Hurricane Sandy — Did I Predict This Would Happen?

The storm forecast is looking worse for my area. Unless Sandy decides to head out to sea, the eye will make landfall over Philadelphia, and will be sailing right over me. Just because I grew up where hurricanes were the normal thing (South Florida), that doesn’t mean I like them or want them following me up north. Power outages here usually last less than a day, but they’re local. Sandy is huge and slow and is going to devastate a large area, meaning that repair crews are going to be overwhelmed and some areas will be without power for days. I haven’t experienced that since I was a kid. It’s fun for kids, or used to be, before the kiddies depended on their computers and TV for entertainment.

Last minute jobs —

Clean cat’s litter box, take out smelly garbage.

Possibly — charge up the iPod Touch and load a book or two onto it. Days will be dark during the storm and reading print for any length of time will be hard on my eyes.

Load NaNo outline, scene list, etc. to the Alphasmart. I’m not fond of it, but it’s better than writing by hand. And the novel can be sent back to the computer.

Back up Scrivener app and whole NaNo project to two thumb drives for possible transfer to Macbook Air (if it arrives). I saved for a long time for the Air, mostly as an emergency backup for the Mac Mini. Planned to do NaNo on it, but twiddled my thumbs about springing for it, and didn’t order it until Friday. It’s due here by the first of November, but goodness knows what condition roads will be in and whether FedEx will be making deliveries.

Did I predict this and call down the wrath of the gods? In Ancien, which I wrote three years ago, a hurricane comes up the east coast and heads inland, hitting the town where my characters live. I based that on scientists’ scenarios for possible hurricane behavior as global warming shifts ocean currents and creates anomalous weather patterns.

For those of you with an interest in science fiction, and who read articles about the current state of SF, this is one of the reasons SF is having a hard time staying ahead of actual events. By the time you write and publish your projections into the future, they’re already happening. No wonder so many science fiction writers are turning to fantasy or going hundreds of years into the future and writing space operas.


6 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy — Did I Predict This Would Happen?

  1. You’ve been giving the gods bad ideas?

    Just seen the Guardian headlines about Sandy – glad you’ve got everything prepared including reading material – stay safe.

    1. I’m west of Philadelphia, but not far enough west, durn it. Weather’s grey, wet, chilly. Breezes are beginning to pick up a bit already. Nothing more than a normal windy day so far, but it’s coming.

  2. Good luck with it, Catana. When I was a kid in Townsville, we had at least two hurricanes every year, but they didn’t create the kind of devastation I see with the US cyclones – and with the Darwin cyclone Tracy many years ago. As you say, kids enjoy things like that, and I used to love the thrill of going to the corner shop in the eye of the cyclone/hurricane, when you knew you had at least 20 minutes, and the shop was only 5 minutes away.
    You certainly did seem to predict it. Your cyclone sequence is still fresh in my mind from ANCIEN. (If I were you, I’d definitely keep it in.)

    1. You got to go out during the eye? Wow! My father would go out to check his precious plants, but we kids had to stay in. It was still awesome. Bright sunshine and complete silence after all that noisy wind and rain. But I don’t miss it, thank you.

      Now you’ve messed up my head again. I was thinking about leaving the hurricane sequence out — just introducing it and then jumping into the aftermath. But you’re probably right. Sigh.

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