Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Doomsday and Prophets

Happy hump day, good people of the blogosphere! If you make it through today, you only have two more days until the weekend. Can I get a, "Holla!" and a showing of hands if you're excited?

But wait! Another day passes and that brings us one day closer to Doomsday! Does anyone remember when they thought the Earth was going to experience some cataclysmic shut down on 12/31/99 at midnight?

 Why is it, every few years, we have some person who decides they must find a way to scare the crap out of a billion people by bringing forth a Doomsday prophecy? What if the Mayans just got tired of writing down dates? Maybe they didn't know what would happen when the planets "aligned" on 12/21/12 and didn't want to assume. After all, you know what happens when you assume things!

I see Venus, Mars, and Jupiter moving ever closer together in the night sky and think about what I know of Astronomy. It eases my mind. I'll share something you may not know: The sun will be in alignment with the center of the galaxy but the planets won't actually "align." See, planets travel around their ellipsis and can come into "alignment" every so often when viewed from an overhead perspective. But if you were to look on a 3D model, you'd see the planets are on different planes so can never truly align perfectly.

Imagine it like this:
  • You have 5 steps leading up to a door.
  • That door is the sun.
  • Mercury and Earth are on step 1.
  • Venus and Saturn are on step 2.
  • Mars is on step 3.
  • Jupiter and Neptune are on step 4.
  • Uranus and Pluto (not even considered a planet now) are on step 5.
Sure, you can put them all in a row, but they wouldn't actually be aligned. Do you see my meaning? Please don't take this as these are the planets that are aligned and blah blah blah. I was just using words to create a visual representation. After all, I'm a writer!

Why the heck is she talking about Doomsday? Great question!

In my Mystic series, the young ladies who are going to save the world must battle an evil that will rise on 12/21/12. Markaza is the prophet who's seen the end and knows what to do to stop it from happening. But it's no astronomical event that will cause the disaster, but our own dumb selves. I'm not going to tell you what the monster they must fight is borne from because that'll just ruin the whole series. What I will tell you is: I believe what I write in my novels has a very good chance of happening.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Wait a moment and hear me out! I'm not talking about a Doomsday prophecy. What I'm alluding to is much bigger than that.  I see it happening all around us more and more every day. If we don't find a way to stop it, we're going to run our own race into the ground. We'll destroy ourselves and have no cosmic event to blame for our end. Maybe, just maybe, a group of people will emerge that can save us. But we have to want to be saved.

What do you think will happen on Doomsday? How do you use prophets in your writing?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

4 comments:

  1. I think some of us are going to see less sunlight on the 21st than any other day of the whole year. It'll be a long, dark night that may propel us into a dystopian anarchy that could last for hours. I may have to move south of the equator before Doomsday hits, or at least book an extended vacation there. :)

    Oh, and in my book, the prophets are all dead.

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    1. Hmmmmm an interesting theory, Jeff! We'll see if you're correct on the 21st... or not. :) Thanks for the comment and good luck with the dead prophets (zombies?)!

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  2. My mother-in-law is a doomsday prepper, true story =) She has a survival backpack for each of us and wants us to sleep over her house on the 21st.

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    1. Oh my...

      Well, can't hurt to go pick up your survival backpack, now can it? :) Thanks for the comment, Heather!

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