6/16/10

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Me and Henny Penny, we’re like BFFs.  It’s the end of the world and we know it.  It’s coming today, I’d bet my life on it.


 Evidence to case in point:
  1. Monday night 5.3 earthquake. Felt it, check. 
  2. Last Saturday night, we felt another earthquake. 
  3. Two Saturdays ago, I’m working out with a friend and check, felt another. (It’s almost like a bad prom date.) 
  4. Then a month ago, the big one hit, 6.3. The house shook for a full 30-40 seconds. That’s a long time in earthquake years. 
  5. Finally, I am not prepared.

Yep, you heard me.  I am not prepared.
If electricity fails and the water shuts off,
I’m screwed. 

As you guys may or may not know, I am writing a dystopian book, where a bleak future demands the survival of the fittest.  I’m writing this type of book because it is a deep-seated fear that has been growing inside of me since the first time I saw THE DAY AFTER, a 1983 movie about life, the day after a nuclear war.  Not long after, I was old enough to watch MAD MAX (It came out in 1979 but I wasn’t allowed to watch it because I was only…ahem, let’s just say too young.) 

Needless to say, whether you play on my nuclear fears as a child or the aids virus in the 90’s with OUTBREAK or mess with my zombie phobias in I AM LEGEND (Go Will Smith!), I fear a dystopian future.  

When I started my book, I had an idea for it to be 10 years after a cataclysmic event.  I wasn’t quite sure why my "event" took place until now.  Thanks to the recent earthquakes and BP’s major F-up [CAN WE PLUG THE HOLE ALREADY!] I have a reason for my dystopian future.

And I got scared.
Seriously.
My theory not only sounded possible, but plausible. 

So yesterday I spent the day organizing the garage and clearing off a huge wire shelf.  Thursday, I’m stocking it up, getting ready for the end of the world.  But today is a writing day, so I will keep my fingers crossed that my plan to run errands tomorrow does not cause the end of the world today.

Laugh at me all you want, but when you guys come knocking on my door for help, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

What, in the real world, inspires your story?

14 comments :

  1. Okay, that's scary.

    Everything is an inspiration for my stories. News. Books. Things I witnessed. Magazine articles. I'm opened to it all.

    I'm going to LA SCBWI. Are you?

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  2. YES! We should plan to bump into each other!

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  3. I was inspired to write about pirates after a ride at a theme park. Not the one you might be thinking about. Then, I had an idea for a story about a pretty nun, after seeing a pretty young girl portray a nun in a play.

    Weird? Yeah.

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  4. uhhhh i'm SO WITH YOU. those earthquakes scare the bejeezus out of me.

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  5. Matt - I remember reading your post about how you started your nun book. How's that going?

    Tahereh, girl I going to Costco tomorrow! I just hope the big one doesn't come today.

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  6. My dreams! I have the craziest but best dreams ever so I write them down and turn them into stories. Crap stories that aren't worthy of my great dreams but I figure if I keep at it maybe one day they will be :-)
    And yeah with you on the end of the world senario. It's one of the reasons I refuse to have children, don't want them to get stuck at the end of the world.

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  7. I'm chuckling at you right now. The worlds ending, but I got to get my 1000 words down today. :)

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  8. I'm with you! I get scared watching the news: earthquakes, banks failing, countries going bankrupt. I've been making space to in my garage and basement.

    So if it comes before we've filled the spaces we made at least we have our books to keep us warm. :)

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  9. Lina - My dreams too. This book now and the next one I plan to write came from my dreams. Keep writing them down because they at least give you the best raw emotions. And kids, the bigger fear I have is that something will happen to me and my husband and the kids will have to fend for themselves. Ugh.

    BTW...Did you see that Florence + the Machine has a song on the new Twilight Eclipse album? Good stuff as always from her. I love her website.

    DL *giggle* Hey, we have a little less than 7 hours to go for the day to be over, it still might end. hehe. At least my house is clean.

    Kathi - I never watch the news anymore. Usually my friends keep me informed. WHen they tell me something I say, "Really, I had no idea." And they reply, "Have you been living under a rock?" Yep, pretty much. And when the end comes and everyone is raiding the grocery stores, I'll be raiding the bookstores. ;)

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  10. my water got shut off the other day. It was on in the morning and when I got home from my writing conference it was off and I had no idea why. We were so not prepared. I had 0 water stores - well that's not true - I guess we had water in the water heater, but still you know what I mean. The water company phone was busy and I we went without water for an hour, but it was so incredible how many times I forgot and tried to use the water. It turns out that flaky me forgot to pay the bill, but what if there had been a real emergency. We would have been screwed.
    I think your story will resonate with a lot of people Dana - hurry and finish it - I want to read it.

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  11. Mary did I tell you I love you? You are my new bestest friend (and diana of course) You have kiddos at home so you know my summer is toast. I will be lucky if I get 1000k a week. Cross your fingers I get this thing done by end of summer. And if a I am super lucky i will have revisions to you by september which means realistically queries by October. At least sweetie I have a plan. But your are my first to 2nd draft beta love. Thanks for commenting. Right now i am on vacation without kiddies in palm springs but i will have a new post come Monday.

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  13. Hey, my sisters and I just did a May trip to Palm Springs with no kids! Isn't it the best for relaxing?

    Yes, us moms have little people around the house all day now, but that's ok. We'll still get the work done.

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  14. Julie - The heat is therapeutic isn't it. We just lived by the pool. And you're right, the work always gets done, little ones or not.

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