Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Forum Game: 2012

You might have heard the news... Earth (as we know it) is coming to an end by the winter solstice of 2012. That’s at least according to ancient cultures such as the Mayans, who had remarkably accurate lunar and solar calendars – or so say some historians.

Why just tonight, my husband and I watched Hollywood’s version of the world’s catastrophic end in the obviously titled film 2012, and I must admit that witnessing all those destructive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tidal waves on a larger-than-life screen was unsettling and thought-provoking indeed.

So, just out of curiosity, I thought we could play a “game” of sorts. Of course, if you believe in the 2012 predictions, consider this not a game, but a chance to prepare for the worst.

Well, here we go... If the end of the world was nigh, what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you want to spend your last moments with? Or, better still, do you have a survival plan in mind?

All authors and characters are welcome to share. And who knows? Perhaps in the sharing, we’ll even hatch a group plan. Stranger things have certainly happened.

43 comments:

Kaelin said...

Those in Sentinel are particularly well set up with crisis contingent plans. So I think we'd be all right.

It probably helps that we're not human.

Aidan said...

2012. Yeah. Don't really like to talk about that.

Marc said...

Aidan, stop teasing the nice people.

Aidan said...

Aight. I'm just foolin' with y'all.

Kae's right. Sentinel itself pretty much IS a contingency plan. So we're good.

Aimless Writer said...

I think the Mayan's just got tired of writing. I mean really, how long could you stand working on mone calendar? One project? Pretty soon the litle Mayan scribe was probably like, "I'm done!"

Charles said...

Aimless writer, my author agrees with you. (She's on school computers, so she can only sign into one account.) Most people end up combining the mayan calendar ending with Nostradamus' predictions of the end of the world, to get the gloom and doom.

If the end of the world was coming, and we knew everyone is going to die. I would go outside during the day. I miss seeing the sun, and I'd like to see it one last time before I die.

Bo said...

If the world was ending, I'd make sure to have lots of sex beforehand.

Kalila said...

You do that already, sleazy. That wouldn't be a change.

I don't know how we immortals would be affected by any sort of doomsday event. As long as I wasn't in a mortal body, I'd probably be fine. No shape-shifting until it's all over, though.

Ricky said...

Uh...what about me, Kalila?

Kalila said...

What about you, Ricky? I won't need a talent manager after the apocalypse.

Just kidding. I'm sure we'd think of something. You amuse me, so I'd like to keep you around.

Gabby said...

The Mystical Wood is already magical so I think I would be safe there with the Unicorn and all the other creatures. Perhaps we'd be another kind of Noah's ark. How terrific ... I sure hope it comes true.i

Devi Marconi said...

Um, Gabby? I, for one, would prefer it NOT happen. It might have something to do with the fact that I'm mortal, and I have no access to a magical land. I'm not sure that even Ruby Hollow would protect me from the apocalypse.

Olivia Harper said...

Well, frankly, I have no such survival plan in place. As with Aimless Writer and Charles's author, I'm not so sure that I believe in the 2012 predictions. I think modern folks have read a bit too much into the Mayan calendar.

But, if the end does come, I'd like to be with my family - my husband, my kids, my puppy, and my mom - in Ruby Hollow.

I just hope my author's book is published before then. I'd like to have my story heard before we all blow up.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Liv, I'd like to see the novel published by then, too. If it isn't, I'm afraid I might be headed for divorce.

Daryl Harper said...

Oh, man. By 2012, I'll be in college. What a bummer that I won't be able to finish in time. Without a degree, how will I ever earn enough money to buy a seat on one of the arks...

Speaking of that, what the heck was my dear author doing, seeing that awful movie? Given the kind of book she wrote, that doesn't seem like her type of flick.

Laura Martone said...

What are you talking about, Daryl? I love disaster flicks. ARMAGEDDON, THE CORE, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, KNOWING... I say, bring on the destruction!

Laura Martone said...

Besides, you never know what you might learn. :-)

Daryl Harper said...

Well, alright. Watching mayhem and destruction is pretty fun. I just hope it doesn't really happen.

But, if it does, what are the chances that I could join Sentinel? Kae? Aidan? Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Actually, there is little chance that the world will END in 2012, because in the Bible, in the book of Revelation, it says that the Tribulation period will last for seven years. The Tribulation is the time after all the people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior will be raptured-taken out of this world. Then those who have rejected Him will experience a seven year period of stuff like it says in 2012: earthquakes, crazy hailstorms, meteors. But the world has at least seven years left. That's not to say that it won't start tomorrow and in 3 1/2 years there will be destruction.
Just know, if you wake up one morning and there's talk of a bunch of people all over the world vanishing, that this is happening. Read Revelation chapters 1-3. KJV

Kaelin said...

I'm not sure if any of us take the Bible literally, though it's a pretty good book.

Aidan said...

Daryl,

Sentinel is for demons only, like us. But we'd be happy to protect our friends here as best we can.

I don't really "do" underground places, but other Rangers do, so we could do what we can for Ruby Hollow, too.

Daryl Harper said...

Thanks, Aidan. I appreciate that. Seriously.

I can't help that I'm just a regular ol' human, so it's nice to have demons for friends.

As for the Bible, I'm with Kae. Interesting book, but I don't take it too seriously (no one in my family does), but I didn't want to be the first one to say it. Thoughts of 2012 and the world's destruction make me feel a little less smart-alecky and disrespectful than usual. Don't ask me why.

