Hurricane/Tropical Storms Iselle and Julio were a threat to the Hawaiian Islands this past weekend - and despite my flippancy below, I do thank God there was relatively little damage from both storms.
|TS Iselle "hits" Pearl Harbor at 9 a.m. Friday...|
Here on O'ahu, our family began "Storm Prep 2014" this past Tuesday and it was an interesting week as many people went into panicked squirrel mode.
I gassed up the cars, bought extra propane, filled the dry goods pantry (and joked on Twitter that I had restocked my boxed wine and canned goods -- such as Bud and Bud Lite in case the power went out :)
On Wednesday, I stripped our lanai (patio) and as I removed everything to the garage, I marveled at the fact we have so much junk - and hello, people, I walk around this stuff every day!!
|Rain still falling at 9:15 a.m.|
Thursday was the day to catch up on news reports, explain what was going on to the kids, gossip with the neighbors and *not* leave out the trashcan (Friday is our pickup day.)
And then da-dah... the storm arrived!
|Roads were empty, Plumerias drenched at 9:30 a.m.|
Hang on, Mark...
What, dude, I'm trying to tell a storm story.
What's this got to do with writing - or the price of bread?
Where are you going with this? What valuable nugget of advice can you hope to share with your fellow writers?
Er... don't eat yellow snow?
Or, how about "Selfies" is now an accepted Scrabble word?
No! About this storm... where's the writing angle in a post about a weather pattern?
Ohhhhh... Okay, that's coming up.
Are you sure?
Okay... but I'll be watching...
Ohhh, I'm quaking like oats-in-a-minute
|"Boss, Da plane, da plane is cancelled, what's dat blue thing?"|
The picture above was taken at about 1 p.m. and the picture below at about 2 p.m. when it was clear T.S. Iselle would be reported for local false advertising.
And so here's my point...
Sometimes, we writers, are physically ready and mentally prepared to write the big chapter or the fun post... but what happens is a fizzle of a feature or a pooped out post.
|Me, all hunkered down at about 2:30 p.m.|
So what do we do, we Band of Scribers?
Of course, there will be storms in our writing, but hunker down friends. Do what it takes to get through the bad times...
Because I promise...
Soon, the sun will shine - and the magic will flow from your fingers :)