan or crying at inopportune moments.


Cults are pretty common in the wasteland. Some people cannot mentally deal with living in the wasteland so they join a cult in order to feel safe. These cults are lead by charismatic leaders who usually have the best of everything: food, housing, concubines and actual booze! The cult members are usually given the more simple food and if they are very, very good maybe they’ll get a bottle of beer. Petty jealousies usually break out amongst the cult members and a lot of the time the cult will disband after the leader mysteriously dies and ascends to ‘heaven’. Surprise, the leader isn’t actually dead, they have just moved on to brainwash a different group of suckers. If you come across a cult just move on.


In the time before the pandemic and the wars militias were pretty much the laughing stock of North America. They were very frequently overweight, racist and didn’t know how to properly handle a weapon. Very few of these militias are left in the wasteland, however the ones that did survive can be very dangerous because if any of them suspect you of stealing their food or women they will just outright kill you. Seriously, they won’t even wait for a mock trial to take place. There are rumours going around that they are also cannibalistic. Would you want a bunch of fat racists to eat you? Of course you don’t, so just avoid them.


Since you are mainly going to be walking to get around make sure that your boots are built well and are in good shape. Also, make sure that your clothing isn’t restrictive, that it lets you move around easily. You will see some people on your journey who are dressed like they are extras straight out of a post-apocalyptic film. Do they look cool? Yes, but their fashion boots and clothes are not practical. You can also assume from their appearance that they lack the fundamental skills to be able to survive easily in the wasteland. This instantly makes them a target, so unless you want to be killed in a spectacular fashion do not become their travelling companion.


In the wasteland nothing is free, especially food! Let’s say you arrive at a town and at the entrance a guard tells you that all visitors get a plate of free food when arriving. Be suspicious because food can be quite hard to get a hold of, and that meat on that plate is more than likely human. Decline politely and get out of the town as soon as the sun sets because you are quite likely next on the menu. Could the town actually be filled with nice people instead of cannibals? Maybe, but do you really want to take that risk?

Another scenario to be on the lookout for is that in order to get free food you have to do some work for the town, such as killing some mutated creatures. Weapons can be hard to come by so do some deep critical thinking when confronted with this issue. Is a plate of free food really worth using all of your ammo? If your answer is no then I suggest tackling some other issues that the town has, such as fixing some leaky pipes or patching up the roofs of some homes. They will more than likely accept this compromise since a lot of town dwellers are pretty helpless when it comes to home repair.


I know that this will be a very controversial opinion, but hear me out. When you use a vehicle to get around the wasteland you become a target. So half the time you are evading other vehicles trying to mow you down so that they can get access to your gasoline. With the rest of your free time you are going to be travelling all through the wasteland always looking for gasoline. Is that any way to live? Day and night worrying about where you are going to find yet more gasoline doesn’t sound like fun at all.

When you enter a town would people pay more attention to you if you are driving a car or if you are just a walking traveller? In some communities cars are seen as only the property of the leader so you could be looked upon as some sort of interloper that wants to try to take over the town. You want to avoid this, so it is always better to just walk.

I’ve Been Working On A DIY Post-Apocalyptic Themed Pleather Jacket

The bottom says No Tomorrowland.

I quite often like to work on DIY clothing projects. Seeing ready made jackets with nonsensical slogans on them always makes me twitch because it is easy as hell to work on your own jacket. This was originally a pleather jacket that I got off of Killstar for very cheap on clearance. I don’t think they even have it on their site any longer. Some people would probably give me shit for buying the brand, but I wouldn’t be able to get a pleather jacket this solidly constructed for a cheaper price. The ones I’ve seen in stores are made of thinner material and are more expensive.

