Mother Nature 1, Blizgulis 0
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I hope it was as warm and snuggly and full of good lovin’ as mine was.
We’ve had a nasty winter in my world so far season. There has been an epic amount of snow in a short span — about two weeks. The snowfall so far is almost as deep as I am tall. We were expecting to get slammed by what the Weather Channel, in all of its ratings-hungry pretentiousness, deigned to label “Winter Storm Neptune.” However, in my little corner of the world, we dodged that particular bullet. As late as yesterday, we were forecast to get 2 feet of wind-driven snow. Today, the sun is out, and while it’s windy, the temp is +20 F (-6 C for my readers outside the US), which is downright balmy.
Whenever a given amount of snow is predicted, and the forecasters start hedging their bets and downgrading the expected accumulations, it means they don’t know what the hell their talking about, which is most of the time. This year they’ve been fairly accurate with their forecasts – with the notable exception of the fizzle in NYC in January – so I tossed aside my usual skepticism and got suckered in right along with everyone else. The lesson to be learned is that, when it comes to winter storms, it never hurts to be over-prepared, but in the end, it’s all a game of educated guesses only marginally better than flipping a coin.
So, this time it’s Mother Nature 1, Blizgulis 0. Mother Nature is naturally a female figure, whereas Blizgulis, an old Lithuanian God of Snow/Winter, is a male figure. With apologies to my many male readers, this time youse guys got your tails whipped – at least where I live.
I have some progress to report. Chapter 16 is fully outlined and partially written, which is a good start, but one that is oftentimes misleading. As is true with Chapter 16 up to this point, what I start with rarely turns out to be the correct path (kind of like the weather forecasters’ conundrum). Chapter 16 has already changed significantly from what I originally intended.
That said, I feel as if I’ve found the right path. However, just like the professional weather guessers, my own forecast is subject to change.
I want to make mention of my intent to restructure the website. I brought it up in a previous update, but nothing has happened as yet. A few readers have written to me to ask where the changes are. Finding the time is, as with so many other things, a challenge. I’d like to at least get it started this week. My web guru Invid Fan tells me he’s ready when I am. So, I’ll do my best to get it going this week.