Thirty Feet Of snow * Two Towns * One Will Survive
What would happen if it started snowing…but never stopped?
Jackson Parker’s plans for a weekend hunting trip with two friends are scuttled by an apocalyptic blizzard that traps them and his family in his Colorado farmhouse. What begins as a fun diversion quickly becomes a harrowing fight for survival as the unrelenting storm buries them in 30 feet of snow.
As their food runs out, Jackson and his friends hazard a journey to a nearby tavern, only to find the owner shot dead and his food stolen. In desperation, they brave a 15 mile journey to the nearest town, and join with a small band of survivors.
But nothing has prepared Jackson and his friends for the real storm about to break around them.
I had written short stories since I first learned how to write. Then as I grew older, my imagination really took off and I developed multiple movie ideas, even a TV series. I couldn’t shut my mind off. (And I must have been dealing with some real teen angst. One of my plotlines was of a reverse Hunger Games universe where kids dispatched of their parents, using lawnmowers that had been jerry-rigged into gatling guns. All this from a future pastor!)
While living through a brutal Milwaukee winter with my family, the question popped into my head one day: What would happen if it started snowing, but never stopped? There went my imagination once again, and for some reason – and to this day I can’t explain it – I began to feverishly write it all out. Knowing nothing of Final Draft or screenwriting format, I handwrote out an entire two-hour movie script.
Well, the story itself went into the – sorry about this…deep freeze…as I entered adulthood and got on with my life. But when I returned to writing stories in the past decade, the original concept came back round again. The story itself was unlike anything that had ever been made. I was mildly distressed when The Day After Tomorrow Came Out, but that turned out to be just a big special effects-fest that was nothing like my story, which was intimate, raw and brutal.
So…last winter (best to write a blizzard story while in the grips of the real thing) I wrote the screenplay from scratch, and am presently converting it into a novel. I have no idea if it matches my original story, which sits yet in a box in my closet, and one day soon for fun I will break it out.
Back when I first tried to publish Ben-Hur in the early 2000s, I didn’t know what I was doing, and I gave up quickly. Now that the writing fever has returned in force to me in the past five years and I’ve completed two additional projects, I’ve decided to go all-in on the process of helping these projects see the light of day.
A warning to my Christian friends: this is not a Christian story. This isn’t War Room. It’s a story of the warring of the human heart. Faith is imbedded in the story but it’s ‘in, with and under’ the story. The story itself, as I explain in the next section, is intimate, raw and brutal. I imagine if the Bible were filmed ‘straight from the script’, it would be disturbing to many a believer.