It is very easy to paint on pleather and leather jackets. The first thing I did was use some deglazer just to get any surface dirt or coating off of the jacket. You actually can probably skip that step, but this was my first time painting on pleather instead of leather so I did things by the book. Next, I bought an Angelus brand leather paint kit. It’s an acrylic type paint that is made to stick to leather/pleather surfaces. Also, I add their brand of 2-Hard adhesive to the paint I am working with, because it bonds the paint to a hard surface even better. I add half paint and half 2-Hard since the hard surface I am working with is hard yet flexible. I have painted on regular leather before without adding an adhesive so you only have to really do that while working with pleather.

I go over the paint several times to make it stand out more. Also, when I want to paint colours I have to put said colours on top of a white surface, because they will not show up on black very well on their own. So, you always have to paint your design starting out with white paint. I used stencils with this jacket, but I probably could have done it by hand. Since my jacket is post-apocalyptic themed I didn’t want it to look perfect, because for me that just wouldn’t look right. So messing up some outlines on it was not a big deal to me.

So get out there and create your own jacket! Put bands, drawings or whatever you like on it; let it be an extension of who you are.

My Favourite Songs: You Got Lucky – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (1982)

This is my all time favourite music video. I remember MTV, when they still played videos, showing this all the time when it came out. Since I love the video so much I automatically think of it no matter where I hear this song being played.

This was made in the early 80’s the year after The Road Warrior(Mad Max 2) was released. That film spawned everything from cheesy Italian post-apocalyptic gang films to this video. I love everything about this video because it’s a well rounded romp through the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The one thing that you may recognize in this video is the setting of it, The Vasquez Rocks Natural Park Area in northern Los Angeles County, California. The list of the productions that filmed here are way too many for me to type out, but I will mention the original Star Trek series because it’s nifty. The band arrive at this location in a hovercar, that was originally from the very short lived Logan’s Run TV series, and a motorcycle. They then enter a large black tent and proceed to mess around with guitars, slot machines, and records until deciding to leave the way they came.

Even if you dislike the song you can still watch it and have an entertainingly good time! They don’t make videos such as this any longer.

Film Conversations: The Road Warrior (AKA Mad Max 2)

Man and machine.

This is the first in a series of posts that I am calling Film Conversations. They are not purely reviews because I will be speaking only about films that I enjoy. Also, I will try to take a deep dive into the themes and events that happen in these films. This will mean that there definitely will be SPOILERS contained within these type of posts. So, if you have never seen this film please do so before reading any further.

First off I would like to state for the record that this film is known as The Road Warrior in America and Mad Max 2 just about everywhere else. The reason for the name change in America is because the first film in the series, Mad Max, didn’t do as well in America as elsewhere so they decided to promote it as a stand-alone film.

This film helped to shape me into the person that I am today; a weirdo who is heavily into post-apocalyptic and dystopian themed films. I first saw the film on cable in the early 80’s when I was a young teenager, and almost every single time it came on I would watch it. I saw it so many times back then that to this day I still know most of dialogue by heart. What was it about this film that spoke to me?

During the 80’s the Cold War was still raging and it really felt like Reagan was going to push the button that would decimate us all. I don’t think people who weren’t alive back then can fully comprehend just how frightening the Cold War really was. There was a TV movie that came out in the early 80’s called The Day After that was all about a nuclear war happening and its aftermath. I remember watching that on TV and being so scared that my friends and I went to our school principal the next day and asked if the school had a bomb shelter. In the UK there was a TV movie called Threads that was twice as scary and very graphic. I saw it for the first time a few years ago and it really shook me.

The Road Warrior takes place after a nuclear conflict, but instead of wearing rags and having open wounds some of the characters that populate this film are dressed in really cool looking black clothes along with haircuts and accessories that make them seem dangerous, but in a splendid kind of way. They looked way more interesting than the supposed ‘good’ guys who wore light colours. The only character in the film that looks somewhat sick is Lord Humungus. He seems to have some radiation burns on his head, so he wears a metal mask to cover them. I’ve always liked villains in films way more that the heroes because they almost always have a better sense of style, and this is no exception.

