Thursday, January 17, 2013

Prescient Weather?

It's official.  It's an unprecedented year for literary storm fronts.  First Tolkien, then Homer, now Shakespeare.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, you may want to Google the past week in weather.  Winter Storm Gandalf raged through the west, midwest and northern states (and probably parts of Canada, so I apologize to my Canadian friends for being Amer-centric), last week.  I could picture him on his Hobbit-ish walk from Arizona to Colorado, puffing his pipe and glancing skyward introspectively from time to time, as the blizzard trailed along from the hem of his robe like Jack Frost's swarm of killer bees...

And then, just as Gandalf crossed up to visit with our Canadian neighbors, Hellen came calling in the midwest and "upper regions"...  Hellen (not Helen of Troy), father of Aeolus (among others), the source of the term "Hellenistic."  Yes, we've moved on to the Greeks, now...

But, wait!  On Hellen's heels comes a tragedy, so closely following that if Hellen stopped suddenly, he'd be head-butted from behind.  Yes, Iago is coming to the Eastern Shore-- and surely he's not named for the pesky parrot in Disney's Aladdin.  No, Shakespeare's Othello has made its debut: our first villain!  Given the choice, I would have held out for Oberon.  Iago was a nasty little man with a small spirit.  With luck, his storm won't be as vicious and cold-hearted.

We've had G-H-I... and next will be J.  This winter has been an edge-of-seat thriller.  I can't wait to see who "J" will be!

Now, I do wonder what prescience a storm can have, though.  I'm by far not an author on par with those masters... but our storm fronts kicked off with my book queries.  It's hard not to consider this an omen.  The question is, which way will the literary wind blow, for me...?

UPDATE: From the Weather Channel (it seems I was wrong on a few counts):

The list of 2012/2013 winter storms, starting with "A" are: Athena, Brutus, Caesar, Draco (How did JKR get in here? Wait... that could be Piers Anthony), Euclid, Freyr (woot!), Gandolf (they spelled it wrong), Helen (as in "of Troy" and not the father of Hellenistic culture), Iago, Jove, Luna, Magnus (as in X-men?  Applause), Nemo (Wait... Disney? *researches Greek mythology again before remembering Jules Verne*), Orko, Plato, Q (Star Trek?!? AWESOME!!!), Rocky (Ummm... somebody fire him), Saturn, Triton, Ukko, Virgil (that's better), Walda, Xerxes, Yogi and Zeus (of course).

Guess we have a long winter ahead of us :)

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