As much of the Northern Hemisphere is ‘enjoying’ a very deeply white Christmas, snowflakes have been on my mind. I like snowflakes, with their amazing miniature intricacy. One of the wonders of how chemistry and physics are all you need to create deeply beautiful things.
On a writerly front, I was yesterday discussing the ‘snowflake method’ with a fellow scribbler who’d actually had a stab at using it for a novel. The discussion prompted me to think that maybe this was a good time to try out the snowflake method.
Not, you understand, because of anything to do with real snow, but because I’m at a tricky point in one of my projects and it needs some sorting. It was in the course of the same discussion mentioned above that I recalled the last time I got stuck in the course of a novel, I employed a method the Zucker brothers said they used in creating the movie Airplane (Flying High).
So maybe this novel can be helped along by applying the snowflake? We’ll see. I will report back on my degree of success.
In the meantime I think I can happily re-cast the old phrase ‘a snowflake’s chance in hell’ to ‘a snowflakes chance at an Australian New Years Party’. As it is about to hit 40C/104F for the transition to 2011, the only snowflakes I’ll be seeing will be on the side of a chilled glass!