Lord Humungus The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla

In the film the survivors of a nuclear war are driving all over the wasteland, their main concern being that of finding gasoline so that they can do even more driving about. Instead of hiding out in a bunker for decades, like in the Fallout series of games, they are out there living their lives as they see fit. It’s still gloomy as hell, but there seems to still be a spark of life within these characters to drive them forward, some sense of hope that maybe things will get better if they are around to watch such events happen. This includes the character of Max, who despite the loss of his wife and son still hasn’t given up on life. There is some sort of hope in the back of his mind that maybe, just maybe, he can find happiness yet again. All he has to do is keep driving until he reaches it.

The character of Max is neither totally good or totally bad, and this makes the film less fantastical and more realistic. In my opinion this is the mark of a really good film. Max brings a dying ‘good guy’ back to the compound after the guy is attacked by the bad guys while trying to flee. He isn’t doing this for altruistic reasons, instead he is only doing it because the dying guy promised him all the gasoline he could carry if he brought him back to the compound. The guy dies right after Max is let inside rendering the deal useless.

After some other events Max ends up helping the ‘good guys’ obtain a truck and trailer so that they can escape the compound with a huge container of gasoline. Max is almost killed in the ensuing chase and comes to find out that he has been used as a distraction because the trailer contains sand and not gasoline. The ‘good guys’ drive away in a school bus filled with barrels of gasoline. I always thought that was really messed up. Max puts his life on the line to help these people and they use him for a really selfish reason, as if his life is expendable.

This film really spoke to me because even though a nuclear war decimated the human population in some ways it was a more honest society than we are living in today. Everybody is out searching for gasoline, food, water,etc…and every single person knows that is what others are also doing. There is no escaping this endless search, it is something that must be done. When it comes down to it there really is no difference between the good or bad guys. Both use lies and manipulate others to do their bidding. Max only loses in the end because he fell for the lies that the ‘good guys’ told him. Before Max met those people he knew the score, but the moment he put his common sense away he set himself up to fail.

Would I want to live in the wasteland constantly on the prowl for my next meal or tank of gas? It would be a hard life, but it at least would be an honest one. No pretensions, just striving to make your way towards a new future that might just be better than the one you left behind.

Why I Have Created This Blog

I want to hang Halloween ornaments on this tree!

Hello everybody! I hope all of you are having a very good day and that things are fine in the location of the wasteland that you call home. Having issues with zombies or mutants? Remember, things could always get worse! I’m joking…or am I?

Years ago I ran a horror film blog. It got a lot of attention and I had a lot of fun writing articles and connecting with the people who read it. In fact it is because of that blog that I met my husband. Towards the end of its run I had a horror film blogger guy, jealous of my success, doxx me. It was then that I realized that running that blog was no longer any fun so I moved on. A few years back I started a post-apocalyptic/dystopian themed blog, but I soon lost interest because my field of discussion was way too narrow.

So, basically I have created this blog because I have a whole lot to say about different topics: music, films, current events, history,etc… I knew that I would get bored really fast, just like the last time, if I started yet another blog about only one subject. If you can write about only one topic that’s cool, I just can’t do a blog with that kind of format. Also, I chose blogging rather than vlogging because it is more easy for me to type out my thoughts rather than voicing them. Plus, I really can’t be bothered to look ‘good’ for the camera. I know that not everybody cares about their image, but the pressure is there just the same. It would end up pissing me off.

Right now we are living in very perilous times. There is an actual world wide pandemic taking place, the effects of climate change is killing the planet, and there are multiple right wing politicians quickly leading their countries down the road to fascism. As a fan of both the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres of films and books I feel like I am living in one of them, and I know that I am not alone in this. I think that it is very important to have your voice heard right now during this time in history. I would love this blog to be discovered in one hundred years time and it be a reference as to what life was like right now.

I really hope that all of you enjoy this blog and find it interesting enough to interact with. In the wise words of Sarah Connor from the Terminator series of films “There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.”.

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