Guest Post: Rhonda Parrish, A is for Apocalypse

A plume of ash rises from a volcano erupting under the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Hvolsvollur, Iceland, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)
(AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

I don’t know how long I’ll have internet, or power, or…

Before things go dark, in case anyone out there is still reading the internet for more than information about the nearest shelter, I just wanted to say it’s been awesome.

And really, as Jo always said, go big or go home, right?

We’re “safe” in a shelter. Though I think safe is a relative term. When a super volcano starts erupting, from what I’ve read, you’re not really safe anywhere on the continent. Though Yellowstone park is a long way away they say the ash will reach us within the hour, and who knows what will happen then.

We should have known, really. I mean, when your roads start melting and ‘turning the asphalt to soup‘ that’s probably a pretty good hint that it’s a good time to get out of dodge, but we didn’t listen. Because of course we didn’t. We just closed those roads and figured we’d deal with repairing them once things cooled down a bit.

Heh. Cooled down. Do you see what I did there?

Oh yeah, this is what it’s come to. Me making stupid jokes while I huddle in a school gymnasium wondering how long we’ll have power, or food, or water, or order… or sunlight.


Blogging helps. Even though I know there isn’t really anyone out there reading this, it still helps. It helps me to pretend that things haven’t changed. That the world isn’t ending… or at least, that it’s not being buried in a cloud of volcanic ash.

It really drives me a bit bonkers that we knew. We knew that Yellowstone was a super volcano that was overdue for an eruption. We knew, and all we did was making movies about super eruptions and talk about how *if* it happened it would threaten the whole world. If. Powerful word that.

And now, here we are.

They’ve got these websites about what to do to give ourselves the best chance of surviving, but c’mon. Really, I think that’s just about prolonging the process, putting off the inevitable. I prefer to think I’m going out like the dinosaurs — an extinction level event.

Because c’mon. If you gotta go…

Ahh… the lights are starting to dim, and I don’t know how long the battery on my laptop is going to last, so I’m going to press the ‘Publish’ button, send this out into the ether and cuddle up with Jo and Dani in our little corner of the shelter. At least we have each other… and for as long as the light lasts, I have a really good book to read too:

A is for Apocalypse edited by Rhonda Parrish, cover design by Jonathan Parrish

A is for Apocalypse

Available now at:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon (Paperback)
Smashwords (Coupon PJ67Q will give you 10% off in August)
CreateSpace Paperback (Coupon TY6D2CWD will give you 10% off in August)


In case it’s not obvious, the volcano in Yellowstone isn’t actually erupting, I’m not actually in a shelter waiting for the world to end… but I do have a really good book to read in A is for Apocalypse — that part is true enough!


Q: How imminent is an eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano?

A: There is no evidence that a catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is imminent. Current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Though another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years.

The most likely activity would be lava flows such as those that occurred after the last major eruption. Such a lava flow would ooze slowly over months and years, allowing plenty of time for park managers to evaluate the situation and protect people. No scientific evidence indicates such a lava flow will occur soon.

-From Volcano Questions and Answers


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