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.