Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cataclysmic Events

I love that word, cataclysmic. There are just not enough times in our life when we can use it.

A cataclysmic event is defined as a violent upheaval that causes great destruction or brings about a fundamental change. Kind of like the picture above where the skies of Chile became an incredible brew when a volcanic eruption combined with a lightning storm.

My own cataclysmic event was discovering a new character while writing book 3. Usually I receive drips and drops of a character and I need to mold and coax them to fit my needs. This character came to me fully formed and ready to save the scene. As I wrote her into the book I actually got chills. Sort of like when my 12 year old son vacuumed without being asked or threatened.

I think I'll make it my goal to use cataclysmic more often in my every day vocabulary. It'll spice things up!

Anything cataclysmic happening with you these days?

5 comments:

conley730 said...

That is a great picture. My cataclysmic events are Twin A & Twin B! Most days are good, but those days when they're in rare form could definitely be defined as cataclysmic.

I'm glad Book 3 is going well. I can't wait for Devil May Ride to come out. I loved Remains of the Dead.

Tori Lennox said...

Managing to get a half page written early this morning was fairly cataclysmic for me. :)

Wendy Roberts said...

Conley, I can definitely see defining twins as cataclysmic!!

Tori, half a page some days is a miracle LOL!

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Agnes van den Bergh said...

I too love the photo above, would be grand if u could post on my fb? The word cataclysmic event is very strong & huge in my mind, yes I agree it is nt used in our everyday life, for obvious reasons.