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The year the lights went out?

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DeltaSunrise Sun 22-Nov-15 07:47:24

Or something of a similar name.

Can anyone recall it. It is a fictional story set out like a blog. It was linked to on a preppers thread I was on before we got our own topic (in chat iirc)

I really want to read it again but can't find it.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 22-Nov-15 16:49:21

Yes, I read it. The one written by a woman about a family with adult children? I'll see if I can find it.

DeltaSunrise Sun 22-Nov-15 18:19:54

Yes that was the one, with the pregnant DIL.

Did you have any luck finding it? I haven't.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 22-Nov-15 18:33:57

No I can't find it! I've been googling but nowhere to be found.

I found it quite interesting. But quite amateurish in a lot of ways, - the actual writing, and what the problems/successes might be in the situation. What did you think? I found it gripping enough to read in one sitting.

cozietoesie Sun 22-Nov-15 20:29:57

Are you talking about Suzanne Goldring's 'Powerless ?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 22-Nov-15 20:35:16

Yes! Cozie that's the one.

Stratter5 Sun 22-Nov-15 22:00:29

I can't find that book at all sad

zombiesarecoming Sun 22-Nov-15 22:09:26

elsteadwritersgroup.wordpress.com/introducing-suzanne-goldring/

Haven't looked further but according to the first bit of text on that site it is there

DeltaSunrise Sun 22-Nov-15 22:54:43

Yes, was definitely good enough to read in one day, after I'd watched the UK and US blackout films on YouTube. I liked that

The dc were thoroughly neglected that day blush

Thanks for looking, I'll keep on at Google and link if I find it.

DeltaSunrise Sun 22-Nov-15 22:56:43

I started writing that post about a hour ago and posted by accident, hence the unfinished sentence there.....

That's it cozie thank you. And thank you for the link zombies

Off to start reading again now.

zombiesarecoming Sun 22-Nov-15 23:00:27

This link should lead to it

elsteadwritersgroup.wordpress.com/?s=Powerless&submit=Search

Stratter5 Mon 23-Nov-15 00:00:41

Oh thank you for the link, I couldn't for the life of me work out how to get the chapters in order

DeltaSunrise Mon 23-Nov-15 02:41:22

Yeah, it's a bit of a pain, you have to find October and go backwards to read in order but doesn't take too long.

Indole Mon 23-Nov-15 20:28:43

Oooh, that looks like a good read. Thanks!

Stratter5 Tue 24-Nov-15 11:46:25

It's addictive. V good, but addictive. Just finished it, and have done feck all but read the last couple of days.

God alone knows why it hasn't been published, even on Kindle.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 24-Nov-15 11:59:14

I need to reread it. What does everyone think. An accurate portrayal of how things might be if you have no power for that long?

Stratter5 Tue 24-Nov-15 12:18:08

Pretty accurate, although I think the majority would struggle considerably more - houses with fireplaces to cook in and gardens big enough to grow food for an extended family are not the norm.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 24-Nov-15 12:22:28

Good point, they had a good set up to get through it. I wonder how townsfolk in blocks of flats would deal with it. I must reread because I can't quite remember it, but I do remember thinking they made their food last an awfully long time and wasnt sure of the realism of that. We eat a hell of a lot in our house!

cozietoesie Tue 24-Nov-15 13:06:18

Someone should maybe contact Suzanne Goldring or the writers group and suggest that maybe she should try for a publication of it. It wouldn't be expensive given that it's already written - and is also (presumably) on Word or something similar - and it might be quite successful as well as an interesting read for a wider circle than this board.

Stratter5 Tue 24-Nov-15 13:12:38

If definitely pay for it, thoroughly enjoyed it, although I think it's more of a novella, and probably best suited to Kindle.

cozietoesie Tue 24-Nov-15 13:16:33

Maybe so. (The kindle bit.) I'd almost certainly buy it.

Indole Tue 24-Nov-15 14:02:43

I really enjoyed it. Great stuff. It would be really interesting to read the other side of it, too - the refugees' stories who came to the village etc and what was really going on in the towns etc.

I'd buy it on Kindle, at a reasonable price. It's too short to be a full length book but there are plenty of other short stories and novellas on there. I think anyone can self-publish on Kindle, too.

cozietoesie Tue 24-Nov-15 16:03:44

It seems easy enough Indole. An evening's work reordering the blog chronologically and she would be away. smile

Zetetik Tue 24-Nov-15 17:53:34

This looks interesting. I've read the first four sections and I'm already hooked. grin

SideOrderofChips Tue 24-Nov-15 18:44:52

Im hooked!!

and yes i think its fairly accurate although it would be good to get a city dwellers perspective

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