It just dawned on me this morning that supposedly, if you believe all of the doomsday hype, the world is gonna end in 3 days. Dec. 21st. Well, let me tell you why that would suck:
I haven’t finished Grave Touched yet, dammit.
Christmas hasn’t happened yet.
I haven’t learned Gaelic yet.
I haven’t written all those books in my head yet.
I truly, in all honesty, don’t believe the world will end. It can’t. It’s too…final. I mean, three friggin days to do everything I must do before I am vaporized into space debris with my nearest and dearest and…everyone else? Seriously? What are you smoking, and can I have some?
First of all, the doomsday thing has to do with the end of the Mayan calendar which is supposed to end on Dec. 21st. But — and this is a biggie, you might wanna pay attention here — that’s what the various people studying it believe. In other words, it’s a guess. There’s no one thing that says, “Yo, people of 2012, I regret to inform you that the world will end on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at exactly 12:00p.m. Have a nice life.” Yeah, so not true. So that’s my first question. How is it that because the calendar ends, the world ends?
I actually find this stuff fascinating. I know, I know. It don’t seem that way, but it’s true. I’ve been reading Jessica Anderson’s Nightkeepers series, which is about the modern-day mages who are trying to avert the end of the world through magic of the Mayan people and gods. Awesome, kick-ass series! The final book just released, and I am dying (ha!) to find out how it ends.
I’d also be curious to know what evidence there is for this. Just give me a logical, simple explanation and I might swing to your side. But probably not.
It’s not you; it’s me. I’m a skeptic by nature. If anyone tells me something big’s happening, or this or that is suddenly bad for you (or, god forbid, deadly), my first question is: who says so? And the second question: What are his or her credentials? (In other words, does this person have something besides a toothy grin to back up his or her claims? Lemme tell you, this questioning and skepticism has saved my life at least once. If not more.
So yeah, I’m not in the camp of believers there. I suppose if the world really ends, I guess I’d be SOL because I wouldn’t be prepared. But at this point, how can anyone be prepared for total destruction? Kinda puts a kink in the holiday cheer, doesn’t it?
So, let me say this. If the world does end in three days, you can find me right here. Because it aint’ ending.
A few things to consider:
The whole shebang explained in far prettier language http://www.voxxi.com/myth-doomsday-mayan-calendar-explained/
I’ve hit 64k on Grave Touched. That’s news, right? Only… *counts* 55,543 more words to go!
Uh…finished Nanowrimo with around 29k. I’m too lazy to double check. I know it was shy of my goal of 30k.
And lastly: we, the inspired and talented ladies of Turtleduck Press have conspired to bring you another anthology. It is called Seasons Eternal, and the premise is so cool. It’s about a world without changing seasons. Each one of us picked a season and wrote a story about how the people of that particular region would adapt and what would change. I decided to go all sci-fi and used virtual reality, but we have fantasy and steampunk as well. My story is called “Stasis,” and I’m very proud of it. Actually, I’m proud of the entire thing because we really outdid ourselves with this one. Each story is unique and fascinating. I think you will enjoy it. Plus, proceeds will go to UNICEF, which is a great cause.
To read an excerpt and/or to buy a copy (Kindle, print, Smashwords), go to http://www.turtleduckpress.com.
Happy end of the world.