Lightning in a bottle.

Via the Urban Dictionary:

Capturing something powerful and elusive and then being able to hold it and show it to the world. 

Performing a rare feat. 

A moment of creative brilliance. 

Wouldn’t you love to capture Lightning in a Bottle?  I sure would.

Speaking of lightning… We don’t often have thunderstorms.  Our area of Northern California is, unfortunately, spared the fireworks.  I say unfortunately because I’m from Iowa where we have huge-ass (Tim) thunderstorms.  I can’t tell you how many nights I watched out my bedroom window, enthralled by the lightning, awed by the thunder.

The other night I was awakened at 3 a.m. by a bright flash of lightning.  A few seconds later hubby was awakened by a crash of thunder.  It was brilliant.  Unfortunately that was all we got.  Pity.

However, that same night, my cousin in Nebraska called to tell me that in the midst of a raging blizzard they had lightning and thunder.  Life imitates art.

In the Flesh, the second book in my Soul Series, is all about the magic contained in lightning in a blizzard.

Lightning in a bottle.  I wish!


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12 Responses to Lightning in a bottle.

  1. Tim Dittmer says:

    Love thunderstorms, especially the huge-ass kind. Not the cheap-ass kind, or the weird-ass kind. Just the huge-ass kind. The kind that makes the glass shake in the windows and my wife’s eyes get bright.

    Like you say, there’s power in there. And maybe there IS a way to bottle it.

  2. Amber Skyze says:

    As a child I wanted to hide under my bed when we had thunderstorms. Now I find them amazing, but still a bit scary at times. :)

  3. That was a great read. Heyah in Mayine. we get wicked stahms. Ciao~

  4. We had a thunderstorm with snow last year. Very rare. Here’s hoping you get another huge-ass thunderstorm to enjoy.

  5. Oh I’d love it Stephanie, but we get lightning and thunder maybe once every couple years. Only one time did we have a huge, and extremely scary, lightning storm. I’ve never seen so many lightning strikes in my life – with my own eyes!

  6. Steph – LOL! Love it when you talk Maine-ish!

  7. I get that, Amber. But I’ve always found thunderstorms thrilling.

  8. Me too, Tim! I have another huge-ass post coming for you! ;)

  9. In southeast Kansas, lightning during snow storms weren’t uncommon, and sometimes we even had tornado watches during the winter. I remember the eerie static electricity, the tingling air when lightning would strike when it was snowing. Whatever we were doing outside, like having snow ball fights or building snow men, had to end immediately. We knew that when there was lightning–summer or winter–to stop whatever we were doing and high tail it inside.

  10. Oh Marylin, you are so lucky! When we would hear the tornado sirens we’d run outside! Isn’t that nuts?

  11. Tom Stronach says:

    The power of a huge thunder and lightning storm, awesome some of the best lightning storms I have seen were in Kenya absolutely breathtaking …. We were woken up in the early hours of Christmas morning by Thunder but I think that may have been Santa landing on the roof tops ……..

  12. Ah yes, Tom, I can only imagine. But you don’t have lightning storms in England, right? No tornadoes?