Hailstorm- a dynamic metaphor

Hailstorm- a dynamic metaphor

Two great bees wrote about hailstorms almost same time. A hailstorm is a fertile metaphor, as Sara Jacobovici shares in "The hailstorm effect . Deb Helfrich distinguished herself in her buzz "Hailstorm Thoughts". The conditions of life are so unstable that the pressures on us vary erratically and we feel pelted with little stings of ice.

The metaphor of hailstorm is a dynamic one. I love it because we may have hailstorms in summer as well as winter. It is unpredictable like our lives are. We may produce hailstorms in our minds and with big hail that when they drop they could cause havoc in our lives.
Difficulties are troubles come in different hail sizes to us and we just have to cope with what we experience. Ali Anani, PhD

One aspect of the hailstorm metaphor that I like is how hails form and its relevance to our lives. When an uprising stream of air cools up because of the colder surrounding its content of water vapor condenses and then freezes. The formed ice shall tend to fall down, but because of a new air upstream, ice crystals are forced to move up again. The ice crystals will tend to attract the water in the new stream and for a larger ice crystal. The process continues and a multi-layered ice crystals form. Eventually, the upstream shall not be able to carry the big ice crystals upwards and hail starts falling down.

The idea of layering struck my mind. We have 3D printing layer by layer. We produce great images by layering one image on another. If we look at a sandwich it is layer on top of a layer. However; in the case of hail it is ice layering on a previous layer of ice. It is what I would call "homogeneous layering".

In writing stories the idea of extending the hailstorm metaphor is attractive. The main plot of a story is the nucleating ice crystal. We need to create surprises that have a rational. Like having hail in summer, we too need to have something interesting to make a story compelling. We need to keep the upstream (conflict intensifying) so that the plot may get bigger and bigger till the ice of the problem becomes too heavy not to drop. The subplots that form layers atop of the main one are related to it and shall not distract the reader from continuing reading a story or watching a movie story with interest.

Is there such a term "homogeneous storytelling?

The propagation of the story may again benefit from the layering concept and this time from plants. The development of roots on a stem while the stem is still attached to the parent plant is called layering. A layer is the rooted stem following detachment from the parent plant. A subplot to add value to the story it has to be attached to the main plot- till it becomes a new plant and this is the time to drop its hail out of the story. There are some great and simple techniques in layering plants and I believe they can be extended to the idea of growing story plots without losing their attachment to the main plot. In compound (serpentine) layering of plants several layers can result from the same stem (plot).

As we grow plants, we may grow our stories.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
In my following puzz published today on The Shell of Wisdom I expressed that as we grow our shell of ideas must grow to accommodate us. This is my experience with you Tausif Mundrawala

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
It is always longer the more we read and learn dear Tausif Mundrawala. The road is open-ended and this is the spirit of accomplished writers like you are my friend. That you see the long way it is a great sign of your maturity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Absolutely you are right Martin Wright. I planned a different buzz than my next one, but the comments here diverted my attention to two ideas which weren't on my mind.

Martin Wright

Martin Wright

3 years ago #16

it is funny how the same process can end being the catalyst for so many different types of creativity. What is on your mind can alter how you see such events.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Jerry Fletcher you offer a relevant metaphor and in this case the layering of the pearl structure. SOme very nice thoughts are already structuring in my mind. Your observation of the asymmetry of layers in pearls is mind-boggling for me. So much to think about. You got me busy.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
I believe so Ned McDonnell and I love your use of the word morphologically. This offers an interesting and relevant dynamic metaphor. The study of the form and structure of organisms and their specific structural features is quite relevant to the way we may structure a story. My surprise comes from your finding that same applies in accounting. This is quite an interesting idea.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #13