Samantha Harper said...

Well, that's a first.

Alexander said...

I don't think I'd be bothered if the world ended in 2012. I've lived a long life, and all. I just would want it to come quick. I'd probably spend my last moments with Charles, staring at the sun, or if I had enough time, revisiting all the important places in my life.

As for the little discussion on the Bible, I feel it would be best for myself, my author, and Charles to not get involved. Somehow all three of us have different views on that subject, and the last time Charles and I argued over it was rather disastrous.

Jason said...

Sounds a good tale, Alexander.

I've been to church but some people who know what we are don't like us hanging about.

Westminster Abbey is one of my favorite places, though. Very peaceful.

Candy said...

There's enough for me to worry about in my own little world so I don't waste time on all that other stuff. People are always forecasting some horrible disaster or another=have been forever so far as I know. Some years ago there was a flood of end-of-the- world movies but they were mostly a lot of noise and screaming. My boyfriend took me to "The Day after Tomorrow"but I got so annoyed at the stupid father that's all I could think of. How could one get ready for a disaster anyway? Who says you'll be anywhere near home when it happens? So forget it and don't get your knickers in a knot, as my Gran said.

gabby said...

Aw, Candy, I know where I'll be. I'm sentenced to life in this dump. First sign of disaster and I'm headin' like a flash of lightenin' for the wood. Yippee!
I may be mortal but they let me in and I know they'll look after me.
My grandmother in Jamaica spoke about God and sparrows and stuff but I guess he never cared about any of us when we went to New York so I gave up on him. Don't know as I'd put any stock in what that bible says, good or bad.

Laura Martone said...

Wow, what varied ideas we have! I guess a group survival plan is unlikely, after all. :-(

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Calvin Mertz said...

Lets try that again.

Laura; group survival happens after the catastrophy. Can't very well make a continency plan with folks who may be dead by the time the event takes place.

Trust me; I know a lot about plan B, and it always involves a plan C, with me the only person I can depend on.

Seriously though, how can you plan for a mythical event? There have been several doomsday predictions in my lifetime. I was in prison during the last one (New Years Eve 1999 I believe it was), and since we only had limited access to computers, we weren't too concerned. The night passed without much more than the usual malcontent.

But if I ever seriously believe the end is near, I will gather my family and hope they agree to meet the disaster face on, standing tall and defiant and eager for whatever future awaits.

Amy Thompson said...

Forgive our Author's intervention. She didn't want us to post because of our extreme religious views (or lack of, more likely). We promised to behave.

Having lived with a deeply religeous, Bible believer for four years, and seeing all his beliefs and traditions turn against him in his alcoholism, I can't say I believe in the Good Book's dire predictions.

I don't pay attention to doomsayers. The world will end when it ends, and those who survive - if there are any survivors - will find a way to exist. Or die.

I'm with my husband; if I have warning, I will stand with Cal and all of our family that is willing to meet this foe head on. I've spent my youth hiding from terror, and my adulthood living with the consequences. When the end comes, I will be taken totally by surprise, or plan a grand ending.

And if I survive? Well, survival is what I'm good at.

Devi Marconi said...

I'm with Amy and Cal. I'm not a big believer in dire doomsday predictions either. If I think the end is near, I hope to be with my family and friends (including Olivia) in the Hollow and face the crisis together. After the dust (or ash) settles, we'll figure out what to do next.

Christine H said...

I would drop everything and finish my book. Then I'd self-publish and give free copies to everyone.

And stop paying my taxes.

And eat all the chocolate I wanted!

Laura Martone said...

I love it, Christine! That sounds so awesome (especially the eating chocolate and not paying taxes part).

The only hitch is that we'd have to know for sure that the world is ending. How else would we have time to finish our books, get them self-published, and pass around free copies? At least we'd die knowing our words finally touched someone...

And, of course, there's the chocolate. ;-)

Christine H said...

Well, okay, I'm eating all the chocolate I want anyways. We have four dozen candy bars to sell for Cub Scouts. Between all of us, I think we have maybe... um... 20 left? Argh!

The dark chocolate with raspberry filling are the best!

BTW, Laura, I think of you every time I see a raspberry jelly donut.

Laura Martone said...

Teehee. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, Christine. And now all I want is a raspberry jelly donut. Sigh.

Christine H said...

Now I want one, too.

Well, all I have to say is... Life is Short! Eat Donuts!

Oh, and while we're on this Mayan doom of the world topic... last week hubby rented "Apocalypto." One viewing is enough for anyone's stomach, I say. Anyway, there is a scene with a black panther chasing a guy that reminded me of Nighfala, and I found myself rooting for the panther. I was actually crouching in the living room going, "Atta girl! Go get'em!"

Sick. I'm just sick.

Laura Martone said...

I don't know if you'll see this, Christine, but I loved that movie! I thought it was beautiful and creepy and violent and emotional all at once, and, yes, I too rooted for the panther...

Christine H said...

A little too gory for me! I kept worrying about the wife and children in the hole. Whey I saw them in the water, I thought, "She's going to get a nasty infection."

That's just me. Too technical, I guess!

Laura Martone said...

No penicillin back then, I'm afraid. Short life expectancy was a grim fact of, well, life.

And, yes, it was a gory film (of course, so was THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST), but remember, I'm the girl who likes horror movies... and Halloween. So gore doesn't bother me... much.

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