Ali, Again, cogent and contained but not comfortable. This multi-layering idea also occurs in nature in the formation of pearls which I've likened to the development of personalities and lives in speeches. You've answered for me why I like baroque or fresh water pearls as they are not formed with equal layer but tend to bulge and sprawl out, still the same nacre but not concentrated in a sphere...much like a story that meanders rather than being predictable.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
The first paragraph of your comment dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit is so true and expressed in such a subtle way. People tend to avoid risk and they lean towards repeating patterns. Your second paragraph explaind your first one so adequately that I feel it stands out and need no emphasis from me. Stories need conflicts to be resolved. Therefore, as you highlighted beautifully in your last paragraph, the switch of the metaphor from a negative one to a positive one offers a great way to resolve the conflict in Act 3 of a story. I truly appreciate your comment my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I fully appreciate your support and sharing of my buzz dear Sara Jacobovici as much as I enjoyed your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
I love comments that carry so meaningful fact with simple; yet very eloquent words. You did it dear Sara Jacobovici "With layering comes uncovering". I enjoyed this so much. Your comment reflected completely what I intended to express and I am always moved by your comprehension. So good your comment is that I need to add no layer to it because you uncovered all my intentions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Your comment is so relevant dear Lisa Vanderburg and in particular this part "It's with humble joy to be reminded of just how puny we are against such an awesome force". You added a layer to the discussions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
"...nature's shower, when it is flower..."- you are a poet dear Debasish Majumder

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #7

For many people life is far more predictable rather than surprising and the only way we know that predictability is how much of a life is lost in rote existence. This is why as people get older they talk of time flying by. The reality is that memory is efficient and predictable and repetitive actions are discarded from memory, so life feels like it is speeding by. The hailstorm as a surprise element is literally a wake up call. We become more alert in a hailstorm and those that live in warmer places ironically have a greater chance of being hit by a golfball size hailstone. No one wants to be hit by a golfball size hailstone - so the metaphor then becomes of being alert and on our toes, that we don't let repetitive existence become the dominant portion of our existence. As for the metaphor of layers. Yes I see the development of storytelling as another good use for this metaphor. Even here storytelling extracted from a life that is fully lived is a wholly different proposition to storytelling that provides us respite or escape from mundane existence. The irony here is that this in turn can become another metaphor which is shooting the messenger. It is much better that the hailstones we observe are learning from others rather than being hit on the head ourselves. In this way the hailstone becomes a positive metaphor because we can anticipate its forming and know what is right action when it falls.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #6

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee writes: "The metaphor of hailstorm is a dynamic one. I love it because we may have hailstorms in summer as well as winter. It is unpredictable like our lives are. We may produce hailstorms in our minds and with big hail that when they drop they could cause havoc in our lives. Difficulties are troubles come in different hail sizes to us and we just have to cope with what we experience."

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #5

Honoured Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. With layering comes uncovering. The beauty of storytelling, as you describe it Dr. Ali, is that we're drawn into each layer that is placed on or around a character or event and then at times, we are allowed by the author to see a layer uncover an aspect that is surprising and unexpected. Then we have the layering found in nature and, as you say, the parallel is there. Nature draws us in to see the layering, yet leaves aspects of it open to discovery. A dynamic process indeed. The dynamic process of the hailstones that I find fascinating is the "collection" of layers that produces the hail stone; in its process, it is blown into an atmosphere in which it collects/attracts water in order to form each layer. At the end of this process, we experience its impact, literally.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #4

Thank you for sounding the siren on Sara Jacobovici, you add layer upon layer to this crystal(ized) ball! I love 'weather' - not the stuff that is much seen in climes like the UK, but REAL weather. The unleashing of awesome fury, the threat to life and limb, the stuff of legend. It's with humble joy to be reminded of just how puny we are against such an awesome force. Yes, storytelling at its best needs many layers!

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #3

lovely metaphor sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! in case of nature's shower, when it is flower, it does affect us equal to that of ice, which contains heat and results in entropy. unlike ice, flowers, it too makes impact, but of different design, a soothing with fragrance to satiate our soul. however, lovely insight sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Your lovely quote has hail thundering in my ear Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt. Thank you for this lovely comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Sara Jacobovici- you are mentioned in this buz in the order

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